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Over the last few years, the quantityof packaging surrounding food we buy has grown and grown - plastic cartons, film sleeves, cardboard boxes, moulded supports and, in some cases, all of the above! We may be recycling more and more, but why do the supermarkets use so much packaging which we then just throw it in the recycling bins?
Why so much packaging?
How can we help?
Older preschoolers can be taught about different materials and where they come from. They should also be taught about the scarcity of resources and the value of recycling. When we grew up as children, recycling was almost unheard of and we thought there was enough oil to make plastic for generations to come. Only more recently have we realised that the earth's resources are finite, and our children should have this sense of scarcity instilled in them from their earliest years so that consideration for resource use and the importance of recycling just become a part of their everyday thinking.
What steps can we take to help instill this knowledge? On a shopping trip, and when disposing of the resulting packaging and other waste, take the steps outlined below and explain to your little one why you are doing each:-
It's worth doing your bit even if it takes a little extra effort. To really make you feel good, why not save some cartons and boxes and let your little one loose on them. Explain about recycling to them and try to encourage them to recycle too.
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