According to a recent survey by The Body Shop, Californian cities are dominating the US cities that are recycling their beauty products, with 4 in the top 10! This means California is one of the BEST states for beauty waste recycling.

The new report has not only revealed who is leading the way, and who is lagging behind when it comes to beauty waste recycling, but also the most common products that get thrown in the trash.

The Californian cities that are the top for beauty waste recycling  

1. San Diego –  62.5% of the city recycle their make-up plastic 

2. Los Angeles – 62% 

3. San Jose – 56.7% 

4. San Francisco – 48.4% 

On the other end of the report, only 27.5% of residents in Indianapolis recycle their make-up plastic, with Memphis coming second to last with 31.1%. The biggest jump with Americans agreeing they recycle their make-up plastic was between Dallas and Memphis, which saw a huge 10.6% gap between the two. 

Almost 400,000,000 million razors are thrown in the trash rather than recycled in the US each month! 

A staggering 384,899,983 razors are thrown away every month, followed by 369,092,688 empty plastic bottles of shampoo and 367,032,066 bottles of deodorant. On top of that, over 350 million toothbrushes are thrown away each month as well as over 215 million plastic hairbrushes. 

♻️ The same amount of empty shower gel bottles are thrown away in a month as the number of cars in the US 

♻️ There are 3 times the number of razors thrown away in a month than there are houses in the US. 

♻️ There are almost 6000 times the amount of empty deodorant cans thrown away in a month than there are coffee and snack shops in the US 

43% of Americans only buy from brands that have little or NO plastic waste  

💄50% of Americans are actively trying to reduce their beauty plastic consumption, which helps prevent pollution and lessen the number of raw materials needed.  

💄Over half (54%) of Americans said they are more likely to purchase from companies that use sustainable materials and reduce plastic waste, which shows that as a country we are moving in the right direction to reduce our plastic waste.  

By continuing to work together in our communities to reduce the amount of plastic we use in our beauty routines and remember to recycle as much as we can, we can make a significant difference to our futures.  

The Body Shop’s goal is to package products with a minimum of 75% post-consumer recycled plastic by 2022, with our packaging being made from recycled plastics and plant-based materials where possible. 

About The Body Shop 

Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand and a certified B Corp. The Body Shop seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, body care, hair care, and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. Having pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good, this ethos is still the brand’s driving force. The Body Shop operates about 3,000 retail locations in more than 70 countries. Along with Aesop, Avon, and Natura, The Body Shop is part of Natura &Co, a global, multi-channel, and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. The four companies that form the group are committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. 

Methodology and sources 

Over 2004 Americans were surveyed to find out about the plastic usage and waste.