I had a friend once say to me that “its not what we say, its what we do,” with respect to raising children. Of course, that all sounds good, but do you ever have a moment when you want to instruct your kids, “do what I say, not as I do”?
Some of our most effective communication comes indirectly. Our actions speak louder than our words. That’s why its important to set a good green example for your kids. Fortunately, its easy to do!
At our home, we always are looking for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
When we shop at the grocery store, I explain to my kids why we purchase organic produce and meats. We also compare and contrast packaging and look for items that not only can be recycled, but also have the least amount of cardboard or plastic.
Instead of purchasing bottled water, our family uses BPA-free reusable containers to tote fresh, clean tap water or other beverages.
Throwing things away just isn’t in our vocabulary. Clothes that we have outgrown either go to friends or family or the Goodwill! Just about any consumer-based goods can be put into our single-stream recycling bin. From glass to newspaper to cardboard and more, we all rest a bit easier knowing that our waste is kept from landfills. This summer, we’ve even started our own compost bin. Let’s put decomposition to work for a better garden!
My youngest son is super excited about garage sales. And, quite frankly, if we are not re-selling items that our family has outgrown, why not scour second-hand sites for replacement items for growing children? From bicycle helmets to baseball gloves, handing things down is a great way to both go green and save money.
I am very excited about this next generation growing up with a good green example of how to live comfortably without spending unnecessary money and using up resources. Perhaps those of us who came of age in the 70s and 80s can learn something from today’s kids.
No need to waste resources or energy to produce new goods when there are plenty of items that can be re-purposed today. Plus, growing organic and conserving resources with re-usable canvas bags is more the norm these days rather than the exception.
I’m sure my own mother is wishing it was easier to set a good green example for us when I was growing up!