Thanks to REPREVE for sponsoring today's discussion — but my thoughts about recycling are all my own.
Do you ever think about recycling? Is it something you do regularly or just when you think about it? Are you teaching your kids to recycle? I'm not here to preach to you about why you should recycle but I am going to give you a few helpful tips on some things you CAN do with your kids that require little effort. Then I will show you how you can win $5000 for sharing how you recycle.
First check with your local garbage company. Every company has specific things they will or will not take. They will also usually provide you with containers to put your recycled items in. Our company usually delivers a small container the size of a tote. It really was not big enough to hold much. When I called they brought out a large trashcan container for us to use. It fits everything and we don't have to separate.
Here are some of the things we recycle:
- plastic water and soda bottles
- boxes that contain food products like cereal, mac and cheese, and cake mix.
- magazines and catalogs
- junk mail and Christmas cards
- Tissue boxes, cardboard paper towel and toilet paper cores
- old school papers and shredded office paper
- milk jugs
- aluminum foil, food containers and cans (make sure they are clean)
- plastic grocery bags (we use these to line our bathroom trash cans)
- detergent bottles (just check the number on the bottom to make sure you company takes it)
Our school has even gotten in on the action, our aluminum cans are taken to the school and put into a big trailer where they are turned in for cash to help our school. Every classroom has a paper recycling container, our lunch room has receptacles for all of our plastic water bottles and our school newsletter is now paperless and sent via email. We are teaching our kids that you can recycle anywhere.
Have you ever wondered what happens to some of your items once you do send them to recycle? REPREVE is a company that makes recycled plastic bottle products. This cute REPREVE green beanie is an Eco-Friendly beanie made from recycled fiber. This fiber is made from your recycled plastic bottles. I talked to the boys about how there new hats were made from the plastic bottles we put in our recycle container. They love these new eco-friendly beanies!
REPREVE will take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen (Jan. 23-26, 2014).
Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green. You can see what she has to say here!
It’s not just about free swag, though. This is an event with a serious mission: to show the world that we have to get everybody involved in recycling—to create a reprieve for the planet.