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Want To Take Better Care Of The Environment This Year? Here’s 5 Easy Tips From A 9-Year-Old
January 15, 2013
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Not too long ago on The Strombo Show, George had a conversation with Hannah Alper. Hannah is nine-years-old and has an environmental blog, CallMeHannah.ca.

Since she started her site last June, Hannah - who's in grade four and is from Toronto - has racked up more than 100,000 pageviews.

You can listen to part of George's conversation with her here. Or check out the entire conversation here, on the Nov. 25, 2012 show.

In one of her recent posts, Hannah made a New Year's Resolution to be more eco-friendly.

To help you get started, she put together a list of 5 things we can all do to - as she puts it - "create less garbage and create more change."

Here's Hannah's post in its entirety - wise beyond her years.

Recycling All Around The House

Other than the kitchen, we have the most garbage in the bathroom. There's so much stuff that we throw out in the bathroom that is not garbage at all. None of these things is garbage and should be disposed of in an eco way: hair (green bin), toothpaste/soapboxes (blue bin), cotton balls (green bin), toilet paper rolls (blue bin), tissue (green bin), empty cans and bottles (blue bin).

There's an easy and simple way to turn your bathroom garbage can into a recycling center. To do that you need a big bin and get three smaller containers to fit into the big one. Then label them green bin, recycling bin, and garbage. This makes it really clear and simple.

Not Everything You Throw Out Is Garbage

Everyone knows that paper goes in the blue bin and so do cans, newspaper, other paper goods, but not a lot of people know that batteries, styrofoam, ink and toner cartridges, and electronics can also be recycled. In every city there is somewhere where you can take all those stuff to recycle them! Recycle things that are unwanted, things that don't work, Recycle it!

If you have old toys, clothes that don't fit anymore. Books that you don't want, donate them! Maybe you don't need things but someone else does! I have donated to a couple of charities, I donated baby blankets and towels to the vet to make the pets more comfortable.

Stuffed toys are not accepted by most donation places because they say that they are full of germs. I found a great solution to this and I donated a huge box of my stuffed animals to the humane society. I was happy to give them all the dogs there something to play and sleep with.

Create A Recycling Center

There are so many things that need to be recycled that can't go in the recycling bin. Things like: batteries, styrofoam, small electronics, clothing, books, and toys. Find a space in your garage to make a recycling center with bins that are labeled for each.

When the bin is full, take it to the depot in your community for proper and safe disposal.

Make Eco Choices When Purchasing Your School And Work Supplies

There are a lot of products that are eco-friendly for school and work. You can buy recycled notebooks, biodegradeable pens and pencils, pencil cases made from recycled water bottles. When you are shopping look for the recycled symbol--the triangle made for the 3 r's--and make an 'eco' choice.

Share What You Are Doing To Help The Environment. Inspire People To Join You

Tell your family, friends, neighbors, and teachers what you are doing and they might be inspired to join you. Then they might pass it on and then those people will pass it on and it will keep going. This is how we can all make a difference.

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