10 Ways Your Family Can Help Protect the Earth
We would all like to go green in some way. It’s usually families who go the extra mile. Parents can’t help but get worried about pesticides, garbage and other things that impact how their kids grow up. As parents, we can do something to help just a little for the future. It may take a wee bit to get into the habit but I know we can all make a brighter future for everyone!
Enviro Tip #1 – Rinse and reuse plastic sandwich bags from your lunch and your kid’s lunches. This makes less waste to throw out and if you put more fruit in lunches, they usually come with their own “wrappers”.
Enviro Tip #2 – Give up juice boxes and individually wrapped snacks. Save the prepackaged bits for field trips, picnics, and times you’re on the go. Pour drinks into small plastic reusable sports bottles. For home, buy juice and snacks in bulk — it’s cheaper as well.
Enviro Tip #3 – Think about what kind of vehicle you drive. It’s green advice to make sure your car is maintained. If you make sure that your tires have the proper amount of air, replace old oil/air filters, and use the right oil for your vehicle, you can increase your mpg (miles per gallon) by 15%. That may not sound like a lot but it does make a difference.
Enviro Tip #4 – Walk or bike to do errands. Short errands don’t need you to drive to them. Try your best to walk or bike. It not only creates less pollution but you get exercise and better lung capacity as well!
Enviro Tip #5 – Recycle as much as you can and compost too. Make it a family project to collect and properly distribute your recycling. It’s fun if everyone pitches in. When it comes to composting, scatter food scraps (except meat, dairy products, cooking oil, or grease) in the garden to provide nutrients for the plants.
Enviro Tip #6 – Reconsider toxic household cleansers. As good as store bought cleansers do for cleaning and the speed with which it’s done, the bad news is they are toxic. Try using a vinegar and water mix for cleaning mirrors and windows. Use baking soda paste (baking soda mixed with a touch of water) for cleaning your oven, sinks and bathtub. Look for non-toxic cleaners when shopping as non-toxin options are become more readily available as well.
Enviro Tip #7 – Save water and energy by hand washing your dishes and re wear clothes (unless they are super dirty) to reduce laundry. Using a dishwasher is a energy sucker. If you wash your dishes by hand and let them air dry, it will conserve a lot of energy. As for clothes, rewear them if they are still ok at the end of the day. Towels; you don’t need a new one each time you shower.
Enviro Tip #8 – Designate family members to be in charge of lights. This one will be fun for kids. Designate one family member per day to make sure that all the lights are off in rooms no one is using. You can make it a game and the whole family can participate.
Enviro Tip #9 – Use paper twice. Those letters you wrote but had typos on can be used for your kids projects. Newpapers and comics can be used for wrapping paper and old magazine can be used for art projects.
Enviro Tip #10 – Get rid of the paper trail. Instead of your house being littered with post its and such, get a dry erase board to keep everyone up to speed.