Green Ideas All Year Long

Earth Day has come and gone. As the tweets, posts, TV and radio ads die down, I wonder how can we continue to the momentum? Especially with our kids. How can we teach them that green living (even light green living) should be something done everyday and not just one day a year?

I asked you all this question in the last post, on Facebook, and Twitter, and I thank you all for your ideas and input.

Some of you suggested:

  • Having them pick up aluminum cans and bring them to the recycling center. Then they can keep the money to save, donate or spend.
  • If they have juice boxes, have them use glasses for juice instead.
  • Plant some veggies or flowers in the backyard or in a container on a porch. They can take old popsicle sticks and make signs for the different flowers and vegetables.
  • Take them to a Pick-Your-Own organic farm this summer.

Also, in the past posts, I have shared information about the Scott Naturals Pledge on their website where they encourage people to pledge to “test-drive” their new Scott Natural Products. Then, if you pledge, you can enter to win a hybrid car. I have also mentioned another way to help the green effort is to click this URL, which will donate one dollar for every click up to $25,000 to the Natural Wildlife Foundation.

A simple way this week is to have your kids go online and make the pledge. Check out the website and have a simple conversation. Maybe it is over green toilet paper, but it is something they use everyday and is an unique way to chat about the Earth and our daily impact on it.

Do they have other ideas on what they can do to help? What about a recycling craft project? I would love to hear your children’s ideas for the next post. If you leave a comment (or if they leave a comment!), I’ll giveaway another round of Scott Naturals products to say thanks!

Congrats to Lesley!

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Rules: (Gotta have them)

Leave a comment about this post; US entrants welcome. Include your name and email in the appropriate fields so I can contact you if you win.* (Including just first name or first name + last initial is OK!). Anonymous or SPAM-like comments will be discarded. Entry period closes at 11:59PM EST, Wednesday, May 3, 2011.

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*One lucky winner (drawn randomly via Random.org) will receive the pack of Scott Natural Bath Tissue, Paper Towel, Flushable Moist Wipes and Napkins. The winner will be notified directly via e-mail, then listed back at this post using first name only.

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Disclosure: I received some great Scott Natural Products too and the Scott Company, as well as The Motherhood, are being super nice to compensate me for my time!


 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Erica Best says:

    i teach my nephew water saving tips and to take cans back to store and he loves it.

  2. Jessie Heuchler says:

    Our pre-school teacher LOVES to get our old yogurt containers, both big and small. She uses them as paint containers or as rinse cups for watercolors, or sometimes as part of art or planting projects. My son asks every day if we have more “plasticups” (I think he’s coined a new compound word) to bring to school. We always talk about reusing and recycling, and he loves hand-delivering our containers to his teacher. He might out-green me before long!

  3. Lesley M. says:

    This post got me thinking about plastic bags … most Walmart stores will recycle them, so we never throw them out anymore. Schools also can sign up with Walmart and get money for plastic bags they collect at school!

  4. Charlene says:

    That is such a great idea and I didn’t know they did that. Super awesome!

  5. Tamara B. says:

    Pledge taken and my children help set up recycle bins in their middle school cafeteria.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  6. Thanks for this great giveaway! I love what they’re doing and we can even use the paper towel tubes for project to not waste that either!

  7. We go can collecting! It’s kind of a two-fold thing where we get to pick up and recycle aluminum and sometimes you make a little money (but not a lot really)

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