As a parent, when you start on the green living journey, you automatically help set an example for your kids. As you implement some small changes in your home, you can share some easy tips with your kids that will help them create less waste on an everyday basis.
Green living is just another way of living your daily life, maybe in a little different and conscious way. So here are some really easy tips you can explain to your kids, that will show them why you want them to do something in a certain way and how it will help our environment (believe me, kids are really concerned about the environment, we just have to give them a start).
Try These 5 Tips That Can Help Your Kids Reduce Waste On A Daily Basis
1. Refuse – That’s one of the easiest mantras you can teach your kids when it comes to living green. Use the ‘refuse’ concept in different areas, such as refuse to buy new toys each month, and instead encourage your kids to play with those toys and games that they haven’t tried in a while. To make it easier, remove some toys from their reach and keep it separately. Once your kids tire of playing with what they have, remove them and hand them the ones you had kept away earlier. Try this circle for a few months before buying more. Many residential areas have toy clubs where you can rent toys and even donate your kids’ old toys. Go through all the clothes before buying new ones. Make a proper inventory of things before picking up more. The idea is to ‘refuse’ buying more and use what your kids already have.
2. ReUse – You can never stress on the importance of reusing things. Most Indian homes follow the classic reuse model of handing down clothes and other things from the elder child to the younger sibling. It’s a great way to reuse old things that have been bought with love and care and that have an emotional connect. Not only will it save you money, but will also prevent buying and accumulating products. In everyday use, show your kids fun ways to reuse products such as plastic bottles, old mason jars, old smartphones and even old toys and old clothes. It’s a fun way to try out some interesting art and craft projects and make new things out of old.
3. Reduce – Teach your kids to reduce waste in daily habits. A great way to start the same with school-going kids is to help them carry no-waste lunches that will effectively help to reduce waste. Depending on how much they eat, give them food that you know they will be able to finish in the allotted time. For stationery waste, ask them to take good care of their pencils, colouring supplies and such, so that they can increase its life. Also, teach your kids to use paper with responsibility, and not waste it. For instance, instead of buying new paper to make crafts at home, try using old newspapers and colour them at home in desired colours.
4. Save – Help your kids save water and electricity by turning off the tap while brushing and washing the face, and going for a bucket bath instead of a shower. Teach your kids to switch off the light and fan each time they leave a room. If the weather permits, let them keep the windows open to let in more air and use less fans and ACs. Also, encourage more outdoor time instead of spending time in front of screens and gadgets, which will not only help to improve your kids’ health and build immunity, but also reduce your electricity bills!
5. Use Lesser Vehicles – Encourage your kids to learn and start cycling, and once they are good at it, maybe they could even start cycling to school! Of course you will have to first make sure that it is safe, and if you think the roads are safe for your kids to cycle, maybe you too could cycle along and join in. Alternatively, encourage your kids to use the cycle or walk shorter distances instead of always taking out the family car. Each weekend, you could also try out a cycling trip or maybe take them on a long morning walk to grab some delicious breakfast and give the car a miss. The idea here is to use lesser vehicles and create lesser emissions.
I’ve been trying to incorporate these with my kids at home, and trust me, a lot of it does work. They are soon to be 3 and 9, but even at this young age, kids are perfectly capable of understanding when you give them the logic. Try it out, and if you have more tips do share them with us. I’ll use it for my two girlies and share it with our readers too 🙂
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