6 products that are near impossible to recycle.

6 products that are near impossible to recycle.

There are products that we use in our everyday lives that we have no idea are affecting the planet!

Take a look at this list we've compiled and consider ways of cutting them out or replacing them.



Sticky notes

Post-it notes are made of paper so you would expect to recycle it like any other type of paper.                                                                                                         

Most sticky notes cannot get recycled because in most cases the glue on the adhesive strip cannot be removed throughout the recycling process. Therefore many recycling centres refuse to accept them.


Disposable coffee cups

Despite being made of cardboard, coffee cups tend to not be recycled due to having a plastic lining or having drink residue inside.
Therefore, less than 1% of throw away cups end up being recycled, leading to an estimate to 600 billion disposable cups being discarded into landfills every year, globally.

A great alternative for these would be a reusable coffee cup, such as KeepCup!



Paper receipts often cannot be recycled as they tend to be printed on shiny, thermal paper, which is coated in a substance called bisphenol A (BPA) of bisphenol S (BPS). 

A recent alternative to these, which many stores tend to offer now-a-days is an online receipt!


Toothpaste tubes and other squeezable tubes

Products that are bought in squeezable tubes such as toothpaste tubes, are hard to recycle, as they have a thin layer of aluminium and contain various types of plastic.

This makes it difficult for recycling centres to separate the two materials and process them to be recycled.

There are brands that are now making plastic-free alternative to traditional toothpaste tubes, such as Hello's chew tablets.


Crips packets

Crisp packets tend to not be recycled due to the grease and crisp residue that hangs onto them.

Try out the scrunch test. This is if the item springs back into shape after you have scrunched it up, then it shouldn’t be recycled.⠀


Cotton pads

Cotton pads tend to not be recycled as they are typically blended with synthetic materials, such as polyester, making it impossible to recycle. If they are made of 100% cotton, they can be composted but only if they havent been used with chemicals and disinfectants. 

An amazing alternative is Push Design Store's organic bamboo & cotton reusable face wipes. These cute patterned, washable wipes are great for makeup removal or simply cleaning your face!

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