Educate kids about sustainability on earth day with TICCIT Program

This spring, the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) will help companies in the paper packaging industry teach school children about sustainability with the popular TICCIT® Program. Participants are encouraged to hold their TICCIT events in honor of Earth Day, during the week of April 17-21, 2017.

Educate kids about sustainability on earth day with TICCIT Program

Short for “Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees,” TICCIT gives companies all the resources they need to hold a fun, hands-on educational event at their local elementary school.

By doing so, they educate future generations about the recyclability and sustainability of paper as well as the environmental benefits of trees.

Designed to be highly customizable, the TICCIT curriculum contains both lecture-based and hands-on components. To lead discussion with the students, participating companies can use the free fun facts about trees, the papermaking process, and how to recycle paper.

To get the kids actively involved, participating companies can also purchase discounted tree saplings (through the Arbor Day Foundation) to distribute at the TICCIT workshop. During the event, students can plant their saplings in paperboard cartons filled with soil. Afterwards they can take home the sapling-carton units to plant in their backyards or neighborhoods. The students learn that the cartons provide protection and a natural water funnel for the new trees, and that as the trees grow, the cartons will biodegrade and complete the “trees into cartons, cartons into trees” cycle.

Ben Markens about the sustainable lifestyle

“It is crucial show the younger generations the powerful role that trees and paper play in any sustainable lifestyle,” said Ben Markens, PPC president. “TICCIT helps companies in the paper packaging industry do just that — and with saplings from the Arbor Day Foundation, they can also help to beautify their communities in the process.”

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