It was forty years ago when the first Earth Day was celebrated, and today it has remained a time to join together and stand up for our planet! Getting your kids involved in helping the environment is not only good for the planet—it’s also good for your family’s health. Talk to your kids about recycling, source reduction, and other simple ways to help battle the issues affecting our planet today.
To get your family started, here are a few, easy tips:
- Avoid waste by letting your child pick out a favorite lunch box and thermos to reuse every day at school.
- Turn off the tap! Turning off the water while you brush your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals to 240 gallons a month.
- Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
- Save energy (and money!) by replacing incandescent bulbs in your home with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).
- Walk more. If possible, walk your child to school or to after school activities.
- Set up a recycling center in your home. Have your child decorate labels for separate bins for glass, plastics and paper.
- Plant a garden with your child. Whether inside or outside, plants clean the air.
- Turn used tires (not steel-belted) into children’s swings or other playground equipment.
- Turn a giant cardboard box into a child’s playhouse.
- Transform a plastic ice cream tub into a flower pot.
Let us know what green or waste-free ideas your family is doing to protect our environment!