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Category Archives: Caring for our Living Planet

Reduce Reuse Recycle: Four Fun Activities to Teach Kids About Reducing Waste

Posted on September 19th, 2014

Posted by Sher Warkentin, guest blogger Though the three Rs, reduce reuse recycle, are catchy, teaching kids what they actually mean can be a bit more challenging. Reusing and recycling are fairly easy concepts to learn, even for younger kids, but what about “reduce”? Hands-on activities that are both fun and educational are always a [...]

How to Leave No Trace While Hiking

Posted on September 15th, 2014

Posted by Ryan Dwyer, guest blogger Fall is the perfect time for hiking; the weather is cooling down, but it’s still pleasant enough to be outside. Remnants of summer are uncommon, and the air can be wonderfully crisp in the morning. Hiking is a great way to get in touch with the environment, but don’t touch [...]

Recycled Toys: Three Green Toys to Make with the Kids

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

Posted by Tania K. Cowling, guest blogger Toys are a child’s tools for play, but parents don’t have to break the bank to keep their children amused. Purchased toys are not always superior to green toys you can find or create from recycled materials. It’s funny how some children even prefer the box and wrappings [...]

Six Earth-Friendly School Supplies for the New School Year

Posted on September 1st, 2014

Posted by Sher Warkentin, guest blogger It’s that wonderful time of year again, when kids head back to school. When you go shopping for all of those new notebooks, pencils, and backpacks, consider loading your cart with green and sustainable school supplies. Here are a few eco friendly products to consider. Recycled Notebooks Aside from saving [...]

Five Books for Kids that Teach Sustainability

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Posted by Sher Warkentin, guest blogger “What does sustainability mean?” . . . “Why is recycling important?” Answering some of your kids’ questions can be tricky, but reading can make these topics easier for them to understand. Make good use of summer reading time by encouraging books for kids to learn about conservation, and the importance [...]

Halloween Costume Ideas: Spooktacular Recycled Costumes

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Posted by Sher Warkentin, guest blogger Go green for Halloween and skip the cookie-cutter, store-bought costumes in favor of some unique, recycled ones. You’ll save money, encourage creativity, and most importantly, teach the importance of environmental sustainability. Check out these fun Halloween costume ideas you can make from recycled materials. Cardboard Creativity Cardboard boxes are one [...]