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ECOLOGY: "The Vape Zero Waste", a commitment of the e-cigarette sector in recycling!

ECOLOGY: "The Vape Zero Waste", a commitment of the e-cigarette sector in recycling!

Ecology, recycling, protection of the environment ... Actions that are more than ever on the agenda! And as you know, this also concerns the e-cigarette sector with the recycling of batteries, the equipment used, but especially bottles of e-liquids! A chance for professionals, " The Vape Zero Waste", A recent initiative offers stores to invest by using collection bins to ensure recycling up to 99% of used liquid bottles. In order to learn more, the writing of offers you a fantastic dive into the world of recycling!


Today more than ever, recycling is a major ecological challenge for our future and that of our children. In our everyday life or in an e-cigarette business, these simple little things can make a real difference! You are not unaware that every second in the world, 137 000 butts are thrown to the ground. This seemingly harmless gesture actually has a very important impact on the environment. A single butt can indeed contaminate up to 500 liters of water because of the thousands of harmful substances, and sometimes carcinogenic, that contain cigarettes. More than an alternative to smoking, vaping can also have ecological virtues! Still need to play the game and recycle the thousands of e-liquid bottles that are used every day!

In this context, two groups of boutiques in Brest (Like Cigarette) launched the initiative " The Vape Zero Waste". Fabien Delabarre et Francois Prigent could no longer stand to see e-liquid vials go in the trash and embarked on an ambitious project: That of being able to offer a turnkey and inexpensive organization to recycle used e-liquid bottles.

In order to talk about it in more detail, we propose you an interview of the founders of this ecological project which we hope will be very successful!

"THE MORE ONE IS OF FOUS, THE MORE ONE IS READING! " : Hello, you are the instigator of the project "Vape Zero Waste", an eco responsible project. Can you introduce this commitment and explain to us what exactly is it ?

The Vape Zero Waste : This commitment is the answer to the concerns and questions of Francois Prigent, employee of Like Cigarette Brest. I am the manager of this structure which groups together 4 electronic cigarette shops. François is in an eco-responsible personal approach and spoke a lot about the big mess related to the classification of nicotine into a dangerous product making e-liquid vials for single use while they are produced in recyclable plastic. As a reminder, only vials in 0 mg of nicotine can be discarded in yellow ... We asked manufacturers and conducted our own research and once
we have decided to open other electronic cigarette shops to do the same thing in a collaborative and non-lucrative way.

Delabarre Fabien (to the left) / Prigent Francis (Right)

How is this initiative organized on the ground? "The Vape Zero Waste" is only for specialized shops or it concerns all the shops that sell vaping products (tobacconists, supermarket, relays, kiosks ...) ?

The organization is rather simple; when we are contacted by a shop wishing to recycle a maximum of vials, we ask him to identify the local operator who will recover used vials. As soon as he has given us the details of the provider we tell him where to buy the collection bins and we provide him the logo so that she can dress the bins and communicate on his initiative.

I hope that the Facebook page " The Vape Zero Waste Will be a grouping of all French stores that are sensitive and active in terms of eco-responsibility. I invite the other operators that you quote to copy us so that there is less waste of plastics not valorized but under a name other than "The Vape Zero Waste" that I wish to reserve to the professional specialists and trained of the vape.

We are seeing more and more shops and businesses in the vape sector that are engaged in sorting and recycling but the organization is sometimes "fuzzy" ... Can you tell us which companies are involved in recycling and what are the exact methods that are used ?

In my research I found an operator able to take care of dirty plastic of industrial origin. He crushes it, cleans it and remelt it in plastic to be resold. This operator is called CHIMIREC, he commits to a revaluation to 99%. This company can be contacted directly but private sorting centers also do the intermediary.

What guarantees you to 100% the recycling of this plastic ?

We were able to benefit from some feedback and a question remained about the actual revaluation of the vials once entrusted to the provider and because of the logos on the labels. We therefore decided to recommend removing the labels from the vials before entrusting them to the collection bin. Indeed the dilution of nicotine plus the very small amount of e-liquid in a used flask make that with a cleaning procedure in the rules and thanks to the non-porous qualities of the plastics used we believe that our plastic waste can and must be recast as committed to do the provider.

We are not the operators just the ordering parties so to guarantee to 100% it would be necessary that an internal recycling channel to the vape be put in place by all the operators and in the first line the manufacturers. The other way to ensure that 100% recycling would also be to declassify used vials to allow customers to throw them in yellow bin. I think the TPD2 will not be able to hide the problem of ecology in our business and it is necessary with the tools we have today to get ahead by accustoming customers to bring us used vials.

In your opinion, can ecology and, more particularly, the recycling of used vials allow vaping to gain popularity? ?

On this point, the vape should already be very popular. A cigarette butt pollutes about 500 liters of water, not to mention an extremely polluting manufacturing process. Smokers switching to e-cigarettes significantly improve their health and almost as much that of the environment. Our initial goal is purely eco-responsible, to try to do better by looking at our practices in a mirror objectively. An industry as young as the vape should have been from the start much more "green" (if the TPD requiring the conditioning of nicotine e-liquids in 10 ml had not been there). Let's hope that our initiative spreads as much as possible and that it is also a lever to improve the image of the vape at its level.

It's not always easy to motivate businesses to play the game. If you dismiss the deep convictions of some, what do you propose to motivate most vaping specialists to play the game of recycling ?

Currently we do not want to welcome in the adventure a vape shop that would wait for compensation. The cost of recycling vials is very low and stores wanting to join must be primarily in an ecological motivation.

You were talking about e liquid manufacturers what are their positions and their approaches towards zero waste ?

We received encouragement from some brands. Finally, they seem to be mainly observing our approach. Which is understandable but a bit contradictory as well. It is indeed the distribution network that tries to tackle a complex problem from PDT and reported on the manufacturers first, the second distribution network and the third customers.
Whether by "Vape Zero Waste" or other initiatives I think they should act more because even if the marks are linked by the TPD the fact remains the same: they condition several million vials of single use by year.

Your project is recent but today how many professionals participate in "The Vape Zero Waste"? Who should I contact to get started ?

After a whole month of launch, we have 9 stores already having bins in place and 11 others that will put them very soon. And many many contacts with other stores wishing to join.
The "collaborative" aspect is in full swing because since its launch we have been able to harmonize our practices and also recycle used batteries !! To contact us just pass us a private message on the Facebook from the vape zero waste.

- Thank you for responding to our questions. We hope that this approach will be followed by a maximum of professionals in the sector.

To join or to learn more about the eco responsible project "La Vape Zero Déchet", visit the official Facebook page.

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