A Kid’s Guide to Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Waste

by HomeAdvisor- Have you ever wondered how much waste you create every day? If you’re anything like the average person in America, you produce about 4.3 pounds of waste per day. That’s equal to one big pair of men’s hiking boots in your trash every day! Now, multiply 4.3 pounds by the 323 million people in America. That’s 1.3 billion pounds of waste thrown away in America every single day. The planet Earth needs your help! You can take action today to help make a better tomorrow. A cleaner, greener future for our world starts with you. How can you help? It’s easy!

3Green Moms

Three moms. Nine busy kids. And a whole lot of plastic – that’s how this story began around a kitchen table. We also shared a desire for simple solutions, a deep respect for the environment, and a love of family and community.

Our “aha!” moment came when we learned that each day 20 million sandwich bags end up in our landfills or go directly into waterways. Fueled by this sad fact, the lack of alternatives and a natural curiosity, we first set out to create an easy, modern solution. More importantly, we wanted to empower kids and change the way that they think about their role in creating waste.

After many prototypes, sleepless nights, early morning flights, late pickups and missed field trips, LunchSkins reusable sandwich bags were born. An ironic start, considering one of us hates making school lunches (we’ll keep you guessing)!


Welcome to Mission H2.Ocean. We created this effort out of a love for our world’s waters and a recognition for the need to help protect the beauty, wonder and natural balance of our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.  -Michael Brown, President

Simply Straws

In 2011, the Sladics’ family began “Simply Straws”, a reusable drinking straw alternative to the common plastic straws. With a passion to educate the public on the effects of plastic pollution, and a commitment to work with organizations minimizing plastics-we began.

5 Gyres

To communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution, 5 Gyres shares findings through multimedia outlets and peer-reviewed publications. They strive to help stop the flow of plastic to the sea. 5 Gyres campaigns help educate the public, politicians, companies, and other organizations to help reduce pollution. Post-consumer cleanup efforts also focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation.

1% for the Planetone percent

1% for the Planet’s mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.  As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and more than $100 million invested in positive environmental change by our member companies, we invite you to join us by supporting member businesses, volunteering with and donating to our nonprofit partners, and spreading the word about 1% for the Planet.

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Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

The Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. NOAA’s mission touches the lives of every American through their role in protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources.

The Washed Ashore Project

As an antidote to despair, we pick up plastics from Oregon beaches and make educational art. Community members of all ages are working together to gather the beach plastics and construct giant sculptures of the marine animals most affected by the plastic pollution. Since the inception of this project, 1000’s of pounds of plastic pollution have been processed into art supplies by Washed Ashore.

The Sierra Forest Legacysierra forest legacy

Formed in 1996, as the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign, the Campaign’s member groups, including The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Friends of the River, and the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, have worked independently on Sierra Nevada issues since the 1980s. In 2007, the Campaign changed its name to Sierra Forest Legacy to better reflect its expanded mission and vision of protecting Sierra Nevada forests and communities

The mission of Sierra Forest Legacy is to engage citizens, communities, and coalition members in the healthy management of Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems to protect and restore the region’s unparalleled beauty and natural values. We apply the best practices of science, advocacy and grassroots organizing to safeguard forest lands throughout the Sierra Nevada.