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When we think of greening our homes, for many people, it’s the big things like recycling, buying sustainably grown food and maybe even driving a hybrid or good furl economy car. While these make a big impact, it is often the little things that make the biggest impact in the long run. It’s the things that we do out of habit that reduce our carbon footprints. As moms, we are professionals at getting our kids into daily habits and routines and these habits we teach our kids now will set them up for success in the future.
For instance. we teach our kids the importance of brushing teeth daily because we want them to grow up healthy and carry that habit into their adult years. We teach them the importance of eating healthy for the same reason.
Do you try to run a green household and find yourself not really explaining why to your children? The one thing I have found with most kids is, they are eager to keep mother earth happy. They love to feel like they are able to do something significant at such a young age. I know my daughter has always been big on doing things that make an impact on other people and the earth we live in. For example, when we go on hikes or walks in parks, she is always wanting to pick up trash along the way so she can throw it away.
If you are looking to take your green routine even further with your kids, here are 10 ways to green your child’s routine.
5 Easy Ways to Green Your Child’s Daily Routine
1. Switch out their toothpaste. Did you know Tom’s of Maine makes a green kid’s toothpaste in Silly Strawberry flavor? Tom’s of Maine has been a favorite brand here for a while and it’s because it contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners like saccharin. Plus it is not tested on animals. My daughter loved it when she was younger. Now she uses the same stuff we do. I like either the Tom’s of Maine Whole Care or Antiplaque and Whitening. They also don’t contain any of the stuff that is found in other brands. I love that Tom’s of Maine has been around for so long. It’s definitely a brand I trust. Plus, It’s now available at Walmart so it’s a totally reasonable price (and even better with this $1.00 off coupon for any Tom’s of Maine product)and convenient.
2. Stop using brown bags for lunches and get a reusable lunch bag. This is a big one and while you are at it, skip the plastic zipper style baggies and instead check out the options for reusable ones. There are many available that are even dishwasher safe.
3. Don’t buy individually wrapped snacks. There is so much waste created with these packages. Instead, buy larger sizes of things and divide them yourself or even make some of your own. I made some delicious Elderberry Blueberry Fruit Leather the other day that was definitely kid-approved around here!
4. When they hit teens or preteen years, start them off with a no aluminum deodorant. Tom’s of Maine has a great smelling Fresh Apricot aluminum free deodorant. This works great for my 12 year old and I like knowing that I am not introducing her to the things that are in other deodorants. Tom’s of Maine contains natural ingredients and no artificial colors, fragrance or preservatives. Plus, they are not tested on animals.
5. Buy self care tools that are earth friendly. Our family uses toothbrushes made out of recycled plastic, but there are also ones made out of bamboo as well. One of my daughter’s favorite brushes is one that is made of Eco-friendly material. Oddly enough, while it was a little more expensive that other brushes I had bought, it has lasted the longest. To me, that is the biggest reason to buy them as well; less waste.
What kind of green practices do you have at home with your child’s daily routine? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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