Eco Friendly Parents – 7 Tips To Reduce Plastic Pollution for Earth Day

Apr 1, 2022

The Importance of Teaching Children To Protect The Earth

Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like reducing our plastic waste and planting trees, we’re making our world a happier and healthier place to live.

While these activities are amazing, the best thing we can do for the future of our planet is teach our children to protect it! Children are the future — if anyone is going to make a difference and start new ways of protecting the earth, it’s them. We can teach them now how to care for earth and keep it healthy and clean for generations to come. It is proven that children who grow up environmentally-conscious are more likely to protect the Earth. 

We’ve prepared amazing activities to help you teach your children about recycling and the impact of plastic in our oceans!

How To Teach Your Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

At a young age, children are curious and open to new experiences. Their early years are the perfect time to introduce them to healthy habits—like recycling. It’s critical to be teaching kids about recycling as soon as possible, both for themselves and for the sake of the global society they will inherit. 

Scientists have stated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s ocean, and it is up to us and the next generation to prevent this from happening! It is crucial that everyone does their part to cut down on their plastic waste to secure a better future for our #younginventors. 

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide. But, there are many solutions to plastic pollution that you can participate in today. 

Cutting down on our plastic use can seem daunting, but little changes to everyday habits can make a big impact on cleaning our oceans. Here’s a list of 7 easy ways you and your #younginventor can reduce your plastic pollution:⁠

  • Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants.
  • Ditch plastic water bottles⁠ in favor of reusable ones!
  • Use reusable grocery bags and utensils⁠.
  • Reuse containers for storing leftovers
  • Buy eggs and other products that come in paper packaging that you can use for composting⁠.
  • Buy items in bulk to avoid buying items packaged in plastic multiple times⁠. 
  • Recycle⁠! Recycle! Recycle!

Recycling education for children is not just about what the 3Rs are but how to do them. It’s more than just what color bin to put cardboard in. Learning which plastics can and cannot be recycled, or why it’s essential to clean and separate materials to avoid contamination, is equally important in setting children on the path to more sustainable living. 

Want to take it a step further? Enjoy this FREE Recycling Guide that explains which materials can and can’t be recycled! Go over this with your child and start an amazing habit that will last them a lifetime. 

Teach Your Child About Climate Action Through Reading

A great way to explain the importance of living eco-friendly lives to your children is through reading! Our Book 4 “We’re Going Green” centers around adapting pro-environmental ideas and practices into the Fairly family’s everyday life. ⁠

This book will teach your kids to be environmentally conscious, inspire them to go green themselves, and educate them on real world inventions and eco practices that are making a difference in the world like water conservation, butterfly gardens, and solar trees!

To help you celebrate Earth Day, we’ve created a FREE Coloring Page from “We’re Going Green” that shows Noah’s invention on cleaning our oceans for your #younginventor to enjoy after learning about all the ways they can reduce their plastic waste! 

Looking for easy, fun S.T.E.A.M. activities and educational content to share with your children? Join The Young Inventor’s Club and visit The Inventor Corner Blog to start your child on a journey of fun, adventure, and creativity!⁠

💡 As a club member, you will help your child learn about patents, inventors, past inventions, and how to come up with inventions of their own.⁠

🥽 As a club member, you will receive monthly hands-on STEM activities to engage curious kids in the world around them.⁠

🎁 As a club member, submit completed challenges for chances to win exclusive prizes every month⁠