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How to Teach Your Kids to Go Green at a Young Age

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With the consumption of natural resources at an all-time high threatening to cause serious problems for our planet and way of life, it is important for everyone to start looking at their own lives and identifying ways to make more environmentally-friendly choices.

However, to ensure that our commitment to environmentalism extends well into the future, we need to start educating the youngest members of our community about how to make healthy, eco-conscious choices that will benefit both them and the environment for years to come. Although it may sound like a daunting task, teaching your kids how to live a greener life is simple. Start with these tips and you will be reducing your consumption and making the planet healthier, one small step at a time:

Turn old materials into art: teaching your kids the importance of recycling and reusing materials by turning things that would otherwise become trash into treasure. Old cardboard boxes, baby food jars, and even old clothing can be repurposed into creative treasure by incorporating them into art projects with your little ones. For glass, plastic, paper, and metal that does not make the cut, make sure your kiddos know how to properly separate and recycle those items so that they can be reused down the line.

Plant a garden: eating local food is one of the easiest ways to go green, cutting out the fuel used to ship food from across the country or world, diminishing the use of excess packaging, and reducing the need for refrigerated trucks of preservatives in what you eat. However, this trend can be a pricey one to follow to a T – unless you plant your own garden, that is. If you have a yard you can create a great garden using raised beds, or, if you’re working with a limited amount of space, you can always use small planters to grow herbs, tomatoes, and other indoor-friendly plants. When you are done, compost your scraps and you can create the perfect soil to keep your garden healthy and growing all year long.

Use reusable bags at the store: make your kids feel grown up and have them help out by providing them reusable bags to use at the supermarket. Not only does using your own bag limit overconsumption (you can only bring back as much as you can carry, after all), it also helps you significantly limit your use of less-than-environmentally-friendly plastic bags.

Bring a water bottle: plastic water bottles are one of the biggest contributors to our ever-growing landfills, but you can help your kids stop this cycle by providing them a reusable water bottle. Every time you do, you keep another bottle out of our landfills and save yourself money at the same time. Now that is a major win-win.

Turn off the lights: starting at a young age, your kids can help you go green with one simple task – turning off the lights. Get your kids in the habit of flipping the switch when they leave room and you’ll cut your whole family’s energy consumption in no time.

Small changes starting at home can help make our planet healthier and make our resources more sustainable. Starting your kids off on the right foot when it comes to greener living at home may seem like a small change, but it can make all the difference in the world.

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