Teaching Our Kids to be Eco-Conscious

Updated: Aug 7

eco-conscious : marked by or showing concern for the environment

[Merriam-Webster definition]

Since the start of Wander Seek Explore my focus has been on getting into nature, exploring nature, and learning more about nature but I feel that is only the first step to a much larger goal of mine. Getting into nature, developing a love and admiration for nature, and realizing the importance of nature in our lives then turns into a passion for caring for nature, saving nature, and self-awareness of how our actions affect the world.

My children watch everything I do and listen to very little I say. I can preach all day about the decline of the bees, the insane amount of plastic in the ocean, and climate change but if I don't take action, my words amount to very little (as the old saying goes, "actions speak louder than words"). If I throw my plastic into the trashcan, then obviously plastic in the ocean isn't such a big deal. So, the question is, what changes am I making, as a single consumer, to make a difference? How can I teach my kids to be eco-conscious?

Skip the plastic bags and opt for reusable ones. One of my favorite indoor hobbies is sewing and crafting. I love to make things that I would otherwise have to buy (or use and then throw away)! Two things I make are reusable produce and bulk food bags. If you can sew a straight line, you can make one of these! Then when you go to the grocery store or farmer's market, just pull out your fabric produce or bulk food bag and show your kids another way to keep plastic bags out of your home.

Make your own fabric produce bags with Wellness Mama

(If you would like smaller or larger bags for bulk food, just size the fabric or down to your desired size.)

Plant a pollinator garden with your children around your home. Bees and other pollinators are essential to our life. Do a little research to see which flowers are best for the pollinators in your area. The bees will thank you!

Learn more:

U.S. Forest Service

Pollinator Partnership

Seed Savers Exchange

National Wildlife Federation

Recycle your plastic!

Did you know that five plastic bottles (PET) recycled provides enough fiber to create one square feet of carpet or enough fiber fill to fill one ski jacket.

Did you know that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

Did you know that recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year.

"Without exception, recycling is the top action society can do to simultaneously improve: the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans."

(Recycle Across America)

Or better yet, skip the plastic bottles altogether and carry your own reusable bottle.

Read books that teach the importance of preserving the environment. There are so many out there to choose from:

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Top Children's Books on the Environment from A Mighty Girl

16 Books That Will Help Turn Kids Into Young Environmentalists from New York Magazine

25 Books That Teach Kids to Care for the Environment from Huffpost

Volunteer as a family. There are many different ways to get involved in your local community that will make a large environmental impact.

Plant trees.

Pick up litter.

Spend time at an animal shelter.

Clean hiking trails.

The list could go on and on!

Learn more from One Green Planet - 7 Awesome Hands-On Ways You Can Volunteer to Help the Environment.

What steps are you taking to teach your children to be more eco-conscious? I'd love to hear your ideas!



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