Taking care of our planet is something that will take a collective effort by all its inhabitants. But “going green” can often be a daunting task for busy families. So, here are a few small ways to make a big impact on our environment and teach your children to value the planet on which they live.
If you don’t prepare ahead of time, it’s easy to just throw everything in the trash. But if you do a little leg work, you can do your part to keep recyclable items out of landfills. Gather or buy three large bins. Have your children help you “decorate” them and designate one for paper, plastic and glass. Set them out where you will be sure to use them and have your children help you fill them as you throw things away.
2. Curb Water Usage
Children aren’t always the most efficient when it comes to water usage, and they could be using hundreds of gallons at a time taking a long shower or leaving the faucet on while they’re brushing their teeth. It might be helpful to set a timer when they’re utilizing these water sources. You’ll save money on your water bill and you’ll be helping the planet.
3. Use Recyclable or Rechargeable Batteries
How many times have you replaced the batteries in your child’s favorite toy or electronic device? Every time you throw those batteries away, you could be releasing harmful chemicals into the soil and waterways. So, buying recyclable or rechargeable batteries can help cut down on the amount of toxicity our environment is exposed to.
4. Start Composting
Composting sounds like a big undertaking, but in fact, it is a very simple process. And your children will love helping you gather items and seeing how organic materials decompose. All you need is a spot in your backyard or a large bucket. Make sure the compost material is exposed to the air. Now, every time you have orange peels, dryer lint, egg shells, and dried grass clippings, you can put them in your compost pile. Just remember to layer your organic material with “brown material” like leaves, stalks of tall plants, chopped wood or hay. Now you have nutrient-rich soil for your garden and earth is a little cleaner.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.