We’re Taking A Stance On Reducing Beauty Waste

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We’re Taking A Stance On Reducing Beauty Waste

The beauty and wellness industry generates over 120 billion packages each year, and only a fraction actually gets recycled.* 


As a Certified B Corp, our goal is to make a big impact on your skin with as little impact on our planet. To start, we intentionally and innovatively designed our products to be infinitely recyclable and refillable. But that was only the beginning. 

The march toward beauty circularity is an industry-wide effort, and we’re happy to help lead the way.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Pact Collective to help minimize the hard-to-recycle beauty packaging waste that ends up in landfills and oceans. 

With our new beauty collection program, you can now recycle ANY brand’s beauty product (that can't be upcycled, recycled locally, or composted) through our website or at a local drop-off location. 

About Pact Collective

Pact is a nonprofit collective working to reduce, recycle, and drive towards circularity. They believe that if consumers and companies work together, we can end the global plastics and packaging problem in the beauty industry.

Pact partners with beauty companies of all sizes to collect packaging that recycling facilities cannot handle due to equipment limitations or lack of end markets. By collecting these materials at scale across many brands, Pact can responsibly sort like-for-like materials at volumes that open up a variety of circular options for next use. 


Our Pact Partnership

Exponent is now a proud Pact Member with a drop off and mail-back collection program that makes it easier for you to send in items that can’t be locally recycled or composted. Here’s how it works. 

Pact Drop Off Program

With collection bins at participating retailers throughout the country, you can simply drop off acceptable packaging components. Enter your location here to find a Pact Collection Dropoff Bin near you

All of the below are Pact – accepted packaging, as long as it’s clean and empty*.  

  • Plastic bottles + jars smaller than a fist
  • Plastic + aluminum squeezable tubes
  • Colored glass bottles + jars (think green and blue glass)
  • Ceramic + porcelain containers 
  • Pumps + dispensers 
  • Caps + closures 
  • Compacts + palettes
  • Lipstick tubes + applicators
  • Toothpaste tubes + dental floss containers 
  • Mascara tubes and wands
  • For a comprehensive list of packaging items Pact accepts, click here


Packaging that still has goop left behind can contaminate and damage equipment used by recycling systems so please support our partnership by using these cleaning tips


Exponent Beauty + Pact Mail-Back Program

If you’re unable to access a Pact Collection Dropoff Bin in your area, we also have a mail-back collection program. Click here to learn more. 

Pact is committed to finding the highest and best use for the materials they collect. 


So—What happens to your packaging once Pact receives it? This is the general hierarchy* – best possible outcome to least favorable (and at least it isn’t in a landfill). 

  • Mechanically recycled into another product (e.g. packaging, carpet, pallets for warehouses)
  • Downcycled (into asphalt, for example)
  • Molecularly recycled (e.g. reduced to chemical monomers that can be used to build something else)
  • Waste-to-energy (packaging that cannot be used in any other way is burned)

Our push for sustainability is a shared effort. Seemingly small, individual actions can have a monumental impact on reducing landfill waste and our carbon footprint. Join us in taking a stance on reducing beauty waste and as always, Raise Your Expectations

*Source: Pact Collective


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