No waste education for conscious families
A guest blog written by The Nanny Balance
Going green. Zero or no waste. Reduce the impact. We have all seen the widespread promotion and the benefits surrounding these topics. But how many of us have started implementing changes in our homes, to help to reduce our waste and carbon footprint? Looking after the environment and everything in it is an important task, that we all need to play a part in. No waste education and looking after the environment can not only be a great activity for conscious families, but also a very fun one!
WHAT IS ZERO OR NO WASTE?
The first thing to do is to explain to them what zero or no waste is and why it is important. Teaching children about how packaging cannot always be recycled or what happens when things go into landfill will help them gain a better understanding. Then you can use examples from throughout the house to show them what you mean.
How unnecessary waste looks in the form of individual chip packets, vegetables in bags, single serve packets of sultanas etc.
It might surprise you to see how many things there are in your home that contribute to landfill and waste.
NO WASTE EDUCATION FOR CONCIOUS FAMILIES – REUSE AND RECYCLE
Not everything goes into landfill. There are many things that you can reuse or recycle in the home. Go through the different packaging and products in your home and talk about the differences. Teach them about what that can be recycled such as cardboard, paper and glass. Also teach them about things that you can repurpose or reuse. Things such as glass jars, old formula tins and many other items can be reused for something else. There are countless ways that this educational practice can be turned into a game, arts and crafts or a story. They can decorate old jars and containers and use them for storing bits and bobs in as well.
TAKE THEM GROCERY SHOPPING
Who am I kidding – it’s not like we get to do the grocery shopping on our own anyway!
This can be a really good exercise to do as a conscious family that will help kids to understand the zero waste concept. Talk about the different products you are putting in the trolley. Ask them if there is going to be any waste from the products and if so, is there something else you can choose that would be better for the environment.
Setting examples such as not putting your fresh fruit and vegetables into plastic bags is a big way to reduce your waste. Buying in bulk and separating into lunch boxes or containers is another. Many health food shops promote zero waste shopping as well.
And most importantly when shopping; remember your green bags! Although the plastic bags provided now are biodegradable – it doesn’t mean you need 10,000 of them!
NO WASTE EDUCATION FOR CONCIOUS FAMILIES – MAKE SOME CHANGES
Once you have starting the learnings about zero waste and helping the environment, involve your kids in helping you make changes in the home. There are plenty of fun activities that you can do with them to not only make changes but also give them something different to do. If you’re returning to work and need to find care for your children, you can find the perfect Nanny match who shares your family values, and will continue to consciously educate your children. That’s what The Nanny Balance is for!
Starting a compost bin is a great family activity that will get you outside and learning about how the environment works. Each night after dinner, get them to take the food scraps out and add them to the compost.
Another fun activity is getting them involved in creating a no waste lunch box for school. There are plenty of great bento style lunch boxes on the market now. These are great because you can put different foods in each section without them touching. Getting them to help will not only reduce waste, but it will also guarantee that there are foods they want to eat in the lunch box (no more soggy bananas at the bottom of school bags). This also encourages their peers to ask about their lunches, and a chance for your child to educate others.
Another activity that they can get involved in is creating pantry labels. Rather than buying single serve products, buy larger amounts in bulk that can be stored in large containers. This reduces a lot of waste and keeps your food fresh. Get them to create fun labels to place on the different jars and containers. Not to mention, who doesn’t love an organised pantry! No time to create the no waste pantry of your dreams? Finding a second set of hands to help out around the house may be an option.
Becoming a zero waste household doesn’t need to be an expensive or time consuming process. If you start to make little changes each day you will see a big difference. Continuing to teach your children, getting them involved and letting them take part in decision making will help them to understand the bigger picture.
Now it’s time to think about what kind of changes have you made in your home to move towards a zero waste household, and how we can all do better.
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