Did you know that the average woman owns over 12 different types of makeup products? Most of the containers that these products come in, such as lipstick cases, compacts and tubes, are made from an unknown type of plastic that isn’t easily recycled, so women end up throwing these cases in the trash.
Lucky for us women Origins, a company that makes skincare products from organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils, cared enough about the planet and its resources to create a Return to Origins Recycling Program.
The makeup recycling program, which was introduced to North America in March 2009, allows customers to bring in their empty containers to their nearest Origins retail store or department store counter. The company collects these old containers and sends them to a central facility where they are either recycled into new containers, or used in waste-to-energy facilities to generate electricity or steam.
The best thing about the program is that the makeup containers don’t have to be the Origins brand. As long as it’s empty and it’s a primary container – such as a glass and plastic jar, tube, cap, lipstick cover – it can be recycled. The program does not accept what they call “secondary” containers, which are the boxes, plastic cellophane and bags that the containers come inside.
To date the program has recycled over 17,000 pounds of makeup containers in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. Origins is looking to extend the program to other regions.
Learn more about Origins’ commitment to sustainability.