What do you think your students would do with a sock that has a hole in it? Chances are, they’d pitch it in the trash. But here’s something to teach them: Textiles should never go in the trash. Even worn, torn, and stained items can be recycled and reused.
Every year, 21 billion pounds of textiles end up in landfills. (Remember that sock? That equals about 336 billion socks!) Let your students take the lead to keep textiles out of landfills by becoming SMART Recycling Rangers. At TheMailbox.com/smart, you’ll find all the help you need.
- Get free Common Core–aligned skill pages to help you teach about textile recycling.
- Enter for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card to purchase science teaching materials. Three runners-up will each win a $100 Amazon gift card.
- Learn how your school can earn money by holding a textile-recycling drive and get resources to support your drive.
Your teaching efforts do make a difference. A recent survey showed that before introducing textile recycling to their students, only about 25 percent of the teachers said their students were familiar with textile recycling. After using the materials, nearly 84 percent of the teachers said their students knew to recycle textiles and more than 98 percent felt it was important.
Need a springboard to get the discussion started? Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, January 18, 2014, to tell me how you recycle textiles. One lucky teacher will win I Like Old Clothes! This book celebrates hand-me-downs as children who wear them imagine where the clothes have been: “Clothes with a history, Clothes with a mystery…” (Update: congratulations to Rebekah, who is the winner of our prize.)
Don’t wait; click here now to get your free resources and for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Then submit a comment for a chance to win the book!
PS: January is Get Organized Month—a perfect time to clean closets and hold a textile-recycling drive at your school!