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Be a greener mom

Teaching children to care for Mother Earth is easier than you think. You just need to be a good example

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but kids have, do, and use a lot of stuff. Being a “green” mama, I’m often horrified by the massive carbon footprint each child leaves. This is not their doing, of course. It is ours. We are the ones who control the purse strings. We are the ones who run the household. We are the ones with the final say. There are things that we, as moms, can do to improve the way we live while helping the planet’s health.

You can reduce waste by living by the principle of trying to reuse or recycle as much as possible.  Children don’t actually need as much stuff as we think.

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GO GREEN Being environment-friendly with the family is not as hard as you think. In the photos are the author and her three kids Kieran, Kalon, and Lila

WHAT THEY WEAR

I have three kids and my two younger ones have worn many hand-me-downs from their older brother. In some cases, my baby girl is wearing clothing that both her brothers wore before her. This also goes for cloth diapers. I still have many of the cloth diapers that were my eldest son’s that are now being used by my youngest, after the middle one used them before her. That’s the beauty of cloth diapers. They are durable and they last a long time, as opposed to disposables, which you can only use once but take up to 500 years to decompose.

 

WHAT THEY EAT

Meal planning is essential so that you don’t waste food. You don’t want your vegetables and fruits to rot because you didn’t use them in time. Buy in bulk when you can because this reduces the amount of packaging that products use and always buy refills. Don’t use products with palm oil. The way palm oil is harvested is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. Always look at the ingredients in your products and stay away from palm oil unless you know it’s sustainably grown and manufactured. Remember that palm oil is in most products, not just edible ones. So you need to be vigilant and read labels.

 

HOW THEY LIVE

Save energy by reducing your air conditioning consumption. Open the doors and windows during breezy days. Try to use your electric fans as much as you can. Replace all your bulbs in your house with energy-saving ones. CFLs use 60 percent less energy than a regular bulb.

Save water by teaching your kids to take short showers and to turn off the tap when brushing teeth or washing faces. Remember that early habits are ingrained for a lifetime.

Make sure that everyone in your household has their own reusable water bottle, preferably stainless steel or glass. Never buy bottles of mineral water unless you absolutely have no other choice. You should always bring your own water bottle and refill it as needed. Not only are plastic bottles bad for the environment, they are also bad for your health because the chemicals from the plastic leech into the water that you drink.

Remember to buy local and sustainable products. Always recycle. Living gently, respectfully, and intelligently helps reduce our children’s carbon footprints, which will help stymie climate change. After all we want them to be able to enjoy living their lives on this planet and we need to take care of it so that they (and their children) can do so.