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Published on Sunday, March 1, 2015 by

GoingGreenWays240Talk about it with Your Family
Discuss with everyone as to why it is important to make an effort to go green and what impact it will have on the environment and on the family. Gather everyone’s suggestions for things the family can do to go green and plan how to take action each month.


Use Green Products
Regular household cleaners usually contain many harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment and bad for your family’s health. Make the switch to using green cleaning products or make your own.

Drive Less and Walk More
If your family is used to driving everywhere, even short distances, try to reduce your car use and walk, bike, or take public transportation. This will save on gas and lower your carbon emissions, plus get the family active.

Buy from Local Farmer’s Markets
Buying locally raised and organic foods, like meat, eggs, and fresh fruits and veggies, will support eco-friendly food practices and support your local grower. Many places now have farmer’s markets so check for one near you and look forward to eating delicious, healthy food.

Unplug Your Electronics
During weekends, for one whole day during the month, or even for a few hours a day or each week, designate technology-free times. Have your family turn off and unplug all electronic devices and appliances to conserve energy.

Grow Your own Garden
This is a fun activity for the family and can be very educational for your child. You don’t need a large backyard to plant a few fruits and vegetables. Grow a window box garden, which doesn’t take much time or energy to maintain. It’s also worth researching eco-friendly gardening practices like collecting rainwater for your plants.

Take Shorter Showers
Minimize water usage in the home by limiting your family’s shower time. You can even purchase a showerhead that automatically shuts off after a designated period of time or one that reduces water flow.

Teach Kids to Recycle
It’s easy to recycle at home and it can even be fun for kids to help out. Make sure to have different bins with labels or color codes so everyone knows to place their recyclables in the correct bin.

Use Cloth Diapers
Along with an organic swaddle, parents should try to cut down on waste by getting rid of disposable diapers and opting for cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are washable and reusable and better for baby’s skin. Bummis cloth diapers are made from healthy, soft organic cotton and are sustainably made in North America.

Use Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Regular light bulbs are inefficient and waste energy. New CFL light bulbs use 75% less energy and are longer lasting than traditional fluorescent light bulbs. It’s been reported that a household can save $30 over the course of every light bulb’s life when they use a CFL bulb.

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