Tis the month of resolutions and we at Klay have already planted the seeds for one that is topical, long-term and meant for both the Kid And You!
The donation drive currently on at all our centres is just one way of teaching eco-responsibility to your child. If you think of it, donating old stuff is essentially Upcycling: the process of converted something old or discarded into something useful — and beautiful by helping someone else.
Here are a few more tips to get started on the road to green parenting:
1. Buy wooden toys, not plastic ones: Apart from taking a long time to degrade, plastic and battery-operated toys can contain hazardous materials such as phthalates or plastic softeners. These are particularly dangerous since the first thing children do is out these in their mouth. Buy wooden toys with non-toxic paint.
2. Toy and gadget swapping: Yes, every baby wants everything in the world but since they get bored so quickly, it would be a good idea to plan with friends and family and purchase items that can be swapped.
3. Walk the talk: As much as you can, walk. Not only is this good for the environment, it is good for the baby what with the sunshine, vitamin D and physical exercise.
4. Avoid packaged food: Apart from all the nutrition benefits home-cooked food has for the baby, you are also helping the environment by avoiding processing, production and shipping of packaged food. In fact, it is better to make large batches, freeze and re-use than buy packaged food.
5. Carry your own grocery bag: Give your child ownership of the grocery bag. If they are old enough, let them decorate it. But definitely start with giving them charge of remembering to bring it along.
Remember, small carbon footprints are the future of mankind.
Happy Holidays and remember to go green in this season of red cheer!