This post is not a plug for Colgate toothpaste. I am not receiving any remuneration for mentioning Colgate or for showing a photo of this product. It’s just my response to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda has asked us, when we sit down to write our post, to find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging, and to write about whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes.
When I went to bed last night, I had to open up a new tube of toothpaste. I use Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste. I’ve been using it for years. And in all the time I’ve been brushing my teeth with that brand of toothpaste, the look of the toothpaste tube hasn’t changed. It has always looked like the tube in the photo above.
But last night, when I took the tube of Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste out of the box, I was shocked to see this:
I have never put my empty toothpaste tubes in recycling. I’ve always just put them in my regular trash, which goes to a landfill. But this new tube of toothpaste is instructing me to recycle it.
Being the skeptic that I am, I visited the website of the company that picks up my recycling and checked to see if empty toothpaste tubes are acceptable for recycling. I was surprised to find out that the answer is “yes.” But I was also surprised that there is a four step process to follow in order to properly prepare empty toothpaste tubes for recycling:
- Step 1: Remove the cap.
- Step 2: Squeeze as much of the toothpaste out of the tube as possible.
- Step 3: Carefully cut the neck of the tube and cut a slit along the side.
- Step 4: Use warm water and soap to rinse out the rest of the toothpaste.
Okay, that seems like a lot of work. But as someone who tries to be environmentally conscientious, I suppose I need to put my money where my mouth is and follow those steps so I can do my part and recycle my spent toothpaste tubes.
One small step for man, one giant step for mankind, right? Well, technically four small steps, but who’s counting?