Shampoo bottles, empty toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes that held toothpaste. They can all be recycled, but often busy moms are overlooking the smallest room in the house when it comes time recycle. Here's the truth: Each year, Americans throw away enough 15-oz. shampoo bottles to fill 1,164 football fields—that’s more than 18,000 tons of plastic ending up in landfills.
Time to raise awareness.
Thanks to a new tumblr campaign from Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies called CARE TO RECYCLE™ families across the nation are getting a reminder to change.
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What you can do: Take the next step and recycle instead of throwing the items in the trash. FACT: 7 out of 10 Americans say they consistently recycle. However, only 1 in 5 Americans consistently recycle in the bathroom. Many consumers don’t even realize that most products commonly used in the bathroom can be recycled. For us, this meant adding a second recycling bin in the hall closet in addition to the one in the kitchen. We all know you have to make it convenient to make it work! Now the kids (and husband) have one fewer excuse. Make it easy. Make it simple.
8 Things You Might Forget to Recycle in the bathroom (via recyclebank.com)
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.
Can't we all dig deeper? Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies has partnered with several recycling organizations, including Recyclebank, Keep America Beautiful, Earth 911 and Net Impact’s Small Steps, Big Wins to make this program happen. Support them with this small change that can lead to big things. Head to caretorecycle.com for more details on this big, small change.
This is a sponsored campaign. We are joining with Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies on a Momtrends blogger outreach program to spread awareness.