Tips to Recycle in the Bathroom & Repurpose Beauty Products

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by on November 15, 2013

Repurpose Beauty Products

Tips to Recycle in the Bathroom & Repurpose Beauty Products

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however, this post contains my opinions and experiences and was not altered by the sponsor.

If you are like my family, you most likely recycle many products. We have a recycle bin in our kitchen – but I honestly haven’t thought about recycling in the bathroom have you?

Well, I’m not alone – According to a report from Johnson & Johnson, 7 out of 10 Americans say they always or almost always recycle, but only 1 in 5 Americans consistently recycle in the bathroom. Many consumers don’t even realize that most products commonly used in the bathroom, such as shampoo, lotion and cleanser bottles, can be recycled. The sad fact is that each year, Americans throw away enough 15-oz. shampoo bottles to fill 1,164 football fields—that’s 18,000 tons of plastic ending up in landfills – YIKES!

To help this issue, Johnson & Johnson has launched CARE TO RECYCLE™, a recycling campaign that encourages people to recycle more items from the bathroom. You can check out the website for some helpful information and tips on what can and can’t be recycled.

Not only can you recycle, but you can also repurpose empty beauty products – and you know I love that because it is also a way to save money! Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas:

  • Cut off the tops of your old shampoo bottles and use them as pencil & jewelry holders for your everyday needs
  • Take your shampoo bottles and repurpose them as an eco-friendly flower vase
  • Recycle your shampoo bottles and use them as an easy, inexpensive way to store make-up brushes
  • Repurpose your old lotion bottles and turn them into holders for charging your cell phone
  • Use an old plastic bottle as a way to amplify the volume of your cell phone speakers (perfect for your desk!)
  • Repurpose an empty plastic bottle and use as a shovel for gardening and tending to plants around the house

What other ways can you repurpose products? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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  • Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser
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  • JOHNSON’S Baby Shampoo
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  • angel

    We save all of our plastic bottles and donate them to my daughters school for projects, we also use the toilet paper rolls when they are done and use them to make treats for the birds,cover them in peanut butter and bird seed and hang them outside

  • Kathy Lane

    We save and use the toilet tissue rolls for projects at school.

  • We recycle everything we can during biweekly pickup. So much so, that we have two of the large carts. We use separate containers for aluminum, bottles/plastics, cardboard/paper, and occasionally sell scrap metal.

  • JulsB20

    We recycle all plastic bottles from the bathroom and my daughter takes toilet paper rolls to preschool for the glass gerbils to chew on

  • Bo

    We try to reuse, donate or recycle anything before we toss it.

  • jeannette s

    We recycle all of our bottles and cans. Also try to reuse anything with a multipurpose for arts and crafts etc.

  • mchll

    You could easily make bird feeders out of bottles.

  • Sandra Unangst

    We recycle all we can so we have less garbage going out and into the landfills. We try to reuse things when we can by making art projects or even gifts for others, like pencil holders out of cans and covered with material scraps or wallpaper scraps and lace.

  • mysweetiepiepie

    I recycle everything I can into the compost and try to reuse whenever possible.

  • Margaret Pope-Rainey

    Our family recycles everything that our city pick-up takes & send other items (diaper packaging, cereal bags, baby food pouches, etc.) to Terracycle for recycling. I also collect shipping peanuts & bubble wrap and drop them off at the local UPS store so they will be reused.

  • Lisa

    I sheet mulch compost almost everything. I try to reuse plastics (minigreenhouse for seedlings for example.) as much as I can. I love baby wipes containers to store makeup and toiletries in in the bathroom. I use baby wipes to remove makeup, so I have a lot of these, though I buy the refills as much as I can..

  • Brenda Faulkner

    I garage sale!

  • Brenda Faulkner

    I am a subscriber!

  • Jessica B.

    We recycle all of our paper and plastics each week. We repurpose different plastic containers.

  • jessica layer

    we recycle and use stuff for art projects and storage

  • Kathi A

    recycling every chance we get

  • stephanie

    i need to recycle!

  • Maryann D.

    I do recycle bottles, cans, newspapers. I reuse water bottles, containers, etc.

  • Wanda McHenry

    We recycle everything that can be, you should see our curbside every Monday! :)

  • Susan H.

    I don’t currently recycle a lot. Thanks for the ideas and giveaway.

  • Melinda

    I recycle by shopping for like new items on craigslist or thrift shops instead of buying new when looking to purchase something for my home.

  • Lisa Waggle

    I always recycle most of my plastic containers. Coffee container, Lemonade containers. Love the Miracle whip jars, they are really heavy.

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