Thursday, March 29, 2012

Green Family Values

Are you the only one in the family sorting the recycling bin. Do you often see items in the garbage that are recyclable and you are not the one that threw it away?
Teaching your family the values of reduce, reuse and recycling is at the core of being a green family. For the most part kids are taught in school to recycle so to enforce this at home makes perfect sense.
When I catch items in the trash that could be recycled I have to remind everyone that those pieces do not belong in the garbage.
As a scouting family, there are also many opportunities to participate in community service events to teach our kids how to give back to people who are in need or just need a helping hand. This also give us an opportunity to teach other kids the values of being green. I try not to be "preachy", but when a moment arises where I can plug a recycle moment I will.
Performing regular conservation projects with the family and in scouting also reinforces the sustainability aspects of being green. Caring for nature and the land around us is just as important as reducing reusing and recycling.
Showing kids to be green at an early age enforces these values in the long run.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Being green at no cost

Our list of things you can do at home to be green and at no additional cost:

  • Compost your organic waste.
  • Turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth and/or shaving your face.
  • Unplug the vampire electric appliances after each use.
  • Reduce what you buy...Do you really need that bag of potato chips or chocolate chips?
  • Watch one day less TV.
  • Reduce the thermostat by 2 degrees in winter.
  • Are you recycling all that you can: Paper, plastic and glass?
  • Take your bicycle instead of the car.
  • Recycle your electronics.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Donate furniture to a local shelter.
Wow... the little things we can do that can impact not only our environment, but also our community and personal well being. That is what makes it easy to be green on a budget.