Monday, November 16, 2009

Recycle Caps with Aveda

Bleatings from EnviRambo.




You recycle paper, glass, and even plastic bottles, but what do you do with their pesky caps? Unfortunately the answer for millions of Americans is throw them away. But, they do not have to.


Aveda has a program for recycling plastic bottle caps. Recycle Caps With Aveda is a campaign that collects caps to be repurposed into new packaging. The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic - #5. Not sure what that is? It includes hard plastic caps that twist on a threaded neck such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, and milk. As well as flip-top caps on tubes and food product bottles like ketchup and mayonnaise, laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter.


Have an Aveda store near you? Not sure? Click here to find out. Once you have located an Aveda near you, call to confirm they participate in the Recycle Caps With Aveda program. If they do, start saving those pesky plastic caps and simply turn them in. If not, you can mail them directly to:

DISTRIBUTION CENTER
AVEDA CAP PROGRAM
ATTN: CESAR SOTO
475 WEST APRA STREET
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA 90220

Even better yet, you can get your or your child's school to act as a collection point. Once completing the enrollment form, Aveda will partner with your school providing shipping labels for your school's cap-filled containers. The school just needs to call UPS when a container is ready to be shipped. For more information on enrollment email capcollection@aveda.com or call 1-877-AVEDA09.

No Aveda near you? Well, you could always turn your plastic caps into refrigerator magnets.


15 comments:

panamamama said...

I love the magnet idea. Our city picks up all plastic up to #7's so I throw the lids in there too, wonder if they recycle them or toss them. I'm going to call now.
My scout troops could do the magnets for holiday gifts!

Heather@TheGreenestDollar said...

Thanks so much for this post. I've been throwing my caps in the recycle bin, but I wonder if they're, in turn, just getting throw out? Yikes.

It's awesome Aveda's doing this. I'll spread the word!

Green Bean said...

Okay, THIS is cool! I'm like Heather. I've been putting the ones marked with a recycle sign that our company accepts in the recycle bin but who knows what happens. The rest of the bottle caps unfortunately go in the trash and sadly we know what happens to them from there.

Lisa Sharp said...

I have done this once so far. The person was very nice and they even offered a free massage (I was in a hurry so skipped but still.).

Kirsten@Nexyoo said...

This is great to know. I wish that bottle manufacturers could use the same plastic for bottle and cap so that both would be more likely to be recycled!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Aveda is doing something positive. Where I live (Sydney, Australia) plastics #1 thru #7 can be recycled including the caps.

Condo Blues said...

When I dropped off my first bunch of caps at Aveda they gave me a free hand massage as a thank you! I think all recycling programs should offer thank you massages :)

Kim said...

(just an FYI) The caps are made of a different kind of plastic due to the polymer. #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE) plastic would not stay rigid as a lid. Also, removing caps is crucial as one cap can contaminate the entire PETE or HDPE batch.

Daisy said...

When I taught first grade, caps and lids of all sorts became math manipulatives. They can be sorted and grouped so many ways!

Kellie said...

Ooo very good to know. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

does anyone know of a collection site for caps in the louisville, elizabethtown, kentucky area??? my kids and i were collecting them for a charity (which we found out after 6 gallon bags of caps were collected) is a hoax. i would like to find one if possible, so any information is greatly appreciated.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Anonymous - There's an Aveda store at St. Matthews Mall in Louisville and Fayette Mall in Lexington. Isn't E-town closer to Lexington? Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

i will check the one at mall st. matthew's. i actually saw an aveda salon in etown, ky, but i called and they acted like i didn't know what i was talking about...so i will call the other place... etown is closer to louisville, i think. thanks so much for the suggestions...

Anonymous said...

NEW OPTION FOR CAPS!!!!
CAPSNCUPS NOW COLLECTS ALL PLASTIC CAPS!! CONTACT US AT 812-492-3812 OR INFO@CAPSNCUPS.COM. VISIT US AT WWW.CAPSNCUPS.COM.

Anonymous said...

NEW CAP NEWS!!!!
CAPSNCUPS HAS JUST STARTED A PROGRAM TO RECYCLE CAPS WHICH DOES NOT REQUIRE THEM TO BE SEPARATED. THEY TAKE ALL CAPS AND LIDS!! CONTACT THEM AT 812-492-3812 OR INFO@CAPSNCUPS.COM. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.CAPSNCUPS.COM.

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