Reduce, reuse, and recycle: ideas for your home

Want to encourage your kids to reuse and recycle at home? Follow these tips to get started.

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It’s more important than ever to reduce the number of natural resources being used. Increasing recycling rates and reusing materials has become the need of the hour as the future of our planet depends on it.

Getting kids involved from an early age is an easy way to imbibe this discipline. Follow our below-mentioned tips to create an eco-friendly home.

Encourage these activities for your kids by turning them into fun games & simultaneously teaching them the importance of conservation.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for Kids – Top Ideas to Try

Teaching your kids to be environmentally friendly becomes very easy when you turn it into a fun activity for them.

Let’s look at each part of the initiative & get ideas of implementation:

1) Reduce

This part involves teaching your children as to why it’s important to not buy in excess or use disposable items that have a short shelf-life. Reward them for choosing reusable products and reducing their waste by turning it into a game. Have them pick out their favourite cup, plate, and utensils when shopping and explain that they need to take care of it to maintain them. Teach them how to wash them with products such as Vim. Always supervise children during this task.

2) Reuse

Similarly, the ‘reuse’ part of this initiative looks at the items that can no longer be utilized for their original purpose, but could possibly be reused for another purpose. Eg., transform old clothes into something new to set a good example. Set them with a regular challenge of reusing. You could even teach them how to repair their toys if they break it.

3) Recycle

Most of the items consumed on a daily basis can be recycled for some purpose or the other and this is how you can encourage your kids for the same- Try having different colour bins for each type of waste so that they get into the habit of sorting the recyclable things & reward them for developing and maintaining the habit.

Key steps

  • Create clear reuse and recycle bins at home
  • Make ‘reducing waste’ a game for your kids
  • Reward children for their initiatives
  • Teach children the value of household goods so they don’t throw things away unnecessarily

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