10 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Footprint

April 22nd, 2014
 

Earth Day serves as a great reminder to make every day Earth Day. We wanted to share a few quick tips for reducing a family’s impact on the global community. Make sure to share the reasons for these activities with your little ones so they can learn how important it is to minimize our impact on the environment.

  1. Reduce water use and waste by:
    – Turning off the water while you brush your teeth.
    – Turning off the water while you wash dishes.
    – Wash your car with a biodegradable soap like this one, http://eagle1.com/enviroshine-car-wash in a location where runoff can go into landscaping or plants, not into the street or storm drain.
    – Taking a 5 minute shower or less.
  2. Eat local and seasonal food. Do you have a farmer’s market in your area?
  3. Grow your own vegetable or herb garden and plant fruit trees. Have your kids help with planting, harvesting and cooking. They might be more interested in trying what they helped grow, read more here: http://eartheasy.com/grow_gardening_children.htm.
  4. Repair before buying replacements (clothing & tools).
  5. Start composting your leftovers if you have a backyard, http://www.wikihow.com/Compost.
  6. Carry a reusable bag in your diaper bag, purse or car for shopping and groceries.
  7. Reduce single use plastic water bottles by:
    – Use a filtered pitcher/dispenser/faucet like Brita, https://www.brita.com/. A single water filter can take the place of up to 300 water bottles. That’s enough bottles to make 21 exterior Indie fabrics! Learn more about our fabric here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/our-fabrics.
    – Use a reusable water container like Nalgene, http://nalgene.com/.
  8. Reduce everyday plastic use like sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box and thermos/Nalgene. Skip Hop has some great options, http://www.skiphop.com/product/sandwichandsnackbagset.html.
  9. Bring a go-to-mug with you to coffee shops, smoothie shops and even restaurants that allow it.
  10. Volunteer for a local beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation, http://www.surfrider.org/Â or other coastal conservation group.

We’d love to hear how your family reduces their footprint in the comments below!

 





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