Your voice, as a student, has the power to make a real difference. This isn’t limited to life on campus either. With our recycling initiative, you can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children. Not only this, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too – something we’re frequently encouraged to do. Yet whilst living busy and hectic lives, it can often seem difficult to do. But, our initiative is convenient and easy to use. It’s the ideal way to do your bit for the environment, and for slum and street children in developing countries, whilst living as a student. Here are some ways to get recycling as a student with our initiative.
Declutter your accommodation
Round up your housemates and get rid of your unwanted goods! Whether it’s time for a spring clean or a clear-out to free up some space, it’s always a good time to declutter. After all, a tidy space makes a tidy mind! Decluttering is also said to improve creativity, concentration, and quality of sleep. Decluttering for our cause will not only help the environment and street children, but it will also help your wellbeing.
Run a competition to promote our cause
Running a recycling competition is a great way to get people involved. This could be across accommodation, schools/faculties or even houses if your institution has a house system. The winning group would be the ones that have recycled the most. There’s a competitive streak in all of us, and so this is bound to encourage fellow students to take part! The more students that take part, the more we will be able to make a difference in the developing world. And not only will you be promoting our cause, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too.
Use Poverty Child as your selected charity during Rag Week
Rag week is the ideal time to use our recycling initiative as one of your fundraisers. You could even combine this idea with the one above. A fundraising event is the ideal way to declutter, bring people together, and promote sustainability all in one! Get in touch with the relevant members of staff or your student council to make it happen.
Use our initiative on special dates
There are many international awareness days that promote similar causes to those that Poverty Child promotes. Our recycling initiative could be used as a way to fundraise on these days. For example, it could be a competition you hold, or a promotion for decluttering and sustainability. Here are some examples of awareness days you could fundraise on:
- Global Recycling Day – 18th March
- International Day for Street Children – 12th April
- Earth Day – 22nd April
- International Childrens Day – 1st June
Use our initiative to promote sustainable living
Our fundraising initiative doesn’t just help children from deprived backgrounds. It can also be used to promote sustainable living. This may be a part of your institution’s goal or mission. Therefore, it helps you strengthen the message and reach your institution’s goal too, as well as ours. Recycling is one element that makes up sustainable living. This makes our recycling initiative the ideal way to practice and promote it.
How to spread the word
Now that you have the fundraising ideas, here are some ideas for promoting them!
- If you’re a member of a student council, or know somebody that is, use our recycling initiative as a discussion point in a meeting. If you’re looking for fundraising ideas or ways to promote sustainable living, be sure to mention and promote our recycling programme.
- You could create posters and leaflets to promote your fundraiser. Make sure it’s clear which items we are happy to accept, so your fellow students know what they can donate. Details about these items are below.
- You could feature your fundraising event on a newsletter, noticeboard, or bulletin. If you don’t have access to edit these, ask a member of staff if they’d be willing to help and put it on for you.
- Create a visible and accessible collection point for donated items. Make sure it’s clear to see. Don’t forget to give details of the location in your advertisements!
How recycling with Poverty Child works
We’re happy to accept many items from you. These include clothes, jewellery, ink cartridges, and unwanted gadgets. The full range of items we accept can be viewed under the “donate” tab on our website. If your donations weigh over 10kg altogether, you can request a recycling sack from us. Once you’ve fundraised for us, we’ll collect your donations from you, free of charge. If your donations weigh less than 10kg, you can request an address label to post your items to us.