In recognition of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, check out these easy tips that you and your family can do to help protect our environment.
- Eliminate packaging – One way to eliminate the amount of packaging we use, is to buy necessities in bulk. If it’s something you use a lot, it’s worth it to buy a larger size or multi-pack. Bring your own reusable bags or containers to stores too, and skip packaging all together.
- Pack a waste-free lunch – Include sandwiches in reusable containers, whole fruits without packaging, and drinks in containers that can be reused. When possible, don’t include: individually wrapped snacks; plastic baggies that are not reusable; disposable forks and spoons; and straws.
- Buy Eco-Friendly School Supplies – Many chain stores carry “green” school supplies, including recycled notebooks, pencils, backpacks and more!
- Easy recycling – Make it easy for your family to go green by designating different bins for glass, metal, paper and plastic. Have your kids draw fun pictures or signs of the recyclable categories to label each bin.
- Improve the Outdoors –When visiting a beach, park or any outdoor space, be sure to deposit your trash in trash bins. Go the extra mile and participate in a cleanup day at a local beach with your kids.
- Use Less Water – When using a dishwasher, scrape plates instead of pre-rinsing, use energy-saving options when you can, and only wash full loads. If you wash your dishes by hand, try to assess ways you can cut back. Keep in mind that faucets use about 2 gallons per minute. Teach your kids about the importance of saving water, and how they can help – this includes using less water in the shower or when brushing.
- Change your light bulbs – Replace any incandescent light bulbs in your home with fluorescent CFL bulbs. You can save a good chunk on your electricity bill!
Do you have any green tips? Leave us a comment and share what your family is doing to help the planet!