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:

  1. Reduce
    • 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.
  1. Reuse
    • 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!
  1. Recycle
    • 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.
Teaching kids the 3R's
Teach your kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle with these easy tips.