We’re beyond excited to announce that we've teamed up with Precious Plastic Margaret River to launch our new 2020 We Are Feel Good Inc. Bottle Recycling Program.
In Australia, sunscreen is classified as a cosmetic or therapeutic good. As all of our products are SPF 50+, we fall into the therapeutic category. This means all our packaging must be either glass, aluminum or food-grade/virgin plastic. We cannot use recycled plastics as these can hold contaminants, even after recycling.
To date, we haven't found a suitable alternative to the food-grade plastic packaging we currently use, however, our bottles are 100% recyclable once used.
If my Feel Good bottles are 100% recyclable, why do I need to join the recycling program?
Well, the big issue is that the majority of recyclable products don’t actually get recycled, even when they are put into a recycling bin.
In order for recyclable plastics to be recycled, they need to have their lid separated and be washed before they go into the bin. Even if you do this, another person may not and when their bottle comes into contact with yours at the rubbish depot, it may contaminate yours and thus the entire batch will be sent-off to landfill! Not many of us realise this when we pop our recycle-goods into our wheelie bins each week.
Did you know:
- A total of 3.4 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia.
- A total of 320 000 tonnes of plastics were recycled, which is an increase of 10 per cent from the 2016-17 recovery.
- In 2017–18, the national plastics recycling rate was 9.4 per cent.
- Of the 320 000 tonnes of plastics collected for reprocessing, 145 700 tonnes (46 per cent) was reprocessed in Australia and 174 300 tonnes (54 per cent) was exported for reprocessing.
These findings are from the 2018 Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, and New South Wales, Victorian and Western Australian state agencies Australian Plastics Recycling Survey.
So we've decided to work with a local Plastic Recycling plant to take matters into our own hands.
Introducing, Narelle and Stijn, from Precious Plastic Margaret River (PPMR) who are working with a worldwide ‘Precious Plastic Community’ to turn plastic waste into useful and beautiful plastic objects.
In particular, they source and recycle plastics lids (no bigger than your palm) which are sometimes hard to re-purpose. Plastic lids are too small for council recycling machines, meaning they fall through the cracks and are not recycled like other bigger items. Lids sent or dropped to Precious Plastic are washed, sorted by plastic-type, then sorted again by colour before being melted and moulded into new up-cycled plastic items.
Plastics lids are too small for council recycling machines, meaning they fall through the cracks and are not recycled like other bigger items. Lids sent or dropped to Precious Plastic are washed, sorted by plastic-type, then sorted again by colour before being melted and moulded into new up-cycled plastic items.
You can watch our full video on the ‘Precious Plastic’ recycling process here.
Precious Plastic Margret River normally only takes lids, but they have come on board with The We Are Feel Good Inc. Bottle Recycling Program to ensure our bottles, lids (& all other lids) are up-cycled. It’s important to note that PPMR is a volunteer-run, not for profit organisation. Did we mention that PPMR is a volunteer-run, not for profit organisation? How awesome is that?
Currently, PPMR is creating (handmade) pot plants, tapas dishes, surfboard fins and wax combs - click here to view.
Head to their website to purchase one of these up-cycled items.
Note: If you’re going to deliver your plastics to a Plastic Recycling plant, please wash and separate your plastics first.
What can I do at home to get involved?
1. Wash your empty plastic bottles & lids using warm soapy water or vinegar to ensure there is no sunscreen left in the bottle. Cut the bottle open, please exercise caution when doing this as plastic edges can be sharp!
2. Drop your bottles to one of our collections points (please note that COVID-19 has resulted in several of our collection points temporarily closing, so check for opening hours with the venue or store before arriving).
3. If you can’t get to a collection point, no worries, you can post We Are Feel Good Inc bottles and lids back. Wash your plastics as directed and then either store them or, collect others from your family, friends or workplace until you have at least 15 and post them back to PPMR for guaranteed recycling. You can also send the plastic lids from your other plastic bottles at home in the package as well.
Need more information – click here to watch our We Are Feel Good Inc. x Precious Plastics Margaret Bottle Recycling Video.
This program will start in WA, and in time will be expanded to be Australia wide.
Click here to view a list of our 'Collection Points'.
You can also read more about the different types of plastic and how to recycle here or if you’re in WA you can download ‘Recycle Right’.