For a parent, nothing is more important than the well-being of their child. Now that we’ve started becoming more aware of the environment, the harm we do to it with some of our habits, it’s needless to say educating children early on how to be environmentally-friendly is essential.
What makes the changes in habits worthwhile is the outcome we should all strive for: healthy kids and healthy environment. Since kids imitate us, learning through the example we set for them, it’s advisable to start by teaching how to love green living, loving it yourself, and teaching them how to shop properly in this consumerist world of today.
Choosing eco-friendly brands that are focused on sustainable production, ethical sourcing of materials, and chemical and waste-free living is important, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s shopping for arts and crafts for kids, or clothing, choosing brands like these should be your kids’ primary mission as consumers.
You’d be surprised to find a variety of options of arts and crafts for kids that are non-toxic and odour free, fun and safe for your kids to use, plus learn a lesson or two on reusing and recycling by getting crafty with garbage at home.
When it comes to clothing, oeko-Tex certified products are the best option, particularly bamboo because of the quality, softness, durability, and lack of toxic chemicals used in the production process. A lesson hidden here is to join up charity groups so you can donate clothing you no longer need, instead of simply tossing it out.
Of course, to have kids that are kind to nature, it’s important to allow them to interact with nature as much as possible, spending time in parks or woods during camping and field trips. When they are in nature you engage their curiosity, so they can learn how litter affects it, and how they should pick up after themselves, reducing the waste.
Gardening is an activity that’s more than welcome because apart from the fun time bonding as a family, kids learn the advantages of growing your own fruits, veggies, and herbs, with the help of homemade compost, as well as how the growing process goes, from seeds from scratch all the way to the plate. This would mean fewer trips to the grocery stores too.
To wrap it up, kids have to learn the lesson of energy saving, meaning no use of electricity when there are no activities in a particular room, and being prudent with water, how much to use when taking a bath or brushing teeth.