(Family Features) – Just because school is out, doesn’t mean learning has to stop. The summer months are a great opportunity for families to spend time together and see firsthand that small actions to live more sustainably can together make a big impact on the future. Get your family in on the action and encourage others to adopt sustainable habits at home with these tips from Unilever:
Go Green in Your Bathroom
Nearly 40 percent of Americans toss plastic bottles from the bathroom in the trash, not realizing that along with cardboard product packaging and toilet paper spools, many bathroom toiletry bottles are recyclable. There’s also some fun up-cycling you can do to make use of empty plastic bottles. Turn your empty bottles into a handy caddy for everything from keys to mobile phones — a craft that’s perfect for kids to create for everyone in the house.
One Ingredient, Five Ways
Each year the world produces about 1,477 pounds of edible food for every person on the planet, but only about half of that is ever eaten. Empower the kids of the household to plan a menu for the week by thinking up five meals with one main ingredient, and teach the entire family that simple ingredients can go a long way. Challenge your children to get creative with their menu planning.
Be Your Own Farmer’s Market
Growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and positively impact the environment. Add some fresh flavor to your next family dinner by up-cycling empty containers like mayonnaise jars to create a garden of your favorite herbs and vegetables.
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