How to Reuse, Recycle & Dispose of LUUM ProductsPosted by Sean Costello on
We value sustainability and waste reduction, and we strive for excellence in our packaging and supply chain. Our cleaning tablets and reusable glass spray bottles were conceived, in part, to provide an alternative to traditional cleaning products that are distributed in single-use plastic bottles and contain 95%+ water.
Why ship water around the world when you can simply use your tap?
Why use a plastic spray bottle and trigger only once?
Sustainability doesn't refer only to a material's end life. There are many factors to consider when making decisions around sustainability including:
- How heavy is this product to ship?
- How far do the components of the product have to ship from manufacturer to ultimate end user?
- How many times will this product be used?
- How likely is it that the material will be recycled properly?
We consider all of these things and more when creating our products. Below are details about each of our components and how to properly dispose of them, if needed.
These products have all been designed to be refilled and reused again and again. If you need to dispose of them, please follow the instructions below:
The glass spray bottle is made from 50% recycled materials. Glass is infinitely recyclable and over 80% of recycled glass containers are turned into new bottles. If you need to dispose of the bottle, please place it in your blue bin.
The spray trigger was specifically designed for ongoing use and complies with the European Ecolabel requirements for packages: 100% plastic with use of in-house recycled material, reduction of weight, increase of durability to sustain refill use. The plastic material is Polypropylene (PP), which is plastic #5. Check if your municipality accepts #5 plastics in your blue bin.
The protective sleeve is made from durable food-grade silicone. It can be easily removed and washed with warm soapy water. Silicone is a recyclable material, but it is not curbside recyclable and should be placed in your trash bin.
The Mailer Box
All of our paper-based shipping supplies are curbside recyclable. This includes the mailer boxes (corrugate and print board), product inserts and essential oil boxes.
The Essential Oil
The glass essential oil bottle is curbside recyclable. The dropper will need to be placed in the trash bin.
The Tablet Wrappers
The tablet wrapper film is made of a multi-layer PET and EVOH/PE plastic film and is not recyclable. We were not able to identify a viable recyclable or compostable packaging option which adequately protects our products from moisture and oxidation, while allowing us to make our tablets in the USA. We are keeping a close eye on the evolution of sustainable options in the packaging industry and plan to adopt a more environmentally friendly option when it becomes available. If you have any suggestions for us, please contact us at email@example.com!
Some of the recyclable and compostable packaging claims out there can be misleading. Recyclable plastic #7 is not accepted and processed by municipalities. Industrial compostable materials are not home compostable – they must be processed at a special facility and will not break down in your backyard compost (or in the trash waste stream). Unfortunately, if you place non-recyclable materials in your blue bin, many times your waste processor will send the whole lot to the landfill.
Please validate that your local recycling program accepts the plastic types you are attempting to recycle. If not, it is better to send it to the landfill or take it to a special purpose recycling facility. This way, the viable recycling value stream is not contaminated.