3 Tips for Raising a More Eco-Friendly Family
When you’re a parent, environmental responsibility goes beyond your own actions. If everyone is going to do their part to take care of their planet, it’s your job to teach your kids what that means and how they can help.
Fortunately, being environmentally friendly has no age limit. There are plenty of ways you and your kids can help make the world around you a cleaner, nicer, and safer place. Here are three tips for raising a more eco-friendly family!
How To Raise A More Eco-Friendly Family
Encourage a Love for the Outdoors
The first step to teaching your kids environmental responsibility is showing them why it matters. The more your kids appreciate the wonderful planet they live on, the more they’ll want to protect it. Exploring local parks or hiking trails, visiting nature reserves, or even hanging out in your own backyard is a great way to enjoy spending time outside together.
Take on outdoor projects with your kids such as planting trees, starting a garden, or keeping birdhouses. Teach your kids not to litter or otherwise harm the environments they come across. These habits will all grow into a love of nature that will help your kids become compassionate, environmentally friendly adults.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Recycling is one of the first things we learn about taking care of the planet—and for a good reason. This is a relatively easy and convenient way to reduce waste and take care of the world around your community. Make recycling a habit in your household. Read up on your local laws about recycling more complicated plastics and other materials.
Check the labels on products in your home to see what you can and can’t recycle. Learn how to recycle deodorant containers, old tires, glass products, and other materials that might take a little more effort. Even if you can’t throw something in the recycling bin, you might be able to drop it off at a specific location.
Find Ways to Get Involved
One of the best tips for raising a more eco-friendly family is to take on new challenges together. There are many ways you and your kids can get involved in your community. Join different fundraisers, send letters to your local officials, or volunteer for efforts like park clean-ups or tree planting days.
When you take action together, you teach your kids that there are tangible ways to make a difference in their community and the world at large. Bonus! Using eco-friendly and clean products at home such as household cleaners, laundry detergent, and personal care products are to only better for the planet, but much safer for you too!
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