Teaching Your Kids To Reduce, Reuse And Recycle

Teaching Kids To Recycle

One of the important responsibilities we have as parents is to teach our kids everything we can about protecting our earth. Many of us have already incorporated some kind of routine to this effect, whether you are recycling your waste or being more water-saving conscience. No time like the present to teach our kids about the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra we have all heard so many times before.


Teaching your kids to reduce, reuse and recycle is very simple and can even be fun. Make it a family activity and enjoy making an impact on our world as a team. Here are some easy tips that you can use to teach your kids the importance of greener living.


Super Heroes For The Earth’s Future


Needless to say, our children and us are the world’s only solution right now. Instilling good green practices in your children will help them to forward their knowledge to their own children one day. This is the way we shape generations of superheroes who intentionally protect and promote the world we live in.



Reducing is the one thing that can become a little tricky to apply if you do not carefully consider the areas where you can reduce. It is actually quite easy if you apply these simple steps:

  • Reduce plastic wastage by using reusable shopping bags.
  • Minimize carbon, fuel and packaging by making a family veggie garden.
  • Lower food wastage by acquiring a worm farm to convert foodstuffs to fantastic compost for your veggie garden.
  • Reduce packaging waste by buying products in bulk since the packaging to product ratio is much less.
  • Buy only what you need and then using it all before replacing with new products.



Teach your kids to reuse old items like these:

  • Fix up old clothes and furniture. Organisations will gladly accept secondhand items. 
  • Avoid using paper plates, cups and serviettes when out for a braai. Rather use items that you can simply wash up and use later again like plastic or ceramic items.
  • Collect all the items around the house that might be reused in art projects, like toilet paper rolls, empty containers or strips of cloth. Give them to your kids’ schools if you are not going to use them yourselves.
  • Try to use refillable containers where possible, like dishwashing liquids and fabric softener.



This is by far the easiest one to accomplish in your home. Set up bins that can be used to collect these recyclable items:

  • Tin cans and aluminium
  • Paper (including magazines and newspapers)
  • Plastic
  • Old batteries
  • Glass

Read more of what you can recycle, and where, on the National Recycling Forum’s website.


Kids can partake in community projects where they can learn to take part in this responsibility with other people. Also, have a look Recycle City, a website based online game that kids can play to help them understand the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Another helpful site is Kids Environment that explains the three r’s in great ways for kids to understand easily.

For more great ideas on how to go green around the house, read our articles on how you can make an impact with green living as well as what natural home cleaning products you can use to lighten your carbon footprint.

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