How can you teach your child about circular economy?
The world is being rapidly filled with waste. The key to saving our environment is circular economy and teaching it to future generations. If our children learn the idea of circular economy at a young age, it will be easier for them to put what they have learned into practice later and thus make it possible for the coming generations to have a better future.
You can teach children about circular economy by utilising three rules of thumb:
- Less waste! You can minimise your impact on the environment by producing less waste.
- Find new uses! You can extend a product’s lifespan by finding another use for it.
- Recycle! If you cannot reduce the amount of waste you produce or reuse it, recycle it.
Below is a list of tips for teaching children about circular economy:
Have a competition.
- Have a competition among your family members or relatives to see who can pick up the most litter in nature. The winner can be rewarded with a recycling-related prize, such as the deposit money for all bottles collected and returned.
Make recycling done.
- A trip to the household waste recycling point can be an adventure to a child. Take your child with you to the recycling point and let them press the waste compactor button, for example.
Arts and crafts.
- You can craft items such as waste bins for different types of waste, allowing your child to learn what different kinds of waste can be collected and recycled.
Use books, videos and games.
- Read books, show educational videos on YouTube or other platforms, or play recycling-themed games, possibly ones you have created yourself.
Give away what you do not need.
- You can donate your child’s old or unneeded toys and clothes to a recycling centre. This will teach your child that things that they do not need themselves are not automatically thrown into the thrash and can be useful to someone else through recycling.
Set and example!
- Set an example of recycling and environmental responsibility for your child through your own behaviour and actions.