- Teach your child or student what is recyclable and reusable (e.g., the cardboard packaging is reused as the template for the basic soapbox, the steel and aluminum parts can be reused and recycled, and, plastic wheels can be repurposed and recycled.
- It is a good time to encourage environmentally responsible design.
- Consider using construction of the soapbox as a platform for educating the effects on environment. Have students presentation on the environmental (and safety) considerations used in the design and building of their soapbox.
- Steel and aluminum has been used in the construction of the DERBY*GOKIT®. The kit uses common sizes of threads nuts, bolts, pins and washers. Each part is repairable, replaceable, reinforceable and adjustable. And perhaps most importantly easily recyclable.
- Wheel hubs are made of HDPE and tires are made of PVC and are common sizes used in lawnmowers for reuse. Does your child or student know the numbering system for identifying the types of plastic?
- Decisions on type of paint used, repurposing of materials, and reuse, recycling or disposal of materials have an affect on our environment. We have seen race participants that have repurposed many items into their soapbox design from old guitars to discarded bathtubs. Perhaps consider decorating your soapbox with old teddy bears in lieu of paint.
- Maybe have prizes that could be awarded for the soapbox considered to be the most environmentally responsible at a race or in a classroom or corporate build event.
- Consider environmentally friendly prizes for your event. Trophies and ribbons available for photo opportunities that get returned and reused in subsequent years would prevent their disposal into landfills.