In doing so, I came up with five easy steps to help my family and yours in going greener!
PLAN A FAMILY EXCURSION:Now that spring is upon is, what better time to reconnect with your family and nature at the same time!
Whether you traverse to water or wood, committing, recommitting or advancing your family's green efforts is more meaningful when you remind each other why you are doing it, while you are in nature's midst!
REVISIT YOUR RECYCLING OPTIONS:Are you up to date on the latest from your local recycling center? I try to review what items my local center accepts at least twice a year; each time I do I seem to discover a new item our family can recycle!
I also find great opportunities for recycling through my local utilities! Our local electric provider recently hosted a recycling event for used dehumidifiers and a/c units, offering $15 for each item recycled!
Don't keep the information to yourself! Share it with your friends and neighbors! What wonderful information for your child to share with their classmates! Spread the word!
MAKE RECYCLING AUTOMATIC AND FUN:With so many items to make sure get to the recycling bins, and not in the trash, it helps if everyone in the family is involved.
Of course, you'll need to invest some time creating a recycling center for sorting and storing your items. We found that making a "game" of recycling helped our family to make sure nothing was missed.
When our children were younger, they enjoyed the game of "shooting" cans and bottles into recycling containers. Now that they are older, every time someone catches an item going into the trash that shouldn't, they get a coin in their vacation jar. Whoever has the most in their jar gets to pick our next trip destination!
We also have an ongoing family challenge of making sure unnecessary items are not left plugged in and lights are shut off. More coins in the jar!
Whether you do it one a week or once a month, challenge one of your regular purchase items. Is it eco-friendly? Research the company and product and find out! If not, find a greener solution!
Planing a big purchase? You'll likely be researching anyway so be certain to include a look into the greenest and energy star choices available!
Step Five:PLANT A TREE...OR TEN!
Go ahead and become a tree hugger! It's a good thing!
With Arbor Day fast approaching next Saturday, what would be a better gift for your family (and the Earth) than becoming a member of The Arbor Day Foundation?
You can become a member for only $10 and with membership, you can choose from a wonderful selection of welcome gifts: 10 free 6-12" trees to plant!
Alternatively, you may select to instead have 10 trees planted in your honor in our National Forests!
With your membership, you'll also receive the advantages of:
You’ll also receive a 33–56 percent discount on over 100 trees and shrubs. Our selection includes shade, flowering, ornamental, fruit trees, evergreens and more.
Arbor Day SubscriptionFree subscription to our colorful bimonthly newsletter. Arbor Day is a gardener’s handbook and tree information guide in one.
The Tree BookThe Tree Book is a treasury of genuinely useful guidance about planting and caring for trees in a cheerfully colorful format.
Six Month or One Year MembershipImportant Foundation programs are sustained by nearly a million members nationwide. You’ll become part of the Foundation.
With such a low pledge for membership, consider a small contribution to help save the rainforests, as well! With every $10 in contributions, The Arbor Day Foundation will save 2500 square feet of rainforest in your name!
***GIVEAWAY***In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, That's What She Said is giving away a 12 month membership to The Arbor Day Foundation! The winner may use it for themselves or give it to another.
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