3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Help Reduce E-Waste
By Jody Agard January 05, 2017
Sure, we know that we live in a technological age. But let’s really think about this for a second.
Everyone has that area in their home – You know the one I’m talking about.
Ancient desk phones, cell phones, ethernet cords, outdated gaming systems, laptops, desktop computers, and printers just sit there.
Day after day, year after year.
Because most people have no idea what to do with it all.
So it just keeps sitting while we continuing hoping that one day the magic tech fairy will come and whisk it all away for us.
Oh. Did you think you were alone?
Nah, you can bet that your neighbors, friends and family are doing the same thing too.
How about your place of business; imagine all those computers and old technology. All of it just sitting in some graveyard closet that only the manager has the keys to.
As soon as the next big technology upgrade releases, millions of people run to purchase them.
Price doesn’t even seem to be a factor for some.
My grandfather (also known as my “Papa”) was born in the 1920’s. His motto, like many others in that era was “waste not want not”.
I heard it all the time. As a teenager, I used to think that was just him being cheap.
He had no problem reusing paper towels or plastic cups. He was always rinsing something out and putting it back up in the cupboard.
Here is the true meaning of that phrase though.
Waste Not, Want Not
phrase of waste
If you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.
Isn’t that the truth.
Unfortunately though, rinsing a lightly used paper plate and plastic cups is unheard of these days.
It’s as if we’ve collectively forgotten how to reuse anything. If it isn’t readily recyclable we just jump to the stores and grab more.
Sometimes we don’t even need to go anywhere. With a click of a button, it can be at our door in less than two days.
We are literally producing billions of electronic waste year after year. Yet, we’re unaware of the impact this kind of e-waste has on our environment for future generations.
We can’t possibly go on like this forever. Like a resentful wife – it’s a ticking time bomb, just waiting to explode.
1.) Adopting a Recycling Mindset
It’s important now more than ever that we begin adopting a mindset of recycling and letting it trickle down to our kids.
Kids are sponges. They learn by example. We could lecture all day long about this or that, but unless kids see their parents actually doing it, they won’t be invested.
When my son was two years old we were walking through a mall parking lot and I bent down to pick up a water bottle and threw it in the trash. I wasn’t trying to teach him anything, it was just an automatic reflex to pick it up and put it where it belongs.
A few days later we were playing at a park and I watched him walk over to the edge of the playground, pick up a soda bottle and throw it in the trash.
I was in awe.
I had no idea he was paying attention to what I was doing that day or that he would later mimic me.
But he did.
And to this day, my now middle schooler picks up trash when he sees it on the ground. It’s thankfully become his mindset.
I’ve learned over the years that our kids are always watching us and mentally taking notes.
If your kids’ see you get the latest upgraded technology and then watch you ditch the old “has beens” in the trash, it’s likely they’ll do the exact same thing.
Rather than tell them what to do with their old phones, laptops and computers, lead by example and show them. If you live in the Tampa Bay area, let them go with you to drop your things off at our warehouse.
2.) Help Your Kids Collect Old Electronics From Friends & Close Family Members
Sit with your kids and make a list of things that can be recycled and then help them prioritize them. Make it a fun family game. Try challenging each family member to see who can get the most items collected. The first person to gather X number of items wins a prize. Kids love games and being competitive with one another…encourage them do something good with their competitive ways.
3.) Help Your Kids Organize an Electronics Drive Club in School
Imagine if you could increase your kids creativity levels, while helping them to solve the world’s e-waste problems by helping them organize an e-waste club in their school.
Creating clubs like this within our school system not only helps to build the child’s character but it also helps to promote public awareness around this critical e-waste problem right here in their own backyard.
It doesn’t matter how you get involved. Just get involved.
And get your kids involved.
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To learn more, go to eSmart Recycling to find how you can clear out your old electronics while giving back to the kids of your community.
About Jody Agard
Best-Selling Author of Let Love in 101; A Practical Guide to Love & Happiness Jody is a Spiritual Teacher, Relationship/Self-Love Coach and passionate about helping others.