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5 Easy Ways for You to Go Eco with Your Kids
Easy-to-learn going “green” family lessons
-Mary Beth Sammons
Planting a tree or driving hybrids are common practices in most eco-friendly households. Now, more and more parents who want to teach their kids that their daily habits can impact future living conditions are finding even more creative ways to rouse their kid’s eco-consciousness.
And going green can be a fun family affair, says author Helen Coronato in her new book, Eco-Friendly Families (to be released in August 2008, $15.95.) Click here to pre-order on Amazon.
For even the most motivated environmentally sensitive parent, it’s not always easy to motivate your kids to turn off the TV and embrace a new low-flow showerhead. Here are five tips for an eco-savvier family:
1. Reduce waste. Encourage your tweens and teens to practice “precycling” by purchasing beauty products that use recycled or minimal packaging.
2. Be energy-conscious. Turn off the computer when you’re texting. And, for that matter, the lights, TV and thermostat when you leave a room or the house.
3. Create green giveaways. Encourage a younger child to “help animals,” as you gather old towels and donate them to an animal shelter for use as bedding.
4. Stage treasure hunts. Take the kids to the grocery store and encourage them to stage a “treasure hunt” for best bulk buys.
5. Party, party. Hold a family eco-event, gathering sneakers that can be donated to build sports surfaces, like playgrounds and basketball courts.