As our resources diminish and our planet feels the strain of a burdensome population, it’s important now more than ever that we “go green.” Going green means adopting a lifestyle that minimizes our impact on the planet. To truly go green, we have to get our families involved. Here’s how you can help your kids go green.
1. Be honest, but positive
Protecting the environment is important, but don’t dwell on the subject with your kids and make them afraid. Let them know that some animals are endangered and in some places the air is tough to breathe, but also tell them that the problem is fixable if we all pitch in.
2. Make recycling easy
Many people fail to recycle because it’s not convenient. But it’s easy to make it so. Set up the proper receptacle bins for glass, cans, and paper. When it’s time to get rid of something, ask your kids, “Should we reuse this, donate it to someone else, or throw it away?”
3. Spend time with nature
By spending more time outside enjoying our Earth, your children will develop an appreciation for it. This appreciation will spur them to work to protect our home.
4. Teach them how to save energy
One of the best ways we can all impact the environment is by using less energy. Producing electricity is one the biggest ways we pollute our environment and use up our resources. By using less, we have it for longer. Encourage them to use electronics less and always turn off the lights.
5. Use green products at home
If you use products that are designed to be green and healthy, your kids will grow up thinking that lifestyle is normal. Opt for cleaning supplies, natural and organic bath products, personal care products, reusable bags and containers, etc.
6. Use the car less
We rarely think about how we’re impacting the environment when we get in our car, but these are BIG wastes of fossil fuels. Wherever possible, walk or ride your bicycles.
7. Start a family garden
We can appreciate what we get from the Earth by learning about how it gives. Start a family garden. Choose some easy vegetables at first, like tomatoes and herbs. Use those ingredients in your kitchen to everyone feels the benefit of their work.
8. Start a compost bin
There’s so much junk in landfills that the organic stuff has a hard time breaking down. Instead of throwing your food scraps in with the trash, start a compost bin your back yard. Along with your garden, this will teach kids how the Earth recycles its own.
Do you have a green family? What steps do you take?
Written by Elana Priesman, Owner of Bathtime Baby & Kids
Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby is a luxurious, eco-friendly baby safe bath time products for kids and babies that is gentle and formulated with all plant-based ingredients, skin nourishing vitamins, and antioxidants that protect and care for children’s delicate skin.
When the Bathtime Baby& Kids co-founder was expecting, she found natural/organic baby products completely greenwashed due to a corrupt industry that allows products to market themselves as natural but still contain ingredients with harsh chemicals and endocrine disruptors. She was motivated to create a better, safer skin care line of vegan bath products for kids. The result became a collection of natural and organic baby products that are paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, phthalate-free, petroleum-distilates-free and hypoallergenic.
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