One of the things we are asked most about is recycling or reusing the bottles and jars that we package our product in. As much as I would love to say "Yes, of course! Bring us all of your empties!" I cannot. Here's why:
1. It's too expensive for you to ship bottles and jars back to us safely. You'll need bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and a cardboard box - and likely a trip to your local post office, and it's not cheap! And the carbon footprint on that is unnecessary in our opinion!
2. We would need to peel off any labels by hand (and use goo-gone to remove sticky residue) and then also run them through a dishwasher to sterilize them.
3. All lids, pumps, droppers would need to be replaced. It would be really difficult to try to get the right pumps on the right products, and there would certainly be cross-contamination.
4. We simply don't have the space to house all the bottles and jars that we would receive back, nor do we have the time to allow the process to take place.
It's unfortunate, but it's the way that it is. I would love to have the ability to refill on site someday - a refill station of some sort in our store in La Conner. But we currently do not have the space to make something like that work.
But please be aware that we are always looking for new ways to make changes! We will keep you updated if we have any new information, or anything changes.
How do you like to repurpose or reuse your bottles & jars? We'd love to know! Leave a comment below.