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Green Living Habits for Kids

Children Learn by Observation and Forming Good Habits. So Let’s Work Together to Teach Them the Value of Water and All Natural Resources

Did you know that Australia is the driest continent on the planet, and yet has the second greatest per capita water consumption?

That adds up to a recipe for disaster, as you well know,
unless we all take better care of the limited amount of drinkable water at our disposal.

The surest and brightest path to water and natural resource conservation starts with our children. By teaching them and reinforcing their good habits early on, they’ll be far more likely to stick. And when they stick, your children will eventually become green planet advocates in their own right.

So as a public service from Kalamunda Plumbing, we present the following simple ways to start teaching your children about the value of water, and how not to waste it.

We’ll be adding to this page on a regular basis, so be sure to stop back soon!

  1. Don’t keep the water running during teeth-brushing time. Water should be used only to moisten and rinse the brush clean.
  2. Shorter 5 minute showers not only save water, but help keep your energy bills down. And if your drains are connected to a septic system, saving on water can help your leach drain system last longer between expensive pump-outs or replacement.
  3. Use only eco-friendly soaps and shampoos so the water that flows to lakes and rivers, or your septic system, is free of harmful chemicals. When shopping for such products, bring the kids along so they can see the difference by reading the labels with you.
  4. Create a family garden with your kids. Gardens are places where the whole family can practice being green in several ways, including giving the garden one good soaking at a time so you don’t have to water it every day.
  5. Limit consumption. Choose well-made, durable, and quality toys. And ask others not to over-indulge your children. Then, when they outgrow their toys, get them involved in donating them to other children (or Toy Libraries) so those same high quality toys can be used again and again.
  6. Teach your kids about the value of eating healthy and organic foods. At the same time, tell them about what can happen as a result of eating foods loaded with chemicals and pesticides. Raising your kids on organic foods helps promote better overall health and resistance to diseases.
  7. Read them books and watch TV shows that talk about how precious our natural resources really are and how we can help safeguard them. These are two good ways to inject fun and adventure into learning more about living green.
  8. Borrow instead of buy. Sharing toys, tools, and other products with friends and neighbours is another great way to limit consumption while teaching kids that not everything we want or need must be purchased, and that some things are needed for only a brief amount of time. Mum or Dad, have you ever found yourself needing a tool that you’ve done without your whole life up until that moment? That’s the perfect time to borrow and explain why you’re doing it.

What are you doing at home to teach your children about the importance and value of living a greener lifestyle? At Kalamunda, we’d like to know and share your ideas with others by posting them on our website! With your permission, we’ll even give you credit for the contribution!