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Recycling your Lush packaging

When I was breaking down a box that contained a Lush order ready to pop the cardboard into the recycling I noticed that on the inside of the box Lush have printed some information on the various ways you can recycle or reuse their packaging.  In case you've never spotted this, or have never ordered online, I though I'd do a post letting you know what you can do with any Lush packaging you have rather then just popping it in the bin.


As I've just said if you've ordered online the cardboard box that your order comes in can go into cardboard recycling and this is also the case if you have any empty boxes from Toothy tabs.  The little squishy foamy type bits that protect your order while it's on it's way to you are made from potato starch so they biodegrade quickly and can be added to compost bins or put around your house plants. If you have anything that is wrapped in cellulose, which is a clear film, this is made from plant materials and so again this can go in your compost bin or in with food waste.

As I'm sure any Lush fan is aware (as it is printed on the pots) if you wash out five full-size black pots and take them back to any Lush store they'll reward you with a free fresh face mask.  This doesn't include the little sample pots but if you're storing bigger pots to take back to store you can pop any sample pots you have in a bigger pot and take them back too.   

If you have any empty lip balm tins Lush suggest you can use these as travel tins, maybe to keep earrings safe, but if you don't want to reuse them you can pop them in recycling with your drinks cans.  If you have any small glass jars like the ones the lip scrubs come in you can use them to put creams in to travel or otherwise you can return the lid to a Lush store and recycle the glass bottom in standard glass recycling. I actually have an empty lip scrub jar that I'll be decorating shortly to use for storing my rings and I'll write a post to show how I decorated it.

If you have any shower gel bottles the lids can be returned to a Lush store and the plastic bottle can be put in plastic recycling.  If you have any Emotional Brilliance bottles, although the actual applicator can't be recycled the glass bottle can be recycled as normal and again you can return the lid to any Lush store. 

Do you recycle your packaging?

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14 comments:

  1. A great post! I didn't realise you could take the lids back into store!

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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    1. Thanks Sian :) I think in general any of the black plastic bits they use you can take back to store as I think they melt it down and make it into new bits x

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  2. I just returned some Lush pots for a free hair mask. Too bad you can't return the shower bottles as well :(

    Kah-Feh Yen

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    1. I returned my pots yesterday for an Oatifix face mask. It's such a good idea to encourage people to return the pots for recycling x

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  3. Hi, do the bottles also count in this scheme? (Tea tree water, grease lightning etc)

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    1. With regard to returning them in exchange for a free face mask? I don't believe so, I think it's just the black pots

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    2. can u pick what mask u want or do they pick and also do they come in a sample pot or in black pot

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  4. this might sound really silly, but do you have any advice on how to clean the lids of the pots? the pots themselves cleaned really well but I have product left in the little groove in the tops of the lids (on the inside) and I've tried scraping it and using scourers but it won't come out, I currently have the lids filled with water sat in my bath trying to soak it out, just wondering if you had an easier option?
    loved the blog post too!

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    1. I've always just used a damp tissue or something to pop into the small gap and rub any product away. If you've tried scrubbing and it won't come out I'm not sure what to suggest! I'm sure Lush will still accept them back even if they have a little product still in them x

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    2. Toothbrushes also do a great job in the little lid grooves! I hope this helps x

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    3. I usually take a cloth / tissue and a bluntish implement (such as a table or butter knife); pop the cloth over the tip of the knife then use this to wipe inside the groove. Gets most products out on first swipe around :) soak in warm water first if dried on x

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  5. Would you happen to know if lush take the pots back without the labels on? Have reused so many of mine for storage pots and took all the labels off but now having a clear out as I have so many!

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    1. To be honest I'm not sure. You might not be able to exchange them for a free face mask as they might need to have the stickers on so they can see the 'Bring back five clean pots' logo, but I would have thought they would take them off your hands to recycle x

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  6. but,but,but on my shower gel and gellie they had the little sign about recycling it??? and

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