The carton for Extreme Clean® is recyclable. You can put the package in the recycling bin and it will be recycled. However, not all of the package is recyclable, which is why there is no recycling number on it. We have confirmation that if the carton is put into a recycling bin, that some of it will be recycled, but not all, so we did not print a recycling number on the carton in order to not mislead anyone.
As a manufacturer of a wide variety of consumer products, we are very committed to providing our consumers with the best possible products. One of the most visible means of achieving this standard of excellence is the actual product packaging.
We have found that the use of our current packages insure stability and prevent physical damage to the products after leaving our manufacturing facilities. However, we do recognize that the increasing impact of humans on the environment requires
continual review of all products, packaging, and processes.
Our Research and Development and Packaging Departments are seeking viable solutions to these contemporary challenges. Currently, they are evaluating all materials used in the manufacture of our products, and are proposing among other alternatives that these materials come from renewable resources and degrade safely in the environment.
Your interest in contacting us is very much appreciated. Like our consumers, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare has a concern for the environment. We hope to confront these challenges together and actively encourage our customers to share their thoughts on these matters with us.
While your first thought after reading it may be "That's great! It is recyclable.", you have to wonder how great it really is if no one knows it's recyclable. How is it supposed to get recycled if no one knows we can? It simply doesn't make any sense. They said they don't put that it's recyclable on the package because it isn't completely recyclable and they don't want to mislead anyone. Well, I feel misled.
I intend to write a reply explaining my disappointment in this answer. Especially the part about this packaging bringing stability and preventing "physical damage to the products". That's not why they're using that packaging. They're using it because it's aesthetically pleasing. It's clear that they care more about appearance than what their product is doing to our planet. Of course, like I've said before, they're not going to care until we make them by stopping our purchase of their products.