Yay for Earth Day, an annual reminder to be good to Mother Earth so we all can benefit for generations to come. How do we do that? By ingraining eco-friendly habits in new generations. To help with that, here are some thoughts and facts geared toward families going green at home – any day.
1. challenge the kids to make a bubble wand from something in their recycling bin. They can test out the different wands to see what works. This shows kids how they CAN use recycled material for play. It stretches their imagination and creativity.
2. plant a seed in a recycled cup – like a yogurt cup
3. Paint a rock
4. Build a small canoe from recycled popsicle sticks
5. make a watering can from a milk jug
6. bowling with a ball and plastic bottles – water bottles or coffee creamers.
7. Stacking towers of Keurig cups
GREEN TIPS AND PRACTICES
1. cleaning products can contain harsh chemicals. Instead make your own. For homemade Windex, combine
1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop Laundry Detergent
Water – To Fill The Bottle
2. Each gallon of gas releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.Reduce fuel emissions by walking whenever possible. Think about places you could walk to instead of driving. Go a step further and map out places around you.
3. Every year Americans use about 100 billion plastic grocery bags. Say, “No!” to paper and plastic. Take reusable cloth bags to the grocery instead.
4. 80% of everything thrown away in the US could be recycled. Carefully sort your recyclables. Call a family meeting to discuss the things that can be recycled in your municipality.
5. An empty freezer requires more energy to freeze things than a packed one. You don’t need to freeze empty space, so buy in bulk and filler up! You could also store filled, reusable water bottles in your freezer.
7. By switching to reusable cloth napkins, more than a billion lbs. of paper napkins could be saved from landfills each year. This is also a fun project where kids can use fabric paint to create their custom napkin – maybe even add earth-friendly messages.