Are Plastic Deodorant Containers Recyclable?

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Are plastic deodorant containers recyclable? If Unilever has its way the answer may be yes.

Items like deodorant tubes are difficult to recycle because they are made from two plastic resin types. Most recyclable plastics are made from one resin, which can be identified by the plastic recycling number on the bottom of the container (see Plastic Recycling 101 to find out what each of those numbers means). Recycling two resin plastics has simply not been a cost effective process.

As part of their Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever is partnering with Earth911, Nextlife and Funding Factory to test the feasibility of two resin plastic recycling in fifty colleges and high schools. If the experiment is successful, deodorant tube recycling may become available to everyone, and companies like Unilever will significantly decrease the carbon footprint of their products. 

Earth911, Unilever in the USA Pioneer Mass Recycling Program for Deodorant Sticks and Two-Resin Packaging (via PR Newswire)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Recycling resource Earth911, an Infinity Resources Holdings company, and Unilever, the maker of Axe, Degree, Suave and Dove deodorants, today announced a project that will test the hypothesis that deodorant sticks can be economically recycled.  The…

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