It's never too early to teach your kids about the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. And the best ways to teach them are those that help them get involved in the process. Here's how:
- Start a toy exchange with friends.
- Instead of buying books, movies, and magazines, borrow copies from your local library or movie rental store.
- When you are shopping, point out reusable items to your kids like refillable pens, a reusable lunch bag or rechargeable batteries.
- Use both sides of the paper whenever you can.
- Fill your child's art box with scrap paper, paper grocery bags, leftover wrapping paper, or the insides of leftover cereal boxes.
- Donate! Don’t throw away those old clothes and toys. Instead, put them in a box for your local thrift store.
- Wrap up presents with comics from the newspaper, or a decorated paper grocery bag.
- Make a waste-free lunch. Use reusable products for your lunch bag, drink bottle, napkin, and sandwich containers in place of disposables.
- Save that lint! You know all of that lint that comes out of your dryer? Place it in a container outside and the birds will use it to line their nests!
- Before you throw something away, check to see if it can be recycled. Check out Earth 911 to find out what and where to recycle in your area.
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