Packaging End of Life
We have created this guide not just for transparency on our packaging types but also to help you, our customer, know how to discard of it in the most sustainable way.
In order to keep our products in new condition before they reach you, we must protect them with packaging. When a product's quality is not affected by not being in a poly or glassine bag, we have removed that entirely.
If you have questions on how to recycle or if you can recycle a piece of our packaging, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-717-0267.
|Packaging Type||Material||Used on/with||How to Dispose|
|Poly (plastic) bag||Transitioning to 100% recycled plastic. As of August 2022, about 80% of our polybags used are from 100% recycled plastic.||Hats - Beanies- Some shirts and sweatshirts -Neck tubes -Headbands - Removed from products not requiring protection||Both types of polybags can be recycled in any "plastic film" recycling. Do not put in with regular plastic recycling. Many grocery stores have a bin in front to accept plastic film. More plastic film resources at the bottom of this page.|
|Glassine (thin paper) bag||FSC certified virgin paper||Shirts - Some sweatshirts||Recycle like any other paper|
|Box||Recycled paper||Glasses - Mugs||Recycle like any other paper|
|Newsprint/paper wrap||Paper||Glasses - Mugs||Recycle like any other paper|
|Hangtag||Recycled paper||Hats - Knit Hats||Recycle like any other paper|
|Hangtag||Paper||Shirts - Sweatshirts - Belts - Dog products||Recycle like any other paper|
|Display hanging card||Paper||Fishmasks - Thermal tubes - Belts - Dog products||Recycle like any other paper|
|Sock Bands||Paper||Socks||Recycle like any other paper|
|Plastic connectors||Plastic||Anything with a hangtag||Trash|
|Barcode stickers||Paper||Drinkware - Bandanas - Some key fobs||Trash|
|Backing of stickers||Plastic coated paper||Stickers||Trash|
|Packaging Type||Material||Used on/with|
|Shipping boxes||Recycled cardboard||Recycle like any other paper product|
|Envelope - brown||Recycled paper||Recycle like any other paper product|
|Envelope - white||Paper||Recycle like any other paper product|
|Poly-Mailer||Recycled plastic||Recycle with other in any "plastic film" recycling. Do not put in with regular plastic recycling. Many grocery stores have a bin in front to accept plastic film. More plastic film resources at the bottom of this page.|
|Packaging paper - brown||Recycled paper||Recycle like any other paper product|
|Packaging paper - newsprint||Paper||Recycle like any other paper product|
|Tape||Plastic||No need to remove, can remain on box when recycling|
|Shipping Label||Post consumer white paper (recycled)||Recycle like any other paper product. Can remain affixed to envelope or box.|
Plastic Film Recycling:
Plastic bags and plastic "film" (thin plastics) cannot be recycled in regular recycling where bottles and the like are recycled. They must go in a specialty recycling center. Most major grocery stores have large bins in front to accept plastic bags and you can take ANY plastic film to those locations! Recycled plastic bags are used to create a lot of lumber alternatives for decks and also go back into creating bags of recycled content. Be sure to look for plastic film recycling locations in your area. If you don't have one, there are are a few companies who are creating specialty take-back programs. As we have more information on reliable ones, especially where the shipping doesn't do more harm than good of the recycling, we will put that information here!
Fine Art Packaging:
Since we order all of our fine art prints on demand from a third party, we are not able to control the packaging of those products. The exterior box and firm cardboard inside the box is recyclable wherever you recycle paper but the plastic wrap must be taken care of like all other plastic film as describe above.
**These are general guidelines for recycling your RepYourWater packaging. Please check with your local recycling center(s) for any specific guidelines for your community. Thank you!