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Our kids will inherit our planet, so as parents, I believe it is our responsibility to teach our children how they can make more “green” decisions, to take care of our natural resources today, and for generations to come. April is Earth Month and next week April 22nd marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, a day where events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. To help get your family thinking more “green” here are some easy tips from HealthyEssentials.com about recycling in the bathroom.

Earth Day April

These bathroom items CAN be recycled

  • Plastic bottles marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) are recyclable in most communities. This includes: shampoo, conditioners, body wash, lotion, baby powder, face cleanser, and body oil.
  • Plastic marked #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) may not be accepted for recycling via curbside programs. Check with your municipality and the Earth911 recycling locator. Some #5 (PP) plastics may also be recycled via drop-off or mail-in programs.
  • Caps and closures may be kept on plastic bottles and containers at the point of recycling. Caps are often made from #5 plastic and can usually be recycled through your curbside recycling program. Check with your local municipality.
  • Most paperboard items are recyclable: Toilet paper rolls; cardboard boxes and cartons for over the counter drugs, lotions, soaps, bandages, etc.

These bathroom items can NOT be recycled

  • Toothbrushes are generally only recyclable through take-back programs, as most municipalities don’t accept them as recycling.
  • Most bathroom tubes (toothpaste, etc.) are made with plastic laminate, which most municipalities do not accept for recycling.
  • Currently, the pumps on bottles are not recyclable due to the multiple components that are contained within a pump. Please remove all pumps before recycling a bottle, then put the bottle in your recycling and the pump in your garbage.
  • Dental floss containers are usually made with multiple parts of multiple materials, so they generally cannot be recycled, except via the mail-in and drop-off programs.

Products you can recycle

To learn more about Johnson and Johnson products you can recycle click here.
If you are looking for a place to take your recycle items, use the Earth 911 Recycling Locator!

What do you do to get your family thinking more “green” this Earth Month?

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.