You Can Now Recycle Your Lipstick and Crayon Tubes

How to clean out and recycle a lipstick tube

You can now recycle your Axiology lipstick and crayon tubes at Credo!


The beauty industry has a major waste problem. All on its own, the industry produces an estimated 120 billion units of beauty packaging every year. And it’s estimated that about 79% of that 120 billion goes to landfills or ends up littering our planet and oceans. 

Why does this even happen?

Because cosmetics are really ‘effing hard to recycle. Most of it — caps, pumps, jars, lipstick tubes, etc — are smaller than a single-serving yogurt container (a good size to measure against when asking yourself, “can I recycle this?”), and often made from mixed materials (also problematic for recycling facilities). This means pretty much all of it is too small to be recycled by municipal Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Aka the lovely people who pick up your recycling at home.

That’s why we created our Award-Winning plastic-free Balmies

Ditching the plastic tube all together is truly the best way to avoid adding waste to our landfills and oceans. Plus, it’s a great way to get more color bang for your hard-earned buck since Balmies hold the same amount of product (.12oz) as a standard lipstick, at half the price.

What about Axiology lipsticks and crayons?

While we’re super proud of our moisturizing 10-ingredient lipstick and crayon formula, we’re always working to improve the packaging. Don’t get me wrong, our lippies are still more sustainable than most — from the way we select our ingredients to the boxes made from recycled waste — but there’s room for improvement. Our lipstick tubes are currently made with 50% post-consumer recycled plastic (you can read about that painstaking journey here) and both our crayon and lipstick tubes will be at least 80% PCR plastic by 2022.

And today we’re beyond excited to announce our partnership with Pact.

Recycle beauty packaging with Pact at Credo

This means you can recycle your Axiology lipsticks and crayons at a Credo store, if you’ve got one near you.

What is Pact?

Pact partners with members of the beauty industry to help customers to empty and clean, recycle, and give new life to what-would-otherwise-be-trash beauty products.

It’s a game changer!

How does it work?

1. Empty + Clean

  • As with all recycling, the first step is emptying and cleaning the packaging. Be diligent here! Packages with gunk left in them can’t be recycled.
    • Tip: A good way to clean a narrow tube like our Lipsticks and Crayons is to use a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol will cut through the oil-based product.

2. Bring 'em in

  • Collect your cleaned-out tubes (all components of our products can be recycled this way) and take them to your nearest Pact recycling Bin

    We’re continuing to think of ways of making our products as sustainable as possible, and will keep you all posted on our progress. In the meantime, thank you for going the extra step with us to make the beauty industry just a tad friendlier to our beautiful planet.