How To Teach Preschoolers Environmentalism

Welcome to the April 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Kids.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they communicate with their children about natural living and how they implement those changes with their kids.

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As a parent of a 1 and almost 4-year-old I am constantly working on teaching them environmentalism in our everyday life. I think it is actually quite easy. Here are some tips on how to work environmental lessons into your preschoolers life.

The two of us cooking together... she is wearing my apron!

The two of us cooking together… she is wearing my apron!

Cooking: On of the best things we can do for our kids is to teach them how to eat healthy. My daughter helps me make the lunches for her, her brother and I every morning. She is stuck in a typical preschooler rut of wanting to eat the same thing. As she watches me give her younger brother a variety of food each day and she sees what I eat she has branched out and tried some new food that are equally if not more healthy than before.

Food shopping: My kids love the grocery store, they are devastated if I go without them particularly my daughter. I am able to ask them what they want to eat and let them pick out new things to try. I tell them what the different fruits and vegetables are when we are in the produce section and sometimes I quiz her on what things are. It is a great adventure and it has taught them both so much about food. I love the fact that they have learned so much about food and where it comes from already. [Read more...]

How Etsy Can Help You Go Green

Background to Giveaway Button2I have written here many times about how Etsy is a great place to help you go green. In honor of Earth Day I am giving away a $25 gift card to Etsy to help you go green. There are thousands of Etsy shop owners that upcycle waste that would otherwise be in a landfill, create products that help you reduce the amount of  waste you create, and help you live an eco-friendly life. Here are some things you could purchase with the gift card that would help reduce your impact on the planet.

According to research Americans use about 12 plastic bags per trip to the grocery store. This equals about 100 billion bags per year in the US alone.  Only about 2% gets recycled (maybe more, I could not find statistics from the last two years). Many of these plastic bags fly through the air an into garbage patches in Pacific (estimated to be the size of Texas) and more recently a large garbage patch in the Great Lakes. Urban Prey has a great set of cotton grocery bags that have fun images with cool saying $24 for two bags. I love these bags, I think people would really notice them and stop to read them. (picture 4) [Read more...]

Earth Day Challenge: 5 Changes You Can Make (Part 2)

Earth Day Challenge Part 2If there is one room of the house you should make changes in for your health and the environment it is the kitchen. So much of our waste occurs in the kitchen. We purchase packaged food that is not good for our health and throw the packaging away without really thinking about how you might be able to reduce it easily. So this weeks Earth Day Challenge is to try to make these 5 changes. Even if you cannot do all of them there work towards making these changes throughout the year.

Get stainless steel cookware for what you use most. When Teflon is heated on high it starts to decompose and releases dangerous chemicals into the air and in your food (FYI the internet is filled with pro-teflon information put out by the industry). If you have any non-stick cook ware I recommend you no longer use it. This can be expensive endeavor, I recommend that you replace your most frequently used pieces first. For example, I still have non stick muffin pans, I rarely use it but I did replace my entire pots and pans set which I use every single day. I currently have a stainless steel cookware and griddle, I plan on getting stainless steel cookie sheet next. [Read more...]

What Happened This Week

share-button-360There are so many things going on this month in the eco-sphere. With Earth Day coming up even people who do not write about green things that often are giving advice. Here are a few posts from around the web I wanted to share with you.

I wrote a post for the website Bon Bon Break How Your Family Can Live A Greener Lifestyle Now in honor of Earth Day. I offer parents some tips on some changes they can make in their life to make their family greener. I show that it does have to be hard or expensive (in fact some save a lot of money). Please head over there and let me know what you think of the tips. [Read more...]

Earth Day Challenge: 5 Changes You Can Make (Part 1)

Earth Day Challenge Part OneEvery year when April rolls around people start making “resolution” like promises to change their behavior and purchasing decisions to lower their impact on the planet. Each Monday for the rest of the month I will give you 5 suggestions of things you changes you can make.

Get a reusable coffee mug. The average coffee drinker throws away 250 cups per year, therefore 58 billion cups per year are throw away per year. It takes 20 million trees and 12 billion gallons of water to produce the paper for the cups. Americans also throw about 25 billion Styrofoam cups in the trash each year. Help reduce the stress on the planet by getting your coffee in a reusable ceramic cup. It is especially important for you to do this if you drinks are coming in Styrofoam/polystyrene cups (see why here) [Read more...]

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