Another Earth Day has come and gone and I hope you are using the momentum from that one day to make positive changes to last the whole year.
Personal care products like shampoo and lotion bottles, toilet paper rolls, and toothpaste and soap boxes are significantly less likely to be recycled than kitchen products. New research commissioned by the Ad Council found that 47% of people are not recycling materials in the bathroom.
My family has been recycling forever – since before it was ever a thing. I was the weirdo in college who made the whole house recycle. I have tell you, it is soooooo much easier these days to recycle than it ever has been. Often, the recycling doesn’t even need to be sorted or bagged! While many people are getting better about recycling the kitchen trash, bathroom trash is often overlooked. The problem is getting the recyclables from the bathroom to the recycling bin. I get it. I’ve been there.
Whether it’s hairspray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, many of your favorite beauty products and packaging can take on another life through recycling. For example, your shampoo bottle could be recycled into a hairbrush, or you might find a great new dress made from the recycled plastic of your favorite bottle of lotion. Click here to learn more about what your personal care products can become when properly recycled.
Here is a gentle reminder from the AdCouncil and Keep America Beautiful to recycle your bathroom trash! All it takes is the addition of a small recycling bin in the bathroom to make recycling easier. What are you waiting for?