Your empty beauty products can do a lot more than sit in a landfill.

You know that feeling when you step into a hot shower after a long, hard day?

Between the blast of steam, the sensation of suds on your scalp, and the unbelievable acoustics that virtually persuade you to fell everything and audition for The Voice, it’s undoubtedly one of the best routines out there.

The thing about routines is — you don’t have to think that much about them.( I mean, when’s the last day you really CONSIDERED your toothbrush ?) But what if we zoomed out for a second and dedicated some thought to the everyday items we reach for that keep us appearing and feeling our best?

Like, did you know that something as basic as your shampoo bottle could attain greatness? No gag .

And no, we’re not just talking about its impact on your luscious locks.

We’re talking about the bottles themselves.

After the last lather, your colorful bottle may then get repurposed into something awesome. But many bottles never get the opportunity and, instead, end up in the landfill.

The fact is, nearly 50% of Americans don’t recycle their used beauty products. That’s a huge onu on our environment, and it has to stop.

Fortunately, some major beauty product companies are taking significant steps towards change. For example, Garnier is implementing some severely impressive sustainability practices to help provide a comprehensive solution to beauty packaging garbage.

So, instead of ending up in a landfill, shampoo bottles like yours can take on a whole other life.

All images via Upworthy/ Garnier.

So, before it observed its way into your shower stall, your shampoo bottle could’ve already lived another life. Just believe — it may have been part of the tennis ball are applied to win Roger Federer his eighth straight men’s singles title at Wimbledon.

And its journey doesn’t have to end just yet — as long as you know where to send it.

A lot of people don’t know how to recycle their shampoo bottles. Many of these bottles are actually unable to be grouped with regular recycling, so more often than not, they just get hurled in the litter.

That’s where Garnier is stepping in. In an effort to educate customers on better recycling practises, they’ve partnered with TerraCycle — a company focused on recycling usually non-recyclable materials.

They’re calling it their Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program, which they hope will provide an easy solution for consumers to make a real impact.

Here’s how it runs:

When it’s time to throw out your personal care products, spare them from the landfill and send them to TerraCycle instead. It’s totally free and entirely possible to do from your own home. It’s a small endeavor, but trust us, these bottles can add up to make a big difference.

Once you’ve collected 10 pounds or more, mail them in, and Garnier will donate two cents for every personal care product to the charity of your selection. There’s never been a better reason to shower twice a day.( Unless maybe if you’re a long-distance runner in Death valley … Then, you do you .)

However, if you’re not literally planting a tree and watching it grow or picking up trash on your street — both awesome things you should totally do, by the way — it can be hard to see the positive impact your actions have on the environment.

So, when you mail in a box full of your used bottles, it might leave you wondering what exactly they will be used for.

Rest easy: Those bottles could end up doing amazing things for their home communities in need.

Make sure to visit: CapGeneration.com

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