If you are like the average American, you may not recycle your plastic bottles, especially those found in your bathroom. However, with a just a little bit of preparation, it can be an easy thing to do to take care of our environment.
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Recycle Your Plastic Bottles
One of my favorite companies, Unilever, recently did a study in which it was discovered that Americans aren’t doing enough to recycle your plastic bottles.
The new Unilever Bathroom Recycling Index found that while a majority of Americans are aware that their empty bathroom bottles are recyclable, less than half report regularly bringing them to the bin. As a result, common bathroom products like shampoo, body wash and lotion bottles could be more likely to end up in landfills than their kitchen counterparts, contributing to the nearly 29 million tons of plastics sent to landfills each year!
Wow! Talk about little bits adding up! That’s a lot (a lot) of plastic filling up our landfills! Just imagine what we could do if we worked just a little bit to improve this.
The Unilever Bathroom Recycling Index also discovered that “Americans are more likely to go the distance to get a drink when thirsty, charge their phone, or answer a phone call than walk an empty plastic bottle from the bathroom to the recycle bin.” To increase the likelihood of you actually choosing to recycle your plastic bottles, why don’t you just put a recycling bin in the bathroom? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a plain box with a plastic bag in it will do. However, if the box is already there, then you don’t have to walk it to the bin!
Once you have your recycling bin, you don’t have any excuses not to recycle your plastic bottles. All it comes to then is rinsing the bottles out and placing them in the bin to be carried off later. If it helps, you may want to imagine what that empty shampoo bottle could be next. Think of backpacks, hairbrushes, clothing, and more! Take a look at this video that Unilever put out along with Internet Illusionist Zach King to see what your plastic bottles can be reimagined as.
If helping out the environment and feeling a little better about yourself isn’t enough reason for you to recycle your plastic bottles, then perhaps a little social sweepstakes can get you going. Between now and June 9th, simply share a photo on either Twitter or Instagram of how you recycle in the bathroom. Include the hashtags #ReimagineThat and #sweeps as well as tag @UnileverUSA in your post. Then, you are entered to win 1 of 42 daily prizes as well as 1 grand prize of a $500 gift card! You can view the official rules here.
So, are you going to recycle your plastic bottles now?