By now, we all know that recycling is essential - It helps to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and gives materials a second, and third and sometimes fourth life (which we love!!). We know that our empty tin of baked beans need a good old rinse before being chucked in the recycling bin and that we still can't recycle our take out coffee cup but do you know what you can and can’t recycle in your bathroom?
According to statistics from Recycle Now, 86% of us recycle packaging from our bathroom which is good, but not good enough! Now, if you’re sat there sheepishly knowing you’re part of the 14% that STILL isn’t recycling products from their bathroom, don’t worry! We are here to change that and to remind you that many of your bathroom essentials can be recycled!
Things in you bathroom that can be recycled
- Bottles! Our bathrooms are filled with bottles galore – shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bubble bath, hand soap just to name a few! All of these bottles can be recycled. Just give them a rinse and chuck them in your recycling bin to give them a second chance at life. As simple as that!
- Cardboard – toilet roll tubes, toothpaste boxes, tissue boxes – yep all recyclable.
- Metal – deodorant cans, shaving foam, hairspray cans can all be recycled in your standard recycling bin.
- Glass – if you’re fancy enough to buy products in glass bottles make sure these are rinsed and recycled too.
It's not easy remembering to recycle so why not implement some of these easy tips to help encourage bathroom recycling:
- Grab a second bin and dedicate it to recyclable products only
- If you don’t have a second bin, repurpose an old basket or box – we promise it will work just as good
- Set reminders on your phone to remind you to recycle your bathroom products in the mornings and evenings!
- Try using products with less packaging, like shampoo bars and toothpaste tabs to try and reduce the amount of plastic waste in your bathroom.
Do you have any great tips that we have missed? Let us know in the comments below!