One Bottle One Dream – Teaching Our Next Generation to be Stewards of the Environment

Plastic bottles get turned into a rocket flying in outer space.

When Will We Be Recycled, Momma?

In my home, we recycle, we compost, we use as little plastic as possible. To my son, it’s the “norm” but when he started Kindergarten, he quickly realized that not everyone acts the way we do.  I began to volunteer there and I too was surprised that even though there were recycling bins for paper, the kids were not encouraged to put it in there. They weren’t encouraged to recycle in the lunchroom (the waste in there is unimaginable to me, but that’s another story). The school does have cardboard bins in the parking lot and battery recycling in the school’s office. But is it encouraged? Can you imagine if every family brought in their batteries to be recycled? All those battery operated kids toys and most of the families just throw the dead battery in the trash.

So how do we help? How do we encourage students as well as teachers to be more conscious of their habits? One great way is to get curriculum in the classrooms that are fun and educational at the same time. One Bottle One Dream has done just that.  Schools can get a bundle pack with books and a PDF teachers guide that will help them incorporate these important topics into their classroom. These would make a great gift for your child’s teacher or you could even sponsor a school.

I encourage you to start asking your child’s teachers about how they approach the subject of recycling or being a steward of the environment.

Let us know in the comments below if you have worked with a local school to raise environmental awareness.

Tara LaSalla

Tara is the owner of Green Me Locally which was established in 2010 with a mission to bring awareness to the surrounding community about local eco-friendly businesses, events and sustainable living. She is also a business profitability consultant and specializes in helping companies lower their environmental impact, do good things for people and the planet and become more profitable at the same time. Tara helps companies create simple, sustainable solutions and become totally green while still increasing their profits. Her core belief is that we only have one planet, so it is our obligation to start making changes for the sake of our health and the health of future generations. Tara is known for creating easy solutions for post-consumer waste and the conservation of natural resources. Her clients are inspired and empowered to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow. Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's most famous principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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