Sometimes the flood of advice on how to ‘go green’ can be so overwhelming that it’s difficult to know where to start. The good news is, there are easy tweaks that you can make to your everyday routine that are kind on Mother Nature and even kinder on your bank balance. What’s more, following the tips below and teaching kids about the many benefits of sustainable green living can be a great way of bonding and helping them understand the importance of looking after the environment for future generations.
Go Green – 5 Tips
There are many ways to go green inside and outside your home that won’t take up all your free time and can be fun activities to enjoy with your kids.
Our first go green tip is the simplest to do and getting your kids involved means you’ll have less housework as well!
- Why recycle? Lessening the amount you throw away means saving harmful substances from polluting the environment. Sort rubbish into colour coded bins (e.g. red for plastics, blue for cardboard etc.) and get your kids involved by asking what should go where.
- Kids can also learn about responsibility through allocating them the job of taking a specific colour recycling bin out each week for collection or to your local recycling bank.
- And, it’s not all about chores – kids can collect items to be recycled for fun arts and crafts like this DIY skipping rope you can make from plastic bags.
2. Grow Your Own Food
Go green in the kitchen by growing your own food. Follow these tips to get started:
- Make your own compost – food debris makes an excellent fertiliser and what’s more, it’s free. Make sure the whole family knows to deposit their fruit and vegetable remnants in the compost bin.
- You can also make your own soil from the compost, add Amrut Jal (organic fertilizer) at regular intervals to provide optimum conditions for your produce.
- Buy some open pollinated seeds from a local nursery and plant them – chillies and lemons are particularly easy to grow, as they require little maintenance and space. Make sure you get the kids involved too with a mini shovel, bucket and watering can! Gardening is a great activity to teach kids about nature and how plants grow.
Once your produce has sprouted, you can harvest it and enjoy healthy, home-cooked food together as a family. Click here for some great green ideas on organic food growing.
3. Outdoor Play
While computer games are fine in moderation, there’s nothing like turning off the gadgets, saving electricity and exploring the outside world to help your child develop and grow.
- Making mud pies, playing a sport, going on a treasure hunt – the options are endless. Letting your kids explore the great outdoors can be a messy business but don’t worry, Surf excel liquid detergent is on-hand to remove stains when they’re finished exploring. Check out our stain removal tips here.
The temptation to hop in the car for short journeys can be huge – particularly during monsoon season! However, making your journey more eco-friendly will help you go green while saving you money.
- Instead of dropping kids off to school in the car, why not walk? Its a great exercise and will help your kids keep fit.
- Switch four wheels for two and get on your bike! Teaching your kids how to cycle can be great fun and will help them to explore further afield, playing to their natural sense of adventure.
5. Green Energy
Saving energy sounds like a lot of effort, but in reality it’s simple to do. Try these go green ideas to improve your energy efficiency:
- Unplug appliances when leaving the house.
- Replace old light bulbs with fluorescent, energy-saving ones.
- Wash clothes at 30 degrees or less if using an automatic washing machine.
- Instead of using a dryer, hang clothes to dry outside, or on an indoor drying rack.
Above all, remember to keep it fun. Making eco-friendly activities enjoyable means that you and your family are more likely to keep them going – good luck!