Precycle: Reduce Waste Before You Buy
If you’re having trouble tracking down the material your tubes are made from, you may want to opt for an easy-to-recycle option ahead of time to reduce your waste — also known as precycling.
Switch Your Brand
To solve your disposal dilemma before it starts, consider switching to a brand that offers take-back programs for deodorant packaging, such as the aforementioned Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program with TerraCycle. Another great program: Send back five empty Schmidt’s natural deodorant glass jars for recycling, and they’ll send you one free deodorant of your choice. Or, browse the web for a brand that lists what the containers are made of on its website to help you find a recycling solution before you purchase the product.
Make Your Own Deodorant
If your goal is to eliminate packaging waste altogether, you can make your own deodorant at home from easy-to-find ingredients. One of the most basic homemade deodorants is baking soda, which absorbs perspiration and neutralizes odors. To give it a try, simply use a makeup brush or powder puff to apply baking soda to dry underarms, and see how it works for you.