How To Teach Your Kiddos To ‘Go Green’

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These days, ‘going green’ is more popular than ever, and for good reason. With more attention being brought to the state of our planet, we are quickly learning that we have more of an impact on Mother Earth than we may have thought. While you’ve surely jumped on board with recycling, are being more eco-conscious when it comes to your purchases, and have maybe even tried your hand at composting, there is still more that can be done. One of the best ways to help out the planet for future generations is to teach our kids the importance of being sustainable and adopting greener practices.

In today’s society, there are tons of wonderful – and fun – ways that you can go green and involve the whole family, at the same time. Going green has not only become easier, but much more economically feasible. This is why it is important that, just like with any other habit, you start your kids young. It is no secret that children are our future, so why not do them and the rest of the world a favor by helping them go green as soon as possible. From buying them eco-friendly toys to providing them with a bath and skincare regime that uses natural and organic products, there are tons of ways you can instill the importance of sustainability right from the get-go.

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Image courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt.

Here are a few other ways you can help your kiddos become more eco-conscious and aware:

  • Set an Example. One of the most important things you can do to help your child understand the importance of making greener and more sustainable choices is to set an example. As one of the main influencers in your child’s life, it is on your shoulders to show your children just how important – and easy – resource conservation, green initiatives and practices are.
  • Provide Them With Green Toys. As briefly mentioned above, there are tons of green toys on the market today that are not only better for the environment, but your child’s health. From this dump truck made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk jugs to an indoor gardening kit made from advanced environmentally-friendly materials, you will find that there are tons of great options out there when it comes to finding toys for your kiddos.
  • Shop Green. There is no question about it – times of certainly changed. When it comes to shopping for clothes for your kids, this couldn’t be more true. Nowadays, there are many wonderful companies out there that are manufacturing sustainable, eco-friendly, organic and affordable clothes – for your kids. It is becoming increasingly more affordable to shop local and green, a trend which we see no sign of slowing down.
  • Engage Them. Children are curious beings and love to be entertained in ways that only enhance this curiosity. In order to help grow their interests when it comes to sustainability and the planet, take them on field trips where they can dive in and engage in green hands-on activities.

We hope this gives you a good place to start when it comes to teaching your children how to go green. Be sure and check out the Earth911 store for more great green gadgets and items to aid in your efforts to be more sustainable, in all aspects of your life.

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