I’ve received compensation for participating in this program, but all convictions about the benefits of recycling are my own!
Do you recycle? We do. I found that once we decided to make the effort, it was actually quite effortless! We use bins in our garage that are filled and emptied on a regular basis. There has been a lot of press about being good stewards of our planet today, especially for our children’s tomorrow, so I was surprised when I read that four out of five Americans say they don’t recycle items they use in their bathrooms. And when I thought about it, I realized I don’t always do it either!
Shampoo and lotion plastic bottles marked with a #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE) are usually good for recycling and I find they’re easy to remember. But what I don’t always think of in terms of recycling are things like the cardboard boxes that soap and over-the-counter drugs come in, or makeup containers. Do you?
Care to Recycle® is a program of Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc. We’ll soon be seeing the gentle reminder, Care to Recycle®, on their packaging. It’s a great reminder. We do all sorts of personal care and pampering in the bathroom—why not go an easy extra step and care for our earth, too? Johnson and Johnson makes the choice to use recyclable materials in their product packaging, but it won’t make the impact on our environment that it could if we don’t complete the cycle of care.
I’ve found a super idea for making this happen is to engage the kids in the process—tell them you’ve got some detective work for them! Together, make a list of common bathroom products that you use. Have the kids look for the recycling classifications on the bottom of those items. In addition to the #1 and #2, you’ll see #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP). #4 and #5 might not be accepted in curbside recycling programs. So once your junior detectives have their list made, check to see which containers will be accepted in your community. A great place to find where to recycle, what to recycle and even DIY recycling projects is Care to Recycle®. This is a super way for kids to take ownership in caring for the earth and having some fun together time.
To help raise awareness of the importance of recycling products used in the bathroom, Scholastic and Care to Recycle® are partnering in an educational recycling program that will especially appeal to parents of kids in 1st through 3rd grades. The mascot for the program is PETE the Duck. He figures into PETE’s Bathroom Bin Challenge, which is a contest for first-third graders. Ten student winners receive a new bike and helmet, plus a National Parks and Federal Recreational Land pass. Parents or teachers of the winning students receive a $500 gift card plus a Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. product prize package.
Sound appealing? To enter, kids need to write a 150-word essay about the importance of recycling bathroom products and how they might get their family to recycle these items. They’re also being asked to make a poster that illustrates the ideas in their essay.
Entries must be postmarked by October 27, 2015, so it’s time to get them going!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnson & Johnson. The opinions and text are all mine.