Taking care of the planet, and teaching our children to do the same, is a responsibility we have as parents. With minimal effort, we can all learn to be better inhabitants of Earth.
There are plenty of books, websites, and other resources available to help us on our mission to a more sustainable life, but sifting through the plethora of tips and information, to find simple ideas that are feasible for busy families, can be quite a challenge.
Here are 8 simple and effective things your family can do today, to be greener, more globally responsible citizens.
By simply opting to receive your monthly bills digitally, you can do your part to save millions of trees each year.
Create a more energy efficient home
Spend a few hours completing small tasks around the house, such as sealing windows and doors to make them airtight, updating light bulbs to LED for more efficient lighting throughout your home, installing low flow shower heads to help conserve water, and exploring solar energy options to cut your monthly costs while simultaneously reducing your family’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Become a more savvy shopper
Changing the way you shop for everything from groceries to household items can not only benefit the environment, but also cause less strain on your budget. Learn more about waste-free grocery shopping and DIY household products to find useful tips your family can use on your journey to more sustainable living.
Plant a tree
Whether in your own backyard, or through the U.S. Forest Service Plant-A-Tree Program, planting a tree is a simple act that can have a lasting positive impact on the environment.
Depending on where you live, one easy way families can be more eco-friendly, is to simply drive less. Choose to walk or bike whenever possible, or use public transportation such as buses or trains. If you’re in a rural area, or aren’t interested in giving up the convenience of driving, consider small changes, such as buying a more economical vehicle, carpooling to work, and condensing weekly errands into one trip.
Seek reusable options
Stop the endless cycle of creating excess waste, by switching to reusable alternatives for items you use everyday. There are countless sustainable options for water bottles, diapers, lunch boxes, shopping bags, and so much more.
We all have food waste. Instead of just tossing it in the trash, you can turn leftover food scraps into nourishment for your garden. Research how to compost, and get the whole family involved in the environmentally-friendly process.
Purchase high-quality products that will last longer, buy secondhand clothing and furniture when possible, and teach children to be less materialistic overall. Avoid the consumerism trap, that tends to make us feel like we need more things, and instead, focus on making intentional purchasing decisions that best suit your family.
How does your family strive to be more environmentally conscious? Feel free to share your tips in the comments below.