UNPACKED: Lip Balm
WHAT WE’RE MADE OF
We think a lot about all the materials we use—and the ones we don’t. We try to avoid new materials and unnecessary packaging, and make sure all of our packages are recyclable or reusable.
The Plastics Problem
RECYCLE IT, PLEASE
First, check your packaging for the recycling symbol. If you see one, make sure your local recycling service accepts that type of material (you can find out quickly at BeRecycled.org), then follow these basic steps:
- Remove as much excess product as you can
- Remove and discard the pump (if there is one)
- If the cap is the same material as its container, leave it on
- Drop your container in a curbside recycling bin—you’re done!
To recycle something two-dimensional, like a piece of cardboard, it can’t have a dimension that measures less than two inches. Three-dimensional things, like lip balm tubes, are too small to recycle if all three dimensions measure less than three inches.
Recycle With TerraCycle®
Some packaging (especially if it’s small) and certain materials don’t play well with curbside recycling, so we offer a take-back service with TerraCycle.
Just request a prepaid mailing label below, then fill up an envelope or box (reuse one if you can!) with your empty Burt’s Bees containers and mail them in for free.
The TerraCycle team will take it from there and make sure our packaging is turned into new recycled products.
Request A TerraCycle Mailing Label
Once you get your mailing label, just fill a (reused!) box or envelope with your emptied Burt’s Bees products and mail it in.
The traditional or “linear” economy is like a straight line, with a beginning and an end. We use new materials to make a new product, we use the product, we throw it away, and we start over. The circular economy wants to take that straight line and bend it into a waste-free cycle that propels itself by rethinking how we make, use and reuse.
We’re keeping this cycle in mind as we design our packaging, but we’ll always need your help on that last step.