In order to teach your kids to live a green lifestyle, you must live one yourself. The concept of leading by example certainly applies when it comes to teaching your kids eco-friendly behaviors such as recycling. The earlier in life your kids develop green habits, the more likely they are to retain them and carry those habits through adulthood. Set an example by taking the following eco-friendly steps.
- Reuse: Set an example for your children by reusing items we commonly throw away. For instance, instead of throwing away lunch bags after one use, reuse them a number of times. By reusing products, you will be keeping those items from piling up in landfills, and thus will be effectively reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and harmful chemicals.
- Recycle: Even if you’re not planning on using a specific product again, there’s a good chance it will be useful somewhere. Recycling helps preserve the environment by lessening the demand for raw materials. As opposed to using raw materials at an excessive rate, whatever you recycle can be used again. Subsequently, landfills will be less crowded and the environment less polluted. Teach your child which items are recyclable and encourage them to do so.
- Compost: Composting is yet another way to positively impact the environment. The idea behind composting is to recycle decomposed organic material for the purpose of enriching the soil with nutrients and continuing the cycle of life. Instead of sending organic waste to landfills and contributing to the release of chemicals and greenhouse gases, you will be improving soil and preserving raw materials.
Educate your kids about the benefits of reusing, recycling, and composting. By leading through example you can set the tone to a green life. Work with Western Disposal to make the world a more eco-friendly place. To find out more information about our recycling services, call us today at (303) 586-1100.