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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

'Tis the Season to Be Green

I'll admit I'm feeling kinda sheepish about this post. See, I've been asked to share how I am helping spread my eco-conscious ways with the next generation. Although I try to be a good example to my son for green-living by recycling, not buying bottled water, not letting the faucet run unnecessarily, using energy efficient light-bulbs, and turning lights off when we're not using them, I know there is so much more I could be doing!

New Leaf Energy (which offers 100% renewable energy to Texas) is doing something very cool: for every LIKE on their FACEBOOK page, they will PLANT 1 TREE! I think that is awesome. This initiative ends on December 23, so please go HERE to "like" the New Leaf Energy Facebook page today. Let's plant some trees!

Partnering with New Leaf Energy has caused me to take a look at how I can be friendlier to our planet and a better example for my son.   I still use paper towels probably more than I should (as opposed to using a dishtowel), I take too long a shower, and use plastic tupperware and baggies. I've started switching to all-natural house cleaners, but haven't completely. These are things I can start doing today.

How do you instill good environmental habits in your kids? I'd love to hear your tips.

One thing I do well is encourage my son to play outside and play with him. We go to the park pretty often when the weather is nice and all have bikes to ride around the neighborhood. I know staying inside playing iPad all day isn't good!



I can track how many times people click the link in today's post, so I'll keep you posted.  Do you think we could get 1,000 by December 23? I bet we can if everyone that reads this clicks HERE!  Thank you! :) 


*Thanks to New Leaf Energy for sponsoring today's post and for planting trees! I'm happy to be able to spread this message.





4 comments:

  1. For me, growing up, I was an outdoor kid. I have instilled this in my children as well. We hike, snowboard and do a lot of outdoor activites. When my girls were little and in scouts we did community park projects, cleaning, planting flowers etc. Every year now we buy a real tree from our local home improvement store and plant it on one of our favorite hikes. It is great to water it every week and watch it grow! We recycle, don't run the water unnecessarily, don't use bottle water and even recycle paint and other materials we don't use any longer. I have tried to teach my children to be a good caretaker of our environment, I hope I've succeeded! Victoria - Oh PS - I also clicked like on facebook to plant a tree! GREAT IDEA!

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  2. That is the coolest thing- planting a tree of your own and watching it grow! Thanks for sharing this- so inspiring to see other people taking our earth seriously.

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  3. When you're doing huge remodeling jobs like we are, there was a lot of guilt on my part of the amount of debris you couldn't re-use and had to go in a dumpster. I have always been a big 'recycler' and and a re-user and have contacted the local Habitat of Humanity or other salvage places when we have done the big tear down jobs. And we have always been a 1 trash can kind of family. Several years ago I asked for an outside compost can as a bday present - and I do an okay job w/that - sometimes really good and other times not so much. (it's not so fun to empty the bucket and baby it's cold outside!) I have a paper shopping bag that I keep in the pantry that we stuff plastic grocery bags in and then when it's overflowing, I take it to the grocery store where they recycle the plastic bags. And the last thing I do is have an old Lego container in the pantry where the boys throw all their used batteries in, and about once every 3 years I end up taking it into the fire department or the Ace where they accept batteries.

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  4. When you're doing huge remodeling jobs like we are, there was a lot of guilt on my part of the amount of debris you couldn't re-use and had to go in a dumpster. I have always been a big 'recycler' and and a re-user and have contacted the local Habitat of Humanity or other salvage places when we have done the big tear down jobs. And we have always been a 1 trash can kind of family. Several years ago I asked for an outside compost can as a bday present - and I do an okay job w/that - sometimes really good and other times not so much. (it's not so fun to empty the bucket and baby it's cold outside!) I have a paper shopping bag that I keep in the pantry that we stuff plastic grocery bags in and then when it's overflowing, I take it to the grocery store where they recycle the plastic bags. And the last thing I do is have an old Lego container in the pantry where the boys throw all their used batteries in, and about once every 3 years I end up taking it into the fire department or the Ace where they accept batteries.

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