Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -Be The Change

We are big on the 3 R’s of course. But every now and then we have a particularly poignant example. Like after the first month of our Big Push to reduce and we went to only taking trash out every other week -and even then only due to odor, and never due to volume.

Today we had another one. Our daughter had a toy that she had broken beyond repair.

“But Daddy, where can I put it?”

“We have to put it in the garbage, sweetie”

Bird proceeds to walk around house for several minutes looking in rooms…

“Um, Daddy, where’s the garbage?”

We use it so infrequently that our 4.8 year old doesn’t even remember where it is!

Living Green is a huge thing, taking others with you is even more critical.

Happy Earth Week!

Be the Change!



5 Responses

  1. *crows with glee* Fabulous!

  2. I love this story. I have to admit that my 3 and 5 year olds do know where the trash is but they always ask if there isn’t any possible way that we can fix it? “We fixed x, y or z, mommy!”

  3. Great story! Whenever we have to throw away something that has broken, my five year old cries – but I don’t want it to go to the landfilllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!! 🙂

  4. My son used to used to ask: But can we fix it with tape?

    Actually there are 5 “R’s”:

    Refuse to accept things that you do not need or want.

    Reduce the amount of waste you create.

    Reuse items that have outlived their purpose, whether it is by yourselves or somebody else.

    Repair items that have broken or are not as efficient. Even if these are then used by somebody else.

    Recycle items if all of the above is not appropriate.

    I found these at

  5. Our daughter now reminds everyone what goes into the compost pile and what does not.

    Kids…get em hooked early and they keep you honest!

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