This is an extract from my guest post over on Childhood 101. To read the full post, click here.
If you want to live more lightly on this earth, the first place to start is your rubbish bin. By focusing on waste you
- Become more aware of what you consume
- Get measurable results for your efforts
- Nurture lifelong habits in the next generation.
For these reasons, I present you with the following challenge: to reduce your family’s rubbish to just one small bag per week.
I know – yikes! If bin day to you means hauling an over-stuffed Otto to the kerb, you might be thinking this is an impossible task. But it can be done. Here is a step-by-step approach to reducing the rubbish your family sends to landfill.
Step 1: Get the family on board
Talk to your children about the challenge and ask for their ideas on how to reduce rubbish. As environmental education in schools continues to improve, chances are the kids will be able to teach you a thing or two! Share with them your plan, using the steps below and ask if they’d like to help (I’d bet money on the fact they will), or together develop your own strategy. A greater challenge may be your other half, whose lifelong habits may be more difficult to break. Here are my tips for dealing with a sceptical spouse.