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It is important to me that we raise the next generation to do better than us. As adults it is hard to undo the unsustainable practices that we learnt as children. But if we know this, we can do better with our own kids.
Children are sponges so if we want them to learn to live a zero waste life then we have to immerse them in it. They need to experience it in all areas of their lives.
Here are some of the ways we have adopted to get the children on board with the zero-waste movements and think consciously about their impact on the planet.
Get them involved
When there are choices to be made we involve the children as much as we can. This goes for decisions around waste too.
The children are involved in composting. They get to make decisions about which products we buy. They get to make choices around food to help minimise wastage.
Humans learn best from doing. Involving them in this way means that they are experiencing the practices that we want them to continue.
Model zero waste choices
There is no point telling your kids they can’t have something because it is wasteful, if you actions go against that same advice. Children learn from those around them, so you need to practice what you preach.
Luckily, if you are reading this, the chances are that you are at least keen on the idea of zdro waste living yourself, so you are half way there to getting the kids on board too.
Show age appropriate consequences
There are examples of the impacts of human waste everywhere. From documentaries to social media to newspapers and magazines.
There is no harm is show some of the consequences and outcomes of excessive waste. A few well chosen pictures or videos could be a huge motivating factor in their lives.
AS they get older, you can show them how to find articles and programs that they can learn from and action in their own lives. You need to give them a reason to do what you are doing.
Think about toys
Some toys are not good for the planet. Think about the toys that they give out with meals in fast food restaurants or the plastic toys that come in party bags.
You need to be aware of how these toys can enter your home and your children’s lives and think about how you are going to manage that.
Read books with eco-friendly themes
There are lots of great books that promote eco-friendly living for children. Your local library is likely to have a whole section of both fiction and non-fiction on the matter.
Reading together and discussing the topics in the books will help extend your child’s imagination of what it is possible for them to achieve.
Zero-waste kids are the best
Think what the world could be like 20 years from now if all children were raise into zero-waste living. We could truly change the world.
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