Environmentally conscious living - bringing up green
"A better environment starts with yourself ...," the government's commercials rang a few years ago. This - in the form of the term - carrier campaign was meant to make us more aware of the stones that we ourselves can contribute to a better environment. We will not see the commercials again, but it remains a fact that we ourselves can make a positive contribution to a better environment.
Environmentally conscious living and our children
We can best educate our children at an early age in a more environmentally conscious way. Young learned, is old done, goes well on this. If children do not know better that waste has to be separated, papers are not on the streets and we have to be careful with everything that lives, they will - in most cases - take it for granted and continue later in life.
To educate our children in an environmentally conscious manner, the so-called 'green upbringing' is currently a hot item. You notice that it plays with people and that they find a good environment increasingly important. And of course it is! What it exactly means for everyone and how far you want to go in this, you decide for yourself. The common denominator here is that you take the environment into account as much as possible in everything.
The most important step towards a more environmentally-friendly way of life is the so-called "consuming". Just a little less. For example, saving on energy or groceries. That is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet. You will find more saving tips in our extensive report: "Cutting tips or saving tips that work - Staying good for a little less". But in addition to all the saving tips, we have also collected a lot of green tips - thanks to our visitors - with which you can take the first steps towards a 'green education'. Tips with little impact and tips with a big (er) impact but all with the aim of causing less damage to the environment.
Dealing with waste
When doing the shopping you can already take the waste mountain into account. For example, you can package vegetables in a paper bag. With pre-packaged products, you can deliberately choose a product that uses less packaging material and the material that is used is made of environmentally friendly material. Take a shopping bag or crate with you so that you do not have to buy a bag on the spot. Are you in the store and you still have forgotten your bag or crate, choose a cardboard box rather than a bag.
Separate your waste as much as possible and take it to the designated containers. Children can help well. If you give them a good example, they will get through this in no time and will even tip you over at a 'violation'.
Not on the street
Waste does not belong on the street, even the smallest paper does not. You throw trash in a trash can or take you home to throw it away.
Many materials can be reused. Paper can be described at the back or drawn on, but there are many more materials to be reused. Take a critical look around you. The book Zo maken u dat! is fun with this, and gives lots of fun creative tips for reusing certain materials into true works of art. Fun!
If clothing or footwear is still good, do not throw it away but bring it to special collection points, a recycling shop or the Pocket of Max. You also have fun with another!
Clothing to the cycle
You can also bring other items such as clothing to the thrift store. You make others happy and you do not have to pay for the waste costs.
Shop with a shopping list, so that no unnecessary amount is thrown into your cart. Preferably use the same 'standard list' on a weekly basis, which lists all the weekly messages, so that you do not fall short, but will also leave as little as possible.
Make your food waste, your own compost! Compost soil is ideal soil for your vegetable garden!
Love for nature
The best way to educate your children in an environmentally conscious way - or green - is to give your child a love for nature, a love for everything that lives. This can be done by taking your child (ren) regularly with nature and pointing out everything that lives there, why it lives there and how it lives there. Children are just sponges and will automatically steal the information.
Own place in the garden
Far you do not have to look for this love to bring. Do you have a garden? Give your child (ren) a place where they can grow vegetables, fruit or flowers. Your children will be very proud when the first buttons are visible. In this way, they also learn what it involves to grow something and how long it takes. This gives them more appreciation for everything that grows and thrives.
If you are not in the rich possession of a garden, you can of course also place planters for your children on balcony or roof terrace. It may be somewhat smaller, but the result remains the same.
If you are not such a nature person from home but you want to give your children all kinds of fun facts during the walk, then there are very nice children's books for sale. Booklets like 'Discovering in the woods' or 'The trees in my garden' are fun for young and old.
If children can enjoy something, it is of building an exciting hut in nature. There are plenty of branches in the forest!
