Recycling Your Étymologie Products
At Étymologie, one of our main pillars as a brand is sustainability. We even included the word in our logo in order to truly highlight how strongly we feel about our environmental impact and reducing it as much as we possibly can. When creating and formulating our products, we considered not only the ethical harvest, supply chain and manufacture of our formulas we also considered our packaging as well. From glass bottles to the paper that our boxes are printed on and made of, we wanted them all to be easily recyclable. Guaranteeing a product that is not only safe for the skin but also safe for our glorious natural world.
Here is a simple guide to recycling your Étymologie products properly:
1.Rinse, Rinse, Rinse:
This might seem like a tedious step, but a very significant one. It is a common misconception that you can simply put an empty bottle into the recycling bin and that the center will proceed with the recycling process even if there are some small remnants of product or food along the inside of the bottle. They truly have to be empty and clean in order to be properly recycled and not discarded in a landfill to then end up in our oceans negatively affecting the vital sea life. So after giving them a proper rinse through to make sure the bottle is sufficiently clean, just pop them in your recycling bin. Our bottle and pipettes can equally be recycled, however the pump on our cleanser is multi-material and unfortunately cannot be recycled – but trust us, we’re working on it!
2.Pop in the Recycling Bin:
Depending on how recycling is done in your respective municipality, generally the items we recycle need to be separated into their appropriate bins. When recycling your Étymologie boxes and bottles the steps are quite simple; our boxes, made out of recycled paper should be folded and placed in the paper recycling bin, and our bottles, made out of miron glass should be placed in the recycling bin designated for glass items. We do also recommend removing the label on the glass bottle if you are able.
1.Rinse, Rinse, Rinse:
Again, you MUST rinse & clean items before putting them in your recycling bin. Not only is this needed for efficient recycling, but as items are sorted by hand in most facilities, it is a courtesy to the employees who diligently work to make sure your items are properly sorted & recycled.
2.Pop in the Recycling Bin or Your Regular Bin
The recyclability of stand-up pouches varies, depending on your local recycling facility’s capabilities. Whilst our stand-up pouches are plastic they do offer some sustainability benefits over glass, which is resource heavy to produce & recycle (did you know recycling glass uses 2/3rds of energy needed to produce virgin glass). As stand-up sachets are extremely lightweight and flexible, they offer significant carbon savings in terms of transport vs. glass.
We are currently exploring multiple biodegradable stand-up pouch options, but as this technology is relatively novel, we need to test it and make sure it meets our quality standards in being sufficiently air tight to maintain product freshness and stability.
As always, we recommend that you focus on reducing the number of products you consume, reusing and upcycling your products when you can, and only then, making sure you RECYCLE.
Written by Georgina Faber & Raquela Cheesmond