You make the drive to the grocery store, mentally checking off the items you need (while occasionally stopping to remember a forgotten one) when Joey says he wants to be “eco-friendly”.
That’s a good idea, you think, but I just don’t have the time!
That’s okay! The wellbeing of our environment is vital, and even doing the little things you can can up to beneficial results.
Eco Laundry Hacks
Doing the laundry is always both an important and difficult task as a parent because there’s always something that needs to be washed. Running a few laundry loads a day can very quickly add up to a lot of wasted water (as well as lot of money for the water bill). It’s helpful to make it a rule not to run the washing machine until it gets full. It’ll save you money on water and electricity down the road so you can keep your hard-earned money in your pocket.
Another helpful idea is to buy a three-compartment laundry basket, and designate each space as either “clean”, “wearable” and “needs washing”. If your child wears a shirt for a couple minutes at a time, encourage them to drop the shirt in the “wearable” basket instead of “needs washing”. One less shirt that doesn’t need to be immediately washed!
Repurposing Jugs and Jars
One constant of being a parent is that after cooking dinner, there’ll always be some kind of jar or bottle that is just going to get thrown out. Of course you can recycle and reuse it, but instead of doing that, why not just upcycle it? You can rinse out that pasta jar and use it as a pencil jar for your child. You can also use it as a makeshift flowerpot to teach your child about growing and caring for flowers. Instead of throwing out an empty gallon, you can clean it out and cut it to make a neat scoop for cereal or dog food. Your kitchen is filled with possibilities for upcycling plastic and glass, so it won’t be hard to get as much as you can out of them.
Green Your Grocery Trips
It’s not hard to see that being a parent means some lengthy (and sometimes expensive) grocery trips. You can easily recycle those plastic bags by using them for trash can liners and dog-walk bags, but an even better idea is to do away with them entirely and use reusable shopping bags. They’re sturdier than plastic bags and have a longer lifespan, while being good for the environment. You can put your kids in charge of decorating them so that they’ll remind you to bring them into the store.
Being a parent constantly on the go can make you feel like there’s not much time for anything else, but even the smallest steps toward being more eco-friendly can make a huge difference in your home. They can even be a source of relaxation for you or family time with your children, so it works out to be a win-win!
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