We St Louis bloggers all know Mae Mason, otherwise known as MuthaMae. She’s the mother of a three who not only blogs, but video-blogs (vlogs) and produces her own online show, Word To Your Mutha. Mae’s blog discuss all kinds of parenting and family issues in a lighthearted, humorous way, and in her latest show, she tackles how to instill the value of recycling in her four-year-old and two one-year-olds…when she doesn’t really recycle herself. Best of all, she used Green Options to help her figure it out…
Smarty pants that she is, Mae enlisted the help of Green Options Senior Editor and founder of Sustainablog, Jeff McIntire-Strasburg. Jeff is a fellow St. Louisan, and he offered to appear on Mae’s show walking her through recycling for beginners, giving information on how to set up a system that works for your family, what you can and can’t recycle, and different types of recycling programs.
I had read a recent article that stated it’s easy to get young kids to recycle, but once they hit the teen years they lose interest. It hit me that we didn’t have a recycling program in our home and that’s NOT GOOD! I went online to do some research on how to set up a program, then realized it would be a fantastic show episode. Maybe I could convince other families like mine to recycle, too. I wanted to bring an expert on board to show us how to set up a proper program. Jeff was so kind, so informative, and so good on camera. I look forward to making future shows with him.
Kudos to Mae for getting on the green train. This is a great video for anyone looking to go green, but especially parents who want to teach their kids. Wanna check it out? MuthaMae’s “Recycling With Mae” is online.
[This post was written by Kelli Best-Oliver]
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