Austin Recycling: Our Visit to “Recycling Reef” & the “Green” Museum

Posted: June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The Perot Museum

The “Recycling Reef” traveling exhibit is now on display at the Perot Museum in Dallas, TX and we were fortunate to have a chance to check it out this weekend.

You may have heard about the Perot Museum, which opened in Dallas just six months ago. The entire building was designed to teach visitors about sustainability. In fact, the Perot Museum is one of only 12 buildings to have received all four Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative.

The Recycling Reef exhibit was created to teach children the importance of recycling. When you first walk in, children are encouraged to draw, cut, design and create artwork out of recycled cardboard. The walls of this room are covered with fascinating recycling facts. These facts are definitely the best part for adults. I’d suggest you take the time to read them all while your child is building his or her artwork.

Once your child has finished their artwork, you can move on to the next part of the exhibit. In this part of the exhibit, children can display the art they created out of the recycled materials along with thousands of other recycled pieces of art that others have created.

By allowing children to take part in creating the exhibit, the Recycling Reef exhibit teaches children the importance of recycling in a fun, hands on way.

But don’t worry, adults will learn plenty too! Some of the fun facts we learned included:

  • There are 12 landfills in Texas that tower over 200 feet tall!
  • Doubling the national recycling rate could great 1 million green jobs.
  • One ton of recycled paper saves 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees.
  • 38,000 miles of ribbon are thrown away each year. This is enough to tie a bow around the Earth!

Statistics like these are the reason Dirty Work makes sure we recycle all the junk we haul away.

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