Climate change is in full swing, there is no planet B and we all know it, we can't go on living like before! Have you ever thought about how many disposable nappies a family needs until the child is potty trained or how many plastic snack bags you brought to school as a child?! Is this really necessary or do we want to leave our children a planet worth living on? We have 5 tips on how you as a family, but also as an individual, can contribute to making the world a better place!
Tip 1: Consume responsibly
Responsible consumption is a process in which products are consumed in an environmentally conscious way, such as less or more sustainably. If you decide to consume fewer products, you should avoid so-called repetitions of similar things and opt for high-quality goods that have a longer life span and are ideally made from natural raw materials. Another option is to avoid disposable products, such as nappies or snack bags, as some materials are difficult to decompose. When buying clothes for children, you can also go second-hand instead of buying the fast-fashion brands.
Tip 2: Donate and recycle
Recycling is the process of giving items that are already waste or no longer of use to us a second life, either by putting them to a use other than their original one or by turning them into raw materials for the production of new items. Recycling is important because it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, which helps to preserve natural habitats. When the items that are no longer useful to us are in good condition, the best option is to donate them. This way we ensure that these objects can be reused by other families who probably do not have enough resources to buy a large number of objects.
Tip 3: Use less plastic
Much of the plastic we throw away ends up in the oceans. This not only harms marine life, but also the environment and our own health. Again, it only takes a few changes to remove plastic from your routine. For example, use reusable bags when you go shopping with your children, use loose cereal, use glass bottles or give your children their snack for school or kindergarten in a beeswax wrap.
Tip 4: Reduce your energy consumption
Is it really necessary to leave the light on in a room even though you are not in it? Do I really have to leave the radiator on all day? No! Set a good example and encourage young children to make daily gestures that conserve energy resources. This is an easy way to teach them about the scarcity and importance of certain resources. Some other gestures you can make are shortening shower time, turning off the tap while brushing teeth or washing hands, and turning off lights in rooms you are not currently in.
Tip 5: Eat less meat
Moderate meat consumption contributes to a lower environmental impact. The meat industry contributes more to greenhouse gas emissions than the transport sector. Try to develop more sustainable eating habits at home with your children. Even a small change has a positive impact on the environment.
This post is in cooperation with Babysits , an online platform that makes it easy for families to find a babysitter or nanny in a transparent way and encourages its users to make their own informed choices. At Babysits, we encourage our users to be more conscious and sustainable in their daily lives. We hope these tips have been helpful to you. If you want to read more tips, tricks and recycling crafts, you can find more articles on Babysits about sustainability for kids.
By Lisa Schweitzer