How to Make Your Kids Environmentally Conscious

What better way is there to create more environmental activists than by educating them from a young and tender age. However if you haven’t done this yet, it is never too late to start. There are many ways in which to do this. Here are some ideas.

 

The first and most important step is to lead by example. Show your children how you separate your trash and recycle, avoid littering, save electricity by not leaving unnecessary lights on, support green efforts and generally care for the environment. Let them see how you make your own green cleaning products. Get them a pet or pets like goldfish, which should be their responsibility to take care of.

Make environmental activities fun. Plant your own organic vegetable garden and let your kids help you with this. Involve them by getting their input on what to plant, let them plant the actual seeds and encourage them to care for the garden by watering it everyday.

Go on nature outings. Take them to nature reserves and game parks if you can, where they can see animals in their natural habitat. If you don’t have one near you, take them to the zoo, as well as aquariums, bird parks and aviaries. Take them for nature walks, pointing out interesting plants and birds en route. Give them disposable cameras and encourage them to take pictures of the interesting things they see.

Education is paramount. Read stories to your kids about Earth Day and saving animals and the environment. Let them see documentaries on saving the environment. Talk to them about environmental issues, like oil spills and endangered animals, and mention extinct animals like dinosaurs and dodos by way of example. Ask them for their ideas on how to save the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

On rainy days, get your kids to make items by using recycling discarded items like egg cartons, plastic bottles, corks, bottle caps, toilet roll holders, grocery bags and popsicle sticks. They can even make a bird feeder or bird house. There are lots of ideas on the Internet on how to make these things.

Celebrate environmental days like Earth Day by going to a public park and picking up litter. 

Spend some environmentally conscious quality time together. Have an outdoor picnic (weather permitting) with healthy, green foods. If the weather permits, have a night party. Gather everyone, get some warm blankets, lie on the lawn and look up at the stars! You can play a game of Spot the Stars. This way they learn about astronomy too.

Together, we can save the planet, by making a difference, one by one.

Source: National Geographic Kids…

Green Methods for Removing Paint

Removing your old paint can be a messy and time consuming process-especially when chemical paint strippers are involved. But besides being a pain in the neck, chemical paint strippers and removers can pollute our land, air and water. No matter what type of painting removers you plan on using for your next home improvement project, be careful. Paint that was applied prior to 1978 can contain lead. You may need to hire a lead abatement service to prevent exposure to this deadly toxin.

Isopropanol Alcohol

This is one of the best paint removers for soft woods and other delicate materials because it doesn’t leave stains. This ecofriendly paint remover evaporates quickly, so any residue that’s left behind is only old paint-and not the stripper itself. Typical rubbing alcohol that is bought at the store for medicinal supplies might not be strong enough to use to remove more stubborn paints. Higher concentrations of rubbing alcohol can be bought when stronger and tougher paints don’t come off with conventional isopropanol alcohol.

Canola Oil

When latex paints or other light water based paints are being used, canola oil can help to remove them quickly, safely and eco consciously. To remove paint using canola oil, spread a small amount onto a terry cloth towel or wash cloth. Rub the paint vigorously to begin the process of cleaning up the old paint. Canola oil shouldn’t be used on clear stained wood products as the heavy oils will permanently stain the wood. Older oil based paints have a hard time coming clean with canola oils.

Adhesive Backed Stripper

Exterior paint products that are stuck on difficult-to-clean material like stone, brick or stucco can be super tough to remove. That’s where adhesive backed paint strippers come into play. They help keep the messy paint chips and other paint materials from scattering all over the ground. By adhering to the paint with its super adhesive backing, it bonds permanently with paint-but not the materials underneath. Once hardened, peel it away and toss it in the trash.

Electric Heat Guns

These blow dryer looking devices work excellent for removing paint without any dangerous chemicals. These will peel even the most stubborn of paints away from their base material for easy and safe disposal. Electric heat guns should never be used on plastic materials that may melt under the extreme heat.

Citric Acid

This fruit based paint remover uses citric acid-typically found in oranges-to safely remove paint in an environmental friendly way. These materials are safe for all household cleaning as well as removing many paints from their substrate. Be careful not to use any citric acid-based cleaners that have dyes or scents as these can easily stain wood materials for good.

