Getting your kids on the path to greener living certainly isn’t easy. As our children are the future generation it’s crucial they’re taught the importance of being eco-friendly and are shown ways they can make a difference. Simply teaching them the basics of ‘being green’ and getting them involved in your daily habits will help them become much more environmentally aware as they grow older. Here’s some easy ways you can start getting your kids to go green.
How do I get started?
With any good habit, the key is being a good role model. By showing that you respect the environment, your kids will do the same. Encourage them with tasks such as finding new and innovative ways to limit waste, cut down on electricity and reuse items they already have. Make ‘being green’ a fun challenge and get the whole family involved. It’s also a great idea to show them how their individual efforts affect the world they live in and how little changes can make a big difference.
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Recycling is such a great place to start when it comes to encouraging your kids to be more environmentally friendly. Often, they’ll already have to practice recycling at school, so encouraging them to do the same at home won’t be too tricky. If you’re finding your kids are mindlessly throwing away recyclables, making the recycling bin system colourful and fun is a great idea. Have separate coloured boxes for plastic, glass, paper and cans and get your kids to make posters with specific recycling rules to stick on each one. For example, all cans should be rinsed out and all bottles shouldn’t have lids on. Keep encouraging them to use the bins and before long it will be second nature for the whole family!
Swap plastic for reusable
Swapping plastic throw-away items for reusable alternatives is a super easy way to help your kids be greener in their everyday life. Often plastic ends up in landfills or in the ocean, which is having a huge impact on our environment. Get your kids to say ‘no’ to plastic water bottles and instead ask them to choose a reusable one they can fill up each day. The same goes for plastic bags – make your children aware of how easy it is to carry a reusable tote bag. The younger you instil an eco conscious way of thinking, the more likely they are to continue to be ‘green’ as they get older.
Remind your kids to conserve energy whenever they can! Ask them to turn off lights, switch off computers and TV’s and avoid lingering by the fridge with the door open. Even though turning a light off may seem tedious and not very significant, it’s important to remind your children the huge impact it has.
If your kids are able to safely ride a bike or walk to school, rather than being driven in a car, then encourage it! Not only is it good for them, but each time they’re saving the planet from more pollution.
Pass it on
Ask your child to gather any unwanted toys, books and clothes they no longer want or use and donate them to charity. Doing this means these types of items are ‘recycled’ rather than thrown away into landfills.
Turn the tap off
Perhaps the easiest eco-friendly habit of them all- turning the tap off! Remind your kids to not let the water run whilst brushing their teeth and to run a whole sink of water, rather than washing each dish under a running tap.