Deciding to live a green lifestyle is easy for adults – you make the decision and then you execute it. But when you add kids into the mix you can quickly find yourself becoming a broken record of, “Turn off that light!” and “Do NOT throw that paper into the trashcan!” Kids, especially young ones, don’t quite grasp the necessity of living an eco-friendly lifestyle, and can have a hard time understanding why they can’t just throw away things in the trashcan like normal and instead have to take the time to evaluate what it is they’re throwing away. Instead of spending your time yelling at them to do things differently, try these five tactics for getting kids to be more eco-friendly:
1. Make it easier. Instead of having a trashcan in the kitchen and keeping recycling bins in the garage, make it easier for kids by keeping recycling bins in the house. Consider buying a trashcan that has two compartments – one for trash and one for recyclables. Keep two small trashcans in bathrooms and bedrooms so that kids can put trash in one and paper products in the other. When it’s out in the open it’s much easier to remember to separate trash then it is when they have to walk out to the garage to toss recycling items into their appropriate bins. ... read more
Hey kids! Want to tell the world about the things you do to save energy, money, and protect the climate? Here's your opportunity!
Kids who submit an essay about saving energy to the Share Your Story ENERGY STAR page and click on the "DoSomething Team ENERGY STAR Challenge" immediately become eligible for a number of prizes, such as:
· The new Lorax DVD, which will go to the first 100 kids to submit essays
· 25 winners will receive ENERGY STAR qualified electronics products donated by LG Electronics, including computer monitors and televisions, smart phones, and mouse scanners
· Top winners will also be featured in New York's Times Square on the LG billboard.
· Some winners may have a chance to participate in ENERGY STAR Day in October with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.... read more
The bathroom accounts for over 70% of the water used inside the home; from extra-long shower sessions to a few too many full baths per week, it’s fair to say most of us are at least a little guilty of using water excessively in the bathroom. Although our habits may bring us those few extra minutes to relax or a more convenient experience, few people realise exactly how much effect they can have their water and heating bills. In this article we’ll be looking at a few of the bad habits many bathroom users have, and the quick and convenient solutions to change bad bathroom habits into a money saving and ecologically friendly attitude. ... read more
Organic, natural, and green have become huge buzzwords across industries, especially in the personal care industry. There is a growing demand for eco-friendly and non-toxic products, and we’ve rounded up some of the best dental products for consumers that fall into those categories. Here’s a look!
Radius Toothbrushes Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss, 50 meters, $4.50. This organic silk floss is spun in natural vegan Candelilla wax and has been designed with enhanced softness to reduce bleeding gums. It's also smooth, which allows for easy glide between tight teeth, removing plaque effectively.
Do you or your kids want the opportunity to be a part of something BIG? If you live in the Bay Area, here's their chance!
Be the Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Bay Area clean and safe is offering an opportunity for youth to make a difference in the world by participating in an anti-litter campaign. ... read more
Say good-bye to brown-bagged lunches, Ziplocs, and other single-use lunchtime products and get on board with the Litter-Free Lunch Kit! The Litter-Free Lunch Kit contains an insulated lunch box, a beverage container, and 4 snack/sandwich containers. Your kid can go back to school KEEN and GREEN by winning this fantastic lunch kit.
Get your whole family involved in recycling. Make it fun, easy, and quick or it won’t happen. First, check with your local recycling center to find out specifics on what they accept and how it needs to be packaged. If you do not have to put twine around your newspapers, don’t. Make it easy. Next, choose a convenient place, such as the garage, to stash your bins (some places do not even require sorting). Have them marked with what goes in what bin. Then, all you and your kids have to do, is simply throw stuff in. Last, if your neighborhood accepts curb-side recycling, do it otherwise drop it off at a designated recycling center. Make sure you drop it off when you are out doing something else. You want to make sure you save gas and energy too.... read more
For many of us, the summer break means just one thing. It heralds the arrival of the long-awaited annual family vacation. Just you, your partner, the kids, your luggage and an exciting new place to explore. Couldn’t be simpler, right?
Wrong. At least it is if you plan to take your environmental responsibilities seriously when you are on the move. Airlines use up eye-watering amounts of precious fuel flying their planes across the world and back. Long-distance driving too is a major drain on non-sustainable fuel as Americans set off on summer road trips, often driving for days across multiple states. All this travelling adds up, not just in environmental terms, but also financial. Drivers must pay for gas, not to mention wear and tear on their vehicle. Then there are road taxes to account for, plus insurance. Many insurance companies are encouraging us to ‘think green’ in our vehicle choices by offering discounted quotes on ‘cleaner’ cars.... read more
The Fourth of July is a time to get together with friends and family, to celebrate American history, and to eat BBQ in the summer fun. Traditional 4th of July celebrations can create a lot of pollution. It's easy to replace some old habits with new ones for this year's Independence Day.
Greener Grilling: On the Fourth of July alone, an estimated 60 million barbecues light up nationwide, consuming enough energy to power 20,000 households for an entire year. But who says you need to give up your hot dogs and steak in order to be an environmentalist? Buy a natural gas or infrared grill instead of dirty-burning charcoal. Avoid chrome-coated aluminum grills and instead opt for steel or cast iron (my favorite). Also, go with a smaller grill, as they take less energy to heat up.... read more