I have four kiddos between 2-14 in the house. I find it increasingly hard to be more eco conscious & green in our day to day lives! Everything is plastic or has plastic ! How do you be more green in your house & how do you encourage your kiddos to follow suit?

Posted by Sarah, 7th June 2019

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  • I didn’t know about those laundry balls. Great tip!

  • One thing to do with plastics- you can get these things called Cora laundry balls that collect the microplastics that come out of your clothes in the washing machine and stop them from ending up in the ocean. Also, avoid buying any cosmetics with microbeads- tiny bits of plastic as well, then end up in the water supply.

  • Yes. Nowadays you can find some of those products at the supermarket too.
    I always bring my produce bags when I go shopping. Plus my reusable bags.

  • Thanks for your replies everyone! We do recycle, take part in the return & earn program as well as compost our scraps. I’ve started baking (some) snacks instead of purchasing pre-packaged, although I think I need to step that up a notch. I actually found a company called seed & sprout too! They sell little cotton mesh bags for veg & dry goods so I have bought these & I found some companies (good old google) who make compostable plastic equivalents like cling wrap etc so I’m very excited to try them too!

  • Create a system for recycling. That would be already a lot indeed. And if the kids see you doing that, they will follow your steps. What about a worming farm? I’m sure the kids would love helping with that.
    And instead of buying packaged products like biscuits, why don’t you make them yourself with the kids? It’s a nice activity and you avoid plastic. The same could be done with a lot of other products. Just do what you feel comfortable with.
    Success. :-)

  • Ive started growing our own veggies and compost so majority of our garden waste goes in there. I also keep our egg cartons and veg/fruit scraps for a friend who has chickens.

  • Also – get the kids involved in recycling and caring for the environment and world.
    Kids can benefit from taking appropriate containers to container deposit schemes too – a good incentive.

  • Recycling plastics to redcycle in your woolies or Coles. Then at least the plastic isn’t going in landfill! And trying not to get produce with plastic in it (which sometimes isn’t possible unless you go to farmers markets like above answer. I’ve started using newspaper bin liners mostly (not always). AND cloth nappies! Although your youngest is two so you are pretty much past that.

  • Shopping at Farmer’s market is a good way to avoid plastic. We take our own eco bags and the food is not wrapped in layers and layers of plastic. The bonus is children get to learn about food and see that it does not come directly from a store. It comes from the producers and growers.

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