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In the bathroom, however, I had gotten lazy. Just this week, I had a hair dye box on the counter and an empty conditioner bottle in the shower stall.
And I can count the number of times my husband has fished a bottle I had thrown in the trash to put it in our recycling box. (Bless his heart!)
Care to Recycle®, a program of Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc. is raising awareness about bathroom recycling for people just like me. Because as it turns out, I’m not alone. Four out of five Americans don’t recycle bathroom items—and these are folks who recycle in general, according to Care to Recycle. Care to Recycle teaches families the importance of recycling bathroom items and re-purposing them for different uses.
So, what can you recycle in the bathroom? Here is a list of recyclable items:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body wash
- Baby powder
- Facial cleanser
- Body oil
- Toilet rolls
- Cardboard boxes
- Cartons (for over-the-counter medicine, lotions, soap and band-aids)
And here is a list of what you shouldn’t recycle:
- Toothpaste tubes (they’re made from plastic laminate)
- Pumps (they have multiple components). Throw these in the trash then recycle the bottle.
- Floss containers (they also contain multiple components)
Not only can you recycle bathroom items, you can also re-use many of them for your kids to play with. I love giving my kids items to re-purpose in their arts and crafts and pretend play. They cut and color toilet paper rolls, use them as “telescopes” and rinse jars for painting.
Care to Recycle has also teamed up with Scholastic to launch PETE’s Bathroom Bin Challenge. Kids grades one to three can win 10 grand prizes of a new bike and helmet. They also get a pass to the National Parks and Federal Recreational Land. Ten teachers or parents will receive a $500 gift card plus a Johnson & Johnson product prize package. But hurry—your entries must be postmarked by October 27, 2015.
To enter the contest, your child can write a 150-word essay and create a poster. Have your child write about the importance of recycling bathroom products. Or how they are encouraging their families to recycle.
Make recycling a fun family activity by reusing bathroom items for crafts, play and science. And, more importantly, use recycling as a teachable moment to explain the responsibility of taking care of our earth.
Your turn: Do you recycle bathroom items? How have you reused household items for crafts and experiments?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnson & Johnson. The opinions and text are all mine.