Why not include them in household chores? This not only helps them to understand sustainability but also helps them to learn life skills. One thing you can include them in is taking out the recycling. As you teach them to separate paper, plastic, and aluminum, you can teach them what the different recycling symbols mean, how only some plastics are completely recyclable, and about your municipality’s waste management and recycling centres. While an older child is learning about what recycling is, you can also discuss why it is important to reduce single-use plastics and how only 9% of all plastics and styrofoam are actually recycled. 79% of all plastic and polystyrene foam sticks around in landfills and takes 1000 years to decompose.
In addition to teaching them about what goes into the blue box, you can also include them when donating old clothes to charity – letting them know it is important not to throw clothes away as they too contain plastic fibres. You can also teach them about composting and putting food scraps into your municipality’s green bins instead of the regular trash.