Girl Scouts Help Aveda Recycle Caps
Local Girl Scouts have joined with beauty products company Aveda to help recycle an often-overlooked product.
The scouts have collected over 100,000 plastic bottle caps to be recycled into packaging for skin and hair care products, the Pioneer Press reported.
Aveda began the program last September when they learned that recycling companies either discard or cut the top quarter off bottles turned in with caps.
The Girl Scouts participated as a part of overall efforts to promote green living and a "reduce, reuse, recycle" mentality.
The program was the second annual opportunity for scouts to participate in service learning. Last year the girls collected pajamas and books for children, program director Shelly Burzinski told the Pioneer Press.
Thirteen-year-old Alice Szeliga collected 300 caps in one week for her Girl Scouts chapter.
"That's how many bottles were saved from being thrown out at the recycling company — that's a lot," Alice told the Pioneer Press. "Those caps find their way into oceans and all sorts of things that are detrimental to the environment."