Kids Toys – How to go greener
Tips to reduce your carbon footprint when buying toys:
- Wood is good. Buy toys made from sustainably grown wood. As a guarantee, look for an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo.
- Buy organic toys. Toys that are made with organic materials are perfect for babies and toddlers who still put items in their mouth.
- Buy toys that are made with ethical practices in mind.
- Buy local. Choose items that are made in Canada or the USA.
- Power down. A seemingly unavoidable feature of modern childhood, electronic toys are usually made from petrochemical-based plastics. They create significant carbon emissions in their manufacture and produce yet more in their use and disposal. If your child is truly desperate for an electronic toy: Buy secondhand toys. Check out kijiji, Craigslist, yard sales, or your local classifieds for nearly-new bargains. Also invest in a set of rechargeable batteries and a charger – ideally a solar-powered one.
- Spark your child’s imagination by giving them everyday items like cardboard boxes, fabric scraps, shells, or pieces of wood to adapt into their own toys or craft projects, providing hours more fun than manufactured toys.
- Try to choose toys that are well made and won’t break within weeks.
Earth Day Activities
Ask guests to buy organic, eco-friendly and natural baby gifts.
Ask guests to use gift wrap that is re-usable. Cloth bags, baskets and gift bags are a good choice. Receiving blankets or Or secure a cloth diaper secured with reusable diaper pins work great too!
Decorate the room with flowers from the local market and fresh fruit. If you purchase decorations, make sure you pass them on for the next baby shower or re-use them for birthday parties.
Visit your local farmers' market to source for fresh organic foods, organic flowers, and even organic vino, if it's available.
Use napkins, plates, bowls and utensils that are non-disposable, biodegradable or made from recycled materials.
Focus on togetherness and celebrating a new baby rather than gifts.
Use an organic cotton onesie in lieu of a guest book. Everyone at Wyatt's shower signed their names using fabric pens, creating an instant keepsake for both Mom and baby.
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Tips from Greenpeace on how to make 2011 a little greener in your household.
2) Pick seasonal and local fruits and vegetables. While it can be tempting to eat strawberries in winter, when they have been imported from halfway across the planet or grown in energy-hungry greenhouses, they're hardly sustainable. Do some research into what is naturally grown in your area in the season, and prefer these. This way, you'll also rediscover the pleasure of meals changing with the seasons!
5) Make your home efficient. By now, I assume most of you have switched to CFL lightbulbs - so it's time to take home efficiency to the next level. Check your house for heat loss (there are companies specialised in this if you don't feel expert enough) and make it your DIY project in 2011 to fix them. If you haven't yet, lower the thermostat during the night. The ideal temperature to sleep is around 16 degrees celsius. If that's too cold for you, do it in steps - half a degree less each month. You might realise you even sleep better - and you will see it on your heating bill!
6) Become a toxics-free This might take a while in research, so plan to do it over the whole year. From beauty products to clothes detergent and computer parts, we have become used to toxics products in our daily lives. Time to stop it. When buying new products, check what they are made of, and pick the one that will have the least toxic residues.household.
7) Keep your electronics. Our consumption of electronics is reaching records. Make a break, and promise not to buy new electronics this year, unless the one you already have breaks down (and when it does, ensure it is recycled properly!).for the year.
10) Convince (at least) 3 friends to sign up with Greenpeace Why three? Because almost everyone knows three people they can influence. If those three convince three more people next year and so on, we will grow a movement capable of protecting our planet - and the resolutions above will become a no brainer for everyone..
- Re-use your gift bags, paper (if it is not torn or damaged), bows and ribbon every year
- Buy wrapping paper made from recycled paper
- Re-use colorful newspaper print (comics are great) to wrap boxes
- Paper shopping bags can be cut to create sheets for wrapping, get out the crayons and personalize the paper
- Old calendars make great gift wrap, what else are you going to do with them?
- Gather up any un-used fabric to sew together a gift bag, some websites offer patterns to make re-usable bags
- Use ribbon to decorate a cloth shopping bag
- Use your child’s art by taping the pieces together to wrap a package
- Cut up last year’s cards to create gift tags, punch a hole and use ribbon to attach
- If a gift is put in a box don’t re-wrap it. Use ribbon to decorate the gift if it needs it.