Raising an eco-friendly family
With climate change activists like Greta Thunberg filling our newsfeeds it's no wonder than kids are curious about environmentalism. While most families are probably not ready to be extreme about living green, more and more people are looking for ways to do their part. Of course, as with all good habits, it's great to start at a young age. Here are some ideas to help you raise an eco-friendly family.
Set the example for green living and explain your choices
Kids are always watching and absorb everything like a sponge. If you want your family to incorporate some changes, it should start with you.
Get your kids involved
If one of your goals is to reduce waste, explain to your children why it's important and show them how to sort their recycling and compostables from waste. Encourage them to be involved and excited by asking what changes they'd like to make as a family.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Kids have massive imaginations and can likely come up with ideas for reusing items before they need to be recycled. For example, you can clean out jars and containers and use them to store food, collect change, or small items like nails. You can also use glass jars for home decor by painting or filling with lights and candles. Use egg cartons to feed birds or start seedlings.
Conserve water and energy
Remind children to shut off the tap while brushing their teeth and turn off lights when they aren't in the room. Monitor television time and encourage them to head outdoors, read a book or play board games rather than using electronics.
Walk, bike or take public transit
Not only is it good for our physical health to walk or bike instead of driving, but it's also better for the environment. Instead of just automatically jumping in the car for short trips, get into the habit of walking or biking. It'll also help kids burn off steam!
If it's a longer distance, use public transportation if available. If possible, set an example by commuting to work by bike, public transportation or carpooling.
Ditch the toxic household products
This is especially important when you have kids and pets in your home. You can feel more comfortable getting them to help with chores when there are safer products for them to use. Make your own cleaners or find a brand you love . Look for products that are non toxic, hypallergenic and biodegradable.
Change your eating habits
Focus on plantbased, unprocessed foods as much as possible - the less packaging the better! If possible, take your family to farmer's markets and have them help you choose groceries for the week. Shop for local, in season produce and meal plan around these foods.
Of course, these are just a few suggestions on how you can raise a more eco-friendly family. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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