You can reduce the amount of waste you create by reusing products, and recycling once you are through with them. By recycling just half of your household waste, you can save 2400 pounds of CO2 annually. Buy products with the least amount of packaging, as that adds to waste. Use less heating and air when possible. Change out your incandescent light bulbs and replace them with flourescent 60 watt bulbs–they give off the same amount of light, and last 10 times longer, use 2/3 less energy, and give off 70% less heat. Drive less so as to keep down the amount of emissions you as a family are creating–if you can, carpool to work and school, walk if it’s close, bike when it’s nice out, and even check out your community’s public transportation. Use less hot water, and always remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room!
You can also start a compost pile. By doing so your family will cut down on the amount you contribute to landfills. You can also use the composted soil for your eco-friendly garden. Composting and gardening are two great, easy family activites. The children see the outcome of their hardwork (fresh, organic soil and a blooming garden) and are encouraged to contiune.
Recycling and reusing are the major ones, like ccordova789 said. As a family, I think it’s important to teach kids to be green from an early age so that it comes naturally. Buying responsibly, using fabric bags instead of plastic, and stressing habits like not throwing food away are good ways to start. Also, as a family you can combine loads of laundry, wash dishes by hand, and hand down clothing s that you buy less new.
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