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Join the movement and recycle items in your bathroom. Did you know that the average American bathroom has 8 products in plastic bottles at any given time, yet less than half of Americans report regularly bringing them to the recycling bin? I don’t know about you, but from my shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and skincare products, the amount of products in my bathroom adds up quickly. Yet less than half of Americans report regularly bringing them to the recycling bin. 

Related: Clever tips to teach kids the value of recycling

Here's the bad news: Only 34% of Americans regularly recycle bathroom items. Think that your empty shampoo bottle is just a bottle? Think again. With just a rinse and a recycle, those bottles can take on new life and return as things like hairbrushes even backyard playsets.

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8 Things You Might Forget to Recycle in the bathroom 

  1. Shampoo and Body Wash Bottles: Look for the #2 plastic (High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE) on the bottom or label. Curbside & easy.
  2. Mouthwash Bottles: More often than not #1 plastic. Curbside & easy.
  3. Pill and Medicine Containers: Usually #1, 2, 3, or 5 plastics. Take the cap off! Curbside & easy.
  4. Cardboard Packaging: Cosmetics packaging, toilet paper and paper towels rolls. Curbside & easy.
  5. Hair Care Products: Check number on the bottom. Rinse and recycle. Curbside & easy.
  6. Make-up Compacts. If clean and empty? Curbside & easy. Or see if your brand offers collection sites. Extra credit recycling.
  7. Plastic Films and Wrappers: This takes a little effort. The plastic wrap that covers your toiletry items can be recycled at local drop-off location. Extra credit recycling.
  8. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste Tubes: Check with the individual brands many offer mail-in recycling options. Extra credit recycling.


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Statistics taken from an online survey, commissioned by Unilever, and conducted by KRC Research. The survey was conducted nationwide from March 9-23, 2015, among a demographically representative U.S. sample of 5,516 adults ages 18+. This is not a sponsored post.

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