Whether you’re a parent of one or five, teaching your kids to take care of the planet is crucial. Though if you lead a busy life with your family, sometimes it can be tough to slow down and assess how you can all live a more eco-friendly existence. Fortunately, this article has you covered.
No matter how busy your lifestyle is, here are a few simple changes you can make to go green every day.
Sending out a birthday package to a relative? A care package to a friend in a different state? Using eco-friendly, recycled boxes and bags to ship your goods can make a world of difference. The more recycled goods you can use in your daily errands, the better. And when a box looks done for, make sure you take the proper avenues to recycle it.
Looking at bills is tough enough on its own. But when you know they come at the cost of paper and plastic that will just be thrown away, it’s easy to see just how much of a burden they’re placing on the environment. Opting for paperless bills not only decreases the amount of paper mail you have to sort through, it’s an environmentally conscious decision.
Whether it’s dropping one of the kids off at a friend’s house or running to the post office, walking to your destination can make a world of difference. If your friends around the block invite you over for dinner, walking may take a little bit longer, but it will also save you from starting the car. Not only is walking better for you, it’s better for the environment, too.
While it might not be possible to install solar panels, which can effectively channel energy for upwards of 30 years, it is possible to purchase energy-efficient light bulbs. And there are countless things you can do around the house to decrease your energy output, as well. Considering that heat alone makes up roughly 45% of energy bills, lowering the thermostat is a simple, effective, and eco-friendly measure you can take at home. Taking shorter showers, investing in reusable grocery bags, and composting are all effective eco-friendly habits to form at home, too.
It may not seem like much, but these simple lifestyle changes can help your family save money, time, and the environment. Are you ready to create a few new habits, ditch a few old ones, and start living a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle?