The Importance of Teaching Recycling to Kids
By teaching children about recycling now, you will help create responsible adults in the future. By acting now, we have a better chance of creating and sustaining a healthy planet. With recycling being SO important for our planet, the importance of teaching today’s children about seems only essential. Their education is a shared responsibility between teachers and parents, where we can teach them how to create a happier and healthier planet.
Teaching About Reducing Waste
Recycling not only reduces waste and has a better environmental impact, but also prevents rubbish otherwise slowly deteriorating in landfills or being incinerated and creating further pollution. Recycling responsibly describes how we should use, and reuse, valuable resources. By teaching children to try to get into the habit of only sending something to the recycling bin when it’s at the end of its usable life, they learn to preserve resources creatively. It’s best to reduce or reuse first, before you recycle.
Consider the full value of the things you buy, and creatively reuse and repurpose where you can. Try reusing the same water bottle, for example, or transport your groceries in a reusable bag. Teach Them How to Recycle
With 12.7 million tonnes of plastic polluting the ocean every year, it’s our duty as role models to teach children how to reduce, and reverse, this problem to protect their future.
Plastic now inhabits every corner of the world and has even been found floating around the Arctic. The more we can all do to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill or in our oceans, the better.
If you’ve got small or young children, sorting out your recycling can seem like a tricky task – but the good news is that recycling is something you can get the whole family involved with. Try personalising different bins using words orpictures to help your children memorise what each one is for, and this will help encourage recycling as a habit. Or try to make a recognisable sensory board to hang in the kitchen to show different types of recyclable items. This will help to remind children what each recycled object looks and feels like and prompt the whole family to recycle correctly.
Teach the ‘Reuse & Repurpose’ Idea
Reusing and repurposing items can really open children’s eyes (and imaginations).
When they grow out of their old clothes, these items can still be reused – you just need to get a little but more creative and start thinking outside the box. Cut clothing items into squares for use as household cleaning cloths or bathroom flannels. They can talk about their favourite memories of wearing their old clothes as they re-use them.
Teaching your children upcycling techniques at a young age will stay with them to pass onto their own children and so on, helping create a better future for our planet.
Giving Them Upcycling Inspiration
The expression ‘why throw it away when you can fix it’ comes to mind when upcycling. It’s all about getting creative and it’s something exciting you can get your children to be involved with. All you need to do is decide what’s old and replacing, then brainstorm a way to upcycle it. The video below shows the transformation of 15 household items that can easily be upcycled through an existing project that you can get your children involved with to benefit the planet.
Why Is Recycling So Important For Kids?
Teaching recycling to children is going to shape the future of our planet, by showing the children of today how to protect our planet tomorrow. They will be able to pass this knowledge onto generations to come. By making recycling fun using the tips above, you can encourage children of all ages to enjoy recycling.