Happy Earth Day!
Today is a day to remember how important it is to take care of our planet since, according to most recent history, there are no other planets suitable for life.
I consider myself to be a “semi-green” mama. I breastfed, made all my own baby food, use natural cleaners. I buy lots of organic foods and like to shop at the farmer’s market. I say “semi” because there are things I do that may not be considered the most “green”. I used disposable diapers, I use paper towels and don’t compost (but I’d like to!). To me, I think it’s all about balance. If everyone was “semi-green” then the world would be in much better shape. It’s all about being conscious and doing our share.
image from Disney
Have you ever seen Wall-e?? Well, if you haven’t you should! It’s one of the few movies that my kids LOVE, and I mean LOVE, that I don’t mind watching over and over. The premise of the movie is that the people of Earth trashed the planet so much that it became unsuitable for life so they had to build large space ships so the people could leave the planet while it would be cleaned up by little robots called Wall-e’s. 700 years later, now everyone is fat and lazy on the ship and eats all their food via straws. All plant life has been eradicated on Earth, but they still send robots, called EVE’s to search for life. The plot thickens when EVE and Wall-e meet and Wall-e has found a plant! I won’t give away the ending, just in case you want to be surprised. The moral of the story is: too much trash = a crappy Earth. Simple, right?
What about The Lorax? Amazing book and movie. Another simple “duh” lesson: take care of the Earth. One of the best quotes ever comes from The Lorax:
image from Dr. Seuss
Being green doesn’t have to be hard, by taking small steps we can all make the Earth a better and cleaner place for our children and our children’s children. Here are ten simple things you can do help make the world a happier place this Earth Day.
1. REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE! Don’t forget to put those blue barrels out every week. Teach your kids what goes in each barrel and why it does so.
2. Use reusable bags at the store. Not only are they cuter but lots of stores will give you a discount. If you forget your bags in the car, which I have done a number of times, then get paper NOT plastic. Paper biodegrades better and you can cut it up and have your kids draw on it.
3. Speaking of reusing…reuse plastic bread bags to pick up dog poop, use both sides of the paper, and reuse the glass food jars you are going to throw away for crafts or to store food in the fridge or freezer. Simple! Another good trick: tear up those old or stained baby blankets and use them as clothes to wipe down the table after meals; you’ll be reusing AND saving paper!
4. Buy nice water bottles for everyone in the fam and use filtered water, not plastic water bottles.
5. Wash your clothes on cold…works just as well, saves you money and saves the earth the electricity to heat the water.
6. Try and use natural cleaners and soaps when you can, they are better for the earth and for you! Even better, use some homemade cleaners with ingredients from your kitchen!
7. Have your kids rewear their pj’s and bathroom towels 2-3 times: less laundry, less water and less soap.
8. Save money, gas and spare the Earth some pollution by consolidating your trips out and get as many errands done when you can.
9. Teach your kids to turn off the water when they are brushing their teeth.
10. Turn off lights when you aren’t in the room and replace those lame out-dated light bulbs with those fancy curly ones.
Help get your kid’s involved too by reading or watching The Lorax and Wall-e with your kids and give them the knowledge of just how important it is to take care of our planet. We don’t want to live on a space ship and drink from a straw or have to buy our air. So make sure you are setting a good example for them and teaching them to do the same: reduce, reuse and recycle!
What are your favorite ways to be green? How do you get your kids involved?
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