Join kids from all over the world in learning about the earth and its citizens, both human and animal kind. Quiz yourself on your animal knowledge, have fun reading and playing games, and challenge yourself to help our planet! Along the way you can earn points and rewards, too.
You are! But you can follow along in the worldwide adventures of boys and girls in our books, too. Maya, Victor, and Tiago are siblings that can talk to animals. In their travels around the globe, they meet all kinds of people and animals that need their help.
Take a nap on October 20 in honor of International Sloth Day. Sloths are having a moment as the world takes notice of their endearing, slow-moving ways. They spend most of their time sleeping in the trees of Central and South America, and they only come down once a week or so for a potty break. Though not very graceful on land, sloths are surprisingly good swimmers and can hold their breath for about 40 minutes underwater!
Every month the Green Kids Club will be issuing a challenge to all Green Kids Clubbers to help the earth. This month's challenge:
You have probably heard some concerns about the global recycling industry. Is it all just ending up in landfills? What can we do to help? Is recycling really worth it? There are so many facets of recycling, (i.e. don't miss International E-Waste Day on October 14! Check with your local programs for e-recycling or with Staples for e-waste collection.) but we wanted to highlight "wishcycling" this month. Have you heard of this? Even if you haven't, chances are that you have probably done it.
In an effort to make the most of our recycling, sometimes we put things in the recycling bin that aren't actually recyclable, thinking it's better to hope it's recyclable than to put it in the trash. This is called "wishcycling." While usually well-intentioned, wishcycling is responsible for higher costs and lower efficiency in the recycling chain.
Single-stream containers, confusion over what can be recycled in each city, and hopes to be more environmentally friendly all feed the problem. It's estimated that 25% of what we put into our recycling bin shouldn't be in it. Items like food-contaminated jars, used pizza boxes, wet paper, plastic bags, styrofoam, and electronics are generally not meant for the single-stream recycling process and are basically polluting the recycling river. One contaminated item can often contaminate others, resulting in even more recyclables having to be thrown away.
To combat the wishcycling urges:
Contact your local recycler or search their website and find out exactly what they can take.
When in doubt, throw it out (don't just hope it's recyclable!).
Take clean #2 and #4 plastic bags to grocery or big box stores. Most of them have collection boxes near the entrance.
As we worry about our oceans filling with plastic, we should focus more on reducing plastic from the source. But in the meantime, make sure what you put in the recycling bin is recyclable and not part of the problem. Read more about wishcycling here and recycling plastic bags here.