In Your Bathroom
Recycling isn’t confined to the kitchen. Make it fun with a craft project that’ll help you teach your family the importance of recycling.
Did you know we recycle less of the stuff in our bathrooms than other parts of the house, like the kitchen? But really it shouldn’t be like this. After all, being smart about your recycling is one of the best ways to improve the well-being of our planet and preserve its natural resources. It is also surprisingly easy and something everyone can do on a daily basis.
Unilever is raising awareness around this issue through our series of Sunlight Activities. “Greening” your bathroom with its own recycling bin is the first step. Most local authorities now collect and recycle plastic bottles and aluminium cans — including Dove® shampoos and body washes. So why isn’t there a recycling bin in your bathroom? Now there can be, and here’s how you can make it.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
An empty box
An ink pad
A clear bin bag
HOW TO MAKE YOUR RECYCLING BOX:
Step 1: Cut off the flaps of the box and set them aside to use later.
Step 2: Measure the paper you’ll need to cover the large sides and the bottom of the box, add two inches on each side; do the same for the small sides and bottom of the box.
Step 3: Choose the side you will start working on first (large or small side) and spray adhesive on the paper. Place one side of the box onto the sprayed paper and leave two inches on each side and top, lay the bottom and then the last side. Fold the two inches of extra paper into the box (neatly and secure with adhesive; repeat the same steps to cover the other sides).
Step 4: Take both longer flaps and place them side by side (on the long side). Cut enough gift wrap to cover one side leaving 1-2 inches on each of the four sides. Spray the gift wrap with adhesive and place the two pieces in the centre. Fold over the four sides and secure with tape (don’t worry, you won’t even be able to see it!)
Step 5: Line your bin with a clear bin bag and place the wrapped longer flaps at the bottom of the bin so the nice side shows.
Step 6: Take both shorter flaps and place one on top of the other using the longer side and mend the two together with packing tape to ensure the two pieces are tightly secured together.
Step 7: Cut a piece of gift wrap large enough to cover the entire piece, leaving two inches on the shorter sides. Wrap the cardboard as you would a gift and fasten into your bin to create a divider and two compartments—one for plastics and one for cardboard recyclables.
Not sure what plastic bottles are recyclable? Simply check the back label. If the bottle is made with PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) or HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), then go ahead and throw it in your convenient bathroom recycling bin along with toilet paper tubes and other cardboard-wrapped items. You can find even more great tips to reduce, reuse and recycle at RecycleNow.
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