Building on its commitment to developing sustainable laundry solutions, Tide announced its strategic partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle. This will allow the new Tide Eco-Box packaging to be 100 percent recyclable from bag to box.
The new Tide Eco-Box is designed to be environmentally friendly. Its new ultra-concentrated Tide formula is produced with 30 percent less water, and its package has 60 percent less plastic than the equivalent bottled size. The boxed design doesn’t require wasteful secondary packaging and takes up less space than the equivalent bottle, which means fewer trucks needed to transport it to stores.
“TerraCycle is the logical next step for us, because we want to ensure that not only is the product designed for more eco-friendly shipping and usage, but that every element of it is 100 percent recyclable, and recyclable through a very seamless process,” said Procter & Gamble Brand Manager Isaac Hellemn in a statement.
Through the Tide Eco-Box Recycling Program, consumers can recycle all of the packaging from the Eco-Box for free. Once finished with the Eco-Box, consumers can separate any plastic waste from the cardboard box and mail it in using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the plastic is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Additionally, for every pound of waste shipped to TerraCycle, collectors can earn $1 to donate to a nonprofit, school or charitable organization of their choice.
To recycle the corrugated cardboard box, participants can enter their address into the interactive map at terracycle.com and search for available recycling options, including TerraCycle drop-off locations and municipal recycling programs.
“Each year, more than 79 percent of waste that ends up in landfills has the potential to be recycled,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky in a statement. “TerraCycle, in association with companies like Tide, works every day to reduce that number and integrate single-use packaging into new products.”
The Tide Eco-Box Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office or community organization.