We’re excited to be part of the Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle this year! Easy Recycling Projects for Kids is a sponsored post on behalf of Tom’s of Maine and I look forward to sharing how we’re teaching the kids about easy ways to reduce waste from a young age!
Check out how we joined the #LessWasteChallenge with Tom’s of Maine and TerraCycle this month to help our kids learn more about how they can help!
Easy Recycling Projects for Kids
I’m going to make a confession that probably won’t be too shocking but is true. My kids have a lot of toys. I know, I know. Not shocking at all.
My kids have winter birthdays in November and December which means that by January we have a lot of toys. Sometimes I even find gifts in the fall that were never opened the year before.
I always mean to start the tradition of going through the toys before the holidays and sorting out older ones that don’t get played with so they can be donated. Then life gets busy and it doesn’t happen. But when it comes to easy recycling projects for kids, sorting out old toys is one of the best things to do to get them involved!
So I got inspired by Terracycle and Tom’s of Maine to participate in the #LessWasteChallenge and start a spring cleaning tradition and kid recycling project right in our playroom!
How to Set Up Your Kids Recycle Project
To get started on this easy kid recycling project, all you need is two boxes. You’ll need one for toys you can donate and one for toys you’re going to recycle.
Easy recycling projects for kids are easy to get them involved in if you make it a bit of a game. So challenge your kids to sort through their toys. They have one easy decision to make about each toy.
This decision is a pretty simple one and sets up a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the importance of recycling. More than 250 million tons of waste is generated every year in the United States but we can help change that number with something as easy as a kids recycle project.
Sort through the toys and if they’re broken, put them in the box to be sent for recycling. If they’re in good condition but not one that has to be kept, they go in the donate box. Then you’ll have your keeper pile that can go back in the toy box or on the shelves.
After the sort is done, take the #LessWasteChallenge pledge by visiting http://www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste! Enter your contact information to receive a free UPS shipping label via email. You can send off up to ten pounds of broken toys to be recycled!
It’s an easy way to get the whole family involved in some spring cleaning while helping others. By donating gently used toys to those in need, our kids can grow their compassion and giving spirit. Helping them understand why it’s important to send off the broken toys to be recycled will help them learn more about caring for the world we live in.
More About Tom’s of Maine and #LessWasteChallenge
Tom’s of Maine has been taking its own #LessWasteChallenge for 45 years. They’ve been developing natural personal care products with a focus on natural, responsible and sustainable practices and materials.
Tom’s of Maine has a goal of zero waste to landfills by 2020 at its manufacturing facility in Maine!
If you’re looking for more easy recycling projects for kids, Tom’s of Maine has some great ideas! Start a neighborhood swap! The adults can swap and the kids can swap!