What we can recycle for you at Biome

Below is a list of items we accept for recycling. Scroll down for more detail about how to recycle that item with Biome. 

  • Products purchased from Biome
  • Beauty packaging 
  • Pens, pencils, markers, highlighters
  • Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes
  • Wine corks
  • Coat hangers
  • Stockings and tights

We strongly encourage you to purchase your own TerraCycle bins for your home, workplace, community group or organisation before dropping them off or sending them to Biome. You can purchase TerraCycle bins here >

Looking for recycling options close to you? Visit PlanetArk's Recycling Near You website >

Recycle Packaging From Products Purchased in Store

Before you leave the store with your purchases, feel free to take off the packaging and leave with us whether it be soft or hard plastic and cardboard.  We send all soft plastics to RedCycle.

We work with our suppliers to have them stop using plastic packaging in the first place.

Recycle Beauty Packaging

Recycle shampoo and conditioner bottles, face cleanser dispensers, body wash bottles, lotion bottles, makeup containers, lip balm tubes and other beauty packaging (excluding spray cans).

IN-STORE: Bring all your empty and cleaned out beauty packaging to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

POST: Send to: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064

*Please note, Biome's recycling service is for personal use only, not for businesses. Business, community groups and organisations wishing to recycle items such as pens and markers should purchase their own Terracycle bin here >

Recycle Pens, Pencils, Markers, Highlighters

For individuals or householders, not businesses sorry.*

IN-STORE: Bring all your empty pens, markers, highlighters and old pencils to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

POST: Send to: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064

*Please note, Biome's recycling service is for personal use only, not for businesses. Business, community groups and organisations wishing to recycle items such as pens and markers should purchase their own Terracycle bin here >

Recycle Toothbrushes & Toothpaste Tubes

All toothpaste tubes must be completely cleaned out for us to take them from you. We cannot accept toothpaste tubes with product inside still.

IN-STORE: Bring your empty, cleaned out toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling. 

POST: Send to: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064 and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

At TerraCycle they are shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products. With credit to Colgate for sponsoring this program.

Recycle Wine Corks

Recycling cork keeps it out of landfill and saves resources and carbon emissions. 

IN-STORE: Bring your wine corks in to a Biome store and we will recycle them for you.

POST: Send to: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064.

The corks we collect are given to various organisations that put them to use.

Did you know: Cork is derived from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in the western Mediterranean region, and must be 25 years old before its first harvest.  It is harvested sustainably and actually helps to protect vulnerable cork forests by making them financially viable rather than clear felling for other agriculture. Therefore, we encourage you to actively choose wine bottles with corks!

Biome's Coat Hanger Exchange 

As part of Biome’s mission to be part of a sustainable fashion industry, we’ve created a coat hanger exchange at Biome’s Paddington and Balmoral stores*.

DROP OFF: Clean coat hangers can be dropped off at our Paddington and Balmoral stores in Brisbane, Queensland. They must be in good working order for others who need them - be clean, have no rust and not be broken. 

PICK UP: For those who need coat hangers, you can take up to six hangers per person.  It’s early days, however, so we can’t promise how many hangers will be available when you drop in. Keep an eye on Biome’s Facebook for updates.

Read more about how you can reduce coat hanger waste here >

*Please note that we can only accept hangers at our Paddington store (2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD) and Balmoral store (216 Riding Road, Balmoral, QLD). We do not accept dry cleaning hangers - these should be returned to the dry cleaners.

Recycle Stockings & Tights

Receive a 10% discount off Biome's Swedish Stockings range when you donate three pairs of old/ripped/unwearable stockings or tights (any brand) to be recycled. 

IN-STORE: Drop at least three pairs of unwearable stockings or tights to any Biome store. Let the staff know and we will then provide you with a discount code that can be used to redeem 10% off Biome's online Swedish Stockings range.

POST: Send at least three pairs of unwearable stockings or tights to Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064. Be sure to include your email address and contact details so that we can send you your discount code. 

Stockings and tights will be sent to Swedish Stockings who will grind old pantyhose down to be used as filler material in fibreglass tangs for commercial oil and grease traps. In the long term, once the technology is available (it isn't far off!) Swedish Stockings aim to close the loop and be able to create new pantyhose from old, recycled pantyhose.

Recycling Options Near You

Find out what can be recycled near you, thanks to PlanetArk > 

Find a TerraCycle recycling drop off location near you >


 

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