It’s easy as we cook each day – use a can of soup, a jar of peanut butter, a bottle of oil – and when they are empty we rinse them in the sink and sort into our recycling center in kitchen. The kids have known how to do this since they could walk and talk and sort blocks. Recycling in the kitchen is just a given in our home -and in most homes in the nation. Kids also recycle at school – sorting their trays after lunch and putting paper in the correct bin to be recycled in the classroom.
But what about in the bathroom – the empty toilet paper rolls, the soap boxes, the bottles of shampoos and body wash? Some jaw-dropping statistics on how we do not treat bathroom recyclables that same as we do in the kitchen…
**Currently in the United States, 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.
**This can have a major impact on the environment: 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.
Take a look around your bathroom — you may be amazed at how much is easily overlooked. Check the bottoms of bottles and other containers to see if they’re made of a plastic that’s accepted in your area, and be sure they go in your recycling bin rather than your bathroom’s wastebasket. Remember all of the recyclable paper and cardboard products that can be recycled too, like soapboxes, toilet paper rolls, and magazines.
I’ve started reminding my kids of this fact – and the great thing about kids is that they are easily excited to help in every way that they can and their habits can change quickly. They are the future to making things right and we are making a better effort to recycle and save and make a smaller negative imprint on the environment in everything that we do as a family.
And now Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies has launched a new campaign, CARE TO RECYCLE™, to create awareness about the importance of bathroom recycling and help to change behavior by providing helpful resources to consumers. For this initiative, 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.
I would love for you to watch this important video as you make a commitment to recycle your bathroom products.
OUR BABIES WILL INHERIT OUR PLANET®. That’s why we believe it’s our responsibility to take care of our natural resources today, and for generations to come. While most of us recycle, many of us forget to recycle in the bathroom. See how the smallest room in your house can actually make a big difference to the planet.
Disclosure: I was compensated for my time, but all words and opinions are my own.