Making sense of plastic deodorant tubes.

Making sense of plastic deodorant tubes.

How do you recycle a plastic deodorant tube? It’s much more complicated than one might think. There’s several kinds of plastic that can make up one single tube.

Most deodorant tubes contain high-density or low-density polyethylene (ie. HDPE/#2 plastic or LDPE/#4). But some parts are made with Polypropylene. And you know that little dial at the bottom that pushes it up? Yep, that can be a different type of plastic. Same with the little tray that hold the deodorant, and the post that runs up the middle. Even the cap is sometimes a different type of plastic than the body of the tube. Putting them in the recycling might feel good, but you practically need an engineering degree to make sure you don’t contaminate your an entire load of recycling. You need to dissect that tube down into its individual parts, clean them thoroughly, and only recycle those marked with a recycling code. By the time you’re done, you’ve used a bunch of water, wasted time, and still there’s only a slight chance that those parts will actually wind up being recycled.

There’s a better way. You don’t need a complicated plastic tube to apply deodorant. All of this is why HiBAR plastic-free deodorant comes in our unique recyclable and compostable cardboard tube.

And that’s not all. What we put inside the tube matters too. HiBAR is natural deodorant, free of all of the bad stuff you might find in traditional deodorants. We don’t use paragons, triclosan, phthalates, propylene glycol, or aluminum. Our natural deodorant is nothing but all-natural, all-day protection, with no animal cruelty, and of course zero plastic.
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