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Ways to teach your children to recycle


Once you have a child, you become much more aware of the issues in the world. I’m currently on a bit of a green mission at the moment, to help preserve the earth’s resources not just for me, but for Amelia too. 

I think our attitudes towards recycling have a lot to do with how we were brought up. When I was younger, recycling was hardly the hot topic it is now. We used to drop our old clothes at the charity shop and that was about it. That was just how it was back then. 

With Amelia though, I am keen to teach her from a young age how to recycle and be more environmentally friendly. You may think I’m crazy trying to teach a one year old how to preserve the earth, but as she grows up, she’ll have a respect for the earth and its resources. 

Amelia loves to draw (or should I say scribble!). She can rack up a few masterpieces in just a couple of minutes, meaning we go through paper quickly in our household. To try and combat the damage that Amelia’s creativity causes to the environment, I only buy recycled paper. I get it from The Green Office, as it is really affordable and great quality. Obviously, once Amelia’s done drawing, I recycle the ones that don’t make it into the art gallery on our fridge! 

I have already bought some colour coded recycling bins for in my kitchen. Not only do the bins help me stay organised, I know that they’ll make recycling easier for Amelia when she gets older. She’ll know exactly what can and can’t be recycled, helping to get her into an eco-friendly mind-set. 

When Amelia gets older, I will buy her recycled products. She’s a little bit too young for this now, as most of the products are aimed at adults. Once she starts school, I’ll definitely be buying her a pencil case and pencils made from recycled material. 

And, even many years on, I’m still sending my old clothes to the charity shops. I can’t believe how fast Amelia is growing! Her old wardrobe did the rounds with friends and family, before all unwanted items made their way to our local store. Some other little girl can look as delightful as Amelia did in them.

Do you teach your children to recycle?

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46 comments

  1. Really good ideas especially buying recycled paper as kids can go through lots of paper in a short time xx

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  2. I think it is a good idea to start teaching children whilst they are young

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  3. Great idea, my little one is very aware of recycling, they teach them a lot about at school too.

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  4. My children are taught to recycle both at home and school. I think it's never too early for them to learn. If they are taught from an early age it's something that will become second nature to them when they are growing up.

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  5. good idea to teach kids to recycle as its their future

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  6. Love this! I'm a huge recycler because my parents were and I plan on passing it on to my kids as well. Anything plastic/glass/aluminum/paper/cardboard in my house goes in the recycling bins and not the trash no matter how big or small it is.

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  7. I always re-cycle as do my children, i think its so important.

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  8. Certainly a good idea to learn children not to waste and re-use as much as possible

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  9. great idea. I had the same revelation upon having my son. I HAD to make the world a better place. His job is to take out the recycling every day (we have a seperate collection bin outside). He loves his "job"

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  10. Some fab idea's,It;s a great idea to get children learning to recycle at an early age

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  11. my son hates throwing things away but if i tell him to put it in the recycling hes like 'yay'

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  12. Some great ideas. :) I shall check out the Green Office as my little boy goes through paper like there is no tomorrow!

    Hele

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  13. Super idea! Gives them an early sense of responsibility as well.

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  14. aww fab! i try to do my best but everyone else in my household isnt as fussed!

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  15. always good to start early my lo knows that paper goes into the green bag i do have to tell him to put other things into the bag but he is learning.

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  16. Ben is getting pretty good at knowing which colour bin to put things in!

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  17. The earlier you teach your little ones the better. I do with mine :)

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  18. Great ideas! Sophia loves throwing things in the trash. I think the next step is to show her the difference with recyclables.

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  19. my kiddos have been recycling since they were toddlers

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  20. I think the earlier the better, too. Little kids learn fast. They'll form this habit, and in the future recycling will come to them naturally.

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  21. The earlier children are taught the better

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  22. Fantastic idea, i think its great to teach kids this so early on x

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  23. My grand-daughter, Alara, loves to put put rubbish in my 'appropriate' recycling bins; she is nearly four but has been doing this for ages! She loves to paint pictures on my kitchen table, so we get out a roll of wallpaper, and cut it to size and tape it down. (generally available in charity shops for pennies.) I have an endless supply of paper and paintings. I did this with all four of my own children as I, also, like to paint and they always wanted to join in but I couldn't let them use my expensive and precious watercolour paper. Old hessian window blinds are also good for little ones (and me) to paint on!

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  24. some fab ideas, thank you, x

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  25. recycle is a thing i,ve learn,t my children to do good site

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  26. Recycling is good for the enviroment, and good for us all. It just takes some readjusting. A variety of coloured containers can make it easier and more organised. I have a set of coloured bags named and labelled for this purpose :- Thanks to one of our local retailers stocking them. It is always helpful to share ideas etc. So thank-you for this blog.

    Rachel Craig

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  27. Schools are so good now - children are always telling me things they have learnt about recycling and hte environment!

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  28. I think parents working with schools to teach children to recycle is a great idea, we have been teaching our children recently and it is working really well

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  29. Great to teach children when they are younger as they are more likely to continue it throughout there life

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  30. a lot of the kids programmes are great at promoting recycling, we try to do as much as we can, its not always that easy

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  31. Hopefully the message will get through eventually, but I despair at the amount of litter I see all over our streets and countryside.

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  32. Teaching recycling to our children will pave the way for the future of the world.

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  33. Interesting. More of a challenge with teenagers though....

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  34. I think it's great to do this with children at a young age.

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  35. Great idea. How many bins, and what are your different bins for? And lastly where do you store them? It might be hard in a smaller kitchen to find somewhere, especially if you have a nosy dog too, like us!

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  36. my daughter loved it when she had to chuck them in to big bins in our old flat not so happy now she has to put them in bags in the shed!!

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  37. I don't yet as he wouldn't understand but I will do as it's something I think is very important.

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