recyclable toothpaste tube.
Enjoy! Squeeze and use as usual, until the toothpaste runs out.
By reaching for this toothpaste tube you're actively making a difference.
Our recyclable tube is not meant for a landfill - it can get turned into useful products
Together we can make a difference.
Made for the Future: The Recyclable Tube
We're so excited to bring this recyclable technology to life. Billions of toothpaste tubes end up in landfills every year. As leaders in the oral care industry, we wanted to create a recyclable alternative. With this breakthrough, we're proudly helping to build a more environmentally friendly future for generations to come. And we are sharing this technology with all other companies - we believe it's that important
How to Recycle?
If your tube has recycling symbol, then recycling is easy. Simply squeeze out as much of the toothpaste from the tube as you can, put the cap back on and place the tube in your recycling bin.
Why do we share our
This project isn’t about us, it’s about something bigger. By sharing our technology hopefully we can initiate a global shift to recyclable toothpaste tubes. Our dream is to have all tubes (not just toothpaste) be recycled in practice and at scale.
What happens after the tubes are recycled?
Here’s a quick example of the tube’s lifecycle. Once the tube is in the recycle stream, it gets sent to places like a Materials Recovery Facility [MRF] where it would get sorted, then sent to a reprocessor who turns HDPE including bottles into little plastic pellets. These pellets can then get turned into new products and packaging!
Questions? Find them here.
We are transitioning our entire toothpaste portfolio across the world to recyclable tubes. This effort began in 2019 and not all tubes will immediately be recyclable. It's important that if your tube does not have this flag on it, then don't put it into your recycling bin.
If your tube has this symbol, then recycling is easy. Simply squeeze out as much of the toothpaste from the tube as you can, put the cap back on and place the tube in your recycling bin. Our tube recycles with #2 HDPE plastics.
Please don't cut open the toothpaste tube to try and remove excess toothpaste! During the processing of the tube at the recycling facility, the tube is ground up and goes through a "rinsing" process, where all the residual toothpaste is washed off the plastic. So there's no need for you to do any rinsing at home.
Yes, caps are technically recyclable and the best practice is to replace the cap on the Tube before placing it in the recycling bin. Doing so will help avoid litter of caps. Caps are made of a different plastic than the tube and thus some recyclers might prefer the caps to be removed before tubes are recycled. Please check your local recycling rules to be sure. We are continuing with our research to convert all of ours caps into a more compatible material with the HDPE stream.
A lot, actually. We’re leading industry groups and working with industry partners globally on education about recyclability and wider acceptance of recyclable tubes. We're sharing our knowledge and technology with any other interested company. We're also verifying the sortability of tubes through testing in labs and real facilities to make sure there is not too much mis-sorting. The more recyclable tubes are used in the market and as more recyclers are educated about recyclable tubes, the easier it will become for reprocessors to recycle tubes coming their way.
This effort began in 2019 and not all tubes will immediately be recyclable. It takes time to make the transition, and during this time, some of our toothpastes will be in recyclable tubes while others won't have transitioned yet. For now, make sure your tube has one of the icons below before you recycle it:
No, this tube (and plastics in general) are not designed to be biodegradable. The #2 HDPE plastic used in our tubes is designed to be "circular," so that the material can be re-processed into new products and packaging.
Our recyclable tubes are made out of #2 HDPE plastic, which is one of the most recycled plastics. HDPE can be turned into all kinds of new things, including construction materials and new packaging. Switching to recyclable has the potential to keep billions of tubes out of landfills.
Here’s a quick example of the tube’s lifecycle:
Once the tube is in the recycle stream, it gets sent to places like a Materials Recovery Facility [MRF] where it would get sorted, then sent to a reprocessor who turns HDPE including bottles into little plastic pellets. These pellets can then get turned into new products and packaging!