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Just the other night when Jared and I were watching a documentary about how much plastic was really on the Ocean floor. I was in shock. This caused me to think about the little things. Little things we can do to reduce trash and even start to recycle. How we can teach our children to recycle. Because even the little things count.
I made a 5 ways to Greener Living at Home that anyone can follow. Remember it’s the little things.
This one has to be the most obvious. Recycling is extremely easy and something that I’m ashamed to say we didn’t do before this. This was the most fun to teach the boys to do. We took a empty diaper box to re-use and decided to have a little game with the boys. We gathered all the cans and bottles we could and played the boys favorite game. Basketball.
#2. Re-using sheets, towels and clothing.
This is something that we have been doing since the boys were young. You can always find someone in need of sheets, towels and always clothing. If not you can always donate them to a thrift store or Goodwill. Along with being green this is also a good way to help others and an awesome way to teach the kids to give back.
#3. Re-using gift bags.
This one is fun, simple and easy. I always keep my bags after a party or gifts are given to me. Not only does this save me money but also is a way to recycle something. I use them for re-gifting or even a fun DIY project. Most the time they are beautiful or have a fun print making them the best to reuse.
When I decided that our house was going to be a little more green, batteries was a huge deal for me. I was on the look out for the best “green” batteries I could find. Before heading to Walmart I did a little research and found that Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries, a new product that was made out of recycled batteries and materials, holds up to 12 YEARS in storage and come in AAA and AA. Making them perfect for my boys toys. Another fun way to teach the boys. Doing this we found tons of toys that didn’t even work due to dead batteries. Perfect timing. Don’t forget Energizer’s the longest lasting alkaline ever.
It’s a simple as changing out the kids toys or even the batteries in the remote or your flash light to be more green.
#5. Getting Crafty
Just the other day I made these amazing basketballs out of old cardboard for a party I was throwing. Today they are being used as toys for the kids. I let the boys keep them and even made some more so that they both had a matching pair. You can never go wrong with making homemade toys for this kids. I know for one my boys love the simplest things so why would I go out and spent tons of money when I can easily make them toys at home and be green in doing that?