Teaching Your Children to Live for a Greener Future

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This article is sponsored by REPREVE but as always the opinions shared are my own.

It has been quite a while since I have really covered a lot of green living on the blog and one of my goals for 2014 is to get back to what I am passionate about, one of those is simple ways we can live greener.  The awesome thing about green living, it is not all or nothing!  We can do such simple things that make a difference and over time have large impacts.

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Now that I have children of my own, it is my (and Bryan’s) responsibility to help teach our own children to care for the beautiful home we were provided with, the earth.  Every day I am amazed by just how much their little brains are truly sponges.  Case in point, we were on vacation when Austin was about three years old and he had a plastic water bottle.  He did a 360 in the room and then had a puzzled look on his face.  He turned to me at the desk and said, “Mommy, where is the recycle bin?”  I smiled inside and out to know that even at that young age he knew it was an item we needed to recycle.

Simple ways our family works for a greener future:

Reduce:  One of the easiest ways we can teach the children to take care of the earth is to conserve our precious resources.  We started with small things, such as turning off the water when they are brushing their teeth or switching off all the lights when we leave a room.  We save all our junk mail and worksheets from school if they have a blank backside to reprint on the other side.  The children love exploring in the outdoors and knowing that paper comes from trees, we want to do our part to keep them planted.

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Reuse:  In my opinion, reusing is even better than recycling!  Why?  Recycling is awesome but also requires resources for the recycling process.  If something can be reused or repurposed, it requires no more resources to become valuable.  I love to repurpose!  Before you add something to your recycle bin, try to think of creative ways you could reuse it.  Use your small plastic containers to get a jump-start on your garden and plant seeds in them.  Have clothing that is stained or getting worn out?  First off, try to find a creative way you can repair them but if not there are so many things you can repurpose them into, try out these leggings made from a t-shirt.  Think outside the box!

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Recycle:  This almost seems like a no brainer!  If something can’t be recycled or reused it needs to be recycled!  Why should we consume more resources when what we have already consumed can be reused?    Teaching the children what items can be recycled is so important and when they understand why, they WANT to recycle!

One company that is extremely passionate about recycling is REPREVE! They turn it green by taking plastic bottles and making them into usable fabric that is used by many popular clothing brands.  One example is this fabulous green beanie that is made from 6 recycled plastic bottles!  Pretty awesome to think that this cool beanie is made from these.

The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled.  Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them.  So Repreve is on a mission to get the word out: Just recycle more.  And buy REPREVE  products.

Repair:  We live in a disposable world.  It actually is quite sad.  Because of consumerism, products are not made like they use to.  Things that were made 20-30 years ago were made to last, now products are made to be upgraded in such a short amount of time.  Rather than be quick to jump on the new bandwagon, we are trying to teach our children everything doesn’t need to be new shiny, if something still works, we want to keep it in good repair.  Even if something happens and a toy breaks, they are quick to put them parts aside for Daddy “to fix” because they know he that is what he does.

Gardening:  Nothing can get us closer to the earth than seeing our  own food come from it.  The kids have grown up around us gardening and love to help take part in all the processes (except for Addie not wanting to help remove bugs).  Seeing how something as tiny as a seed can turn into our food is exciting!  Seeing first hand how the earth provides for us is all the more reason for them to understand that we need to care for the earth.

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Another way we like to take care of the earth is to collect the litter that blows in along the road.  The kids argue over who gets to pick up the next piece.  Not only does it get us active but we help to beautify the earth too.

What tips do you have to teach your children to live a more sustainable lifestyle?

REPREVE will take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen later this month, (Jan. 23-26, 2014).

Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green.

It’s not just about free swag, though. This is an event with a serious mission: to show the world that we have to get everybody involved in recycling—to create a reprieve for the planet.

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Contest details:  To celebrate the 2014 X Games,  REPREVE invites you to share how you and your family “turn it green” by creating your own image or video on how you practice living green and then share your submission on Instagram, Twitter or Vine with the hashtag #TurnItGreen.

Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve.com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).  What do you have to lose?

What is your favorite way to #TurnItGreen?

30 thoughts on “Teaching Your Children to Live for a Greener Future”

  1. I also try to live greener, especially with a hubby that likes to toss things if he can’t fix ’em. I try to fix things & reuse them as something else. I keep a stash of cardboard to make sock aides out of for my patients, haha 😛

  2. Recycling is something we are very strong opinionated in our house! Everything possible goes in the recycling bin and I am all about reusing everything possible. Saves our earth and money. WIN WIN!!

  3. We recycle as much as possible and I have taught our kids to even reuse what can be. We try to have very little waste in the house and hopefully they keep with this the rest of their lives

  4. recycling definitely has an impact on all of us. when we teach this by living it, it is much easier for children to later live it. Children live what they learn.

  5. I am a big time recycler but the city I live in makes it really easy to do. I am very conscious of making sure everything that can, gets recycled. The contest sounds like fun!

  6. I’m so with you on not buying something new just because it can be bought. I’m that way with phones. I review them, yes, but my actual phone is always years old and ONLY gets replaced when it’s starting to fail or it’s just glitchy beyond belief. My kids have taught me so much about recycling too!

  7. Heard about Repreve from another blog post. Love what they do. It’s a great idea to get kids involved to be more green. My son caught me putting a box in the garbage can recently and he said “Mommy, that’s for the recycle bin!” Hheheheh

  8. I truly agree about living more economically. I have been teaching my younger ones the need for recycling. We recycle clothing all the time and I very rarely throw things out, much to the dismay of hubby. 🙂

  9. I try and recycle everything we can – we have a blue bin we can put most things in which is picked up every other week so the council do make it as easy as they can for us 🙂

  10. Funny to see this, my youngest and I are currently working on a quilt made of all his used clothing that is not good enough to be donated. It allows us to cut out the non-stained parts and re-use them. Love this post and I will definitely check out that site.

  11. We re-use and recycle all the time. All our trash that be burnt, goes into the burn barrel. Anything that can be composted goes into the compost pile, and everything else gets sorted and sent off to be recycled!

  12. We try to teach the kids the whole reuse and recycle bit. I like to Freecycle or give my stuff to others who need it. I have also been going around the house and finding things I can repurpose and upcylce instead of buying new.

    I recently saw those hats on someone the other day (online of course) and loved them! How cute are they!?

  13. I have an environmental sci degree so you know I am really happy to hear that they have finally figured out a way to re use those plastic bottles!! I will definitely be going to their site and checking it out.

  14. I definitely need to teach my children to be more “green”. I use to do a lot of recycling but now we live in a small cottage it’s just to hard to recycle now.

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