Get All The Shampoo Out PLUS How to Recycle Bath Product Bottles #BeRecycled

How much money do you spend on shampoo and other hair products? Since I started using sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, I spend probably about $20 a month just on those two bath products alone. The way the bottles are made, it seems impossible to get all of the shampoo and conditioner out of the bottle. I knew there had to be a better way to get all the shampoo out after squeezing the bottles as flat as possible. And then, what do I do with all of these bottles? I go through ALOT of shampoo with all of this long hair and I feel kinda bad about tossing all these bottles in the trash. Is there a good way to recycle bath product bottles?

First, let's talk about an easy way to get the last of the shampoo, lotion, conditioner, hair gel,or whatever it is out of the bottle. The magic tool you will need for this DIY project is a pair of scissors. Too easy! Here's how I get the last of the shampoo out of the bottle:

I was super excited to also find out that I can recycle the bottles from my bath products! I knew about the codes on the backs of bottles but I did not know what they meant and which recycling centers would take those kinds of bottles. After going paleo, I've really noticed how much trash we generate. Since we no longer buy much boxed or bagged food, we don't have alot of that kind of trash in our kitchen trash can, which we used to empty daily due to the volume of trash we created. The big trash producing area in our house is now the bathroom because of all of the lotion, shampoo, and body wash bottles from the products we use as well as trash from paper goods like tissue, cotton balls, and boxes of cotton swabs. More than half of all Americans do nothing with the waste from their bath and body products. Who knew that you could recycle a majority of these items?!

Seriously, Katie is literally getting ready for Prom TODAY! I wonder if her hairbrush is recycled… Plastic bottles cna be recycled into every day items, like a combo or hairbrush, but also into craft supplies. My favorite felt is manufactured by Kunin Group, who use a fabric called Eco-Fi to create their felt from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Who knew you could be eco-conscious and crafty at the same time? According to a recent study conducted for the Ad Council, 52% of Americans don’t know which items can be recycled in the bathroom. I mean, I'm in that group. How can you tell which items can be recycled?

Whether it’s hairspray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, many of your favorite beauty products and packaging can take on another life through recycling. For example, your shampoo bottle could be recycled into a hairbrush, or you might find a great new dress made from the recycled plastic of your favorite bottle of lotion. Click here to learn more about what your personal care products can become when properly recycled.

47 percent

Personal care products like shampoo and lotion bottles, toilet paper rolls, and toothpaste and soap boxes are significantly less likely to be recycled than kitchen products. New research commissioned by the Ad Council found that 47% of people are not recycling materials in the bathroom. Um, I don't have a recycling bin in the bathroom! Good thing I can get one for cheap at the dollar spot in Target. If I see you there with some small trash cans in your cart, I'll know that you know to recycle!


Are you ready to do your part to Keep America Beautiful by making recycling the norm? Get more info at the “I Want to Be Recycled” campaign website, which explains how and where to recycle, showcases recycled items’ transformations, and provides helpful recycling tips.

I'm super excited to share a giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card with you to help spread the word about recycling bath product bottles! The giveaway will start May 1st and end at 11:59pm May 10th. Enter using the handy dandy Rafflectoper Widget below:

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If you win, buy some recycling bins! LOL But seriously, my address is 91 … I hope you got some useful info from this post that you can start using in your life right now. That's what it is all about: Learning, doing, and sharing.

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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