The beauty of the seasons
Point your children to the beauty of the seasons. In autumn you can go into the forest, for example, to collect beautiful colored autumn leaves and to make a nice autumn table (or autumn piece). It is a fun activity and it is also cozy in the house. It also saves the purchase of a specially grown bunch of flowers! In winter you can for example make an ice lampion with your children.
Clean up the garbage!
When you go to the forest, or into nature: take a garbage bag and possibly a prod stick! Here you can collect all the waste that you encounter along the way and throw away in a proper way. Children can even make a fun search. Who sees the first thing for the bag?
Pick up a random stone and show your child (ren) which animals are living underneath.
Where is it from?
Take your children to a farm and show where everything comes from. Teach your children where products such as eggs, milk, cheese, butter, desserts, etc. come from. That seems very obvious, but unfortunately a lot of children still do not know where these kinds of products come from.
Enthusiastic is contagious! If you are enthusiastic about nature, you automatically transfer this to your children.
Go with your children in search of creatures in nature. Butterflies, frog thrips, insects, et cetera. View them well and finally release them.
Visit a petting zoo or zoo regularly!
Are you going out? Fill your own drinking bottle instead of drinking ready-made packages.
Put on an extra sweater if you are cold, instead of the heating degree higher.
A little less meat or fish in a recipe, really does not stand out that much!
Read all the tips for austerity: Savings tips or savings tips that work - Stay nice for a little less.
Straws can be rinsed and reused after use.
A bottle of shampoo, hand soap, bath foam, shower gel or conditioner may seem empty if nothing more comes out, but if you throw a little bit of water in the bottle and shake, you can do it for a few more days!
Drink tap water instead of bottles of water.
Take a good look at your subscriptions, do you really need them all? Take for example that TV guide, if you have an internet connection you can also watch online what the TV has to offer or via an app on your smartphone.
Environmentally friendly materials
You can consciously opt for wooden toys for your children, instead of plastic. Also note that the paint used for the toy consists of environmentally friendly raw materials. Incidentally, this is also a lot healthier for your child, who may have something in his mouth.
Do not buy toys that require batteries. It almost seems like almost all the toys of today have to beep or talk and the batteries are not to be dragged. Batteries are bad for the environment but also for your wallet.
Does your child have something to do with a battery? Then opt for rechargeable batteries.
If you want to paint something, use environmentally friendly paint.
Take your child to school by bike, instead of the car.
Cycling, walking or public transport instead of by car.
Ensure good tire pressure for your car.
Drive a little slower! At a speed above 100 km / per hour, speed is the determining factor of fuel consumption. Because of the speed you have more problems with air resistance. This is to the detriment of your use.
In and around the house
Single glass has not been used for years, but the regular double glazing is also outdated. The improved double glazing has a gas filling and a heat reflective coating. This makes the insulation even better! Replacing old windows with double or triple glazing provides an average reduction of 20% of the heating costs. CO2 emissions are reduced by about 700 kg per year!
Ensure good insulation of walls and ceiling.
Light a candle more often. In addition to light, a candle also gives heat.
Turn off when you leave the room.
Replace incandescent lamps for halogen lamps or LED lamps.
Place a clear sticker on your mailbox to keep out advertising printed matter. This can save you a lot of paper.
Never throw anything else through the WC than the special toilet paper intended for this purpose.
Use rainwater to flush the toilet.
Use a save shower head and limit the shower time.
Take a quick shower rather than a bath.
Do not just flush toilet.
If possible: Eat as much as possible from the garden! The book Onze smultuin gives you all kinds of tips for this and delicious recipes. Eating from the garden is not only 'very green', but also very nice, grateful, healthy, cheap and fun for the kids!
Give an alternative gift. In this column about 'Greening up' we found some nice tips, especially in the reaction to this column.
Tap out while brushing your teeth.
Do not just flush toilet.
Always switch off electrical appliances completely and do not leave them on standby. Did you know that there are special 'standby killers' for about 5 euros for sale at the hardware store?
After a battery or acu is charged, the charger can be pulled out of the socket immediately.