Earth Day: Recycle Your Medicine Cabinet

Like many of you, I’m good about making sure that I recycle bottles, cans, magazines–the usual suspects. But when’s the last time you recycled something from your medicine cabinet? For me, never. In fact, I have trouble even keeping up with all the expired products in there. Melrose Place star Josie Bissett is teaming up with Neosporin to help us go greener. She’s heading up the Neosporin Tube Brigade, a TerraCycle-based group that encourages people to recycle antibiotic tubes. We recently chatted with the mother of two to find out about the green thing.

What’s your advice for people just starting out?

“We often feel like we have to go completely green to make a difference. And that can be intimidating, so often, we don’t do anything. But tiny steps make a big difference. I really believe that in all areas of my life. I used to be into working out hardcore, and now it’s like, if I can just get to the gym occasionally, I’m happy. Nothing has to be overboard. And I look at recycling the same way. Just do what you can because every little bit helps.”

Does your family have a special Earth Day tradition?

“Our neighborhood and school do have a picking up litter type of thing each year in honor of Earth Day. But if we’re ever walking down the street and my kids see anything on the ground, they’ll pick it up. They have a real incredible recycle program at our school. And my kids actually teach me things.”

Cool! What’s one thing from your kids that has really stuck with you?

“They talk a lot about water conservation at their school. I LOVE taking baths. And my son [Mason, 9-years-old] the last year or so gets in the tub and he fills it a fourth of the way full. I’ll say, ‘Honey, you can fill it all the way.’ And he’s like, ‘No, Mommy, I don’t want to waste water.’  He’s literally bathing in a little bit of water. I think it’s adorable. And even if I’m brushing my teeth and leave the water on a bit too long, he’ll come turn it off for me. So now I’ll take a shorter shower or less baths because of the kids. It’s like I said earlier…it’s just little baby steps. Those things do matter and they do count.”

If you’re interested in taking part in the brigade with Josie, click here to sign up to receive prepaid postage labels and collection materials. And Happy Earth Day!!!

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