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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids about Glass Recycling

As a parent, you probably find yourself sometimes wondering what sort of future world your children will be living in. With environmental concerns high on the agenda, we know that that not only is it up to us to take care of the planet today but also pass on what we know to future generations too, so they’ll be inspired to do the same.

As more and more packaging is generated, used, discarded and eventually crammed into ever growing landfills, it's good to know that glass is one of the few packaging materials that has an endless life as it can be recycled again and again without losing quality.

Teaching our children how to preserve this incredible resource is as important. And there's no time to waste. A recent survey by Friends of Glass, the community that supports glass packaging, showed that knowledge about the infinite recyclable qualities of glass if being lost. For example, only 50% of 18-29 year olds in the UK knew that glass could be recycled infinitely compared with 77% of 50-59 year-olds.

You can help start reversing this trend now by making sure your kids are top of the class when it comes to glass. Here's some fun things to try:

Teach kids how glass is made

Glass making is a mesmerizing process. Why not teach your kids how glass jars and bottles are made. Here is a beautiful animation explaining the story of glass:
Learn why glass recycling is cool 

Recycling glass saves energy, but how much? Here's a simple example: The energy saving from recycling just one glass bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes, just enough to play a few rounds of Angry Birds, a TV for 20 minutes, just time to watch a quick blast of spiderman, or a washing machine for 10 minutes - time to give their favourite toy a spruce-up. 

Play a glass guessing game

A glass bottle can go from the recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. Why not get your little ones guessing what past life a jam jar or a glass bottle had before? Here is fun video Friends of Glass did with the actress Sally Phillips (best known for her roles in TV’s Miranda and as Bridget Jones’ best friend), teaching surprised shoppers about the endless lives of glass:

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