However, when I picked up the bottle of the new formula of Windex at the store last week, and it was simply labeled “vinegar,” I realized that all these years, I have been duped. I was about to pay over $3 for a small spray bottle of chemically enhanced vinegar and water! I promptly determined to go home and make my own green cleaners. So after some quick research online, I began using my trusty vinegar cleaner on everything, my glass tabletop, doors and windows, mirrors, kitchen countertops, stove top, and more! You would not believe my sparklin’ house, ya’ll! Even Juan was pleasantly surprised, it does not smudge, smear, or streak!

Here are a couple of quick tips for any first-timers out there wondering how to get started on making your own green cleaners. (I know I wasn’t the only one still buying those chemical cleaners, cuz the products are still on the store shelves!)

1. To make the vinegar and water cleaner, simply put half water, half vinegar into a spray bottle ‘” Voila! No really, it’s that easy ‘”

2. When I first start wiping the vinegar with newspaper, paper towel, rag (your choice ‘” you already know what’s greener!) it looks as if it is going to smear ‘” keep wiping, and you will see the shine!

3. There is a great green bathroom cleaner you can use ‘” hydrogen peroxide and water ‘” see http://www.using-hydrogen-peroxide.com/ for valuable information on this green product, as …

Eco-Friendly Shopping Guide for Beauty and Household Products

With Earth Hour come and gone, it’s time to examine your personal commitment to the earth and climate change.

 

You can look good, and so can your house, without hurting the environment! This shopping guide will give you a brief list of some of the amazing accessories you can buy made from recycled material. This isn’t your traditional thrift store merchandise: It’s classy, it looks good, and it’s eco-friendly! We’ve also scoured the web for green personal care and beauty products.

Use this eco-friendly shopping list as a spring board and introduction to the many companies that offer great products that are kind to the environment around us.

Eco-friendly accessories for your dining table:

Beautiful, bamboo drink coasters; perfect for your summer glasses of cool, refreshing lemonade! Not only is bamboo a replenish-able natural resource (it is actually a grass and grows fast), but these coasts are also made of organic bamboo! A set of four can be had for only $18.99 online at grassrootsstore.com.

Resource Revival’s recycled candle holders are made from old bicycle parts. These are great for any bikers in your family, or for adding a beautiful and classy element to any dinner. A pair of these recycled candle holders can be found at eco-artware.com for only $25.

Green, Organic Personal Care and Beauty Products:

A set of four Tashodi soap bars aren’t just cute and heart-shaped. These body soaps are also fair trade and totally green. It will leave your skin feeling clean and soft while being gentle on you and the environment! I love the smell, and you can enjoy it to for only $3 each when you buy four at tashodi.ca.

Farmaesthetics combines oil of rose with five natural herbs into something they call “Pure Complexion Tonic” which promises to clean and moisturize your skin, all naturally of course! Pick up your bottle of Pure Complexion Tonic at farmaesthetics.com for only $25.

Environmentally Friendly Women’s Jewelry:

Who said looking pretty had to be costly? For less than $150, you can get a beautiful, handmade bracelet from Trisha Laurel made of recycled material. Even better, these one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces aren’t found everywhere. Get first dibs on it and set a earth-lovin’ beauty trend at trishalaureldesigns.com.

Environmentally Friendly Men’s Accessories:

Guys can look sharp and handsome with some recycled cufflinks. Handmade from eco-artware.com, these unique, $40 cufflinks are fashioned from old typewriter keys. Definitely a fashion statement like no other!…

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Organic and Nature All-Purpose Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Dish Liquid and More

Eco-friendly cleaning products play a very important role in family and everyday life. The safer the products used in and around your family members, the safer they are in terms of health. By using available eco-friendly cleaning products and the many easy to use natural products available, consumers not only do their part in sustainable living, but also contribute to the well being of those around them. No matter which eco-friendly cleaning products you may use, you are doing your part towards living Green.

 

There are a wide selection of eco-friendly cleaning products designed to meet the everyday needs of the homemaker from furniture wax to glass cleaners and more. All-purpose cleaners are a bit part of daily life and therefore eco-friendly all purpose cleaners are one of the more popular eco-friendly cleaning products. The Organic and Nature All-Purpose Cleaner is available in either lavender, grapefruit, or unscented. Made from natural essential oils, the cleaner is pleasant and non-toxic while still having the ability for durable cleaning efficiently and effectively. The plant based eco-friendly product is safe to se around children and pets while still getting the job done. The Organic and nature All-Purpose Cleaner retails for $8.99 for 16 fluid ounces.

