With the environment currently in the state that it’s in, we all need to put in the work to make it better. In everything we do, there’s a chance to be more green about it and therefore live more sustainably. If you have an adult child, you can encourage them to be more sustainable using the methods below.

Encourage Them to Drink Less

Alcohol leaves a surprisingly large footprint on the environment in its production, so drinking it fuels this unsustainable market. Let your adult child know about this, and also remind them about the legal implications of drinking. According to statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.8% of the over 26 million licensed drivers in California admit to driving after they have had too much to drink. This is a section of the population that can put a large number of fellow road users at risk. Helping your adult child avoid becoming one of them will go some way towards making the environment a better place.

Remind Them to Recycle

We’ve all been told that we need to recycle and reuse, but it makes a difference to be reminded about it and be presented with opportunities to do it. You could come up with a routine that allows you to involve your adult child in recycling in one way or another. Once they develop this habit, it will become like second nature to them and they will be likely to do it even when they’re on their own. The fact that you will show them what to do and also do it with them will make it easier for them to get involved and keep it up for the rest of their lives.

Expose Them to Sustainable Cosmetics

If your adult child uses cosmetics to any level, you could do some research with them to find vegan alternatives. According to Statista, the market for vegan cosmetics around the world is expected to grow at a rate of 6.3% each year to reach $20.8 billion by the year 2025. This means that right now, there are many vegan cosmetic options available on the market, of which you can take advantage. Once they’re aware of their existence, they might prefer them over regular cosmetics and start using them exclusively. They will also stay informed about developments in this market and therefore try out new things that are availed, and you will have succeeded in one aspect of proper parenting.

Lead By Example

Your adult child is most likely watching what you do, so if you preach water and drink wine, you may have a hard time helping them become more sustainable. Become environmentally-friendly yourself and take steps to improve the environment whenever you have the chance. When they observe you doing this, it may be easier for them to do the same thing. You will form a great team that will remind each other to do the right thing at all times, and therefore, you can make a marked improvement in your own way.

Tell Them About Eco-Friendly Clothing Companies

Finally, let your adult child know about the existence of eco-friendly clothing companies, some of which may carry designs they like. Also, share with them any breakthroughs you hear about in the sustainable clothing market to keep them informed of the goings-on as they could develop an interest. They may join the 60% of millennials who say that they want to get into the habit of buying clothing that’s more sustainable. When more people have this mindset, it will be easier to have a noticeable impact on the environment.

Parenting doesn’t stop when your child grows up, but rather, it’s a lifelong process. If you can help your adult child become even better than they currently are, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give them a hand to do so.