Burt’s Bee

Glamcycle: Bert's Bee Recycle On Us Program


You’ve done the impossible: you’ve finished a Burt’s Bees lip product. What do you do with the empty tube?
Easy: recycle it—on Bert’s Bee. Here’s how:

  Click here to get the prepaid mailing label.
  Affix the label to an eco-friendly envelope, box or other container.
  Mail your product tubes back with USPS.



When mailing back tubes, please bundle and send back at least three at a time. You don’t have to use a standard envelope, either! You can make your own out of any recyclable paper you have lying around. Be creative! Bert’s Bee just asks that you avoid wasteful, bulky padded envelopes.



Sustainable packaging is important to Bert’s Bee. They strive to reduce materials, use recyclable materials, and use as much post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic as possible.

But many lip care products are often too small to survive the sorting process at recycling centers—they literally fall through the cracks, and end their lives at landfills. That’s why it’s important not to sort eligible Burt’s Bees lip products with your regular curbside recycling.

When you Recycle on Bert’s Bee, you give your favorite Burt’s product another life. Your old Lip Balm tubes could be part of your neighbors next lip balm, a yogurt container, or even a park bench one day!


Eligible Products

• Lip Balm  • Lip Shine  • Lip Shimmer  • Lip Crayon



Burt’s Bee make a big deal about the all-natural formulations of our many wonderful products—but of course we don’t stop there. Even our packaging is designed conscientiously: including our focus using post-consumer recycled content. Currently, our primary package containers average 34% PCR content, our plastic bottles average 71% PCR, and our secondary packages average 36%. In addition, we strive to make our packages as recyclable as possible, and 89% of our primary packaging is made with recyclable materials. Finally, we have trimmed excess packaging from many of our products – some as much as 50%.

We’re always working with our suppliers to find new ways to incorporate PCR into our packaging, to make it easier for our customers to recycle at home, and to reduce the total amount of materials we use. We’re also members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Sustainable Packaging Cosmetics Roundtable, which help us learn and lead.



The plastic in all of our caps, as well as our lip balm, tinted lip balm, and lip shimmer tubes, is low-impact polypropylene – also called #5 plastic. We’ve also converted our yellow lip balm tubes to 50% PCR.



Lip balm and lip shimmer packaging labels are shrink-wrap free. By simply extending our label, we were able to eliminate 1,800 miles of shrink-wrap from our waste stream in one year – enough to wrap the Statue of Liberty 100 times!



Our kit packaging is 100% plastic-free.



We use recyclable paper foam, rather than plastic trays, to hold our products in place.



Because it’s so important to know what color you’re getting before you buy it, we use clear virgin plastic in our lip gloss tubes; it gives a more faithful view of each shade than does transparent PCR.



When we must choose function over form – in this case, the clarity of virgin plastic over the efficiency of PCR plastic – we strive to use materials with the lowest impact to the environment. While virgin plastic isn’t ideal for us, we use #1 PETE plastic, which may be recyclable in your area. Clean out as much product as possible, and check with your municipal recycling facility to make sure it can process #1 plastic.



Our lip gloss caps are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic!



Our cartons use only as much paperboard as we need to communicate important ingredient information. Our packaging uses FSC certified paperboard and contains 65% PCR content.



Source/Photos:  Burt’s Bee 
Date:   2017


Recycle On Us Program – http://www.burtsbees.com/content/recycle-on-us/sustain-recycleonus.html

Packaging – http://www.burtsbees.com/content/sustainable-packaging/sustainable-packaging-asset.html