It’s getting easier to be green

May 18 • Featured, Uncategorized • 893 Views • 3 Comments on It’s getting easier to be green

I’m not really a hippy chick (I look like a sofa in a kaftan for a start). But you don’t have to be Angelina Jolie to be eco aware, and realise that whatever you do now could have a direct impact on your children’s and their children’s future.

So, while we’re not OTT about it in our house, we are working on reducing our carbon footprint. We recycle, we’ve replaced all our bulbs (when they’ve blown) with low energy ones, and we try really hard to remember to turn off switches at night.

If you’re trying to live a greener life, Ethicalsuperstore.com is a fantastic source of eco-friendly goods – everything from nappies to water butts (a particularly good idea if we really are in for that long hot summer).

And I really love the new range of Sprig Kinetic Toys (available from Tesco Direct) for over three’s – they’re lovely and sturdy and made from recycled plastic and wood. My five-year-old nephew, Ben, can’t stop playing with his Discover Rig, although he finds it takes a bit of effort to get the sound and lights going (as it’s kid and not battery powered. Still, that’s probably no bad thing – at least he’s using up a different kind of energy.) 

 

He’s recently discovered that unlike leaves, pound coins, books and toys don’t actually grow on trees. ‘How much did it cost?’ he asked me yesterday.

‘Well Ben,’ I replied truthfully. ‘It didn’t cost the Earth.’

written by Liz Jarvis

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3 Responses to It’s getting easier to be green

  1. Heather says:

    Recycling old toys (there are various initiatives and charities out there that do this) can also add to your green resolution, and stop all those toys being dumped on landfills

  2. Sarah says:

    I couldn’t agree more and have recently discovered a fantastic on-ine store which sells eco freindly wooden toys and furniture all from sustainable sources. I have a 1 and a 5 year old and they have a good selection for both. We recycle and compost, now funny how buying from there made me feel quite righteous. Doing your bit for the invironment. if your interested the site is http://www.whywoodworks.co.uk happy green shopping

  3. sam says:

    I agree – it’s certainly getting easier to ‘go green’, but there’s still a long way to go… Birthdays and Christmas always leave my husband and I dialling ‘T’ for therapy (mental and physical!) after spending half the day trying to unwrap their presents, while the kids need their own kind of therapy for having to wait so long for us to saw through the millionth plastic/wire to unleash their longed for toys. In this ‘green’ age there really has to be a better way for companies to protect their goods from theft than this…

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