We’re all trying to do our bit when it comes to kitchen recycling, but what about the bits in the bathroom? Here’s our guide to what can – and what can’t – be recycled.
The shift in our attitude when it comes to both sustainability and reducing our usage of plastic is evident, especially in the beauty industry. From a plethora of eco-friendly brands, including Lush’s packaging-free skincare line and the launch of Ethique, the world’s first zero-waste beauty company, to biodegradable cotton pads and reef-safe SPFs, it’s clear we’re all united when it comes to helping to save the planet.
While it’s fairly simple for kitchen waste, the lines are a bit more blurred when it comes to make-up, skincare and hair care. Can shampoo bottles be recycled? Are make-up wipes really that bad and what about disposing of old mascara wands?
Recycling beauty products can be tricky territory to navigate – and with most of us spending more time at home, it’s important we know how to recycle properly. So we’ve broken things down in order to (hopefully) clear up the waste.
WHAT YOU CAN RECYCLE:
Hairdryers, straighteners and electrical tools
Things like your hairdryer, curling wand or straighteners aren’t usually thought of as easily recyclable goods, but take them to the right place and they’re actually widely recycled. These kinds of bigger, electrical items cannot be recycled at home, but most local recycling centres will be able to accept them. Does your hairdryer still work? Donate it to a charity shop (when they reopen) or make some money by selling it online instead.
Shampoo and conditioner bottles
Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel tubs vary from brand-to-brand but broadly speaking— as long as you ensure you remove any plastic caps, wash and dry the bottles thoroughly first— plastic bottles are usually recyclable. Hurrah. Not 100% sure if yours is? Check the label for the triangle with arrows symbol and if it’s there, you’re good to go.
Deodorant cans and other aerosols
If your deodorant, hairspray or dry shampoo is housed in steel or aluminium, it should be recyclable. Make sure the can is completely empty and detach any removable parts. Don’t try to pierce, crush or flatten any items though as this can be dangerous.