Cosmetics Packaging Recycling Program

Turn in Empty Makeup Containers to Recycle Them

Cosmetic and personal care product maker Origins now accepts empty glass and plastic jars, bottles, tubes, lipstick covers and caps from any cosmetic brand for recycling. Simply drop them off at any of the company’s 450 retail and department store counters.

All materials collected through the Return to Origins program will be recycled or used for energy recovery. The program accepts only primary packaging; no paper boxes or plastic wrapping will be accepted. Neither will it take sample or trial-size packages, applicators, like sponges, or tools, like tweezers.

Aveda launched a similar recycling program for rigid caps last year; it recycles the caps into new packaging.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Erase E-Waste

Instead of trashing or trading in old smartphones and other electronics, you can donate them to worthy causes that either give them away or recycle them.

Bright Idea

MIT scientists have found a way of recycling the energy within incandescent light bulbs, aiming to make them even more efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs.


We can make our Joe-to-go more planet-friendly by foregoing the paper cups and plastic stirrers.

Recycling Revolution

With recycling gaining worldwide momentum, America Recycles Day on November 15 hopes to boost U.S. recycling past the 33 percent waste recycling mark.

Second Verse

Paraguay children that live off the waste in landfills have turned garbage into music and are playing around the world.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags