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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink Posters

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4 pages (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: 2 - 7

A set of 4 posters explaining the concepts behind reducing, reusing, recycling, and rethinking waste.

Display these posters when learning about sustainability.

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

Download options include full color, low color, 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 reusable bags to the supermarket.

Reuse – How can I reuse what I already have?

  • I can use the 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 aluminum and steel, such as soda cans, pet food cans, and 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 be 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.

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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