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9 Clever Ways to Make Recycling Fun for Kids!

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Obviously at Choose Cartons, recycling is very important to us. In fact, recycled cartons are used to make other paper products including tissue, office paper and building materials. Discover how here.

We also think it’s crucial to teach our kids about the importance of taking care of the world in which we live. Educating them about recycling can have an impact on the entire household, but it’s not always the easiest thing to get kids excited about.

Check out these easy ways to make recycling fun for the entire family!

  • 1. Have a Recycle Day Parade

    Celebrate with a recycle parade in your school or community. Step-by-step instructions, down to the costumes and music, can be found at Planet Pals.

    Photo credit: Planet Pals

  • 2. Organize a drive

    Gather your coworkers or classmates to collect items to recycle at school or work.

    Photo credit: Earth 911

  • 3. Consider starting a recycling program

    Start a recycling program such as Funding Factory, which recycles e-waste, and earn points while you recycle.

    Photo credit: Funding Factory

  • 4. Take a family trip to the recycling center

    Give the kids a great experience in understanding what really happens to recyclables when they leave your house.  You can find a recycling center near you here.

    Photo credit: Earth 911

  • 5. Decorate your recycling bins

    Sorting out recyclables can be a fun activity for your kids. If you have separate recycling bins, let kids decorate bins with images of what should go in each.  Photo credit: Cozy Crooked Cottage


  • 6. Take the One Bag Challenge

    Get your family, classroom or office down to one bag of trash every week.


    Photo credit: Planet Pals

  • 7. Play a game

    Planet Pals has free Printable Recycle Kits that teach kids about recycling.

    Photo credi: Planet Pals

  • 8. Stir up some friendly competition

    Host a tailgating recycling event on game day! For more information check out the Game Day Challenge.

    Photo credit: America Recycles Day

  • 9. Enter your school in the Carton 2 Garden Contest

    Show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from the school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. The best use of cartons in your school garden gives your school the chance to win a prize valued up to $2,500 for building or enhancing its garden. Find contest details and learn how to enter at Carton 2 Garden.

    Photo credit: Carton 2 Garden

Already have a game plan?  We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Need more ideas and inspiration?  Check out our Pinterest Boards.


Choose Cartons

The Choose Cartons initiative by Evergreen Packaging is focused on raising awareness among consumers about the attributes and importance of sustainable packaging, so they can make informed decisions at the grocery store. From helping to preserve fresh flavor to being made with renewable materials, cartons are a smart, responsible choice for a number of reasons. Shoppers who care choose cartons.

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