Recycling your Liquiwax Bottles
Did you know our Liquiwax bottles are recyclable? They’re made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), which is a recyclable plastic.
HDPE is a strong, stiff plastic that’s commonly used to make pipes, plastic bags and containers for cosmetics and cleaning products (such as shampoo bottles). We currently use HDPE bottles for our Liquiwaxes because the bottles are lightweight and robust.
In an ideal world, we wouldn't use plastic for any of our products at Songbird Naturals. We are very conscious of reducing plastic waste and continually research new packaging solutions that are kinder to the environment, without affecting the quality or usability of our waxes and balms. An obvious choice may be to package our Liquiwax in glass bottles instead of plastic. However, using glass would affect both the price and shipping weight of the Liquiwaxes, as well as require more shipping packaging to keep the bottles safe in transit. Additionally, a glass bottle isn’t terribly practical when hands are slippery. But, we’re still committed to exploring the issue further and we hope to find the ideal solution.
In the meantime, many people will be able to dispose of their Liquiwax bottles in their general household recycling. As is often the case with plastic recycling, you will need to check with your Local Authority first to ensure HDPE is recyclable in your area. However, you can generally recycle this plastic if your Local Authority mentions:
- Milk jugs
- Plastic bottle caps
- Bleach/detergent bottles
- Shampoo bottles
- Margarine tubs
- Ice cream tubs
Sadly, the Liquiwax pump is not currently recyclable (we would use a recyclable one if we could). However, don’t forget you can purchase Liquiwax refill bottles which come without the pump top, thus allowing you to reuse your original pump. Just choose the ‘Refill (Screw Cap)’ bottle type when ordering on our website.
After recycling your Liquiwax bottle, it could come back as a pen, flower pot, or even a picnic bench!