By Riley Hoffman
Garnier hair care has partnered with dosomething.org, a campaign-based website to connect people who want to see positive change in the world.
This specific campaign — Rinse, Recycle, Repeat — has the goal to make positive impact on the environment by keeping 10 million bathroom empties out of landfills by the end of 2017. In order to fulfill this goal, Garnier has set out to make the concept of recycling bathroom products simple.
Nearly half of Americans don’t know how to dispose of shampoo and conditioner bottles properly. Gearing this campaign specifically towards college-aged women, Garnier is hoping to change that with six easy steps.
How to get involved:
1. Sign-up for Rinse, Recycle, Repeat on dosomething.org/rinse and download the campaign e-toolkit, with info from Garnier & TerraCycle
2. Decorate a bathroom recycling bin
3. Print branded bin sign and materials from the e-tool kit
4. Fill the bin with #empties
5. Upload a photo of the bin to the Prove It section on the dosomething.org/rinse. You can also submit your photo by texting RINSE to 38383.
6. Participants will be emailed a one-click shipping label; once their recycling bin is full, ship it to TerraCycle.
Recycling bathroom empties can be very different than recycling other standard items like bottles, cans and newspapers. The reason behind this is because there are many different pieces to just one bathroom bottle; the bottle, cap and metal spring are to just name a few.
Since its launch in 2011, Rinse, Recycle, Repeat has diverted more than eight million empties from landfills, turning them into lumber for garden beds, benches, trash receptacles and other elements for community gardens. Garnier has donated five Green Gardens to cities throughout the country, with three more planned for 2017.
To make things easier and help you remember what is able to go in your curbside recycling bin, some personal care products have a #1 or #2 printed inside.
Some examples of #1 and #2 bathroom recyclables include shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash and lotion bottles. You can also recycle cardboard tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls.
Keep in mind that certain pieces of your empties may not be recyclable, such as lotion pumps, caps of shampoo and conditioner bottles, and toothpaste tubes.
For deodorant, the bottles are recyclable but not the spray cans. When it comes to face wash, the ones in bottles are recyclable but tubes are not; same goes for shaving cream. Nail polish is a little trickier because the glass bottles are recyclable (empty) but the lids with the brushes attached are not. Hairspray cans are also recyclable.
Perfecting recycling habits takes time, but Garnier, TerraCycle and Do Something are here to help. Learn more at dosomething.org/rinse
For more on recycling, visit https://greenlivingaz.com/category/live-green/reducing-waste-live-green/