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How Can We Teach Upcycling to Children?

Sustainability has become a lifestyle, not just a fashion trend. By changing our consumption habits, we started to prefer products with more sustainable and clean ingredients. However, we can make a greater impact as ‘generative-transformative’ individuals, not just as consumers. And now is the time to take action to pass on the awareness of transformation to our children and make them conscious consumers and sustainability advocates of the future.

Sustainability from Infancy:

Infancy is an important period in which children’s habits are shaped. Therefore, it is quite effective to adopt the concept of transformation in infancy. For example, we can reduce disposable waste by using washable diapers. By circulating baby clothing and items from hand to hand, we can promote second-hand use and create a sustainable cycle. There is no limit to what we can do now, upcycling small clothes, combining them into blankets or designing a toy out of them! In this way, it ceases to be used items for a short time, and we have an item with a memory, and it is very enjoyable to do so.

Creating Our Own Upcycling Products:

Personally, I’ve embraced upcycling by growing, transforming or even turning some of my daughter’s clothes into toys. For example, we protect our memories and support upcycling by transforming the blankets and covers we used as babies into clothes.

Likewise, I produce baby books and toys using fabrics or scraps of unused clothing from my TosyToys brand. In this way, the stories we tell our little ones increase and develop their imaginations. We no longer just tell stories about the characters, we also have stories about where the material came from and what it turned into. This allows children to question how other products they consume are produced and what they are made of, and to generate transformation ideas.

Becoming the Guidance of Our Children:

Our children are naturally curious explorers. Together with them, we can share our own experiences and set an example for them to make transformation a way of life. For example, when my daughter buys a piece of clothing or a toy, she asks, “Who made it?” He knows what and how to recycle, or offers to take one item and turn it into something else. My goal is to spread it. Now the resources of our planet are running out and there will be nothing left for our children. If we transform what we have as consumers instead of buying new products and our children grow up with this awareness, I am sure the future will be much better.

It is very important to adopt the consciousness of transformation and to instill this lifestyle in our children, to make them conscious and responsible individuals of the future. By adopting this from infancy, we can ensure that our children grow up with values such as environmental awareness, sustainability and creativity. Let’s let our children play an important role in creating a better world in the future by acting together.

Zahide Genç