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What to Do with Old, Broken Toys

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Tom’s of Maine has launched an innovative method for when you don’t know what to do with old, broken toys.

Too many toys and too much clutter…it gets overwhelming after awhile!

My preferred method of decluttering is to donate things we don’t need, but sometimes there’s crap that is not even fit for donation…then the question is what to do with old, broken toys?

So I toss them in the trash. (Sometimes even if they aren’t technically “broken,” but don’t tell my kids that!)

But now there’s a better way to deal with this problem. 

Recently Tom’s of Maine partnered with TerraCycle to launch the #LessWasteChallenge toy recycling program. 

Families can visit www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste to download a free shipping label that they can use to mail in broken toys for recycling and do their part to reduce the amount of toys that end up in landfills each year.




It is SO easy to do, you just follow these four steps:

  1. Visit www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste
  2. Enter contact information to receive a free UPS shipping label via email that can be printed at home
  3. Fill an old box with up to ten pounds of broken toys
  4. Attach the free shipping label to the box and drop it off at UPS

According to Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine, “The act of recycling a toy together can be a way for parents to start a conversation with their kids about what we can all do to take care of the planet for generations.”

I have always been a fan of Tom’s of Maine. I remember using their toothpaste when I was a kid and now I buy my own kids their Silly Strawberry Flouride-Free Toothpaste.


And I will continue to be a fan now that the company has given me a better method of dealing with all the toy waste that comes out of my house!

 

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