Raising Recycling Superheroes

by Sesame Lane Admin on 3/07/2019 1:38:13 PM

Written by Donna from Life's Better Outside (extract)

Talking about recycling with your children can be a really thought provoking topic about their future.  When I asked my little mermaid earlier why she recycled, she said firmly "Because I don't want any animals like turtles or fish to get hurt from our rubbish in the ocean, and to make sure our planet is clean." Man, what a legend. What a Recycling Superhero! Teaching and encouraging our kids to protect and care for THEIR environment is one of the most important core values we could ever teach our children.  It’s our job as parents to help them think about the positive impact their recycling can have on our Planet earth for them to enjoy for the rest of their lives, but also for their children, and so on.

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Recycling doesn’t just have to be about what can be recycled into your kerbside recycling bin. There are many ways that you can integrate recycling into your daily habits:

  • Finding alternatives to help reduce your waste on products like glad wrap/cling film: Try buying reusable beeswax wraps that can be used to cover leftovers in the fridge or wrap sammies in lunch boxes.  Or stocking up on reusable snack containers for kids lunch boxes

  • Do you know someone with chickens locally? You could collect food scraps for them and swap them for fresh eggs

  • Investing in a good quality stainless steel water bottle.  These are lifesavers in our family, and we all have our own that we take everywhere with us.  For years we brought cheap little drink bottles and the kids lost them all the time or they got moudly really quickly.  After buying one good drink bottle each we never have the problem of finding them now that we are responsible for our own individual water bottle.

  • Build your own compost bin or worm farm - now this could be fun for the little legends and a great way to use food scraps

  • Reducing our energy and water use and teaching the kids to turn off lights or power points when they aren't in use, and turning off the tap while we are busy brushing our teeth

There are so many different and fun ways for you to incorporate recycling into your families everyday routine:

  • Spend some time making a recycling station. The little legends can make some awesome labels they can read & recognise, and away they go recycling

  • Visit your local school or kindy and check with them if there are any recyclable products that they could use for learning or creative purposes or even items they could reuse or put some new life back into like: jars, yougurt containers, or even an old tyre to make into a pretty planter in the playground

  • Go on an rubbish adventure hunt in your neighbourhood - don't be afraid to get out there in the fresh air together and look for items you can pick up and dispose of properly, it’s a great way to get a bit of exercise too. (Find your very own Adventure Hunt in our activity pack)

  • Help the little legends learn how pack their very own waste free lunchbox. Our kids love packing their own, and it makes them want to eat it more because they had the chance to pick their food options

  • Pocket money Incentive - Queensland has just introduced the refund scheme, Containers for Change, which has been in other states for some time now.  Our little legends were quite excited about the possibility of making some pocket money on their recycling efforts - albeit taking some time as we don’t have a lot of cans or bottles for them to cash in! (We re use alot of our recyclables eg glass bottles for our kombucha etc)

And lastly, we can teach our little legends to donate and pass on things that we no longer use to others, and reduce them going into the bin and ending up in landfills. Teaching them to donate means that some other lucky little legend gets the chance to play and love their old toys just like they did.

Let’s have a positive impact on the environmental future of our little legends to help them and their children have a beautiful place to live.

Happy Recycling!

Click here to download your Life's Better Outside Little Legends Recycling Activity Pack, and enjoy!

Thank you to our friends at Life's Better Outside for sharing your blog with us. This is an exert and you can read the full bog on their website here.