Why recycling beauty packaging Is a such a great idea

Recycle, reuse, reduce

Did you know that recycling one shower gel bottle saves enough energy to toast 3 rounds of bread!

What’s more recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours! (WRAP).

Do you recycle your empty beauty product bottles?

Why we need to recycle

Fact : The world’s annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today. The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes. Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.

According to the UK Household Plastics Collection Survey 2017, by Recoup - a UK organisation which recycles plastics, 76% of (298) local authorities in the UK collect plastic pots, tubs and trays.

To find out what you can recycle where you live, click here.

Our sustainable packaging

We as consumers are becoming more aware of the beauty industry's environmental footprint. Rest assured Aviela carefully consider all our packaging to ensure that it is best for our products while minimising its impact on the environment. We are always working on improving our environmental impact following the principles 'reduce, reuse, recycle'.

We love that TerraCycle an innovative recycling company has developed a system in which waste collected through the program is recycled into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Ingenious we say...

We are working towards making all our packaging environmentally sound. The good news is many of our product packages can be recycled. We are thinking about introducing a recycling loyalty scheme (to reward your efforts!).

We can clean the jars and bottles and reuse them so it saves us packaging cost. In other words, we want to rebuy our packaging back from you! We are on a mission to educate and motivate young people to recycle their beauty and personal care products. So join us and do your part to prevent those #empties from ending up in landfills!

Which product packaging can I recycle?

Recycling experts at WRAP have some useful advice to help you decide which beauty products you can recycle from your bathroom. Here are the top 10 easy recycling wins…

Bathroom products you can recycle

  1. Shampoo bottles
  2. Conditioner bottles
  3. Shower gel and bubble bath bottles
  4. Cardboard boxes e.g. toothpaste or soapboxes
  5. Toilet roll tubes
  6. Bathroom cleaner and bleach bottles (even the spray dispenser can be recycled)
  7. Deodorants
  8. Shaving foam
  9. Hand soap bottles (but remember you can’t recycle the pump dispenser)
  10. Moisturiser bottles

Sharing the products I’ve emptied recently - 💜love rating from 1-3 ◾️ @aviela1 Shea Butter Black Soap 💜💜💜 There’s nothing that I didn’t like about this product. Its gentle foam was kind to both my face and my body. My skin was super soft and naturally hydrated. Only a small issue with the extra long pump! It worked throughout though so no real complaint. ◾️ @loccitane_uk Fabulous Oil💜💜💜 One of my favourite Shea products in the range. It sinks into the skin leaving it silky smooth and smelling divine all day long! This bottle goes a long way. ◾️ @loccitane_uk Terre de Lumière Radiant Balm 💜 I love the smell of this fragrance. This balm is light, smells beautiful and leaves a subtle shimmer. For me, using it alone on my body wasn’t super moisturising so I mixed it with a body oil, which then made it a little sticky. ◾️ @melvitaofficial 3 Honey Necter Balm for lips and dry areas 💜💜 I kept this at my bedside to apply to my lips before bed. This little pot of smooth honey balm is rich and smells delicious. It contains Shea and coconut oil so it’s nourishing and softening. It was the perfect size for accompanying me on my travels too. ◾️ @victoriassecret Scandalous Body Mist 💜💜 I’ve repurchased this mist a number of times as I love the warm, sweet but subtle fragrance of raspberry, black peony and praline. Light and great for everyday. I’m reading online that its being discontinued. Not happy 👎🏾 ◾️ @eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara Long & Tall 💜💜💜 I received this mascara as a gift and it has to be one of the best I’ve used. The skinny brush worked on my lashes so well and actually seemed to lengthen them. I also found that it didn’t clump or go dry on my lashes towards the end of its life. I would definitely use this again. ◾️ Kueshi Pure & Clean Revitalising Face Toner 💜💜 I have never heard of this brand and received this toner in a glossy box. The first thing I noticed was the delicious fragrance. It left my skin clean, soft and hydrated. I used the whole bottle!

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At the moment you can recycle the following Aviela bottles.

