My children have been recycling since they could walk. It comes as naturally to them as brushing their teeth in the mornings and putting their seatbelts on when they get in the car (ok, so sometimes I have to nag them to make sure they brush their teeth). When they visit a friend's home and drink a can of soda they ask where the recycling bin is. If their friend doesn't have one, they bring the can home with them. They wouldn't consider throwing it in the trash. It isn't because they are radical tree huggers or have an overly high sense of
responsibility to the environment. It's because it's all they know.
It is habit.
We teach our children to say please and thank you from the time they begin to speak. We teach them to brush their teeth as soon as the first baby tooth pokes through their cute little gums. We teach them not to talk to strangers, not to hit, not to litter, and so much more that we don't even consciously think about. It comes naturally.
"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
- Jimmy Carter
Usually because it is what our parents taught us. And what our grandparents taught them. We learn by example and we reinforce it by doing. If we begin teaching our children that recycling is a way of life making it as habitual as washing their hands before dinner (well, I'm still working on this one with mine), then before we know it, we will have a generation of recyclers. They will teach their children because we taught them, and the balance will shift in our world from a majority of people that do not recycle to a majority
THAT DOES!!! This is where parent recycling resources begin...by example
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them."
We don't need to fill our kids full of facts and figures to scare them into recycling. Using the parent recycling resources provided on this site, we simply lead by example and provide them with a sense of responsibility to ensure a clean and healthy environment for them, for their children, and for their grandchildren. And then continue reinforcing recycling in as many areas of their lives as we can.
Yes, it's important to get our home recycling center setup, but don't forget that our children spend much of their time in daycare, in school, in church. We need to expand our parents recycling resources to ensure that they continue to be exposed to recycling in these areas also.
More Parents Recycling Resources
Reusing Your Trash
An average American generates more than 4 pounds of trash every day. Reusing your trash allows you to begin whittling down that 4 pound pile. And as an extra incentive, it can save you money!
Reuse Trash Ideas
An extensive listing of helpful ideas for you to reuse your trash and reduce your contribution to the landfills.
Crafts From Trash
Recycle Crafts and create treasure from trash. Have fun with your family or your students while creating works of art with items that might normally be thrown away.
Recycling is always for a worthy cause - helping the environment. But what if you could help your community in other ways in conjunction with recycling? Recycle and volunteer to make the world a better place.