Parents, you’re living an eco-friendly lifestyle already, but are your kids on board with it too? Today, I’m teaming up with Thomas & Friends™ to help parents teach their kids how to cut waste by recycling and reusing. Teaching Kids about Responsible Consumption & Production is a sponsored post by Mattel.
Teaching Kids about Responsible Consumption & Production
As a parent myself, I feel like I’ve done a great job teaching my son responsibilities regarding recycling. Not only does he contribute to the recycling bin, but he also comes up with his recycling projects using things around the house. It’s so much better than sitting in front of the TV playing Xbox. We do have a ways to go as I’m still trying to convince him that our environment needs more of our help in other ways.
Follow along with Thomas and me while we help explain how crucial responsible consumption & production is to our environment and our children’s future.
What is Responsible Consumption and Production?
It involves using resources efficiently, taking account of ecosystem services that are key to making a living, and reducing dangerous chemicals’ impact. That’s the short version.
Why do we need to teach our kids about Responsible Consumption and Production?
Responsible or sustainable consumption is necessary to reduce the negative impact on the climate and the environment, and people’s health. Our environment will be in lousy shape soon if we don’t do our part. We don’t want materials showing up in our oceans, rivers, or lakes.
Parents, we need to instill into our kids that our environment can’t survive without our help. We have to do our part to save it by recycling, reusing, and reducing. The more kids know about taking care of the environment where they live and as a whole, the better their future will be. In the long run, we want our kids to be global citizens who care about our planet.
Check out Thomas & Friends All Aboard for Global Goals, or click on Thomas the Train above to understand better.
A Recycled Telescope Project
Above is my son’s recycled project that he thought of all on his own. He used a piece of cardboard that came in a box from something we ordered. Then he started collecting toilet tissue rolls to slide over the cardboard. This kid (8-years-old) was so excited and couldn’t wait to show his dad and me what he had made. This is Brody’s Recycled Telescope – complete with a see-through lens. Pretty cool, uh?
How can we teach our kids Responsible Consumption & Production?
First, explain again what will happen to our environment if we don’t do anything about it. Second, before we can teach our kids, we must set an example for recycling at home and reuse items ourselves. Third, we must genuinely care for ourselves and be consistent with our efforts. By doing so, we will teach responsibility, social development, creativity, and problem-solving techniques to them.
Try these conversation starters:
- What kinds of things do people throw away?
- How can we reuse things at home?
- What can we make from recycled materials?
- What happens to all the waste?
- Should we throw away old toys? What should we do with them?
Recycling starts at home. Get a recycling bin or participate in your neighborhood recycling program. Recycle everything you can – paper, plastic, cardboard, cans, milk cartons, toilet tissue & paper towel rolls, water bottles, etc. We started small, and now I make sure I recycle everything, but I also clean out all recycled materials before putting them in the recycling box that we have in the kitchen. It’s a big deal at my house now. Read my post – Clever Ways to Make Recycling Fun for Kids for other ways to get your kids on board.
Remember, parents – it starts with us, and before you know it, responsible consumption will be part of your family’s everyday life.
Thomas & Friends does a remarkable job on this video explaining Responsible Consumption by talking about reusing, repairing, and recycling. Let your kids watch it with you.
Let’s do our part by teaching kids about Responsible Consumption & Production and take care of our environment at the same time!
Teaching Kids about Responsible Consumption & Production is vital to our environment. For more information, please check out Thomas & Friends All Aboard for Global Goals.