7 Tips For Growing a Green Family

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Summer is here and we are loving the green that we see around us! It’s also a perfect time to bring new, sustainable habits into our daily lives that we can stick with all year long. Check out the following 7 practical pointers for going green.



1. Bring air purifying plants into your home. Improve the air quality in your home by introducing plants that act as air filters, absorbing the harmful gases and toxins from furniture, paints, and plastics. Peace lilies, golden pothos, and Boston ferns are only a few examples of the many plants that can help remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air in your home.

2. Look for local, seasonal foods. Eating local and seasonally means you are likely to avoid the food miles and greenhouse gas emissions associated with foods that aren’t in season and travel a long way to get to your table. In addition, seasonal foods can be less expensive and taste better. Because it is picked only when it’s naturally ripe, seasonal produce retains all of the nutrients and flavor that is lost when food is harvested prematurely. If you are feeling ambitious and have space, you can even start your own vegetable garden for the most localized produce possible.

3. Start a compost (or look for compost programs in your neighborhood). Don’t let your fruit and veggie scraps go to waste in the landfill, where they will ultimately contribute to climate change by emitting methane. Instead, start a compost in your yard or look for programs in your community that collect organic material for composting. Compost is a natural fertilizer and can be added to your garden or potted plants.

4. Swap or donate clothes. Swapping clothes that your kids have grown out of with other parents is a great way to share and/or get “new” clothes without actually purchasing anything. If you can’t think of anyone to swap with, then donating old clothes is another great option. Swapping or donating clothes helps with spring cleaning and extends the life of each item.

5. Use non-toxic products. If you are taking on some serious spring cleaning, make sure you are using non-toxic cleaning materials because chemical-based supplies contribute to water pollution and can be harmful to your health. Websites and apps such as GoodGuide and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning help to find safe and gentle cleaning products. You can also make your own with baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.

6. Clean out your air filters. This spring is expected to be warm as we continue to break records for global temperature records. For many of us, this means turning on air conditioning and (ideally) cleaning out or replacing the air filters. Air filters that have not been cleaned or replaced in a while can mean that free-flowing air is being blocked, making the system work harder to push air out. Clean filters will not only prevent unnecessary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, but will also save you money on your electricity bill.

7. Plastic-free picnics. Spring is synonymous with picnics. To minimize your negative impact on the environment during these outings, swap out plastic single-use containers and utensils for reusable non-plastic items. It can be easy to rely on single-use plastic items such as water bottles, cutlery, plates, and cups, but it creates a lot of waste that will most likely end up in a landfill (or even in the ocean)! Look for glass jars and cloth bags to carry and contain your goodies and bring silverware from home to cut down on the waste you create.

Rosaly Bird and Lauren DeMates are co-authors and founders of The Sustainability Co-Op blog, which strives to understand and communicate the interconnectedness between global and local societal needs and environmental concerns. They have written a book called Sustainability Made Simple and you definitely have to check it out!


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10 comments

  1. One tip for growing a green family is to buy some things that have had a previous life with someone else. Books, toys, and clothing can be bought at garage sales or consignment stores.

    Nancy
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  2. I take my own bags to the grocery store and Target.

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  3. I agree big time with 7 tips, but the plastic free picnic is one you don't always think of, but it is very important and should be done more often!!!

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  4. My family enjoy riding our bikes when we can instead of taking the car. Also re-using containers instead of throwing them out.

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  5. We always try to use reusable bags when grocery shopping and we reuse things as much as possible.

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  6. My best tips is to always recycle!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  7. Using reusable bags is an easy and cheap way to help!

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  8. We started composting several years ago and gardening. Both have helped us become more green!

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  9. We enjoy growing our own veggies and composting.

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  10. I have always had plants in my home. My friends and family complement me on my “forest.” It’s not just for the oxygen, but I love the greenery in my home. My kids and grandkids know about house plants. We bought a blue Walmart cloth bag a long time ago to put some of the things we bought from there in it. We keep it in our car. Also we have always passed outfits down from kid to kid. It was easy with all girls �� We couldn’t afford new outfits all the time. The girls loved to dress up. Let’s not even talk about the new shoes they had to have, a lot. If the clothes were in good shape, I would donate them. The kids loved to give their toys to goodwill - especially after I told them that their are children that don’t have any toys and how sad they were. I felt that they had to know how fortunate they are.
    We recycle ♻️ all the time. Our village gave us a recycle bin and we use it. We also have a rain barrel to use to water �� our lawn. We’ve shown the grandkids the recycle ♻️ logo so they know what to recycle. They recycle in their schools too. Everyone should pull their own weight. After all it’s all of our planet ��

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