Most city recycling programs in the U.S accept metal, glass, plastic bottles, and paper. But they do not accept plastic caps or lids. This is mainly because lids are not made of the same material as their plastic container. Plastics can be recycled but mixing two different plastics reduces and contaminates the materials and increases the cost of recycling. Also, when plastic bottles are compressed with lids on them, they do not compact very well and get thrown in the trash. Thus, caps end up in landfill or get washed into storm drains and finally end up in our waterways. In oceans, animals mistake these caps for food and ingest them leading to the loss of marine life. This endangers our animals leading to extinction. To protect the millions of animals dying in our Great Lakes and prevent the filling up of our landfills, we chose recycling of plastic caps as our project.
Our research showed Aveda is the only company that recycles plastic bottle caps. The collected caps are sent to plastic recycler to be cleaned, sorted and ground into pellets. Once in the pellet form, they are molded into new plastic caps. The first-ever 100% recycled cap is then delivered to the Aveda manufacturing facility and attached to the Limited Edition Vintage Clove Shampoo bottles. The Vintage Clove Shampoo is purchased by consumers, who then turn in their finished bottle cap and recycle their bottle to begin the plastic recycle again.