Guide to Being Kinder to the Planet: 20 Simple Ideas

In search of ways to show our planet a little love? Our Guide to Being Kinder to the Planet gives families 20 simple everyday tips to taking care of our Earth. 

Raleigh Moms Blog’s Guide to Being Kinder to the Planet

Reduce Paper

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  • Use fabric dinner napkins instead of paper. This is fun too, because you get to have different colors & prints to make your heart happy when you or your mini-me are setting the table for meals.
  • Switch to microfiber cleaning cloths or even old washcloths for cleaning when possible.
  • All those catalogs you get in the mail? Do you really want them all?  Call up the companies and ask them to take you off the list (especially the ones for whatever reason you get two of). 
  • Consider using handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
  • Stop printing EVERYTHING. Okay, I know we have to print a few things, but not all.  Save that confirmation to your computer or i-phone and then you have one less thing to file or pile up.  

Reduce Water

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  • Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth and teach the kids to do the same.
  • Laundry- do only large loads.
  • Dishes-same as above  and, when you have to wash by hand, TURN OFF the water until you are ready to rinse the sink load you just washed.  
  • Use a timer on your kid’s showers. I don’t know about you, but somehow, I can’t get my child in the shower, and then once I do, I can’t get her out.  Getting busy with dinner and realizing she’s been in the shower for 40 minutes can be a big time waste. 

  Reduce Electricity

  • Turn off lights when you’re not in the room.
  • Turn off the TV when you’re not watching. Quiet is good, trust me.
  • Unplug electric appliances such as the toaster, hairdryer, etc. It’s safer, AND it saves money.

Reduce Plastic

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  • Re-usable grocery bags. Seriously people. It’s never been easier.  Just do it. 
  • Say no to straws. Or, get re-usable ones.
  • Water bottles. Okay, so this is where I’m going to get really serious with you.There is no reason to buy or use bottled water if you live in a place with clean water.  Buy a good quality stainless steel water bottle. This will change your life. 

  Reduce Toxins

  • Reduce the chemicals you use. Switch to greener cleaning products. Vinegar cleans amazingly well and it won’t kill you if it gets in your salad.  Just saying.
  • Air fresheners-try opening a window.
  • Don’t flush old medicine.It’s recommended that you mix them with something like dirt, kitty litter, or coffee grounds and toss in a zip lock bag in the trash.

  Bonus Points:

  • Don’t ask for a “to-go” container if you’re probably not going to eat that leftover meal.
  • Instead of buying all the plastic and paper for the next birthday party, find a way to use what you have or buy reusable plates, forks, and napkins.I did this 8 years ago and I have saved a ton not buying and then throwing away all that plastic and paper.
  • Use a nice lunch box for you and the kids in lieu of paper bags and disposable plastic and ziplock bags.
  • Get creative with gift wrap: Use newspapers or paper bags to wrap gifts. Encourage children to decorate the newspaper or paper bags with doodles, stamps or fingerprints to give it a personal touch.  
  • Grow a small herb or vegetable garden with your kids. They learn about plants and where our food comes from and you get to save a bit at the grocery store. 
  • Walk or ride your bikes to school. When the weather is nice, save on gas and time wasted in the carpool line. Extra bonus…it’s a great way to connect with the kids after school, AND you get a workout.   

How are you and your family taking care of our planet?

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