A new website for kids called the Scrap Kins has just launched. It's an innovative, fun site focused on getting kids to think about recycling via a cast of engaging, friendly monsters who live in a recycling center—the Scrap Kins. The Kins' brainchild is illustrator and designer Brian Yanish, who found inspiration for the characters from his own childhood drawings. The Scrap Kins Mission
From the website:
The Scrap Kins are a group of creatures that live in a recycling center and build their world out of the things people throw away. The Scrap Kins mission is to foster eco-awareness, promote recycling and encourage kids to use their imagination. The Scrap Kin's Do-It-Yourself resourcefulness empowers children to create and make a difference in their environment.
The site features bios for each of the Scrap Kins, cartoons, a blog, green tips, and a shop offering kids clothing. The whole concept is a fun idea, and a fine way to get kids thinking about recycling in an entertaining manner. And the "U Do it" tagline is catchy, lighthearted, yet emphatic—perhaps kids can grow up with the empowering mantra in mind. Then, perhaps there'll be a better chance they'll do things like recycle their cell phones when they're older.
Scrap Kins Come to New York
And if you live in New York, you might be interested in swinging by The Scrap Kins Kids Eco-Fashion Show & Recycled Craft Jam. It's a sort of craft fair focused on turning junk into art, and should be an enjoyable, informative event—a great event to take the kids to. It's on Columbus Day, October 13th from 2 to 6 pm at the Habana Outpost in Brooklyn. See the Scrap Kins website for more details.