Why are we talking about polypropylene plastic, aka #5 plastic? Well, it may seem like a complete 180 from the world of natural beeswax and honey, but it’s actually quite crucial to it.
A SMALL THING. A BIG IMPACT.
Think about it. Every day, you apply your 100% natural Burt’s Bees lip balm. What happens when it’s all used up?
POP QUIZ: WHERE SHOULD THAT PLASTIC TUBE GO?
a) In the garbage can – it’s too tiny to be recycled.
b) Tossed in with other recyclables.
c) Actually, I’ve never thought about it.
You probably answered c). And that’s okay. A lot of folks don’t know their #1 plastic from their #5.
ENTER PRESERVE GIMME 5
Preserve Gimme 5 was started to help people like you, and the companies you buy things from, deal with this exact issue. #5 is the most common plastic used in the USA, so finding the right recycling solution is top priority for us.
IN A NUTSHELL, THE BURT’S BEES / PRESERVE GIMME 5 PARTNERSHIP WANTS TO:
- help people recognize #5 plastic
- make it easier to drop off and recycle
- spread the word so more people participate
REMEMBER, #5 PLASTIC IS MORE THAN JUST LIP BALM TUBES.
Check out some of the like-minded companies who, along with Burt’s Bees, choose to use #5 plastics and have partnered with Preserve Gimme 5.
WHICH MEANS YOU CAN START RECYCLING...
- yogurt cups
- Brita® water filters
- Preserve® toothbrushes and other products
- any container stamped with #5
- more complete list at www.mygimme5.com/recycling
Find the Gimme 5 recycling location nearest you at mygimme5.com or stop by any participating Whole Foods Market store across the country. Help us spread the word. If you’d like to become an expert in #5 plastic, and see the wonderful second life that #5 plastic can have after recycling, go to www.preserveproducts.com. Last but not least, pat yourself on the back for reading this far. We applaud your commitment to The Greater Good.