7-year-old California boy saves 10K for college with his own recycling company

January 10, 2017 by  
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A 7-year-old boy from California has demonstrated it’s never too early to start recycling . When he was three, Ryan Hickman ventured to a local recycling center in Orange County with his father. The experience moved him to such an extent he declared his intentions to start collecting recyclables from his neighbors the following day. Thus started Ryan’s Recycling Company , through which Ryan has recycled around 200,000 bottles and cans, saving thousands of dollars in the process. Ryan asked his parents if he could give their neighbors empty plastic bags to fill with cans and bottles. The neighbors were happy to cooperate with him – as were friends, his parents’ co-workers, and family members. Roughly four years later, Ryan has recycled 49,000 pounds of trash from customers throughout Orange County. His website reports he spends “part of every week” sorting through and cleaning the plastic or glass bottles and aluminum cans he then totes to the recycling center with the help of his family. Ryan has saved around $10,000 for college (although his website warns he might actually tell you he’s saving up for his own garbage truck), and $1,624 for charity. Related: How two amazing teenage girls convinced Bali to ban plastic bags Ryan told The Capistrano Dispatch people should recycle to make a few extra dollars and “because it helps the world” as birds might eat discarded trash and “get sick or die.” Ryan’s efforts ensure all that trash stays out of the landfill and the oceans , and he’s become a Youth Ambassador for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center . He also offers t-shirts for $13, and all proceeds go to the center. Ryan’s mother Andrea told The Capistrano Dispatch, “He’s very passionate about it, and he likes to get everybody else passionate about it as well. I think he’s rubbed off on all of us now. You find yourself walking past a can on the ground and needing to pick it up instead of walking away and leaving it there.” If you live in Orange County, you can pitch in too. Schedule a pickup or learn more about recycling on Ryan’s website . + Ryan’s Recycling Company Via One Green Planet and The Capistrano Dispatch Images via Ryan’s Recycling Company

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Score this kids cargo bike in our Inhabitots Back To School giveaway

August 10, 2016 by  
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It’s that time of year when kids head back to school, and here at Inhabitat , we’re here to help kick off the back-to-school spirit with our kids and parenting site Inhabitots . We recently spotted this sweet kids cargo bike by Republic Bike that is perfect for carrying book bags and lunches in its spacious wooden crate, and we’re teaming up with Republic Bike to give one away to some lucky kid in the next few weeks. To enter the contest, read on… a Rafflecopter giveaway GRAND PRIZE: Kids Cargo Bike from Republic Bike Worth $349 The Kids Cargo Bike comes in a range of fun colors like “sour apple” and “magenta”, and encourages kids to embrace green commuting at an early age. The Republic Kids Cargo bike has three wheels, with two up-front around the wooden storage bucket, in an inverted tricycle design. Not only is it easier for kids to ride a kids cargo bike than a traditional two-wheeled bike, but the ample storage space with the wooden storage bin allows kids to tote around their book bags, lunches, water bottles, sports gear and other stuff without a clunky backpack swinging around on their back to throw them off balance. This fun ride encourages kids to get outdoors and get exercise, as well as riding to school. In addition to being a more eco-friendly commuting option than your minivan, biking to school gets your kid’s blood flowing in the am and provides the benefit of morning exercise before school which helps with concentration in class. + Republic Bike *Contest is only open to the lower 48 states for shipping reasons (sorry, that excludes residents of Alaska and Hawaii).

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2015’s top 25 stories for green tots and their earth-loving parents

December 26, 2015 by  
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2015 has been a big year for green tots and their parents. A Seattle doctor believes he found the cause of SIDS , Volvo gave children a front row seat in the family car, and LEGO invested a huge amount of money to make their beloved building blocks more environmentally-friendly. READ MORE >

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Carnivores, Vegetarians, and Vegans Unite For This Delicious Dish!

August 9, 2014 by  
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Want to make your family and friends crave for more vegetables? Create towers of polenta, eggplant, tomatoes, and basil for a main course.  The simple recipe is completely vegan, but even carnivorous friends will enjoy it. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basil , DIY , eco toddler , eggplant , food , green kids , how-to , Inhabitots , mediterranean , polenta , tomato , vegan

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These Homemade Solar Lanterns Will Light Up Your Night!

