Today, we're talking about recycling. What does a sledding adventure have to do with that, you ask? Well, let me begin at the beginning.
When I was growing up, everyone knew we were supposed to be recycling, but--in my small town in rural Kansas--it was actually kind of hard to carry through. Facilities that could take your plastic bottles and cans were far away, had limited hours, and enforced onerous sorting requirements.
For the Kid, the "how-to" of recycling is going to be a million times easier. There are about a dozen curbside services where we live, in addition to public dumpsters at every neighborhood school. We still have to sort glass, but that's it. Paper, plastic, cans, and just about everything else can go into one bin. I have literally driven three blocks and dropped off our recycling at midnight before. (Sometimes you just get the itch to have a clean house, yes?)
For the Kid's generation, the actual process of recycling is going to be pretty easy to teach. What concerns me for him is teaching him why we recycle.
And I think that is best taught by getting him outside, a lot.
While, of course, you can feel outrage and sadness at the destruction of places you've never been, it's never quite the same. If you haven't spent time in the woods, it's hard to really get worked up when people dump trash there. If you've never been swimming in a warm summer lake, it's harder to be angry when one is scummed up with chemicals and garbage. If you haven't driven your parents crazy trying to eat dirty snow....oh wait, maybe that's just my child! ;)
But my point is, I think one of the best ways to ensure a clean planet is to teach our littles the value of one.
Which is my rambling way of getting to the fact that Repreve (makers of the bright green recycled beanie) is sponsoring the X Games this year. And, plodding as I've made it, it does make a neat little circle of the how and why of recycling. You recycle your bottles, Repreve makes them into outdooor gear, you go enjoy the cleaner outdoors that you helped make, all while keeping your ears warm--nifty, huh?
In conjunction with the X Games, Repreve is also sponsoring a contest. Here's the official info:
To celebrate the X Games, Repreve invites participants to share how they "turn it green", or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag. Five entries will be randomly selected as the top five, and those five will then be voted on by visitors to Repreve. The image or video with the most votes will win a $5000 cash prize.
Quite a reward for taking photos of something you were probably doing anyway!
The video above is my entry, and, if you get a chance, I hope you can make one too. (You don't have to try to be fancy and set yours to music--badly!--like I did. Just shoot from the hip and have fun with it!) In any event, check out the greener products that Repreve makes and enjoy watching the green beanies (it never gets old!) fly at the X Games!
[And speaking of the green beanies, Libby won the giveaway and will be sporting a new one on her chilly trail runs!]