How to Dispose of Songbird Naturals Packaging
At Songbird Naturals, we believe it’s important to be totally transparent about the packaging we use. This allows us to guide our customers in how to dispose of our packaging in the most environmentally sustainable way.
The tables below detail what to do with each element of our packaging when you’ve come to the end of the product. More detailed information can be found further below.
Glass Pots (20g)
|Foam Disc inside Lid (made from Expanded Polyethylene [EPE])||
√ (Check with Local Authority)
Plastic Pots (50g, 350g & 550g)
|Plastic Pot & Lid (made from Polypropylene [PP])||√|
White EcoTubs (100g)
|Cardboard Pot & Lid||√||√||99.5% compostable|
Brown EcoTubs (200g & 400g)
|Cardboard Pot & Lid||√||√||√|
|Plastic Bottle (made from High Density Polyethylene [HDPE])||√|
|Plastic Pump Mechanism & Screw Cap Top||Not currently|
|Cardboard Labels on EcoTub Lids||√||√||√|
|Labels on all Plastic/Glass Pots & Bottles||(See below)|
|Cardboard Delivery Box||√||√||√|
|Paper Parcel Tape||√||√|
|Corn-Starch Packing Chips||√||√|
|Paper Invoice/Order Slip||√||√||√|
When to Recycle Our Plastic
Our plastic pots are made from Polypropylene (PP) and our plastic Liquiwax bottles are made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Both PP and HDPE are recyclable. However, you will need to check with your Local Authority to ensure they are recyclable in your area. Unfortunately, not all Local Authorities accept them.
As a general guide:
You can recycle PP plastic if your Local Authority mentions: packing tape, plastic straws, plastic takeaway tubs, Ketchup bottles, plastic picnic ware.
You can recycle HDPE plastic if your Local Authority mentions: milk jugs, plastic bottle caps, bleach/detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, margarine tubs.
If your Local Authority does not accept PP or HDPE plastic, you will need to dispose of our plastic pots and bottles in your general household waste bin.
The only non-recyclable plastic packaging we use is the tops on our Liquiwax bottles. Unfortunately, neither the pump mechanism nor screw cap tops are recyclable. These will need to be disposed of in your general household waste bin. In order to reduce plastic waste when reordering Liquiwax from us, you can choose to order the ‘Refill (Screw Cap)’ variety. This comes with a smaller screw cap top, and allows you to reuse your original pump top.
Disposing of Our EcoTubs
Our brown EcoTubs (used for our 200g & 400g waxes and balms) are recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. They can be disposed of in your household cardboard recycling waste, your garden waste bin, or even your own home compost.
Our white EcoTubs (used for our 100g waxes and balms) are recyclable and biodegradable, and can be disposed of in your household cardboard recycling waste. Currently, these particular EcoTubs are 99.5% compostable because they contain a small amount of PVA to prevent leakage (the PVA totals less than 5% of the pot). This does not affect the pot’s recyclable and biodegradable status. Efforts are being made to create a compostable equivalent of PVA, which we hope to utilise in the future.
When you recycle any of our glass pots, plastic pots or bottles, you can usually leave the labels on. The labels will be removed by the recycling plant during the recycling process. If in doubt, check with your Local Authority.
Disposing of Our Packing Chips
The corn-starch packing chips we use when delivering your order look deceptively similar to polystyrene chips. However, they are fully biodegradable and compostable. You can dispose of them by dissolving the chips in water, or adding them to your own home compost.
General Tips for Disposing of Our Packaging
- Rinse out all pots and bottles before disposing of them.
- Squash the Liquiwax bottles and EcoTubs before disposing of them, so they take up less space when being recycled.
- When recycling the plastic pots, keep their lids on so they can be sorted more easily in the recycling plant.
Recycle Now has an excellent guide to finding out what can be recycled in your local area, as well as information on how to dispose of a wide variety of common household waste.