Finding an eco-friendly bathroom product is particularly difficult for such a tough area. The Organic and Nature Bathroom Cleaner is available in a fresh grapefruit scent with ingredients such as tangerine oil, essential oil blends, lemon oil, grapefruit oil, and orange oil. The eco-friendly product has the ability to remove scum, grease, and tough dirt and grime without having phosphates and other harsh ingredients. Available in grapefruit, lavender, or unscented, the Organic and Nature Bathroom Cleaner retails for $8.99 for 16 fluid ounces.

All households need a basic all purpose dish liquid for miscellaneous clean ups. Organic and Nature Dish Liquid is an eco-friendly cleaning product which is a great choice for all purpose household clean ups. Available in either grapefruit or unscented, the eco-friendly all natural dish liquid has the ability to remove grease and grime, while still being gentle to sensitive skins. This eco-friendly product is made from all natural ingredients such as organic aloe vera gel, natural spring water, and natural surfactants, the 16 fluid ounce eco-friendly Organic and Nature Dish Liquid retails for $8.99.

The Organic and Nature product line offers many other eco-friendly products for the household including; floor cleaner, hand soap, air freshener, plant boost, stain remover, window cleaner and more. For more information on the eco-friendly cleaning products reviewed above, visit the Web site for Shop Blue House, or call 877-276-1180.…

Products of Our Environment: Is How We Are Raised Affect Who We Become?

People usually say that a child is a product of their environment. I believe that poverty, wealth, addiction, or abuse, what we see and what is around us has a major affect on who we become. Not everyone agrees with this but there is some truth behind it. I’ve tried to break down the areas that can set the stage or define who we are or who we’re going to be.

Single Parent Homes-Being raised by a single parent can have its advantages and its disadvantages. For example If a person is being raised by a single mom they can learn what it means to be responsible, how to be focused, how to put other people before your self, and how to raise children alone. It also teaches you to take the initiative and you can learn how to be self sufficient. In this way you pick up the reigns and move forward without depending on anyone else. However this can be a catch 22 because if the single parent meets someone that they’d like to settle down with, they had been self sufficient for so long that they may not know how to let someone help them. And handing over the reigns to someone else may be very difficult. Another negative would be lack of time being spent with your children. In order to provide, you have to work, but unfortunately working more than one job may be necessary depending on the financial needs of the family. If the parent is away for the majority of the day, the child may feel lonely and possibly unloved. This isn’t the case for every family. I was personally raised in a one parent household and I grew up feeling very loved.

Foster Care-Being in foster care for any length of time can have a profound effect on who a person becomes. At times, news stories or front page headlines shock society on what has happened in a foster home at the hands of foster parents. Some children are loved but others are abused and neglected. If this is the case, the child can grow up and not know how to express love to other people and they too can become an abusive parent. In addition the person may struggle with feelings of not being wanted by their biological parents. However, for every horror story that I’ve heard, there are twice as many success stories and not all foster children grow up in a negative environment.

Addiction-Drug and alcohol addiction are quite common in our society. It’s a parents job to raise their children up the best way that they can. Unfortunately many adults struggle with some type of addiction. For a child to see this kind of behavior they may grow up thinking that this is a normal way to live. Having an occasional drink may not be a cause for concern but living with a parent that is addicted to drugs or alcohol usually sets the stage for their own drug and alcohol abuse. It’s a learned behavior and some children are predisposed but not all children follow the same path as their parents.

Economic Status-In today’s economy many parents aren’t able to provide for their families in the way that they would hope to. Not having or having too much money can have an affect on children. For the child that grows up in a home that is wealthy they may not value or know how to appreciate hard work because things are just handed to them. Or as some people say, the children are “spoiled”. On the other hand the child that is growing up in poverty may not know what it feels like to be secure. They may be worried about whether or not they’ll have a meal that day or if they’ll have a pillow to lay their head at night. This can usher in fear, worry, and anxiety which may be carried into adulthood.

Abuse-Child abuse is everywhere. Whether it’s in the form of physical or verbal it does happen in many homes across the United States. When a child is raised in a home where child abuse occurs it’s common that they grow up …