Why Toilet Paper Tubes are the Textbook Example of Recycling

Last week, I heard a radio advertisement that posed this question: What’s one thing you can do to help the Earth?

The first thing that I thought of was toilet paper tubes.

Infographic courtesy of Care to Recycle

That morning I had put a new roll of toilet paper on the holder after throwing the empty, paper-made and perfectly recyclable tube in the trash. I know what you’re thinking. Why did it take me so long to equate toilet paper tubes to any other paper product that I routinely recycle? PAPER is in the name!

As guilty as I felt, I’m not the only human who tossed a paper product in the trash that day. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 18.27 million tons of paper and paperboard were dumped in landfills in 2015 – and that’s just in the United States.

Later that day, I turned to the Internet and searched “toilet paper tube recycling”. I found a post by Care to Recycle that depicts how toilet paper tubes are the textbook example of recycling. Check out the infographic in this post. To summarize, when you recycle a toilet paper tube, you help produce a new toilet paper tube. ZERO waste generated!

Today, I pledge to recycle toilet paper tubes. I will put a recycling bin in my bathrooms so it’s just as easy to recycle the paper and plastic products that I use in the bathrooms as it is to throw those products in the garbage.

In honor of Earth Day, I encourage you to ask yourself the same question. What’s one thing you can do to help our planet?

For ideas, visit 50waystohelp.com.

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