A guide to recycling your Flora & Curl
This guide contains helpful information on how to recycle your Flora & Curl product and delivery packaging.
After enjoying your Flora & Curl products down to the last drop, we encourage you to recycle your packaging responsibly so that it can be put to good use and repurposed, rather than putting it in the waste bin.
RE-USE - REDUCE - RECYCLE
Recycling and reducing is part of our current sustainability efforts, and it is something we’re excited to share with you. Together, we can make a real impact. In the future, we will explore ways to encourage re-using in our packaging processes.
Our product packaging is recyclable and minimal with no outer packaging, plastic seals or films and excess labels. Our delivery packaging options are eco-friendly by way of their minimalism, biodegradability and ethical sourcing.
To us, what is inside of a product is also as important as what is outside. We believe that less is more, which is why we created a streamlined hair product range with 100% biodegradable ingredients inside formulas that are potent, so that ultimately, a little goes a longer way when using Flora & Curl products.
3 steps to recycle your Flora & Curl product packaging
Once you have enjoyed your Flora & Curl products to the very last drop, the packaging can be recycled and turned into a new use once it is completely emptied.
Get all of the excess out, and rinse out the jar, bottle or lid with some warm water and dish washing soap. Don't worry about drying them!
Place your jar or bottle separate to its lid, in your recycling bin, ready for recycling pick-up by the local authority or for your own drop-off at your local facility. The recyclable packaging will make its way to be repurposed.
Your Flora & Curl shipping packaging
We ship your orders out using 100% biodegradable materials that are printed with plant-based ink.
Let's break it down (literally)
We use biodegradable and recyclable shipping boxes
With minimal packaging, our FSC certified custom boxes are biodegradable and recyclable. Our custom boxes are made from 70% recycled content. The inks used on our small custom boxes are plant based, vegetable based inks such as soy, linseed, tung, castor, canola, and safflower oils. The inks used on our large, fold-up custom boxes are water based.
These inks release as little as 2-4% VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) into the atmosphere as opposed to the 30% which common petroleum based inks does. They are also a lot easier to clean during the recycling process, using only water instead of harsh chemicals.
We use biodegradable and recyclable filler material
Each box is filled with biodegradable and recyclable filling materials (shredded paper, chips or 'peanuts') to support the cushioning of the products during transit.
We use biodegradable and recyclable postcards, leaflets, order slips and tape
Our postcards are biodegradable and recyclable. Our U.S. sourced postcard are made from 55% of recycled content. They are coated in non-toxic water-based aqueous coating as this further fulfil its biodegradable properties! This reduces harmful carbon emissions while creating a safer work environment.
Our FSC and PEFC certified leaflets are biodegradable and recyclable. The inks used on our leaflets are plant-based.
Your order slips are also recyclable. Not to mention, our tape is made from Kraft Paper which is a minimum of 80% soft wood pulp - 100% sustainably sourced. There is no bleaching involved in the manufacture. The glue is a natural rubber adhesive and is 100% biodegradable and recyclable.
FSC & PEFC Certified Leaflets
Our leaflets and custom delivery boxes are ethically produced by FSC and our leaflets by PEFC certified suppliers.
Who are the FSC and PEFC?
The PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme) is an independent body that ensures that purchasers of wood and paper products are promoting sustainable management of forest.
In addition to this, our suppliers also receive further sustainable materials to create our leaflets from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). They are also a not-for-profit organisation that are constantly finding solutions to help deter further bad forestry and rewards good forestry management.
Generally speaking, recycling needs to have no more than 5% contamination, this means it doesn’t need to be spotless but needs to be mostly cleaned out. Washing a container before recycling it is incredibly important.
Clean bottles, tubes, and jars are easier to recycle than dirty or sticky ones. Ensuring that your containers are clean before you recycle them greatly increases the likelihood that they’ll be properly processed. Residue left inside can cause contamination issues that require entire batches of recycled products to be thrown out. Additionally, when leftover liquids and gels transfer onto other recyclable materials like paper or cardboard cartons, they’ll render them non recyclable!
