Any day is the perfect day to set green goals and make some changes for your family; becoming more eco-conscious is a goal we should all make, not just on Earth Day! “Going green” doesn’t have to be an entire lifestyle change, though. There are many easy and simple things you can do as a family to get the “green” ball rolling!
Here are five easy ways to go green.
1. Recycle – Some people think that recycling takes too much time and effort and does it even really help? The answer is, “YES!” Recycling keeps tons of trash out of landfills every year, and it takes very little time if you have an organized family system for keeping track of recyclables. Buy a plastic tub or two to put recyclables in. Most counties and cities will pick up your recyclables for free once a week or every other week. Just call your local county office to get the schedule. Nowadays, you don’t even have to sort the plastics, paper, aluminum, etc. You can throw it all into one tub and they do all the work for you. Tip: Don’t want the tub in the house, taking up room and looking like clutter? Place a small trashcan (bathroom size) beside your large kitchen trashcan. When this small trashcan gets full of recyclables empty it into the bigger tub outside.
2. Use reusable grocery bags – Using reusable grocery bags cut down on the amount of plastic grocery bags that end up in landfills. Most grocery stores sell reusable grocery bags for around a $1 each. These bags vary from extremely cheap to well-built and durable, so choose wisely. When I first started using reusable grocery bags, I would always forget them. Now, I keep them in my van on the floor of the passenger side front seat. This way, I see them often, and they are easy for me to grab as I get out of the car to enter the store. Added bonus: Many stores give you cents off your purchase per reusable bag you use!
3. Use recyclables for craft supplies – The kids and I do craft projects all the time, and we often use items right out of our recycle bin! Make zoo animals from cardboard, or recycle the pages from an old book into a home décor project. There are tons of great “upcycle” ideas online for refurbishing old or broken items into trendy new craft projects.
4. Buy recycled – When you’re on the hunt for a new purchase, choose an item that’s made from recycled materials. This includes toys and craft kits. ALEX’s Eco Crafts kit is a perfect example. Filled with recycled craft supplies like craft sticks, wooden buttons, pencils and paperboard with soy inks, this kit contains everything you need to make 20 Earth-friendly crafts. It’s’ a fun, eco-friendly way to be creative and teach the kids the importance of going green!
5. Don’t use plastic water bottles – I know it’s convenient, but using plastic water bottles isn’t eco-friendly. Purchase each member of your family their own reusable water bottle. Not only will you reduce the number of plastic water bottles that get thrown in the trash, but you will save money as well!
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. These three words can be applied to everything from electricity to even food (think compost pile).
Utilizing this motto for your family is easier than you think and many times saves money.
Start small, and before you know it, you’ll be the “greenest” family on the block.