Print these tips and guidelines for your children and stick them up in the classroom or home:
- Find out where the recycling bins in your school and neighbourhood are. Save any plastic, paper and tin that you use and put them into the bins once a week. If you can’t find any bins, ask your teacher to make some for you and get your friends involved. There should be a separate bin for each kind of material.
- Start your own vegetable garden at home or at school. You will save money on fresh veggies and you will give bugs and birds another great place to live.
- When drawing or colouring in pictures, be careful not to waste paper. Paper is made from trees, and trees make Oxygen for us to breathe. By saving paper, you will save the trees. Try to use paper more than once.
- Always turn the tap or faucet off while you rub soap on your hands or brush your teeth. Only turn it on again when you need to rinse.
- When you are finished bathing or swimming, hang your wet towel on the towel rail so that it can dry. If you leave it crumpled up on the floor, it will need to be washed, which will use lots of extra water.
- If you have a shower at home, try to shower rather than bath because the shower uses less water. If you bath, only run a little water.
- Ask mum, dad or your teacher to buy crayons, pens and craft paints that are safe for the environment.
- Never ever litter! If there is not a rubbish bin nearby, carry your trash with you until you find one. Littering is bad for the earth and is also dangerous to animals, who might choke on your rubbish thinking it was food. Birds often become tangled up in litter, and cannot escape predators in time.
- Drink water from the tap rather than a soda or bottled water. Bottles made from plastic or glass just produce waste and need to be recycled again later.
- Stay away from fast-food and take-aways because it is unhealthy for you and its packaging is usually bad for the environment. Rather, eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts and whole-wheat products. These will give you lots of energy and make sure you have healthy minds and bodies.
- Do not throw just anything away. Some things around the home, like the batteries you use in your toys and remote controls, can be very poisonous to the environment. Ask your parents what can be thrown away in the normal rubbish bin and what needs to be handled more carefully.
- Share books and games with your friends rather than all of you buying brand new ones.
- Make your own gifts and cards, instead of buying them from a store. This will save you money, but will also mean that your friends and family receive something really special from you, something that they will never find in a shop.
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