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Educate Children To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Put Your Thinking Cap On!

Posted Jan 26 2010 7:22am

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Shawna Coronado wearing a "thinking cap" made by her 9 year old daughter.

Stymied by a particularly difficult problem, I sat alone thinking about how to solve the issue. In trots my nine year old with the above delightfully handmade hat. She says, "It's a 'Thinking Cap' to help you with your work! I made it by reusing some old jeans and some stuff from the recycling bin."

Having children learn the "Three R's" - reduce, reuse, and recycle - will encourage a lifetime of money and earth saving experiences!  Reusing and recycling everyday products is much less expensive than buying new. It also saves space in our very over-filled landfills and can actually earn your family money during this difficult economic time.

  • Reduce - reduce the amount of things you purchase, consuming less means less to throw away.

  • Reuse - keep using the same things as many times as you can instead of throwing it out before it is needed.

  • Recycle - find new ways to use old things, and bring metals and paper to recycling centers for processing.

Below is a video showing a creative way to have a child plant seeds utilizing reused boxes. Put your thinking cap on and help your children learn how to save themselves money and make a difference today!

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!, The Green Blog -, or The Garden Blog -

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