Teach Your Kids About Recycling
With the tremendous global impact recycling has on sustainability it is imperative the future generations pick up where we left off. So while it’s important to do what we can for the planet, it’s even more important to teach our children the importance of caring for Mother Earth. With that in mind, here are a few ways you can pay it forward to the next generation:
- Discuss the benefits of recycling with children. The most simple step, yet sometimes the most overlooked, is teaching the basics of how recycling benefits our planet. Discuss the short- and long-term effects, and the importance of conservation.
- Identify what is recyclable. Inform them about the many kinds of plastic, paper, metal, and cardboard that can be recycled. Take a look at our Can and Can’t Recycle List for a cheat sheet. (We won’t tell!)
- Make it fun. Anyone with kids knows fun is what they respond to best. Let them decorate the house recycling bin, and take a look at this list of fun recycled craft ideas.
- Show them results. It can be as simple as a before and after picture. Go to a park and pick up trash, and then sort out the recyclable materials. At the end, they’ll be able to see the amount of material that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
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