Aveda, makers of lovely, plant-based personal care products, just launched a program to recycle hard plastic caps -- the kind that come on all kinds of plastic bottles, such as caps from water and soda bottles, shampoo bottles, flip-top caps on tubes and foods (such as ketchup), laundry-soap bottles, and even some plastic jar lids. Simply take the plastic caps to any of Aveda's salons or stores, or find a school that's partnering with Aveda in this effort.
The press release details: "The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. Excluded from collection are pharmaceutical lids and non-rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), and screw-on lids that are not rigid. If you can bend or break the lid with your bare hands, then it does not meet the rigid plastic definition. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers. Unfortunately, too much of the wrong types of materials can contaminate the recycling process. We appreciate your efforts in keeping it clean!"
Aveda will be working with its suppliers to recycle the plastic bottle caps into new containers, thus keeping them out of landfills and oceans. It's this kind of creative and forward-thinking green effort that gives me hope for the future of manufacturing. The Delicious Living office now has a collection bin so our Green Team can take a batch to an Aveda salon when it's full. Try it at your office, too!