5 Ways to Teach Kids About Sustainability


Sustainability can be a complicated subject, and a difficult topic for kids to understand. If your kids’ eyes glaze over every time you try to scientifically explain the environmental impacts of carbon emissions, we’ve got five fun, hands-on tips to teach kids about sustainability!

Trash, Compost or Recycle?

Color-coded bins for trash, compost and recycling make it easy for kids to remember where certain waste items go, and is a simple approach to introducing the concepts of recycling and composting. To help them learn which items go in each bin, you can make colorful posters together that feature those items, and place them above each bin as a reminder.

Bonus Tip: Turn chore time into a game. Reward your kids for different achievements, like having the least amount of trash at the end of the week, or collecting the most recyclables during chore time.

Watch Your Garden Grow

Teach sustainability to kids while also allowing them to play in the dirt and plant a family garden together. Use compost from your home recycling program to fertilize the soil so kids can see how their actions are all linked.

Bonus Tip: Even if you don’t have space for a large garden in the back yard, you can still grow food and plants with your kids. Many potted herbs, like basil and mint, are kid-friendly and a great option for small spaces.

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids may not understand the complicated science between methane emissions and the meat industry, but they can understand the hilarity of cow farts. One of the best ways to teach sustainability for kids is to get them in kitchen. Ask your kids to help you cook a veggie only dinner (bonus points if you grew the veggies!) and go meatless once a week.

Toy Time

You can help your kids start sustainable shopping practices early by teaching them to value the things they already have.

For example, instead of rushing out to buy a replacement for a favorite broken toy, see if you and your kids can fix the toy together first. Help kids gather and donate toys they no longer play with, and in exchange, let them pick a one new (to them) item from Goodwill or other donation organization.

Sustainability Story Time

Chances are, your kids love their nightly bedtime stories. Instead of buying new books, take your kids to the local public library and pick out bedtime books together. Choose books that focus on the environment and sustainability in a fun way for story time. Your kids will enjoy the story, and more importantly, learn valuable information about sustainability in a way they can understand.

Bonus Tip: Not sure what books to get? Here are 100 of the best books about sustainability for kids to get you started.

Here at BLINQ, we’re all about living as sustainably as possible and reducing our environmental impact. That’s one of the reasons we’re shaking up the retail industry by offering like-new, refurbished and gently used products–it’s a more sustainable way to shop for consumers, not to mention it’s a great way to save money on all kinds of products!

If you’re shopping blinq.com already, chances are you’re aware of your sustainability footprint, and with these tips, you can make sure your kids are too!

Author: Katie

A Tar Heel born and bred, Katie hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. When she isn’t writing or shopping online, you can find her hiking a mountain trail, perfecting her no-bake cookie recipe, or secretly reading romance novels on her Kindle.

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