teaching resource

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Repair Posters

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 5 pages | Years: F - 7

A set of 5 posters explaining the concepts behind reducing, reusing, recycling, rethinking and repairing waste.

Display these posters when learning about sustainability.

Use in conjunction with the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Repair – Brainstorming Sheets.

Download options include full colour, low colour and black and white.

Information on posters includes:

Reduce – How can I help to reduce waste?

  • I can buy packaging that can be used more than once.
  • I can buy in bulk.
  • I can choose products that have less packaging.
  • I can eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • I can take my own produce bags and green bags to the supermarket.

Reuse – How can I reuse what I already have?

  • I can use packaging or materials in different ways.
  • I can use old print-outs as scrap paper.
  • I may already have something I can use, rather than buying something new.
  • I can take a reusable water bottle with me.

Recycle – What products can I recycle?

  • Metals – aluminium and steel, such as soft drink cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans.
  • Start a compost bin to put all food scraps in.
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cardboard and paper
  • All firm plastic containers, such as water bottles and milk containers.
  • Remember to wash all containers before putting them in the recycling bin.

Rethink – How do I see waste?

  • I can buy packaging that can used more than once.
  • I can think about the impact I am having on the planet.
  • I can rethink the way I dispose of waste.
  • I can rethink the amount of energy I use daily.

Repair – Can I fix it before just throwing it away?

  • Could it be made into something else?
  • Could somebody use it for parts?
  • Do I really need a new one?
  • Can I give it to someone else to fix?

Read our blog 45 Sustainable Practices for the Environmentally Friendly Classroom for more tips and ideas for teaching the principles of Sustainability.


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  • Steph Krueger

    Hi there is an error in the line: I can buy packaging that can be can be used more than once. (says can be twice). Thanks!

    • Alison Smith

      Hi Steph, thanks for letting us know. We are working on fixing this error right now. Have a great day, Ali

  • Janet Higgins

    amazing resources thanks

    • Alison Smith

      Hi Janet, thanks for your positive response. Have a great day!