This month is Plastic Free July, the month when lots of people (me included) try to live plastic free, or change one item to plastic free, this could be moving to bar soap instead of handwash in plastic bottles, or refilling containers at a scooping place. Reading our recycling picture book about a bin chicken helps educate children (and adults) on plastics and the importance of recycling, whether it is a plastic bag or a toaster.
Plastic Free July is all about forming new habits by refusing single use plastics, for example, refusing a straw, using a keep cup, taking your own bags to the shops and more. When it comes to saving the planet we all need to follow the 6R’s, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and rot – I snuck in repair!
It isn’t always possible to refuse an item, particularly one that is multi-use. For example, you need a toaster at home, yes you could use the oven grill, but you always end up burning the toast, setting off the smoke alarm and wasting bread! A toaster is an easy solution for those crazy mornings getting ready before work and/or school. In our Bin Chicken recycling picture book, one of the characters goes to throw a toaster in the bin because it is broken, but that means that it will end up in landfill and take years and years, 100+ years to decompose. Not to mention the space taken up in landfill which is reducing daily. Instead, it would be much better if the toaster could be repaired or recycled if it is broken. You may think that this sounds like far too much hard work, but it is actually easier than you think. Often annoyingly it costs more to repair something that buy new, but recycling is a definite option. There are lots of recycling services such as Recycle Smart who will pick up items for recycling from your house.
Educating ourselves and our children on the environment and the planet in terms of sustainability is extremely important – otherwise, it won’t be around to hand down to the next generation, or not as we know it 🙁