The choices we make today will have an affect on our tomorrow.
Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to share with my children the importance of taking care of the Earth. I want them to understand that if we don’t take care of it, in time, we won’t be able to enjoy it.
Before I get into my post, I want to share a short video with you on the different ways we are making a change in our “Everyday Effect.”
As you can see, we’ve made a few changes.
First, I have switched Carly over to cloth diapers. This will greatly reduce the number of diapers we’re sending off to a landfill. And, I’ve got the whole family involved. It might be as simple as helping me toss the dirty diapers into the washing machine, helping me fold the diapers and put them away, or even having Gage help me by tossing the dryer balls into the dryer for me. Each step is a chance to open up and talk with the kids about the importance of reducing waste.
Another idea we had was to take those leftover plastic grocery bags from our local store and turn them into gifts for other people. So far, we’ve only made bracelets, but we’ve made lots of them. Lucy loves making them for her friends… and of course, her MawMaw. It’s a fun, easy way to turn something as useless as a plastic bag into a gift for someone else. It’s teaching my children that you don’t have to be rich to give someone a gift. Sometimes even the simplest things can brighten someone’s day.
Hubby and I really wanted to get the kids excited about the environment, so we took them on a hike yesterday. We went up to the top of Brasstown Bald Mountain. Let me tell you, that is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. We talked about the different types of trees and plants, and how they feed the animals that live on the mountain. At the top of the mountain, there’s this awesome little museum that tells you all about the history of the land, the different types of vegetation, the different animals you can find in the woods, and so much more. They even have an entire wall dedicated to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling! It made it fun for the kids to see how something as simple as a plastic milk jug can be recycled and made into something like carpet.
After we walked through the museum, we went up to the highest lookout spot and took in all that we could see. Coming back down the mountain, the conversation was completely different than it had been on the way up. It had all become much more real to them. And when Jace found a plastic water bottle someone had tossed into the woods, he carried it all the way back down the mountain and found a recycling can to put it in. I didn’t have to tell him to do that, he did it all on his own. I was so proud! It was all starting to sink in!
Our children are listening, and it’s so important that we as parents teach them from the time when they are little to reduce waste and take care of this beautiful earth.
There are other steps we are taking, too. We only buy super concentrated dishwashing liquid, (Dawn Power Clean is my favorite!), we wash most of our laundry in cold water, and the new refrigerator we just bought is very energy efficient. These are just simple little things that we can do every day to help make our impact on Earth a little better.
I’d love to hear the steps your family is taking to reduce waste and better our environment. Share them with me in the comments below!
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