*Disclosure: I have partnered with Clean Foundation for #GivingTuesday and have received compensation for this post. All opinions and creative repurposing projects are my own. Be sure to read to the end of the post to find out how your kids can be “famous” by giving back.
Anyone who knows our family understands that this house is one big DIY project. We’re constantly “rescuing” free furniture from the curb or accepting hand-me-downs from a family member. We paint or refinish it (accessories, too, like lamps and frames) instead of buying new items, and everyone’s happy.
Since Tuesday, Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday, Clean Foundation asked me to share the ways our family reduces, reuses, recycles. Our kids are already passionate* about “saving da environment,” and recycling is second nature to them. I’m always impressed to visit their school cafeteria and see the kids walk up to the row of garbage cans, check the posters above each one, and drop their apple core or juice box into the appropriate bin.
*Our son came home from school last month and immediately told me to unplug the TV to save power — and apparently his classmates came home grilling their parents on water use and electricity consumption. It was really cute … until he didn’t understand the concept of an energy-saving power bar and thought we were singlehandedly ruining the planet by not unplugging the TV, which would mean dragging the electric fireplace away from the wall 10 times a day. Ah, kids.
#GivingTuesday is almost here, and you can get your kids involved in a really cool way this year. Encourage them to round up those refundables and donate the recycling money to Clean’s EnviroEd program, which brings interactive programs to classrooms across Nova Scotia — helping local kids become environmental superheroes.
Kids contributing to #TeamEddie gets to hear a personalized thank-you from Clean’s famous superhero cat puppet, Eddie, who will be live on Clean Foundation’s Facebook page Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. Atlantic, and again at 6 p.m. Atlantic (to catch kids before they head off to bed). I don’t know about your kids, but mine are going to FREAK OUT when they hear their names announced live “on da internet.” They’ve got big celebrity YouTuber dreams! 😉
So get your kids excited about bagging up those refundables and being environmental superheroes — on Giving Tuesday, and every other day of the day.
Hopefully by the time they’re adults, the world will be cleaner, healthier place … with robot butlers … and those dehydrated mini-pizzas like in Back to the Future II.