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Make a difference – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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How to make the change at home with your children

What else can you do to make a difference? Start teaching your children the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle.  Here are some simple tips to teach your children –

Why it’s important to REDUCE

When we reduce the overall amount of things we buy and use on a daily basis, we’ll have less to throw away. When we avoid making garbage in the first place, we don’t have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later.

  • Make use of both sides of the paper when colouring in.
  • Pack children’s lunches in a lunch box instead of plastic bags. We stock reusable food wraps to help you with this!
  • Encourage your children to only take food servings and portions that they know they will actually eat.

Why it’s important to REUSE

Reusing means to use the same item as many times as you can instead of throwing it out and using a new one each time.

  • Encourage your children to visit a library or borrow a book from a friend instead of buying a new one.
  • Pass on clothing that your children have outgrown to friends or family to use.
  • Donate old toys and clothes to a charity.
  • Use old containers to hold pens, pencils and crayons.

Why it’s important to RECYCLE

To recycle means to find new ways to use old things. Set up a small bin in your kitchen or garage and teach your children about household items that can be recycled.

Examples of what can be recycled  –

  • Newspapers
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Cans
  • Plastic
  • Cereal boxes

(Reference www.mygreenbirmingham.com)

Together let’s reduce plastic –

Try these simple to implement tips to eliminate plastic from your home.

  • Take your own shopping bags to do your groceries instead of purchasing plastic bags. You could even make your own tote bag!
  • Carry a reusable water bottle – we love the Kuro-Bo
  • Say no to single-use cups and instead bring your own Ecoffee Cup – made from sustainable bamboo to reuse over and over again. Shop Thrive for the range – gorgeous prints and colours available.
  • Pack lunch in reusable containers – we love reusing glass jars for our salad lunches.
  • Say no to plastic straws, disposable cutlery and plastic plates.
  • Skip the plastic produce bags and flowers.
  • Slow down and dine in!
  • Store your leftovers in glass jars.
  • Share these tips with your friends and together let’s make the change

(Reference www.lessplastic.co.uk)

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