There are very few people who care so much for nature at a young age. If you were raised by your parents to spend more time outdoors playing, instead of inside in front of the TV, consider yourself are lucky.
These days when young kids are being introduced to technology as early as possible, it can be a challenge to teach your kids to get more involved with nature. It may be difficult, especially if you admit that you do not have that eco-friendly passion, but it is never too late. In this article, you will get to know some of the top eco-friendly living tips that your family can use.
Recycling in Your Home
It all starts in your home. Use materials that will last for a long time such as wood. Also try recycling products like plastic bottles by making them as a decoration. For your home garbage, make sure to segregate those that can be used or not. If you do have a backyard, making a pit for biodegradable trash is better. By starting in your home, you and your family will be reminded that you are trying to help nature.
Shopping – Re-Purpose Plastic Bags
Plastics bags are often used to seal a purchase, but there are several towns that follow a “non-plastic purchases” wherein shoppers will be given a paper bag or will be required to bring their own shopping bags. This is a way to lessen the plastic usage, given the fact that plastic materials should not be reproduced. It also prevents the damage that plastic may cause when burned. So instead of complaining why you need to bring your own bags, think of how plastic prevention can save your planet first.
Growing your own Food
A little gardening will not only help you to save money but also in starting a healthy lifestyle. Isn’t it nice to pick the ingredients of your menu for today from your own home garden than drive to the supermarket back and forth especially to get potatoes? Aside from saving time, effort and fuel, you will get to eat fresh vegetables too. If putting up a small farm is not possible, then start choosing organic goods when doing grocery shopping rather than stocking on food preservatives.
Gently Used Clothing
While fashion statements do not last for a very long time, there is always a way to save the planet even if you keep purchasing the latest fashion trends. Hand me downs are always appreciated, especially if you have a huge family. This could also teach the younger ones that money is hard earned, so if they do not want hand me downs forever, they needed to start saving up at an early age. There are also up-scale consignment shops popping up in many neighborhoods, where you can buy high quality, but “gently used” clothing.
Transportation – Keeping the Streets Cleaner
Eco-friendly cars are now out on the market but they are quite expensive. If you own a car, go with the type of gas that does not produce too much smoke. Or better yet, ride a bicycle or take a walk. You are not required to do it every day, specially if you are running late for work, but walking and bicycling could also help you strengthen your body if you will do it once in a while.
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Here are a few more ideas to be more eco-friendly in your every day life.
- Choose refillable pens and tape dispensers.
- Resist the urge to choose price over quality – quality lasts much longer!
- Use the second side of envelopes for your grocery list.