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Five Simple ways to Live Green as a Family

Five Simple ways to Live Green as a Family

Green living has become an increasingly popular way to live. Looking after our environment offers huge benefits to ourselves and to the planet. As parents however, we often find that family life is a juggle at the best of times. Adding to our workload by implementing green living rituals can seem daunting. This doesn’t have to be the case though! There are many small changes that you and your family can make, that will impact positively on our environment.

Living a little greener can be fun to do as a family too. Getting the kids into a few environmentally friendly habits early on will set them in good stead for their future. From the transport you use to your home life endeavours, your family can enjoy being eco-friendly together.

How can you live a green life?

  1. Recycle – recycling in the home doesn’t have to add to your workload. It can be made really simple by spending a little time setting up a few boxes in your kitchen, for items such as cardboard and tins. Once you’ve done this all you have to do is empty the contents of the boxes into the correct outdoor bins. This means you don’t have to spend time sorting your recyclables from your rubbish at the end of the day. Simple!
  2. Shopping – I know charity shops aren’t for everyone, but it’s amazing what hidden gems you’ll find if you take the time to look. The beauty of these shops is that everything is second hand, so nothing goes to waste. They offer an excellent way to take care of our planet and they reduce the amount of waste we throw away dramatically.
  3. Transport – there are more cars on the road now than ever before and the fumes they give out have a huge effect on the environment. There are ways we can combat this and using public transport is right at the top of the list. The more we use public transport, the less cars there are on the road to pollute the air we breathe. Using public transport can be great fun for kids too. Taking them on the train can be an adventure and a practical trip all rolled into one! You can also make use of transport services such as Shiply, who pride themselves in offering environmentally friendly services as, well as making your life that little bit easier!
  4. Energy – wasting energy is an easy thing to do, we leave a light on here or have the shower running too long there. Changing our habits to save this wasted energy is just as easy. If we stay conscious of the little things not only will we be nurturing our environment, we might just save ourselves a bit of cash too! Using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels on your home, can also be a great way to help the environment.
  5. Reusable nappies and cutting down on wipes – often when people think of reusable nappies they think of the extra work they cause the new mother. In this day and age this isn’t the case, reusable nappies can be thrown into the washer and dried with very little effort. Their use reduces the huge amount of disposable nappies that are left to rot in landfill sites on a daily basis. Reducing the amount of baby wipes can help in this department too. I know it would be difficult to stop using them all together, but cutting down on the quantity you use can be a great and easy way to live green!

 

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Want to Help the Planet? Turn Your House Green!

Want to Help the Planet? Turn Your House Green!

Don’t take the title of this article the wrong way; painting your home green is going to have basically no effect on the environment. (Unless, of course, you’re using lead-based paint… in which case, you’re just making things worse!)

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Green of course, refers to the art of being environmentally-friendly. More and more families are taking measures to ensure their carbon footprint is as small as they can make it. Sure, it could be argued that what one family does isn’t all that effective in the grand scheme of things. But the same could be said for voting, right? What matters is the cumulative effect of several households pitching in to help the planet.

So what changes can you make in your household to help leave a better world behind for your children, their children and their children’s children? Here are a few household areas you should consider that even most green-minded families seem to ignore.

 

 

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Plumbing

Excessive water usage is actually one of the biggest environmental problems the world has right now. This is massively underestimated even by many of those who profess to care deeply about the environment, because there’s always this idea that water just gets recycled anyway. But the maintenance of water supplies is hugely expensive and requires a lot of power – often from renewable resources. If you take the time to learn how to make your home plumbing more efficient, you won’t only save yourself money on your water bills – you’ll also contribute to the health of the planet.

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Fireplace

A lot of people assume that fireplaces are worse for the environment than regular home heating, but this isn’t always the case – especially when you consider how much power is used to heat a home. If you want to use a fireplace responsibly though, you need to be careful about the wood you use. Kiln dried firewood is your best option because the amount of moisture in the wood has been reduced, which means it’s much more effective. It increases the fuel efficiency of your fire. It also means you have to use far fewer logs to get a good fire going. They can also provide a much cleaner burn, as some firewood out there is treated with harmful chemicals so that it combusts with more ease.

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Food Disposal

Recycling is present in many homes across the country and there’s no urgent need to go into the ins and outs of recycling plastic, glass, and metal here. But what about other types of recycling? We’re still sending an awful lot of waste to landfills that could easily be recycled. A huge bulk of that is food. A lot of people don’t like the idea of having a compost bin for food waste in their kitchen because it can go gross so quickly. That’s why you should just have a little one near your sink that requires emptying after just a couple of days. You can either have the compost sent away, or you can use it in your own garden. Going green is easier than you think!

 

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Promoting Healthy Habits in Your Children With Your Garden

Promoting Healthy Habits in Your Children With Your Garden

One of the things we’re constantly worried about as parents is how to promote healthy habits in our children. We don’t want them to smoke, binge on alcohol or do anything that could harm their health in the future. We don’t want our kids to grow up sedentary and we want them to remain as active as possible. Sadly, it’s hard for some of us to convince our children to go out to see their friends when they can easily sit at a computer and play online video games with them, or converse with their entire school through Facebook.  It’s difficult to convince them to get active and it doesn’t help when we try to force them to do something they don’t want.

That’s why it’s easier to build those habits into them from an early age. As soon as your child becomes a toddler, it’s time to start introducing those healthy habits. Here are just a few ways to use your garden in order to do so!

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Teach them to Appreciate Green Living

Something that’s becoming popular is green living. The idea that we’re slowly killing our planet is a scary one and many children like to help. They’ll do anything they can to save the world in their own way. So in order to take advantage of that, why not teach your children to appreciate green living using your garden?

Instead of going out to the store and buying vegetables all the time, why not grow some from home? You can teach your children to grow their own produce even if you have a small farm in the backyard. If you don’t have much space, then an indoor planter can also work. It takes a bit of effort to start up your own garden, but it’s worth the effort to teach your children the values of green and sustainable living.

Teach them to Value Nature

With a simple bird feeder, you’ll be able to attract birds for a relaxing and calming session of birdwatching. You could take it a step further and even install a pond in your backyard if you want a place to keep fish and which are great to teach your child about nature. A bird feeder doesn’t take much maintenance, but installing a pond can be expensive and will require accessories like a pond pump and pond liners. You’ll also need to feed any fish you keep in the pond and look after the plants all throughout the season.

You can also teach them to value nature by getting them involved with growing new trees and plants. Show them how much care is required for them grow and how they contribute to the environment in more ways than just beauty. This teaches your children the value of responsibility and how even the smallest things need to be taken care of. By teaching your children about responsibility from an early age, you prepare them for the future and teach them good habits that will take them far in life.

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