From the moment our children learn to speak, we teach them manners. When they enter school, we teach them good study habits. So why wouldn't we teach our kids to recycle? The bottom line is that whether you believe the environment is in trouble or not, it can't hurt to conserve and creatively reuse our man-made products. Why waste when you don't have to? And even better, it's easy! There isn't any need to worry your children with environmental statistics, and breaking headlines concerning oil and the safety of animals. Just let them watch you and learn by example. Ok. Ready to give this a shot? Let's go over a few easy ways to recycle in your everyday life.
4 lbs a day!
The average American creates about 4lbs of garbage each day. One way to reduce that is to reuse what you can. If you had your lunch in a ziplock baggie, wash it! Use it a few more times! It can't hurt anything, and it saves you a few extra pennies here and there. And, as we tell our child, those pennies add up pretty fast.
Did you know there is actually a company that recycles crayons bits? Well, know you do! As most parents know, all those little bits of broken wax lying about can make a carpet look rather messy. But, rather than toss it outside, why not send it off to LAF Lines? For the price of one envelop and stamp, you can help LAF Lines create brand new crayons from just a little trash on your carpet. This is a particularly good idea for pre-schools and day care centers because of LAF Lines wonderful 1lb = 1 crazy crayon system. Yep, for every pound you turn in you receive a new recycled crayon! Turn in fifty and you could have a whole box set.
Get together a small group in your community and help each other to recycle and reuse. Like ex-cerise, recycling often works best with a supporting partner. If you are new to the neighborhood, this could be a great way to make new friends. Perhaps there is already a community established that you could join? You never know until you try.
You would be amazed how creative your kids can be sometimes. Why not encourage that creativity by challenging them to make something using only bits of trash (clean trash, of course) from your home. Let the mind wander and help your child come up with something new using only something old!
Stop to buy one reusable bag, and never worry with plastic or paper again. You will be amazed at how much less clutter you have after shopping. Your kids will watch, and soon they will want bags of their own!
This blog post was provided by Stephanie Parker – our blog writer extraordinaire!