9 Hands on Ways to be Earth-Friendly

9 hands on ways to be earth friendly“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.”

We’ve been reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This book is actually new to me, but I love the message for the boys [and myself!]. Its about how a business comes into a ‘forest’ of Truffala Trees and uses them to make his new product. He ends up cutting down every last Truffala Tree, and finds out how it affects not only the trees, but the animals and creatures that live among them. I needed this reminder to be earth friendly. I think I need to add a fourth R to the classic phrase:

R emember to R educe, R euse, R ecycle.

We’re not super crunchy around here, but we do a few things here and there that help us, and teach the boys, to be more friendly towards the Earth.

Nine ways we’re hands on and like The Lorax[Earth-Friendly]:

  1. Shut off the lights. Play in the dark [extremely fun for the kids by the way!], or just get outside and play! Just remember to ‘shut down’ before you head out.
  2. A lot of baby and kid items can be reusedin their original state. Baby food jars, baby wipe containers, even Puff containers!
    Reuse items
  3. Upcycle items whenever you can.Turn what you have into something else. We love to do this. Instead of buying something new, we create something from what’s in our recycling bin.Upcycle and Recycle
  4. By using water and soap, or vinegar, the kids can join you in cleaning up after activities and crafts! Let them have fun doing it, they’re very likely to really want to help out! Check out 11 ways preschoolers can help with clean up. Make it fun.
    Cleaning Up
  5. Also, use a cloth, cut up rag when cleaning, instead of paper towels that end up in the garbage.
  6. Sometimes you need something ‘stronger’ than water and soap. If you gotta,use an Earth-friendly product like Seventh Generation. Their wipes are fun for the kids to use to clean up messes
  7. Use non-toxic products whenever you can, or even better, make your own, so you know exactly what’s going in it. Crayons, markers, paints, etc. All come in non-toxic versions. Be sure to get them, especially when you got kids putting stuff in their mouths, but even if they’re not. Use Seventh Generation Wee Gen diapers and wipes, they’re chlorine processing free, fragrance free, and seriously, I’m picky about my diapers, and these stand up to others I’ve sworn by in the past!

    non-toxic, earth friendly paint
  8. Do clean up day for Earth Day. Pick a street, road, or highway to clean up the ditches. Make it fun. I always did this as a child with my mom and brothers. It was a blast. We took the four-wheeler and trailer down the gravel road to see how many 5 centers we could find, along with whatever other treasures were left behind after the snow melted. I can’t wait to do this with the boys. Henry might get to go on an adventure this year!
  9. Share how you are like the Lorax below in the conversation. How do you do your part to be Earth-friendly?

“You’re in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds. And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.”

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 “How do you live like the Lorax?”

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