Recycle, reuse, reduce. Did you know that recycling one shower gel bottle saves enough energy to toast 3 rounds of bread! Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours! (WRAP). Do you recycle your empty beauty product bottles? Read more on our blog "Why recycling beauty packaging Is a such a great Idea" for recycling tips. https://aviela.co.uk/blogs/news/why-recycling-beauty-packaging-is-a-such-a-great-idea . . #recycle #reuse #reduce #sheabutter #upcycling #empties #emptiesreview #skincare #instatbeauty #recyclingideas #emptybottles #environmentfriendly #beauty #naturalista #naturalingredients #motherearth #sustainability #sustainabilitymatters #naturalskincareproducts #beautybloggersdaily #beautybloggers #naturalskincareroutine #naturalskincare #sheabutterproducts #naturalskincareproduct #naturalskincareblogger #beautybloggersuk #sheabutterscrub #sheabuttersoaps #sheabutterlotion

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Recycling tips

Plastic bottles are the most commonly collected packaging type because they are easy to sort and can easily be recycled in the UK. Leftover household products that can catch fire explode, or that are corrosive or toxic can be considered as household hazardous waste. Beauty products, such as nail varnish, can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them. Lipstick made with lead or acrylates should not be thrown away in the trash or recycled and should be disposed of through a hazardous waste program.

If you’re not sure about what packaging you can recycle seek out your local household hazardous waste facility to make sure you're handling it in the most environmentally responsible way.

Find your local recycling centre here.

Some household products may pose a risk to human health or the environment if not disposed of correctly. Find out if your council offers a service to help you get rid of hazardous waste like chemicals and batteries.

Creative ideas for recycling

Here are the best ways you can repurpose skin care containers to make the world a cleaner and happier place and also save you money. We all have old makeup tubes, jars, or bottles gathering dust in our drawers or the back of our bathroom cabinets. If you’re a beauty product junkie you’ll probably have more than others! For jars and tins that are not recyclable, we have some creative ideas for reusing and upcycling them.

#1 Repurpose your empty bottles or jars into planters

Grow your own herbs and plants in empty bottles cut down to size. Not only will you save money you’ll be doing your bit for mother nature. Wide-rimmed jars can be used to pot small plants or seedlings. Simply clean out the pot and then fill it with a mixture of soil and gravel, and then create a little hole in the soil for your plant to sit in.


#2 Make up storage pots

Turn your empties into makeup brush storage, like so many Instagrammers out there!


recycled makeup pots

credit : https://cutediyprojects.com/beauty-style/25-brilliant-easy-diy-makeup-storage-ideas/

#3 Handy portable vitamins or pillbox

It can be a hassle to carry around medicine bottles. An easy solution is using an old Aviela tin to discreetly hold your medicine or vitamins. You can even decorate it to make it unique! Avilea's foot or lip butter tin is the perfect portable pill box!

#4 Keep your empties for travelling

If you’ve been on a plane before, you’ve probably heard of the 3.4oz liquid limit. And it never seems to be until that very last night before you’re meant to travel that you remember you can’t bring your large-sized skincare bottles with you. Don't rush out to buy travel sized editions, hold onto any empty skincare containers that are travel-sized and refill with your fave skin savers. 

#5 Hotel loot

Spa visitor? yeah, we know mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner and other bathroom supplies are fair game to bring home (and free). And the general rule of thumb is that it's acceptable to bring home amenities you've already used. We're very into reusing things, because not only is it good for the environment, it's good for your pockets, too. Here are a couple of really cool things to do with your hotel loot.

#6 Store Knick Knacks

Use a bigger tin to store knick-knacks. If you have some empty Aviela containers, wash them out, and upcycle them for a simple and easy way to store other items, like hair ties, toothpicks or cotton pads.

Do you have any ideas to recycle your Aviela empties? We’d love to hear them! Next time you have an empty bottle, be sure to snap an upcycled empties photo and post a mini-review on Instagram to share the environmental love.

Recycling doesn’t need to be a burden. In fact, DIY recycling and upcycling is extremely creative and a whole lot of fun! Upcycling and recycling your skincare empties makes you feel you are doing your bit for the environment and can have a huge impact on reducing your carbon footprint and landfill waste long term. 

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