It’s confusing, because many beauty products are too small to be effectively recycled in traditional recycling facilities. Then there’s the challenge of separating the component parts into what can feasibly be recycled and what can’t. (For example, pump bottles are a mix of metal and plastic, and the metal part can’t be recycled.) Luckily, beauty brands are starting to think about ways to make recycling more user friendly, offering all-glass packaging or a send-back program where they’ll recycle your empty product for you. Additionally, we’re seeing more drop-off programs, like Nordstrom BeautyCycle, where you can drop off any of your empty products at your local Nordstrom store for proper recycling.