As I’ve gotten older and especially after becoming a mama, I’ve tried to live a greener lifestyle. As soon as I brought that first little life into the world, I knew it was up to me to leave him the best possible world I could and that meant I had to make more of an effort to take care of our planet.
There is always more that we can do and I have a few things like installing solar panels and starting a compost pile still on my wish list, but I thought I had at least the basics covered. I turn off the water when I brush my teeth. I drink from reusable water bottles and coffee cups when I can…And I recycle our plastics and cans.
I thought I was making a pretty good effort. I was wrong. Somehow I had overlooked an entire room when it came to my recycling habits. And I’m not alone. Did you know only one in five people consistently recycle packaging from used in the bathroom?
Thanks to the valuable information I found from Johnson & Johnson and the recycling organizations they’ve partnered with at the Care To Recycle™ Tumblr site, I’ve been reminded of what a difference just one person can make. Each year Americans throw away enough 15 ounce shampoo bottles to fill 1,164 football fields. Is that a shocking statistic or what? And there’s more where that came from…”Care to recycle is a gentle reminder to recycle empty containers from the bathroom,” said Paulette Frank, Vice President, Sustainability for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. “We hope it leads to a change in the behavior of throwing recyclable bathroom items in the trash and a greater awareness that we can all contribute to a healthy planet.”
Just take a moment and think about all the plastic bottles that are currently in your bathrooms. I gathered just a sampling of products in ours that were packaged in plastic and it made me sick to think about all those recycling opportunities I have missed out on. You can bet there will be no more plastic packaging escaping my attention. I will now be starting with the smallest room in my house and making sure that ALL those bottles end up in the recycling bin and not in the trash! Won’t you join me?
You can learn more about the kinds of things you can recycle over at the Care To Recycle™ Tumblr site HERE! Thanks to Johnson & Johnson for the reminder that OUR BABIES WILL INHERIT OUR PLANET®!
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