Pioneering Recycling Solutions with TerraCycle

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Pioneering Recycling Solutions with TerraCycle

We believe in harnessing the power of nature to create effective skincare and haircare products that are good for you and kind to the planet. But clean beauty goes beyond ingredients; it's about everything we do, from where we source materials to how we package products. We're transparent and responsible because a healthy planet means healthy skin.


Exciting News: We're thrilled to partner with TerraCycle, known for innovative solutions that recycle hard-to-recycle waste. This partnership represents a significant step forward for LATHER as we work towards a more sustainable future for the natural beauty industry.


Simply Return Your Packaging to Our Stores

We've placed TerraCycle Zero Waste Boxes™ in our stores specifically for your used LATHER tubes, bottles, and containers. This makes recycling your skincare and haircare products easier than ever.


Here's How It Works:

  1. Finish your LATHER product: Enjoy the benefits of your natural skincare routine!

  2. Bring your empty LATHER packaging to any LATHER store: Look for our designated TerraCycle bin and simply drop off your used tubes, bottles, and containers.

  3. TerraCycle takes care of the rest: Our partnership with TerraCycle ensures your LATHER packaging gets properly sorted and recycled through their advanced recycling processes.


What Happens to Your Packaging?

TerraCycle's expertise allows us to achieve a higher level of recycling for our LATHER packaging. Here's what happens behind the scenes:

  1. Advanced Sorting: Once collected, your LATHER packaging goes through a meticulous sorting process at TerraCycle's facilities.

  2. Innovative Processing: Sorted materials are then transformed into valuable raw materials that can be used to create new products.

  3. New Life for Old Materials: Plastics are reborn as pellets for new products, while metals are smelted and reused. Glass gets a second life in new glass products or construction applications. Even organic materials from our LATHER packaging are composted or used in fertilizers.


TerraCycle's Story: Reimagining Recycling

TerraCycle's story is one of remarkable creativity and a deep commitment to environmental responsibility. Founded in 2001, they identified a critical gap in traditional recycling systems – the inability to handle many everyday items we use. Through dedication and innovation, TerraCycle developed unique recycling programs that not only divert waste from overflowing landfills but also find new life for discarded materials. Their approach to recycling is truly revolutionary.


A Powerful Partnership: Making Sustainable Choices Easier

Our partnership with TerraCycle empowers LATHER to actively participate in environmental stewardship. We've implemented new programs that make it convenient and responsible for you to recycle your used LATHER packaging and products. This ensures these materials are either recycled or repurposed, significantly lessening their impact on the environment. By providing these user-friendly options, we hope to inspire and empower you to make sustainable choices in your everyday life.


Beyond Waste Reduction: Safeguarding Our Planet's Future

Our collaboration with TerraCycle goes beyond simply minimizing waste. It's about safeguarding the precious ecosystems that sustain our planet. By using fewer virgin materials and reducing pollution linked to conventional waste disposal methods, LATHER and TerraCycle strive to achieve the following:

  1. Protecting Ecosystems: Healthy habitats are vital for a thriving planet. Recycling helps preserve these critical areas that provide homes for countless species of plants and animals. Imagine lush rainforests teeming with life or vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish. Every recycled LATHER product helps us protect these irreplaceable ecosystems.

  2. Preserving Biodiversity: Maintaining a diverse range of life forms on Earth is essential for a balanced environment. Recycling helps minimize disruptions to ecosystems, allowing diverse species to flourish and ensuring a healthy environment for all. From the majestic tigers of India to the playful penguins of Antarctica, a rich tapestry of life depends on healthy ecosystems.


LATHER's Commitment to Eco-Conscious Practices

Our dedication to a cleaner, healthier planet extends far beyond our collaboration with TerraCycle. We weave environmental responsibility into everything we do, from sourcing natural ingredients to implementing sustainable practices throughout our operations. Here are some ways we strive to minimize our environmental footprint:


  1. Sustainable Sourcing: We prioritize sourcing natural ingredients that are not only good for your skin but also kind to the environment. We partner with suppliers who share our commitment to sustainable practices, such as organic farming and responsible harvesting methods. This ensures the ingredients in our products are not only effective but also ethically sourced.

  2. Eco-Conscious Packaging: We understand that packaging can have a significant environmental impact. That's why we're constantly seeking ways to reduce our packaging footprint. We use recycled materials whenever possible and are committed to exploring innovative, sustainable packaging solutions as they become available.



LATHER and the Baobab Foundation: A Powerful Partnership

Our dedication to environmental stewardship extends beyond our own operations. We're proud to partner with the Baobab Foundation, a social enterprise dedicated to conserving baobab trees and supporting local communities in South Africa. Baobab trees are majestic giants that play a vital role in the African ecosystem. They provide food and shelter for wildlife, and their roots help store water during dry seasons. Unfortunately, baobab trees are threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

 Making a Difference Together:

Through our partnership with the Baobab Foundation, we're committed to making a positive impact on the lives of people and the planet. Here's how:

Supporting Baobab Conservation: For every Baobab & Shea product purchased, $1 goes towards the Baobab Foundation's conservation efforts. This includes planting new baobab trees, restoring wild populations, and mitigating human-wildlife conflicts.

Empowering Local Communities: We believe that supporting local communities is essential for sustainable baobab conservation. The Baobab Foundation works with local communities to create sustainable livelihoods based on baobab products. This helps ensure that communities have a vested interest in protecting these precious trees.

Investing in Research: We support research efforts to deepen our understanding of baobab trees and develop strategies for their long-term conservation. By understanding these trees better, we can ensure their survival for generations to come.


A Force for Good: The Road Ahead

LATHER's commitment to the environment isn't just a trend; it's the driving force behind everything we do. We believe that businesses have a responsibility to operate in a way that protects the planet for future generations. By partnering with innovative companies like TerraCycle and supporting organizations like the Baobab Foundation, we're working towards a future where beauty and sustainability go hand in hand.


We invite you to choose LATHER products, embrace a eco-conscious lifestyle, and together, let's make a positive impact on the world around us.


Together, we can create a healthier planet for all.