sustainable living and kids

One of the biggest challenges we face today is ensuring that we lead sustainable lives. In order to protect the future of our planet, it’s imperative that we educate our children on how to make eco-friendly choices. Habits are easier to form when minds are fresh and impressionable, so why not make use of that and start to instill good habits in our children from as early on as possible?

Here are four ways to make sustainable living fun to learn for your kids.

1. Reduce the use of plastics

Plastic waste has been a trending topic lately. While it’s an important material for our economy, plastic can take thousands of years to biodegrade. Not to mention, it takes up valuable space in landfills and has had a significant impact on our natural environment and oceans.

Recently there has been an emphasis on reducing and gradually stopping the use of one-time plastics, particularly plastic straws. Many companies are starting to shift away from using plastic straws, including Starbucks who recently announced a plan to ban plastic straws from all of their stores globally in less than 2 years.

With Summer right around the corner, use this time to come up with innovative alternatives to plastic straws with your children. Experiment with various eco-friendly materials and make your own unique straws right at home. If you’re not into DIY projects, consider purchasing reusable eco-friendly straws and explaining the benefits to your children. There are a variety of other fun, eco-friendly alternatives like cookie straws as well that your kids will love!

2. Encourage secondhand shopping

Globally 80% of textiles are lost to landfills or incineration. Shopping secondhand is a great way to extend the life of clothing and prevent or delay them from ending up in landfills. If someone else has given up on a piece of clothing, it’s your chance to bring it back to life and add your own unique style to the piece. By shopping secondhand, you’re sending a message to the fast fashion brands that you support slower style production and consumption.

Spend time educating your children on the manufacturing process of textiles and how it can impact our planet and encourage them to shop secondhand. Online consignment stores like thredUP are a great way to shop your favorite brands for less. They offer a diverse selection of clothes from brands like Lularoe which is perfect for both moms and little girls!

3. Introduce composting

As a parent, we all know that anything that is presented to our children as fun is always exciting. This approach can be used when teaching your children about composting. Rather than referring to composting as recycled waste, introduce it to your children as food for plants. This will resonate better with your children and they will feel proud to participate in something that is feeding the Earth! If you’re new to composting check out this informative article to learn how to start.

4. Encourage them to pick up after themselves

Whether it’s after playtime or dinner time, children should be encouraged and taught how to tidy up after themselves. After each meal, encourage your child to rinse their plate before leaving it in the sink as more water is required to rinse off tough stains. You can also encourage recycling by having separate bins for your garbage and recyclable items. There are so many common items that are thrown into the trash that can be recycled and reused instead of leaving them to fill up landfills. Practice recycling with your children and inform them of the benefits of recycling your household trash. You can purchase items made from recycled goods like these recycled denim pencils to show your children just how rewarding recycling can be and how the process works!