Teaching Kids about Plastic Pollution

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Knowing that plastic pollution is a problem, it’s important to teach children from early preschool years about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling as much plastic as they can so that future generations can live in a cleaner and less toxic environment.

While kids definitely have a say in the food, clothing, and toys that they use, the majority of purchasing power lies in the parents’ hands. Here are a few actionable steps to limit the amount of plastic in the lives of your children:

teaching children about plastic pollution

Shopping:  Encourage kids to carry cloth bags while you go shopping.

Sharing is Caring: Some libraries and daycare centers offer toy-share programs. Similar to borrowing books from the library, your kids can play with new toys while avoiding buying new, often plastic-containing, toys.

Creative Crafting: Rather than heading to the local craft store for supplies, encourage your kids to get creative with the objects around them! Broken crayons can be melted into the paint, newspaper and magazines can be collaged, and cut up packages can become sculptures.

Kid-friendly Reusables: Say no to plastic straws. Start using glass or stainless steel for water bottles, plates, and containers for your little ones.

Fruit and Veggie Central: Easier said than done, we know. By choosing produce over processed snacks, you eliminate the need for plastic wraps and bags.

Party Sustainably: For your next birthday party or gathering, consider some alternatives to the typical plastic toy goody bags. Baked goods, books, craft supplies, or plants can be just as memorable and often less likely to be thrown away!

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Set an Example: By recycling in your home and teaching your children the proper ways, you are setting them up for a future of more conscious consumerism and waste reduction.

Now that your home and family are plastic-free, time to tackle the outside world!