Sunday, September 4, 2011

Darkening Our Shade of Green

Friday was the 2nd day of school with my latest crop of 3rd graders....and the first Friday, which means it is our weekly "Capri Sun Collect and Count" day in my classroom. 

For the last 3 years, one of our 3rd grade duties is to go around to all the classes to gather up the bins of juice pouches, chip bags, ziplock bags, and glue sticks that we upcycle to TerraCycle.  Given my new batch of worker bees, I wanted to share with them the TerraCycle back-story so that they had more insight as to why it is that we do what we do at our Maryland Green School. 

Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle Is Redefining Green BusinessSo once again, I shared this presentation (see below or click here).  My favorite part (and the students' too) were the 4 animated videos I included with TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky.  (They also got a kick...and a little grossed the fact that TerraCycle started with "worm poop.")

Watching the presentation, it was really neat hearing these 8 year olds and their discussions.  One of my gents made the comment that it got him thinking about the things he could invent, so that maybe one day he could help get rid of the idea of waste.  Those are the things that excite me as a teacher...watching them get inspired by the creativity of others.  They were getting it--that if we aren't careful on this planet, we run the risk of being over-run by landfills and trash. 

Just like the "If a pug can do it, why can't you" video...if a class of 8 year olds get it, why don't the other 6.9 billion people on this planet?

Book Pic from; Terracycle "Outsmart Waste" pic from

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