Alea is one of the ones in our family who gets the angriest if we don’t recycle. Our city, sadly, is very relaxed when it comes to recycling, so it’s not really on the forefront of our minds and it’s honestly not something we think about as much as we should. Alea, on the other hand, is our eco-friendly little girl and loves to remind us to shut of the lights (so we don’t waste power) and that we need to make our own recycling bins for cans, plastic, and paper.
We received some really fun goodies to help inspire us to be more mindful in our waste and be sure we are recycling more. Here’s a few of them that Alea wanted to share!
Step One: Create bins to visually show them what belongs where. Start with the basics like paper, plastic, and cans and they’ll be able to help you out by tossing their recyclables in and maybe even yours, too!
Step Two: Reduce what you’re using to begin with. This is important for them to learn and for adults to learn as well. We go through a lot of paper in our house. One way to use less paper is to use both sides of the paper for coloring and crafts, save scraps of paper to use for other crafts, and use the backs of papers that come home from school or junk mail to use for coloring sheets!
Step Three: Set a good example. This is obviously something we need to work on! In order to instill good recycling habits in your little ones, you have to be a good recycler, too! Ya gotta practice what you preach, you know?
Learn more about recycling and about PepsiCo’s Recycling Rally HERE! They’re working to make recycling more accessible and easier for kids to participate in throughout schools in the United States — what a great cause, huh? Since the year 2010, they’ve helped to recycle over 60 million plastic bottles and aluminum cans! How amazing is that? They also provide the schools with prizes and incentives to help encourage them to keep recycling.
I love that! You can sign your kiddos school up and learn more HERE!
How do you encourage recycling in your home?