Teaching your children about environmentally friendly practices can be a rewarding experience. By learning all about the environment and their part in it, they may learn a sense of responsibility and pride for how they treat their surroundings. Not only can "going green" have an emotional benefit, but it can also help your wallet as well.
Here are some quick ideas for going green:
Recycle: This is the most basic step for being environmentally friendly. You can buy reusable water bottles and a water filter that attaches to your sink. Teach your kids about the recycling symbol, what it means, and how to properly dispose of the products they use. Contact your local city for more information about the recycling practices available for your home.
Start a vegetable garden: Your children can learn about fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating habits while being entranced by the process of making their own food. Teach them about the health benefits of each vegetable you grow. If you keep at it continually, you may even save money in the long run!
Use reusable bags: Grocery and even clothing stores today are starting to have reusable bags you can purchase (usually located at the checkout aisles) for use in their respective stores. These bags are cheap and can help keep your environmental impact small. You can teach your children about the potential dangers associated with plastic bags and even let them pick out a reusable bag with a cute design. Make them in charge of the reusable bag each time you go to the store and reward them after a certain number of successful trips.
Carpool: Get together with some of the parents from your children's school and start a carpool. Alternate driving days between the adults and teach your children about how this one action benefits the environment. You can do this for regular school days, sporting events, parties, or any other kind of activity. The children will enjoy being with friends and it can save you money as well!
Becoming more conscious of your impact on the environment can be both emotionally and financially satisfying. By teaching your children about the importance of recycling at an early age, they may be able to pass along their wisdom to their children when they grow up. After all, we are leaving our world behind in the hands of our children, so why not leave it a better place?