Reduce electricity

Explain to your children that lights, computers, televisions and furnaces use energy, and that energy is in short supply.

Kids can be green too

There are dozens of small things your kids can do every day to save energy and keep the world cleaner and greener. Your kids can… walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water.

Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.

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Recycling with kids

Recycling and reusing are the basics of green living and it is quite easy to introduce toddlers to these two eco-friendly practices.

Sorting is a favorite toddler activity. Have your toddler sort paper from plastic and put it into boxes or carton.

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Photos and Thanksgiving

Encourage children to bring a change of clothes so they can "relax" after the obligatory Thanksgiving pictures.

Take the picture as soon as possible to avoid orange sweet potato stains on starchy white shirts.

From parenthood.com.

Properly inflated tires save money at the pump

Tires have a bigger impact on the environment than you might think.

Did you know 50 to 80 percent of tires are under inflated?

Under inflated tires waste up to five percent of a car’s fuel. How much fuel would we save if we properly inflated our tires? Up to two billion gallons a year!

From si.edu.

Re-using wrapping paper

Wrapping paper is often used once and thrown away.

Try using colorful pages torn from magazines to wrap small gifts, and old maps or the Sunday comics for larger boxes.

Avoid using paper entirely by using reusable decorative tins, baskets or boxes. If you do buy wrapping paper, look for ones made of recycled paper.

Reusable cloth ribbons can be used in place of plastic bows. Finally, unwrap gifts carefully and save wrappings for reuse next year.

From: musc.edu.

The ugly truth about greeting cards

Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the U.S. That’s enough to fill a football stadium field 10 stories high! 

Look for cards that contain recycled content or are actually recycled materials.  You can make your own cards out of scrap paper found around the house. 

Or, you could use old cards as name tags for presents or for colorful artwork to decorate your house.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

From: musc.edu.