Top 10 Earth Day Suggestions for Families

  • Newsletter: Each household lists what they have to swap. Include pictures. The newsletters can be sent or emaied to every household. If you see an item you want, offer something of yours in trade.
  • Swap Meet: Once a month, you can gather and "set up shop" in the living room or back yard. Each family member can barter for something they may need or want.
  • Include the children: Kids can swap their toys and learn about the bartering system.

9. Shop Wisely and Save Resources

Reuse and recycle: Can the container be easily recycled or reused? Will a larger container reduce the amount of packaging and perhaps cost less per serving? Is everything that can be recycled being recycled? As you walk through today's activities make a list. At dinner share problem areas and troubleshoot solutions.

Reduce: Save resources (and money) by asking if you really need the item, if it's well suited for the task, and if it will last. Not only can this save you money, it can save you space and work, too.

10. Evaluate Your Progress

Put your activities on your calendar to check in on the first of every month with your family and evaluate your family's progress. We all know that developing new habits can be a challenge. Kids need to see you model how to stay on a project like this, even a simple one. And, of course, every day is Earth Day!

Which of these activities will your family adopt? Tell us all about it!