The norm is that labels need to be peeled off. We are proud to say that with our products, the labels can be left on because our labels are also completely recyclable.
Pumps and sprayers are usually composed of many different materials, often including several types of plastic as well as metal springs.
Unfortunately, that makes them almost impossible to recycle, even if they’re made of recyclable materials - the entire pump or sprayer would have to be taken apart, and each material would have to be recycled separately.
All recycling programs are unique. You can get to know your local recycling facility in the following ways:
- Check printed materials from your local government or recycling provider
- Browse the website of your local government or recycling provider
- Call your local government or recycling provider
- Google ''recyling in [enter where you live]''
Depending on where you live, you may be able to use your local authority or municipality’s curbside recycling service or drop-off your recyclable beauty products at a community recycling location.
England and Wales: You can find out if your local council collects recycling, and how to recycle household waste such as mobile phones, computers, packaging and green waste through the Government's local recycling locator.
Scotland: Visit the locator available at GreenerScotland.
United States and Canada: You can find out if your local area collects recycling through how2recycle's locator.
How2Recycle: Packaging is recyclable if it can be collected, sorted, reprocessed, and ultimately reused in manufacturing or making another item.
What that means is that just because some local recycling programs accept a material, that doesn’t automatically make that package recyclable. Just because a package could be sorted or separated from other packages to potentially be recycled, that doesn’t make that package recyclable. Just because a material could technically be reprocessed in order to make something new, that doesn’t necessarily mean that package is recyclable. Just because you could sell the material to become something new, doesn’t mean it’s recyclable. A package is recyclable only if there is a substantial likelihood that it can do all of those things in the majority of communities where an item is sold. A product supplier would usually apply the relevant and applicable label pertaining to the jurisdiction of sale.
The Balances MB: If something is biodegradable, then, given the right conditions and presence of microorganisms, fungi, or bacteria, it will eventually break down to its basic components and blend back in with the earth. Ideally, but not always, these substances degrade without leaving any toxins behind.
Didn’t make it to the empty bottle stage? Unused or gently used cosmetics can be donated to organisations like Project Beauty Share USA, and the Hygiene Bank UK, which work to provide homeless or impoverished women with personal hygiene products and cosmetics.
Project Beauty Share
Share Your Beauty
You can also always reach out to local women's shelters and girls' programs in your area to see if they’re in need of personal care products - they’re often in high demand. Call the ones nearest you to see what products they'll accept, and you'll likely be able to coordinate a drop-off for the applicable items you're no longer interested in.
We care about having healthy hair and a healthy planet. We know that plastics account for 85% of marine debris worldwide and that number is predicted to rise in the years to come, unless something changes. We want to be a part of that change and make sure that as few of our products as possible end up in a landfill or in the ocean. This is why we ensure that our product packaging is completely recyclable and our delivery material is completely biodegradable. We provide our customers with the information to recycle.
Reduction of waste is also important, which is why alongside our potent formulations, we offer minimalist packaging with no outer product packaging (which would ultimately be thrown away), plastic seals, films or excess labels. We ship our products out using minimalistic delivery boxes and inserts, as opposed to more extravagant delivery options that can often be a challenging to recycle.
As part of being transparent, in our ongoing efforts to reduce waste and minimise our carbon footprint, we are looking at new ways we can incorporate PCR (post-consumer recycled) and compostable product packaging to reduce our use of virgin plastic. The use of glass in haircare products can be dangerous due to the weight, as they tend to be used in moist environments in the shower.
We hope that this has helped you to gain insight into how to recycle our products.
We are still learning a great deal and are hoping to bring a lot more innovation to our products in the future to help continue to minimise our impact on the environment.
9 easy steps
To Reduce Waste
- Recycle your recyclable waste
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Opt for e-receipts
- Plan meals to reduce food waste
- Compost food waste
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Fix instead buy new
- Buy pre-loved items
- Buy in bulk
Even if you implement one of the above, you are contributing to a more sustainable future. We do our part, now it's time to do yours!