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5 family-friendly habits to help the planet

The earth is a beautiful yet vulnerable home to millions of insects, animals, and plants. We must remember to protect and cherish it even in our busiest moments! It is hard to stay mindful of the little things that we can do to make a positive impact on the environment every day; however, implementing these 5 eco-friendly habits that you can do as a family can aid in the protection of the earth and preserve our beautiful planet for future generations.

1. Carpool – one way to help reduce carbon emissions is to reduce the number of cars on the road. Many commuters these days are driving solo; this leads to an increase in traffic and carbon emissions.

A few family-friendly pieces of advice is to find a trusted neighbor who can work with you to establish carpool days. In addition, if you are a person who has an onsite job and lives close to a few coworkers who have the same start and end time as yourself, try implementing a regularly scheduled carpool routine. Not only will this help the planet, it will also help your pockets. #saveongas

2. GO #plasticfree - plastic harms the environment, whether that be through polluting our waters, harming wildlife in the ocean, or through our exposure to microplastics.

You might be asking yourself, "how can we reduce plastics when it seems like such an important way of life?" The answer to that is to start by slowly cutting out single-use plastics like drinking straws, use cloth shopping bags, and reduce the amount of plastic bottles and packaging you use.

3. Volunteer for Community Cleanups #beachcleanup #cleanparks- Many cities and/or non-profits have community cleanup events that will target areas that are affected with the most waste that can harm our community.

A family activity that will drastically help the community can be volunteering for one of these events. More people to supporting a cleanup initiative will aid in the drastic reduction of pollution and litter in the area.

4. Conserve Water- cutting back on water usage saves energy and reduces your carbon footprint.

As a family, having timed showers during the school week can drastically help conserve water and time. Another tip to save water can be when you wash hands or brush your teeth. The best time to do this is when you are lathering soap, keep the water off until you need to rinse your hands (same goes for brushing your teeth). #ecofriendly

5. Yearly Family Projects- Have a yearly family project whether that be planting trees in your backyard, hosting a neighborhood cleanup, or go on an educational family outing. Ultimately, if there is a yearly family project, it can create a nice yearly tradition where you can bond and help the earth. #familytime

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