Organic Laundry Detergent

Can You Recycle Laundry Detergent Bottles?

Yes, plastic laundry detergent bottles are 100% recyclable.

The hard plastic used for liquid laundry detergent containers falls into the category of plastic #2 (HDPE), which is actually a material that is in-demand and recyclable in many conventional recycling facilities. Plastic #2 is actually one of the safest types of plastic to be reused. Its durability and reliability make it great to use for manufacturing items like stools, chairs, and synthetic wood. Plastic #2 can also be recycled and turned into milk and juice bottles, play sets, plastic lumber for decking or docks, buckets, containers, stadium seating, and more.

When clear plastic containers like water bottles or milk jugs are recycled, they have more opportunity to be converted into different items since there is no pre-existing color. Whereas a red-dyed plastic bottle is destined to become another dyed-red plastic bottle once it is recycled.

Many conventional laundry detergents are dyed bright, eye-catching colors that are great for capturing consumer attention but not so great for reusing. Since Fawn Organics Laundry Detergent uses a clear plastic bottle, the types of products that the recycled plastic can be used for will be greater and not limited due to color. Customers of Fawn Organics Laundry Detergent can feel good about recycling a plastic bottle that has high recovery rates at recycling facilities and offers more versatility in

How to Recycle Laundry Detergent Bottles

Recycling is one of the simplest things you can do for the environment. Instead of destining the plastic bottle to leach at the landfill, we have the opportunity to convert them into something useful, to prevent more plastic waste, and reduce plastic pollution. Plastic laundry detergent bottles are 100% recyclable and reusable as long as you are sure to rinse and remove leftover detergent residue.

Recyclables that are not clean enough or free from leftover residue are not recovered for reuse and have to potential to compromise entire loads of recyclables. As a result, many people attempting to recycle and protect the planet don’t realize their plastic containers are being sent to rot in landfills instead. How can you make sure your laundry detergent bottle is recycled? Simply follow these steps.

Once you have finished off your laundry detergent, it’s time to prepare the bottle for recycling. Simply twist off the cap, fill the bottle with warm water, and allow the water and leftover detergent to foam to the top. Then, set the bottle aside and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Once the bottle has had time to sit, pour out the sudsy water and rinse it with warm water until it is not foamy. If it is still foamy after a couple of rinses, then there is likely considerable detergent residue leftover. If this is the case, use a brush or scrubber to scrape the remaining detergent from the container.

Lastly, turn the plastic bottle upside down and let it dry. Once dry, your plastic laundry detergent bottle is ready to be recycled, recovered, and reused!

The Fawn Organics Difference

At its core, recycling is all about reuse. With Fawn Organics’ clear plastic packaging, you can rest easy knowing our laundry detergent bottle enjoys higher recovery rates at recycling facilities and can be turned into a greater variety of useful products since it is not dyed. In addition, since our plant-based laundry detergent formula is 100% biodegradable and clean, you will never be harming the environment as you prepare your bottle for recycling and rinse excess detergent residue down the drain.

Reuse Ideas

Although plastic laundry detergent bottles are fully recyclable, you also have the option to upcycle and reuse them for another purpose! After washing the empty bottle, you could cut off the top and use the container as storage for garden tools or for sandy beach toys. You could poke holes in the bottle’s cap and make an upcycled watering can for your garden and flowers. You could cut the top off the bottle and use it as a pet-food scooper to pour dry cat or dog food into bowls. In addition, you could leave the bottle as is and fill it with rock salt to easily shake on your driveway in the icy winter months. The possibilities for reuse are endless!

Want to experience the Fawn Organics difference for yourself? Visit our shop to explore our line-up of organic, skin-friendly, and earth-friendly cleaning products.

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