16 Ways to Save the Planet: For Kids

A kids, you have more power than you think! You have the power to help the environment by your actions, the choices you make and the example you set for your friends. And even though your parents may seem stubborn, there are probably some things about environmentalism you can teach them!

Donate unused clothing and other items

Rather than throwing away unused clothing and items that are in good shape, consider donating them to your local church, Goodwill, or other charity. Many charities will even work with you to schedule a pick-up time.

Cut your vampire power! Money Saver!

Vampire Power: Not Dracula, but the home electronics we leave on standby: TV, printer, DC re-chargers and converters… they cost you and the country almost $100 million worth of WASTED electricity each year.

Kids, be a good role model for your parents!

Encourage your parents to perform an “energy inventory” on the house

Bring home recyclable items from school

If your school doesn't have a recycling program, bring home items that you can recycle at home, such as can, plastic bottles, cardboard, etc.

And local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors, and the best flavors. Livestock diversity is also higher where there are many small farms rather than few large farms.

Celebrate the spirit of giving

At each holiday, donate one old toy for each new toy received. This will reduce the stuff that winds up in landfills, and brings joy to kids that are less fortunate than you.

Choose re-usable containers for lunch Money Saver!

Use a lunch box or insulated cooler for lunch in lieu of a paper or plastic sack.

Choose “green” books/authors for school projects

Show your support of environmentally concious authors by choosing them for your school projects. You, your classmates, and even your teachers will likely learn more than you expect!

Never litter, even when peers do it

Littering isn't cool, and no one wants to live or go to school in a garbage dump.

Find the joy of helping to make the world a better place

During holidays or on your birthday, ask that your friends and family make a donation towards your favorite environmental or animal charity rather than giving you toys.

Here are some other ideas:

Volunteer instead of watching TV

Instead of watching TV, spend an hour or two a week volunteering for your favorite cause.

If it isn't dirty, don't wash it Money Saver!

Wear certain articles of clothing a second time if they are not dirty. You'll reduce the amount of laundry you need to do, which cuts down on water usage, and the use of chemicals in your laundry detergent.

Check the numbers on the bottom of plastic products

On the bottom of every plastic product, (including body lotion bottles, soda and water bottles, contact lenses, etc.), there is a number printed that corresponds to the kind of plastic used. If there is no number, the item isn't recyclable.

Look for the small triangle (or recycling logo) with the number inside.

These numbers are used by recycling centers to tell you what kinds of items they can accept. Avoid buying items without a number on the bottom, and write to the manufacturers explaining that you will not buy their product until they use recyclable containers.

Recycle everything you can! Money Saver!

You benefit either directly or when local taxes are kept lower by reduced disposal costs.

Turn off your monitors Money Saver!

If your computers are on a network or need to be left on for remote access and can't be shut down at night, turn off the monitors.

Turn your trash into crafts!

Okay, so that doesn't really rhyme- but use popsicle sticks, newspapers, used office paper, etc. for craft projects.

Avoid disposable straws if you can

While disposable straws can be massively useful to folks with certain disabilities, if you don't need them, skip the the straws. Or if you prefer to use them but still want to spare the extra trash, consider bringing your own bamboo or metal straws.