In 2007, in order to help consumers “close the loop” in their products’ lifespans, we took our business a step further and developed the Gimme 5 recycling takeback program, enabling individuals, companies, and institutions to collect and recycle #5 polypropylene plastic. Through our partnership with Whole Foods Market, we are able to use their stores as drop-off locations, and utilize its existing recycling infrastructure to reclaim the #5 plastic. Once our recycling centers receive the materials, we are able to create new Preserve products that are 100% collected and manufactured right here in the US.
Why #5? Polypropylene is one of the safest plastics, but also one of the least recycled plastics. Many municipal recycling systems do not collect #5 as widely as #1 and #2. Through the Gimme 5 program, we not only raise awareness and accessibility, but we also cut resource usage by about half, compared to newly-produced (virgin) #5 plastic. We sort, wash, melt, pelletize and test, allowing us to turn the once used plastic into raw materials to create beautiful, new Preserve products.