10 Ways To Involve Kids In Eco-friendly Habit Building
If you think getting yourself to commit to eco-friendly living is tricky, try it with a family. Not only is there a lot for you to learn about this new lifestyle but you also have to help and train your household with it too. It’s a coin toss on whether or not they’ll agree to go along with your plan and you can bet you’ll have your hands full reinforcing all of the changes.
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Try Out These 10 Ways to Involve Kids in Eco-Friendly Habit Building
Let them be the boss
The only thing kids love more than being independent is being in charge, so let them! Teach them about the importance of conserving water and electricity then make it their job to police the taps and light switches.
Understand the 5 Rs
Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot - in that order. Structure, routines, and patterns are what make the world go round when you’re young. Be consistent and teach your children to go through the list to see how early they can stop in their use of an item.
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Not only will you be able to learn about nature alongside your kids but being outside opens the door to new, eco-forward habits like gardening, the importance of water for all living things, and compost.
Ditch the packaging
Make a game of creating the least wasteful lunches or picking out the groceries with the least packaging. This can apply to toys, clothes, and experiences as well. Have an eco-friendly reward for the winner (Hint: everyone wins when we choose to go green).
Make a fashion statement
Thrifting for your outfits is one of the best ways to upcycle used clothes. Did you know that clothing is one of the highest waste items in the landfill? Let your kids create their own style by shopping at used clothing stores and putting together unique statement pieces. Teach them about the gift of giving by donating any of their unwanted used items to the pool of treasures found at these stores.
Shopping in style
Upcycled, reusable shopping bags are not only a great step toward establishing great eco forward habits but they’re also way more stylish than their plastic alternative. Letting the kids choose their favourite pattern for your groceries is a fun way to include them in the chore - they may even help carry them into the house!
Eating out doesn’t have to include all of the waste we have come to expect. Keeping a labelled, personalized pouch of reusable, environmentally friendly eating utensils (fork, knife, spoon, straw, cloth napkin) will make your take out experience top class. The kids get their own set and can even decorate the bag.
Get some fresh air
If you have an outing planned and it’s not too far away, why not take a walk or bike ride instead of the car? Kids love the outdoors and relish the idea of an adventure to get to where you’re going. If the trip is a bit farther than a walk permits, try adding a bit of flare to your trip by taking transit - kids love the thrill of a good bus ride!
Celebrate in style
When hosting parties and celebrations for your kids, opt out of the stereotypical rubber or metallic balloons and choose to decorate organically instead. There’s something magical about adding a touch of the outdoors to the inside of your home. If you still want the colours of traditional decorations, choose recycled, easily compostable papers and make crafts with the little ones in the days leading up to the big event.
Are the kids still struggling to pick up on these eco-forward habits? Take a page out of the veggie-refuser club and add environmentalism in plain sight: swap out your incandescent light bulbs for eco-alternatives, install a programmable thermostat, and exchange your faucets and showerheads for water-saving options.
In the end your little ones will embody the values, decisions, and behaviours that you show them - monkey see, monkey do. So, even if they’re not entirely convinced to begin with, they will eventually learn from watching their lead role model and decision maker. The more you model and teach the importance of preserving our Mother Earth, the more those values will be ingrained in the decisions your little leaders will make everyday moving forward. They are our future. Let’s set them up for success.