3 Refuse Refuse things you don’t really need Refuse one-time-use plastics (grocery bags, water bottles)Refuse products with multiple layers of packagingShow companies what you value by purchasing carefullyOrganicSustainable packagingSustainable business practices
4 Reduce Select electronic versions where possible (coupons, newspapers) Reduce energy usageReduce purchases of products in non-recycled packagingConsider: do I really need this? Will I use this frequently?For example, do I really need 3 pairs of sunglasses, or can I get by with one?
5 ReuseSelect reusable versions of one-time use products (water bottles, travel mugs, lunch containers)Reuse plastic or glass containers that originally contained food or other products.Donate unwanted items to a charity, thrift store, relative for someone else to use
6 Repurpose Upcycle projects (think Pinterest!) Turn old clothes into cleaning rags, patchesDecorate amazon boxes or empty oatmeal containers to use as gift packaging
7 RecycleRecycle the usual suspectsRecycle electronics
8 Refuse first, Recycle last Recycling is great, but it is far better to not generate the waste in the first place
9 How can we get kids engaged with the 5 Rs? Cost analysis: reusable water bottle vs. plastic water bottles (1 per day)
11 Earth Day: Expression Contest My idea (TOTALLY up for negotiation, fresh ideas more than welcome!)Ask students to use a means of expression to show a change they can make in their lives to refuse (focus on this one in specific), reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle (encourage students to avoid this one, they have done it over and over already)
12 Some resourcesrepurpose-recycle.htmlling_ pr.pdf
Your consent to our cookies if you continue to use this website.