Reddit Is Reusing Empty The Ordinary Bottles
If you know Reddit, you know that the SkincareAddiction subreddit is the place to go when you need advice on beauty products — and that’s apparently true of when you need advice on what to do with your beauty products when they’re empty. On Sunday, January 12, a redditor who goes by the username SunflowersOrDaisies asked, “Any ideas on reusing empty TO bottles?” referring to The Ordinary‘s little glass dropper bottles. “My boyfriend is giving me a hard time because I don’t want to throw them out… but they’re so cute.”
Fellow Redditors were ready to jump in with suggestions, and the post has since gained nearly 200 comments, many of which include ways to reuse the bottles for additional beauty purposes.
“Use them to decant larger skincare products for travel,” one person wrote — an idea that numerous other commenters agreed with. Others recommended using the bottles for DIY skin care, with one person saying, “I use my empty glass bottles for facial oils.” One especially savvy skin-care lover had a brilliant use, writing, “I’m planning on using mine to hold excess liquid from sheet masks.” But there were plenty of non-facial beauty suggestions, too, like, “Put a little bit of (castor/olive/jojoba/baobab etc) oil in and use them to drop oil into your cuticles on your nails to keep them healthy,” and, “I also think it could be a good bobby pin holder!”
The creativity new uses for The Ordinary’s bottles didn’t stop there. A number of Redditors with green thumbs have ideas for putting them to use with plants. “I take the labels off and use them to propagate small plant cuttings,” one person wrote, with another echoing the idea: “If you’re into plants they’re actually a great size for propping a lot of leaves! I just helped a succulent regain roots with one of these!” Yet another found a way to work some botanical beauty into their decor, suggesting, “Save a bunch, then use a piece of string to hang 3 or 4 vertically. Put an individual flower in each hanging bottle. Repeat across a curtain rod and have a cute window display!”
The bottles are apparently fantastic for the artistic among us, as well. “Use them as water droppers to thin your acrylic paints,” one person recommended, while another said, “I reuse mine for specifically mixed watercolors that I know I’d have a hard time remixing.” Another fan of The Ordinary says her significant other has been repurposing her bottles, saying, “My boyfriend uses them to store fountain pen ink!”
And yes, some folks are even reusing The Ordinary’s bottles for culinary purposes. “If you’re into baking/cooking, you could make your own vanilla extract and store it in those,” one person wrote, with another agreeing: “Vanilla extract, no more spilling or accidentally putting in too much vanilla in your coffee.” Someone channels their inner mixologist, writing, “We use droppers for putting bitters in for cocktails.” One person even suggested, “Tiny bottles of hot sauce.”
If finding new uses for skin-care packaging isn’t your forte but you don’t want to feel wasteful, one Redditor in this ingenious thread had great news: “Deciem actually announced a little while back that they have opened recycling points in different parts of the country for you to return your empty bottles so that they can then reuse them again for another person,” they wrote of The Ordinary’s parent company. Another person chimed in to say, “For anyone who has a brick and mortar Deciem store near you, they have bins where you can return your skincare empties to be recycled (and not just the company’s products, any empties).”
You can find out more about Deciem’s recycling program with TerraCycle at terracycle.com.
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