Friday, January 9, 2009


How cool is this?

Preserve started the Gimme 5 program to help more people recycle their #5 plastic. Products packaged in #5 plastic are sold widely, but #5 is not recycled in most communities. By recycling your #5 plastic through the Gimme 5 program, you are saving plastic from being sent to landfills, keeping the plastic local by recycling it here in the USA, and you are helping to turn it into new Preserve products.
You have two ways to Gimme 5:

Send it to us (see below).
Drop your #5s at a Preserve Gimme 5 bin (available in select Whole Foods Market stores).
Click here for a list of locations.
•Mail or drop off any CLEAN plastic item with a #5 stamp on the bottom.
•Common #5s include yogurt cups, sour cream containers, hummus tubs, and medicine bottles.
•Through our partnership with Brita, we accept Brita filters for recycling. Click here to learn how to recycle your Brita filter.

To Gimme 5 by mail:
•To help make this program a win for the environment, it is important that you send your plastics back to us via ground shipping (as opposed to air). Reuse a box if you can!
• Make sure to include your return address on the box and add your name and email address inside the box so we can thank you for your good work.
• Unfortunately, we are unable to pay for you to mail your #5s to us. However, our retail-based Gimme 5 program (starting in January) will allow you to drop off your used #5s at no cost.

Send Gimme 5 shipments to:
Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS Rte 13
Cortland, NY 13045

If you have any questions about the Gimme 5 program or need to get a shipment approved,
call us at 888-354-7296.
I blogged about their Brita filter program, but had no idea about all the other cool recycling stuff they do. Read on:
Recycline makes Preserve®– a line of stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products for your home. As a company, we strive to combine socially and environmentally responsible business practices with groundbreaking design to create products that people feel good about having in their homes. We believe that choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t mean having to sacrifice quality, price, or performance. We believe they should make you feel good.
When you are done using products you purchase from them,
Preserve toothbrushes, razor handles and tongue cleaners can have a second life as plastic lumber for park benches, decks and more! 
Very cool.


St said...

I hate seeing that #5 on the bottom of empty containers. I wonder if we can get them to put a drop center at our Whole Foods?

GiGi said...

Nope - Ohio isn't on the list yet. I'm heading out to Whole Foods in Deerfield this weekend - I'll ask about it. Which Whole Foods do you go to?

Kelly said...

I just love this company! When Kimberly told me about it, I had to pass it on.

St said...

Rookwood, but I don't get out there often. Looovvve Trader Joe's and it's always cheaper!