Each day, we are reminded of the importance of taking better care of the planet. For example, you may have noticed that your work has decided to go paperless instead of printing hundreds of documents every single day in order to conserve our forests. However, while large-scale change is necessary to better care for the planet, there are also certain steps you can take closer to home to play your part.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to be a greener family.
- Teach your children to recycle. Recycling is now easier than ever, as we often are issued recycling bins for our homes. However, even adults make the occasional mistake when it comes to knowing exactly what can (and cannot) go in the recycling – meaning it’s even harder for children to do so. Thankfully, there are plenty of great ways to teach your kids about recyclin
- Switch to green energy. One of the easiest ways in which you can make your home more eco-friendly is by switching to a renewable energy source. For example, you could install a solar roof in your home to harness solar energy. Not only is this much better for the planet, but it’s also a great way to reduce your overall energy bills.
- Say no to fast fashion. Children grow impossibly quickly – which also means that you find yourself buying clothes more often than you think. As a result, it’s important that you adopt sustainable shopping habits where possible by avoiding fast fashion brands. For example, you could invest in eco-friendly organic children’s clothing. Furthemore, when it’s to purchase new clothes, be sure to donate anything they no longer wear to a local charity. You could also save money (and the planet) by purchasing second hand.
- Use eco-friendly wrapping paper. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s important that you find as many ways as possible to make the festive period as eco-friendly as possible. For example, you could purchase eco-friendly wrapping paper made from recycled materials to combat the amount of wrapping paper that is thrown away each year.
- Start walking more often. Walking more often (instead of using your car) is not only a great way to do your part in protecting the environment, but it also gives you the chance to spend more quality time together as a family and up your fitness levels. While this doesn’t mean you need to be prepared to walk everywhere, you should try to cut down your car usage where possible. For example, you could walk to the local corner shop as opposed to driving there.
- Grow your own fruits and vegetables. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is another great way in which you can begin to adapt to a greener lifestyle. This is because you’ll no longer need to purchase as many products from the supermarket, which use excessive packaging and must be transported to the store before sale. It’s also a great way to teach your kids valuable skills.