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Reduce Reuse Recycle – Teaching Kids to Take Care of Their Earth

Reduce Reuse Recycle Cookies

Today’s post about teaching kids the importance of Reduce Reuse Recycle was inspired by the the Recyle Rally initiative. All opinions are my own.

My girls love to recycle. In fact, Sophia may even know more about recycling than I do. I know she learned it at a younger age than I did!

I remember when she was in preschool at just 3 years old and she came home showing off her sorting skills after they had a lesson on recycling. She was proud of what she had learned and I for sure was a proud Mama! She also likes to share our “green living” ways with friends at school.

Just a few weeks ago we were having a play date at a pottery studio with a friend and her Mom and the Mom turns to me and says, “So, my daughter said Sophia told her you eat organic.” This made me laugh and again… proud Mama moment!

Knowing that Sophia is already learning these great life skills is just so important, but I realize that not all families, and kids, are exposed to living the green lifestyle. In fact, that’s why I started my blog because to some it can seem so overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!

Just this week I learned about a great initiative from PepsiCo called Recycle Rally and I just knew it would be the perfect chance for Sophia to share even more with her friends at school!

Recycle Rally Swag

PepsiCo Recycle Rally is a FREE nationwide program that directly benefits schools and students by providing valuable incentives and resources to help make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding. That’s the key to making Reduce Reuse Recycle programs stick with kids – make it fun and memorable… and when you can earn prizes for doing good things, it’s a win win!

Whether your family has been recycling for years or you’re just getting started, Recycle Rally will help boost the excitement and provide a variety of tools to make recycling a big deal in your child’s school. If you’re a PTA parent, Teacher, or School Administrator – you can sign up to get your school started on Recycle Rally!

Through the program, participating schools can download FREE resources, including poster templates, certificates, lessons, activities, and more from the online portal to promote recycling.

Reduce Reuse Recycle Box

Recycling doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. If your school is new to recycling, start out with a box to collect plastic, cans, paper, and more. You don’t have to have a fancy recycling box when you start, but one of the great incentives with Recycle Rally is that schools can accumulate reward points in their online account and redeem them for goodies like recycling bins, supplies and other exciting item!

Recycle Swag Bags for School

Sophia and I decided to take some of the awesome Recycle Rally supplies and create fun grab bags for the kids in her class, along with a fun Reduce Reuse Recycle Snack treat! These Earth Day sugar cookies are SO easy to make and you can get the recipe that we use from Tammilee Tips! A little class treat is always a good motivator for learning!

By getting kids excited about recycling and doing more to protect their Earth, we’re doing everyone a huge favor for our future. Programs like Recycle Rally make it easy for parents and children to spread the Reduce Reuse Recycle message and make it fun in the process.

Tell me something you learned about the PepsiCo #RecycleRally.

Shahria Absar

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018

Great post! It's really important to teach kids how to care for the environment.Thanks for sharing some ideas!

Jeanna Massman

Sunday 17th of April 2016

Teachin kids to recycle is a great way to instill responsibility at a very young age.

Rhonda Martin

Saturday 16th of April 2016

Recycling is a biggie here in Maine. We have to recycle almost everything. We have been doing this for several years. I think we are one of the first states that started recycling soda & juice cans and bottles and it just grew from there. If your don't here in Maine you can be fined. We also have a fine if caught littering. Plus DOT does a huge clean up every spring from the winter mess. The trash they collect from the interstate from others who travel here that don't have laws in their state is unbelievable. I'm so glad they do it and keep our state clean. Now if they would do the same to rivers and lakes I'd be real happy.


Wednesday 13th of April 2016

What a great program! Those cookies look awesome, too! I learned the program has been going on since 2010 and this year they have over $1 million in prizes and incentives for participants!

Stephanie Murphy

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

That 2536 schools have joined in so far!What a great Reduce Reuse Recycle program! Love that they can earn prizes for doing good to stay motivated!