Halloween was always an exciting event for me as a child. I was never a huge fan of the haunted houses or games that required sticking my hand into something goopy and guess what it was, but dress up like a princess and have people line up to give me candy? I was all over that. As a parent, I’m not thrilled to have my kids repeat the candy gorging I did as a kid and the waste of the holiday rubs the green part of me the wrong way. Halloween traditions can be fun without harming the environment. These simple tips will help you green your Halloween and make this holiday a celebration you can feel good about.
Any parent with a child in diapers know how much waste diapers can generate. I’ve had at least 2 in diapers for most of my life as a mom and it was staggering to realize how much waste we were creating every week, especially once you realize how long disposable diapers sit in the landfill. This week Green and Clean Mom sent me a package of Broody Chick Naturally and fully compostable diapers to try to try as part of the Mommy Go Green Blog Tour.
My kids love to recycle but until recently, they really had no idea what happened to our paper after they put it in the recycling bin. This simple activity is a fun and interactive way to teach kids how to recycle paper and can be a good use for the extra newspaper you have laying around from couponing.
Think before you throw something perfectly good in the trash or head out to the local store. There is a website that may be able to clean out your attic or put a new couch in your den. I’ve used to it for furniture, craft projects, ideas and the wedding presents time forgot. It’s a free cycle of giving. Think globally, recycle locally.
Preschoolers are interested in everything about the world around us. It is important for us as parents and teachers to teach them to be responsible while they are young. Taking care of our earth is as important as anything else that we may do. This simple introduction to recycling will teach preschoolers the importance of reusing the resources that we have. As preschoolers sort the items they have to recycle they will also learn valuable math skills.