Brand Commits to Sustainability by Launching Free Recycling Program through TerraCycle
TRENTON, N.J., September 20, 2023 – Clear Blue Smiles, the leading innovator in clear aligner treatment programs and technology, has partnered with international recycling leader TerraCycle to enable consumers to recycle their used clear aligners.
“We are looking forward to offering a truly comprehensive recycling program for clear aligners for our doctors and their patients,” said Kevin Dillard, CEO. “Removing plastic that we create from the environment is a vital component of our pledge to leave things better than we found them.”
Through the Clear Blue Smiles Free Recycling Program, consumers can now send in used Clear Blue Smiles clear aligners to be recycled with a free prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the clear aligners are cleaned, sorted by material type and reduced into materials that can be remolded to make new products.
The launch of the recycling program marks the latest addition to Clear Blue Smiles’ existing sustainability efforts which include creating the first-ever set of environmental guidelines for the dental industry and using sustainable packaging. All with the goal of reducing the negative impact the dental industry has on the environment.
“Clear aligners are a great option for those looking for an alternative to traditional braces, however their convenience also generates a significant amount of plastic waste,” said TerraCycle Founder and CEO, Tom Szaky. “By creating a sustainable end-of-life solution for clear aligners, Clear Blue Smiles is taking action to address one of the biggest waste challenges the dental industry faces today.”
The Clear Blue Smiles Free Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. For more information on TerraCycle’s recycling programs, visit www.terracycle.com.
About Clear Blue Smiles
Clear Blue Smiles was founded by three orthodontic industry experts, with the vision of establishing the highest level of standard of care in the remote treatment and monitoring of orthodontic patients. Additionally, the company is working to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the environment through using sustainable packaging and funding river, lake, and beach cleanups nationwide.
TerraCycle is an international leader in innovative sustainability solutions, creating and operating first-of-their-kind platforms in recycling, recycled materials, and reuse. Across 21 countries, TerraCycle is on a mission to rethink waste and develop practical solutions for today’s complex waste challenges. The company engages an expansive multi-stakeholder community across a wide range of accessible programs, from Fortune 500 companies to schools and individuals. To learn more about TerraCycle and join them on their journey to move the world from a linear economy to a circular one, please visit www.terracycle.com.