When it comes to plastics, don’t bottle it in the bathroom!
In every room in the house, there are ways to think about our impact on the planet. This week we’ve launched a new campaign with our sister brand Clear on Plastics to show you the ways your bathroom routines can do more good for the environment.
We want to start by showcasing some of the great ideas Clear on Plastics have for reducing, re-using and refiling bathroom plastics. Let’s turn on the idea tap and dive right in!
For the bathroom, there are lots of opportunities to reduce how much plastic we use. From a shampoo bar to choosing soap over shower gel, plastic-free options are just as effective without filling up the bin with plastic bottles.
You can read more about reducing plastic in your bathroom routine on the Clear on Plastics website.
Re-use and refill
Reusable and refillable products can keep your bathroom clean while cutting out unnecessary extra plastic. For example, we can all agree that cleaning the bathroom is made easier with a spray-top bottle for our products, but do we need a new bottle every time? Next time you’re replacing your cleaning spray, look out for a refill option.
Some liquid hand washes also have refillable pouches, which is especially handy since the pump on these bottles cannot be recycled. So, instead of buying new bottles all the time and seeing the pumps go in the bin, try refilling the bottle so it stays in use for longer.
The Clear on Plastics website has loads of suggestions for reusing and refilling your plastic products – give this a try if you’re trying to go green in the bathroom!
Now to our bread and butter, the recycling part. Bin? Bag? Basket on the windowsill? However you collect your bathroom recycling, the important thing is that you do!
Our research shows that over half of UK households said they were recycling more items in 2020 than before. This means we’re heading in the right direction, but there’s still more to do. Across the whole country, 12% of UK citizens do not recycle plastic toiletry bottles (like shower gels and shampoos) when their council collects them for recycling. Everyone has a role to play to make sure all plastics from the bathroom get recycled – it’s a quick and easy way to do your bit for the environment.
If you often forget to take face cream tubs or shampoo bottles all the way to your main recycling bin, keep something in the bathroom that can help you collect up all your recyclables. And it’s not just toiletries – cleaning bottles can be recycled, too, but 14% of us aren’t recycling them when we could be and they are just ending up in the general waste bin!
Plastic bottles of bleach and cleaning fluid are perfectly fine to go in the recycling, so add these to your list of recyclables. And remember – the trigger sprays can go in the recycling bin so no need to remove them.
Once you start recycling all your bathroom plastics, you’ll spot the other recyclables as well. Aerosols can be recycled, and yet 1 in 4 people do not recycle them when their council does accept them for recycling. Similarly, while many of us think of card as being one of the major recyclable materials, 5% of UK citizens do not recycle card when their council collects it for recycling. So, when you’ve used up your deodorant can, or you’ve got an empty toothpaste box, make sure you pop these in your recycling bin, bag, or basket along with your bathroom plastics.
Every bathroom in every home is a place for loving the planet. To find out more, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and check our Recycling Locator to find out which of your bathroom products can be recycled where you live.
Almost nine in ten UK households say they ‘regularly’ recycle, so let’s keep up the good work, and remember: #DontBottleIt in the bathroom!