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SMART 'Wear It? Recycle It' program a hit among students
Dec '12
The “Wear It? Recycle It!” lesson plans developed by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) are proving to be a hit in classrooms across the country. Since the introduction of the curricula in October, a better than expected 177,400 students and nearly 7,000 teachers have used the “Wear It? Recycle It!” lesson plans and materials. The program's creators say this is one of the strongest responses they have seen to a newly released program introduced this year.

SMART developed the “Wear It? Recycle It!” educational program to present information on clothing and other textiles as a recyclable product. The grade-appropriate educational materials show students that clothing and other textiles can be recycled just like items in their homes they currently recycle such as paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.
The supplemental lessons are a comprehensive program that teaches students they can recycle more than just their old jeans and t-shirts and that many items they use every day are made from recycled clothing and textiles. The free materials are being presented through the various outlets of The Education Center, which developed the program in conjunction with SMART.
The online, downloadable curricula include six (6) grade-specific lesson plans teaching “Donate, Recycle, Don’t Throw Away”, a fact-filled infographic to supplement the lessons, a take-home piece for parents, and a poster contest. The Poster Contest will award one winner in grades K-2 and one winner in grades 3-5 with ten (10) t-shirts and ten (10) posters featuring their winning poster design. There is also a “Wear It? Recycle It!” sweepstakes for teachers who can win a $500 classroom grant. Additionally, five runners-up each will win a $100 classroom grant. 
The curricula will be used by teachers to complement existing lesson plans and incorporates core school subjects such as math and science while students are learning about the world’s first recyclable product, clothing and textiles. The curricula also addresses the Common Core State Standards that all teachers are required to satisfy, so it will be useful and relevant for years to come.
“These lessons are a creative and highly-effective program which teachers will enjoy bringing into their classrooms. The curricula not only supports the overall educational effort of the teachers, it also delivers an impactful message to the students which encourages the recycling of clothing and textiles,” says Jackie King, Executive Director of SMART. “People don’t realize that 95% of all clothing and textiles can be recycled or processed for re-use as another product.”
Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) is an international nonprofit trade association that strengthens the economic opportunities of its diverse membership by promoting the interdependence of our industry segments and providing a common forum for networking, education and trade. Since 1932, SMART has been at the forefront of recycling. 

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART)

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