We asked Chicago Parent readers what they do to teach their kids
to live in environmentally friendly ways. Below are their
I try to teach my kids that
it's even better to re-use than recycle. I send my daughter to
school each day with her lunch in packaging that is
washable/reusable. I show them how they can take old wrapping paper
and bows and use them for art supplies. It's all about thinking
We recycle everything we
can, we use our own shopping bags and I use
all the advertising papers that come to our house for our
We take short showers
instead of long, hot baths and we wait until we have a full
large load of laundry before running the washer. The same applies
for our dishwasher as well. With everyone helping out in our
family, we definitely have seen a decrease in our utility bills as
well as helping our environment. If everyone tries to do a little
something to go greener it can definitely go a long way.
My family and I save all of
the sleeves from the newspapers and use them to put dirty diapers
in instead of using plastic bags. We always use reusable bags at
the grocery store and no longer buy bottled water. I am also a
recycle freak!! There isn't anything I can't reuse to make the
perfect project for my daughter!
The family and I recycle by
reusing household products that would normally go into a landfill.
We use old peanut butter jars for knickknack holders, empty toilet
paper tubes for mini rattles or rain makers, and our favorite,
making paper flowers out of junk mail for decorating my
2-year-old's room. Not only do we have fun with crafts, but I feel
we all learn how to take care of our planet.
We do a number of things to
go green. We compost, we recycle, we have a garden, my husband
bikes to work, and our baby wears cloth diapers. If only I can come
up with a way for my kids to remember to turn out their bedroom
lights when they leave the room!
I bought a lot of plates
that can go in the dishwasher. I use them for all our parties
and even use them for the parties at my children's school. I don't
ever buy paper plates now.
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