If I’m to be perfectly honest the words “go green” or “green” make me want to roll my eyes. Not because I do not think it is important to care for our planet, to respect it, and to do things to preserve our natural resources but because I think it has become trendy to want to do so. Which I suppose is a good thing if we should all be cool about something I certainly think it should be about being responsible citizens of our planet.
I think it is important to teach my children a healthy respect for our planet. Which is why I love hearing my son say things like “Mommy we recycle to help keep the Earth healthy.” Or when I tell him to turn off the lights when he leaves a room and he replies “Oops, I forgot to help keep the earth healthy!”
I wanted to do something to mark this Earth Day, and to do something that might help our environment just a little bit as well as find something that can be a lesson for my little guy. I thought and thought about a great way to teach him about our planet and how we can do things to help. Here’s what I came up with:
This weekend we’re going (weather permitting) to turn my son’s sandbox into a vegetable garden. He doesn’t use his sandbox and I thought it would be a great way to re-purpose it.
We’re also going to go out this afternoon and plant some seeds that will grow into wild flowers. I think it will be a good lesson for him to watch how things grow first hand. What I really wanted to do was plant a new tree in our back yard but we haven’t had much luck with the trees we’ve planted here so I’m not sure if that will happen.
I’ve also purchased a few canvas bags to use instead of the plastic grocery store kind. I had a few around the house but always seem to forget them at home. Last week I found these cute ones at the Gap that say 0% Plastic for $2, and decided that will be my new Earth Day activity. As a kid every Earth Day my mom would get us together and decide on a project. Cleaning up our bay, recycling, etc. so I plan on carrying out that tradition with my own children. I think it will be great to have my son help me to remember my earth friendly bags while instilling in him the lessons I feel important about conservation and responsibility. Although when I go to Target I will purposely forget them in the car (I love the Target bags – they fit perfectly into my small trash cans.)
Want to Go Green but don’t know how?
Here are some easy steps I found (by Googling of course!)
1. Support local farmers. You can find farmers nationwide at localharvest.org, sustainabletable.org,
2. Change A Light Bulb – Use a compact florescent bulb (CFL) these bulbs convert most of the energy they use into light instead of heat, which is good for the planet and your wallet.
3. Don’t run your washer or dishwasher half full. Wait to you have a full load.
4. Adjust the temperature of your refrigerators and freezers. Fridge to 37 degrees and Freezer to 0 degrees maximize their efficiency and save you money!
5. Don’t throw away what can be re-used. Donate to charity or use websites like freecycle.org or earth911.com to recycle.
6. Tote your own grocery bag.
7. Skip the bottled war and use your own water bottle.
8. Take any unnecessary items out of your car’s trunk. The extra weight lowers your gas mileage.
9. Unplug your electronic devices when not in use. (This one is very easy to do, but hard to remember.)
10. Don’t let your car idle. Turn it off when waiting in parking lots.
Guest post written by Nicole Olea from the Pretty Pink Chandelier