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Recycling Facts for Kids

Recycling is something we all care about – and when it comes to working towards sustainable living, it’s something everyone can do every day to help out. Here at Persil, we care about doing our bit.

Persil aims to reduce the environmental impact of washing clothes across the life cycle of our products, from manufacturing through to use – and thinking of new ways to help consumers reduce, recycle, and reuse Persil packaging is a key part of this.  It’s also why we’ve gathered these useful recycling facts for kids and fun tips to get your little ones interested in recycling.

After all, recycling is not only a crucial part of doing our bit for the environment – when the topic is tackled well, it can also be a very entertaining activity for kids! Almost every activity can be made more fun, and recycling is no exception. With a little imagination, teaching your kids about recycling is really not as hard as you might think: Give these tips on recycling for kids a try and see!

 

What is recycling for kids? Reduce, reuse, and recycle!

When passing on recycling information for kids, try starting with the basics – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  1. Tell your kids that it is important to think carefully whenever you decide to get rid of an item – do you really not need it anymore, and is there anything you could do with it rather than just throw it in the bin?
  2. Even if your kids don’t enjoy their old clothes and toys anymore, someone else might – perhaps a friend or younger relative, or you could give them away to a charity shop.
  3. Make sure you reuse items together whenever possible; if your kids love to draw, teach them to use both sides of the paper, for example. Both paper and cardboard boxes, such as Persil washing powder boxes, can often be recycled through arts and crafts projects. You can explain why recycling is important as you go, so that they can learn and have fun at the same time.
  4. If you really don’t know how to make use of an old item anymore, make sure you dispose of it properly! Your local council website should have information on what you can put in your recycling bin and what goes elsewhere: This South Cambridgeshire guide is a good example. You can also take it to a recycling collection point; the Recycle More website can help you find one near you.
  5. Make sure your kids know where to leave items that can be recycled, and place the recycling box somewhere easily accessible for the smaller people in your household.
  6. Another thing to keep in mind is that more things than you might initially think can be recycled, from cardboard, food cans, and clothes, to plastic bottles. Why not turn this into a fun quiz with your kids? Show them pictures of various items, and let your kids guess if they can be recycled or not – once again, you can check your facts here on the Recycle More site. If they get it wrong, make sure to explain, and double check that they have understood – and reward correct answers with a treat! Playful learning can be very effective.

 

Recycling for kids: More tips and tricks

Recycling is not only about the obvious goal of reducing waste, but also includes saving energy. Make sure to close doors, turn off the lights, and turn the tap off while you brush your teeth. You probably already do all of these things, but your kids might need a little reminding at first. You can make a game out of this too – reward them with a little surprise if they remember to save energy. When it comes to laundry, there’s a lot you can do as well!

From ensuring that you always wait until you have a full drum before washing to using the quick wash setting on your washing machine to washing at 30 degrees Celsius rather than 40, a little energy consciousness can save money as well as help the environment. Having a few little helpers around while you’re washing clothes doesn’t just mean your kids learn about tidying – if you explain why you do things a certain way, they can also pick up a lot about saving energy.

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