Little Kid, Big Impact
With kids on summer break, they now have a lot more free time, so we thought we’d share a few earth-friendly actions and activities that they can do during their time off. Some of these ideas are pretty simple, but can add up to big results. With that in mind, here are five small summer things that kids can do to make an impact and help keep the planet beautiful.
1. Unplug When Unused:
After experiencing a year of online classes and homework, many kids may want a break from their screens and devices. Rather than simply powering down or closing the lid, make sure these devices are unplugged when not in use. Many devices still use standby power if left plugged in, so you can only reduce their electricity consumption by unplugging them. This simple action can help to decrease your electricity use and support the planet.
2. Ride a Bike:
Everyone knows that riding a bike is a great form of exercise. For kids, it’s also a fun way to get around that doesn’t require a license. Since riding a bike emits zero greenhouse gases, this activity has the added benefit of supporting the environment and cutting down on emissions.
3. Reduce Waste with Reusables!
Traveling this summer? Depending on the trip length and destination, kids can get hungry and thirsty along the way. You can help the earth while packing food by choosing reusable food storage containers and reusable water bottles. This simple action will reduce packaging and food waste while also helping families save money by not purchasing food and drinks along the route. If you’re in need of a reusable container and/or reusable water bottle, zak! has you covered! Our durable and reusable water bottles, tumblers, and food storage containers offer a variety of features (such as insulation to help to keep food and drinks the right temperature for longer) that make them perfect for both long and short adventures.
4. Enjoy The Outdoors and Play Outside:
Like bike riding, this activity is perfect for supporting the environment while also helping kids to stay active. Just being outdoors and among nature can instill in kids an appreciation of the environment. Family hikes or trips to the park are great family activities that can create lasting memories. You don’t have to travel far to experience the outdoors, either. Kids can appreciate nature and cut down on their use of electricity and other resources by simply playing outdoors in their own backyard.
5. Recycling Crafts:
For those days when the weather isn’t as nice, there are still plenty of ways kids can be sustainable and have a fun time doing it. One of these methods involves recycling items meant for the landfill by using them to create different art and crafts. Some examples include making cereal box monsters or tin can bird feeders. Other recycled craft ideas are available from the Spruce Crafts. Use your own imagination and creativity to come up with more great ideas!
This post was created in collaboration with The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.