We regularly recycle newspapers, metal cans and plastic containers. However, how many of us recycle old or used cosmetic containers and other products used in our bathrooms?
According to Johnson & Johnson, only one in five Americans consistently recycles products that are typically kept in the bathroom and the idea of recycling bathroom products never even occurred to 22 percent of the people surveyed.
The survey was conducted for Johnson & Johnson by the Shelton Group, a sustainability-focused advertising and marketing agency, according to a PR newswire press release. The survey found that 40 percent of Americans report recycling no bathroom items at all, and 20 percent didn't even know that products in the bathroom are recyclable.
Motivated by these results, Johnson & Johnson has launched a recycling campaign called Care To Recycle exclusively through Tumblr. The campaign shows a video and other tips about recycling. It can be accessed here.
The site explains that while the bathroom is the smallest room in the house, it generates a large portion of trash that could be recycled. “Almost 552 million 15-oz. shampoo bottles alone could be ending up in our landfills each year.”
There are numerous products that could qualify for recycling that we typically just pitch in the garbage.
- Plastic shampoo, conditioner, contact lens fluid, mouthwash and hair gel containers that are rinsed out, can go out with your household plastic recycling.
- Pill bottles, without their caps, may also be accepted by your town. Check the number stamped on the bottom of the bottle and call to see if they will be accepted.
- Makeup containers may also be accepted back for recycling by the manufacturer. Companies such as Aveda, MAC and Kielh have regular recycle programs in place for their cosmetics.
- Plastic wrappers from toilet paper, cotton balls or diapers can be dropped off at a local recycle center. Locations close to you can be found here.