Recycling vs. Reducing

This is a very helpful article that explores the importance of not only recycling, but also really focusing on reusing plastic products instead of purchasing new ones. The article mentions that while recycling certainly has become a popular activity, 9% of plastic products are actually recycled, the rest ends up in landfills or in the Pacific Plastic Vortex. Ideas are given regarding ways that you can teach your children about this reusing plastic products. This article is helping us to narrow down what could go into our activity book, such as coloring activities in which children color in plastic products in a room, listing activities in which they say what they have that is plastic, visuals that show what plastic can be recycled and what can’t be recycled, and a little experiment in which different materials are put in water (plastic and organic) and children watch what materials eventually degrade and what doesn’t.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-wynne/is-teaching-children-to-recycle-a-waste-of-time_b_3902194.html

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