Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ask Chaptastic: Recycling Lip Balm Tubes

Dear Chaptastic,

Last year I recycled my chapstick tubes by sending them to the Eco Lips program. I couldn't find it on their page anymore. Do you guys have any idea if they still have that program available? I have many tubes to recycle!

Cheers,
Lose or Reuse


Good question, LOR. The Eco Lips recycle program does indeed seem to have disappeared. There's no explanation on their site, but Burt's Bees provides this entirely reasonable explanation for why they stopped their own recycling program:

The program was meant to promote recycling and Green living, but the lip balms we received in the mail were often over-packaged with bubble wrap and excessive taping. Instead of succeeding as a positive Earth-friendly effort, the program was creating un-recyclable trash. We regret that we have had to phase out this program, but hope that you will continue that recycling effort on your own.

The containers for most lip balms are made of #5 plastic, which is also used for things like yogurt, hummus, and medicine bottles. Unfortunately, #5 plastic is not often accepted as part of many municipal recycling programs.

However, Whole Foods, in cahoots with Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm, has a Gimme 5 initiative that accepts #5 plastics in some stores. You should check to see if there's one in your area, since chances are you're throwing #5s in with the other plastics and it's getting fished out.

Another way to recycle your tubes is to repurpose them. My Lip Stuff creator Brea has these and other awesome ideas about how to reuse your tubes:

Salt & Pepper- Pour a little salt and pepper into clean empty tubes and toss in your bag for a little salt and pepper at work or whenever you are on the go eating.

Perfume refresher- Don't have a travel size perfume? Soak a cotton ball in your favorite perfume (or essential oil) and stuff inside an empty lip balm tube. When you need a refresher, just remove the cotton ball and swipe on! Also great for tossing in a drawer for freshness, or even coat pockets when they are stored for the summer.

How do you recycle your tubes?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attention lip balm lovers. Look what Eco Lips has come up with next -- very exciting!

Eco Lips Announces USDA Certification
on Their Branded and Private Label Organic Lip Balms

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (September 2, 2009) Eco Lips, America’s premium organic lip balm company, is pleased to announce the USDA certification of their manufacturing facility located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The first branded product to roll out carrying the USDA organic seal will be Eco Lips Gold, a bestseller from their premium line of lip balms. The company will be transitioning other products to carry the seal during the next 12 months. According to Mark Patterson, CEO, “We expect to certify as many products as possible even if it requires some modification of a formula to meet the NOP guidelines.”

Effective immediately, the company is also offering USDA certified organic private label lip balm. For almost two years, Eco Lips has operated a private label division that provides several different options for companies and organizations wanting high quality, organic lip balm for resale, gifting or promotion. “Clients will now be able to purchase USDA certified organic lip balm from us through several different programs such as private label, co-label and contract manufacturing,” adds Mark. “This gives companies the opportunity to easily distribute a certified organic promotional product that is also cost effective.”

Eco Lips feels strongly that the USDA NOP food standards should be THE one and only standard in order to prevent dilution of organic requirements. As longtime members of the Organic Trade Association and one of the leading organic lip balm brands, the company has been entrenched in the almost decade long dialogue regarding the USDA NOP standard. “We chose to get our USDA certification at this particular time with hopes of swaying the argument in favor of the USDA NOP standards. This is what consumers expect when they see the word “organic”, and we owe it to organic consumers to give them the purest food grade products available,” notes Mark. “Organic cannot have one meaning in one category (food) and another meaning in another category (skin care).”

Eco Lips manufactures the highest quality certified organic lip care products on the planet. With a mission of satisfying the needs of every customer, Eco Lips is making its way around the world, one set of lips at a time. The company initiated Iowa’s largest solar power project which is powering the neighborhood in which Eco Lips is located. Eco Lips sponsors Team Eco Lips, a high-powered group of athletes competing in various sports. Eco Lips also donates 1% of its profits to non-profit environmental initiatives. Eco Lips is a member of the Organic Trade Association and Coop America. Products are available at health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, outdoor stores and other retail outlets. Don’t panic, it’s organic! www.ecolips.com.

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11:45 PM  
Anonymous mineral makeup said...

A wonderful endeavor to promote recycling.We must.There is enough pollution on earth we must not add to any more.We must look after it and see to it that we recycle all that we can.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous honeybee gardens lip balm said...

It is great to read some of the information and feedback, here. I hope to read more ideas in the future!!!

12:05 AM  

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