Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

December 14, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Take Five

The next time you go to a park take five minutes and clean up some trash that other people left behind.

December 11, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment


Use both sides of tin foil and then recycle it.

December 8, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Rinse And Recycle

Before you put cans and bottles in the recycling bin, rinse them out so they don't attract insects or flies.

December 5, 2011

Tags: Give, Recycle

Make Your Own Paper

Learn how to make your own paper for cards, wrapping presents, or even to decorate and give as stationery. You can find clear directions here.

December 4, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Make Decorations

Make your own holiday decorations by mixing flour, water, and a little salt. Cut out with cookie cutters. Poke a little hole for the string. Bake in a hot oven. When cool decorate with paint, glitter, and feathers.

November 24, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Used Containers

Always look for a "recycle" sign at the bottom of a container you want to throw in the trash. Separate it from the trash and recycle it.

November 11, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle And Re-use

Plastic trash piles up much faster than it degrades (or goes away). Buy eggs in cardboard cartons instead of plastic (foamy) ones. If you already have a plastic egg carton, recycle it. Use it to hold screws and bolts, to mix paint, or to help sort coins.

November 5, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Rubber Bands

Do you have too many rubber bands at your house? Ask your postal carrier if s/he can use them to help sort mail. If the rubber bands came with a newspaper, donate them back to the delivery person.

November 4, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Donate Cans and Containers

Have your mom save coffee cans and plastic or styrofoam containers. Donate them to your school. Most teachers can put these items to good use.

November 3, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Learn

Get Some New Ideas

Learn about recycling. Visit a recycling center in your town and make a list of all the items that can be recycled. You might be surprised at what you find.

October 22, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Don't Buy Aluminum Cans..

...but if you do, recycle them. Aluminum cans are bad for the environment. Instead, buy your soft drinks in refillable glass bottles. Better yet, mix your own fruit drinks in a large bottle or pitcher that you can use again and again.

October 18, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Coathangers

If you have extra wire coathangers, give them to a local dry cleaners.

September 26, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Take Back Takeout Containers

Does your family eat a lot of takeout? Wash and store the takeout containers and take the empty, clean containers back to the restaurant and ask that your next meal be served in them, not in a new container.

September 24, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycling Saves Energy

Save energy by recycling. If you recycle just one glass bottle, you will save enough energy to run your television for 1 1/2 hours.

September 15, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Make A Mobile

Help your baby brother or sister learn to love nature. Collect objects such as feathers, leaves, shells, and small pinecones. Use yarn, thread, or strings to attach them to a piece of wood and hang over the baby's crib.

August 31, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Use Rags

If old clothes are ripped or torn and can't be donated to a thrift store or repaired, cut them up and use them for cleaning rags.

August 29, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Save Gift Wrapping Items

Did you know that about half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans consume each year goes toward packaging, wrapping, and decorating? Save the bows, ribbons, gift boxes and gift bags that others give you to use for wrapping future holiday gifts.

August 13, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Green Pawprints

Use recycled pet beds and food containers. Make pet toys out of old socks.

August 5, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle A Jelly Jar

Learn all the things you can do with a jelly jar. Go here.

July 22, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Does Your Town Recycle?

Find a recycling center near you. Go here.

July 14, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Donate Eyeglasses

Sometimes opticians who prescribe glasses sponsor a program to donate used eyeglasses to people who need them. If not, the Lions Club has such a program. Think about donating your family's used eyeglasses.

July 4, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Newspapers

It's easy to recycle newspapers. If you recycle a pile three feet tall, you'll save one tree from being cut down.

July 1, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Use The Library

Get a library card and use it. Books and magazines can be read many times by the whole community instead of just once by you.

June 25, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Reuse Small Items

Reuse envelopes, folders, rubber bands, and paper clips

June 15, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Crayons

Save broken crayons for future coloring or art projects. Buy a crayon sharpener to make points on round edges.

June 1, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment

Buy Reusable Picnic Supplies

Make up your own "picnic basket" that includes reusable cups, plates, and silverware. Look for these items at thrift stores or garage sales.

May 23, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Neighborhood Swap

Have a neighborhood SWAP. Everyone brings a few items that are still good (don't need repair), but things they no longer want or have two of. Families can trade with each other.

April 30, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment

Buy Used

Shop for household items at a thrift shop.

April 20, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Recycle, Conserve

Make A Costume

It's fun to make an Earth Day costume. There's just one rule. It has to be made out of recycled material. Need a suggestion? Go here.

March 3, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Substitute Cloth For Paper

Use fewer paper towels. Cut old bath towels into smaller pieces and use them to wipe up spills, etc.

February 19, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Save Paper

Do you have a home computer? Save trees and ink by using recycled paper. Cut down on the number of pages you print and print on both sides of each sheet. When you’re out of ink order recycled cartridges.

February 17, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Take Showers

Take showers instead of baths to save water and energy.

February 11, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Conserve Paper

Do you really need gift wrap paper? Be creative and wrap your gifts in the Sunday funnies. Or decorate a paper bag with a rubber stamp and gold stars. If you don't get the newspaper, use an old map, magazine, coloring book pages, sheet music, or tear out the pages of an old phone book. In other words, recycle!

February 10, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn, Recycle

Indoor Garden

Make an indoor garden using an egg carton. You can learn how to do it here.

January 31, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Start A Competition

Many classrooms already have a recycling can next to the trash can. Encourage your school to start a competition to see which class can save the most newspapers, soda cans, water bottles or any other recyclable items.

January 22, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Give, Recycle

Donate Used Clothes

Donate used clothes to a thrift store. You’ll not only be helping the environment by keeping these clothes out of the landfill, but you'll be helping someone in need.