August 2, 2014 by  
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Harness the power of the sun just like a superhero with this creative solar-powered craft project. Grab a used mason jar and an inexpensive solar lantern from your local hardware store to make a nightlight or decorative outdoor lighting for your patio. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bedroom , craft , diy kids crafts , green family , green kids , how-to , kid friendly

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Readers Have Spoken: Here Are The Best Green Kids Stories of 2013!

January 5, 2014 by  
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The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Inhabitots has chosen the best green kids stories of 2013 ! The last year saw many exciting developments in cutting edge sustainable design for kids and ever evolving philosophies and news developments in the green parenting realm. Every day, Inhabitots looks for the stories about what really matters to eco-friendly families: the risk of chemical exposure from low quality toys and baby accessories , the best designers of organic and fair-trade clothing for tots, and how to infuse a love of the environment into your young children from the start. So, without further adieu, here are the winners of Inhabitots’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best green kids stories , best kids design stories , green kids , green parenting , green playgrounds , Inhabitots , readers’ choice awards        

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Vote For The Most Innovative Green Kids Design of 2013!

December 29, 2013 by  
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Many discussions of green design revolve around architecture and transportation concepts, but sometimes examples of great design can be found in much simpler places. Like a child’s toy box, or maybe your own backyard! Throughout the past year, Inhabitots has reported on countless awe-inspiring innovations in the realm of sustainable design for children . From fairy castle treehouses to cool light-up circuit stickers, there are plenty of designs that left us impressed and inspired. Help us decide which one of these green kids design stories deserve to be crowned best of 2013! Follow the link below to cast your vote. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best green design , best green design for kids , Folding Furniture , green design for kids , Hobbit House , Inhabitots , kids furniture , kids treehouse , lego , LEGO scientist , playhouse , treehouse design        

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Win One of Three Inhabitots’ Green Back-to-School Prize Packages Worth Over $100!

September 9, 2013 by  
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Summer break is over and most kids have already started to head back to school. If you want to make your little one’s new academic school year all the more special, then enter the Inhabitots’ Green Back to School Contest to win an awesome prize package worth over $100! We’re giving away not one, but THREE adorable EcoZoo backpacks from the Ultimate Green Store , each brimming with green goodies like a  Klean Kanteen stainless steel sport bottle ,  LunchSkins reusable   snack bags , and an art and craft kit  Kiwi Crate . Hit the jump to find out how you can win one of these amazing prize packages! ENTER TO WIN HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to school giveaway , eco kids , ecozoo backpacks , green kids , green school supplies , inhabitots back to school contest , Inhabitots giveaway , kiwi crate , klean kanteen , lunchskins , the utlimate green store        

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Fun Chewp Kitchen Tools Teach Kids How to Prepare Healthy Foods

August 7, 2013 by  
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Chewp is a series of play tools for parents and children designed by Bat Chen Grayevky to raise awareness about healthy eating and good nutrition. The tools are intended for the whole family, and they are designed to expose children to healthy foods and give them the opportunity to make certain foods and recipes from raw and basic ingredients. The tools and activities are complemented by an accompanying book that contains interesting information as well as illustrations that convey messages about nutrients and healthy food . These play tools are experiential and are aimed at positively impacting eating habits. + Chewp Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:        

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Mark Powell Creates Incredible Illustrations on Found Love Letters and Newspapers from Centuries Ago

August 7, 2013 by  
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Currently on show at Hang-Up Gallery  in London, Drawing on History is the enigmatic exhibition of artist Mark Powell. Using nothing but a simple Biro pen, Powell creates incredibly detailed portraits of the elderly. His chosen canvases are antique documents dating from 1763 onwards. His aim is to portray what can be produced with the most basic tool whilst creating a relationship between the canvas and image. Powell’s documents come from his travels and range from love letters sent during the WWI to Parisian newspapers. He delicately draws the faces of the elderly from his visual diary of sketchbooks and photographs onto each sheet. Each piece conveys a history and a rich sense of journey. Commenting on the outcome for the show at Hang-Up, Powell said, “I want to make people realize what you can do with the simplest things, and leave a real sense of ambiguity.” +  Mark Powell Via Hang-Up Gallery The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Biro pen art , Drawing on History , eco-art , Hang-Up Gallery , London , Mark Powell artist , Recycled Materials        

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