Kids RecyclingKids love to emulate their parents — up until a certain age, anyway. By introducing “green” practices early on, there is a better chance your child will become an enthusiastic recycler and develop a long-lasting appreciation for protecting the earth.

Make our great green globe a better place to live with these family-friendly ideas:

  • Have fun. Before brushing teeth, sing a song about “saving water for the fish.” Have your kid decorate cloth grocery bags with non-toxic pens. Pick out a colorful waste free lunch box together.
  • Make recycling convenient, with clearly labeled bins located in strategic locations around your home; not just in the kitchen, but in the bathroom (for toilet paper tubes) and bedroom, too.
  • Clearly explain eco-friendly activities using positive language. For example, “We hang our shirts on the clothesline to save energy,” or “These glass bottles going into the recycle bin will get crushed up and turned into new bottles.”
  • Take a ride on public transportation and explain to your kids why it’s good for the earth.
  • Celebrate America Recycles Day or Earth Day by throwing a waste-free party and pledging to step up your family’s recycling efforts.
  • Purchase eco-friendly products like cloth diapers and biodegradable cleaners like those sold by The Honest Company.
  • Teach kids about recycling with Recycling Truck app (iOS, $0.99), or virtually sort materials with National Geographic’s online Recycle Roundup game.
  • Download recycling-themed coloring sheets and crossword puzzles from the Planet Ark.
  • Shop farmers’ markets and teach your kids about the benefits of buying locally grown food.
  • Little bundle of joy on the way? Check out these: 10 tips for raising a Zero Waste baby and ideas for raising a “Zero Waste” kid.
  • Get the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle song stuck in your head and regularly put these principles to practice at home, school and work: