This is a sponsored post by Repreve. All opinions are my own.
Our little guy is getting old enough where he loves to be helpful. He loves to help me do things around the house like laundry, throwing things away, dishes, etc. So it is a great time to help him learn about recycling. Here are some tips I have come up with to help him:
- Buy color coded bins: Purchasing bins for each recycling item in different colors will help your child decide where the item goes. Explain to your child what each bin is for and help then make the decisions as they learn. Eventually, they will be able to tell what items belong where.
- Let their imagination flourish: Are there items in the recycling bins that could be made into fun activities? Let your child build things with paper towel rolls, execute science experiments, make paper mache items, or etc. from the bins. They will learn the value of reusing items that way.
- Make it fun: What kid doesn’t like to crush things. Let them be the crusher for aluminum cans or milk jugs.
- Share facts about Recycling: As they learn what items go where, help them learn why they are doing these acts. Kids are sponges for knowledge, help then learn while they are receptive to the facts.
- Visit a Recycling Center: Let your kids see what exactly happens to the recyclable items when they leave your house.
Another way to help your kids learn about recycling and reusing is to visit Repreve. It is a fiber made from recycled plastic bottles and it is made into items you can wear! for instance, it takes 6 plastic bottles to make a green beanie. See there products here.
REPREVE will take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen (Jan. 23-26, 2014).
Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green.
It’s not just about free swag, though. This is an event with a serious mission: to show the world that we have to get everybody involved in recycling—to create a reprieve for the planet.
X Games Contest Details
Dates: Jan. 1-31
Grand Prize: $5,000 cash
To celebrate the X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag.
Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve.com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).
How do you help teach your kids how to recycle?
Thanks to Repreve for sponsoring today’s post.