RECYCLING BEAUTY: A Simple Guide

RECYCLING BEAUTY: A Simple Guide

Knowing how to recycle your beauty products can be confusing. From shampoo bottles and old lipsticks, to hair straighteners and makeup palettes, how are we supposed to know what to do when they're ready for the bin?

With one in four Brits admitting they value environmentally friendly beauty products,  there's a clear demand for more knowledge in this area. To help our sexy and sustainable ladies out, Current body has compiled the ultimate guide to recycling beauty products.

CAN RECYCLE :

  • Hairdryer - must be taken to a recycling centre

  • Shampoo bottles - Ensure you remove plastic cap, and wash the bottle thoroughly and dry

  • Deodorant can - Made of steel or aluminium, both of which are recyclable. Just make sure the can is completely empty and detach any removable parts

PARTLY RECYCLABLE:

  • Mascara - Whereas mascara tubes are often made from recyclable material, applicators typically aren't, so make sure to separate these out before disposing

  • Foundation bottles - Currently no pumps on the market are recyclable. If the bottle is glass you can recycle but ensure you've washed and dried it first

  • Makeup palettes - Most palettes contain magnets and mirrors which aren't recyclable, so these parts need to be disposed separately

CAN’T RECYCLE

  • Make-up wipes - Unless labelled as biodegradable, makeup wipes are not recyclable. Consider buying reusable makeup pads or cotton pads instead

  • Nail varnish bottles - Due to the hazardous toxins found in nail varnish, the glass bottles are not recyclable even thoroughly rinsed

  • Make-up brushes - Neither animal hair nor vegan brushes are currently recyclable