Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Earth Day is here and it’s time to think about our eco-system and consider how we can help. The Greenhouse Effect is in full effect! Changing seasons seem to have less to do with the weather and more to do with another day on the calendar. We have to do our part.
Here are 6 ways Cool Dads can help the environment and resize their own carbon footprint:
1. Go Unplugged
Save on that electrical bill by saving energy and brain cells spending a few evenings a week unplugged. Have the entire family cut off (and unplug) televisions, computers, cell phones, games and etc. Talk to one another and learn about what’s going on in each other’s lives that might otherwise be drowned in the sea of social media and wack cartoons.
2. Thrift Shop
Buying items second hand is a great way to save money and reduce waste. Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I donate items to Good Will or Salvation Army and shop there as well. Your kids likely have plenty of great stuff they don’t need or use anymore but instead of making waste, give it to be reused.
Make sure you know what items can be recycled and separate them so they can be recycled. This is a great practice to enstill in our kids. When my kids go to other people’s houses they if their is a recycle bin before they toss anything in the trash.
4. Buy Local
Visit your local farmer’s market where you can to purchase locally raised and organic dairy, eggs, meat and more. The food eco-friendly, fresh and buying it stimulates the local economy. Plus, local food tastes better and is fresher.
5. Other Means of Transportation
If you have two feet, you have a means of transportation. For short trips to the store and etc., it is a great practice to walk or ride a bike. Not only is it exercise, but it helps save on gas and lower your carbon emissions. Also consider car pooling on different outings or to work.
6. Cloth Diapers?
Yes, they still make cloth diapers and if you were really about that “Green” life and a dad that uses diapers you would invest in some instead of pilling those weird thick globs of napkin and tap in the trash can. As many of us know the cost of disposable diapers is like baby college tuition when you add it all up. Also you go through so many little accidents that it would be more than worth it to be able to wash those diapers out. My parents did it.
Side Note: I was going to include ebooks and reading online but there is something about the feel of a book and the way we pass knowledge in the physical form that has always excited me. I still buy and read books. I may be old fashioned but I remain COOL! #DADsRule