Eco-Friendly Games for Kids

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The great outdoors, is as the name suggests, great. However it can also be cold, wet, miserable, too far, too steep, too flat and too everything. Kids playing is how they learn to get through life. What are we doing if our children only interact with technology instead of naturally occurring life?
We often think of getting a pet as a way of teaching children about life, however, the relationship between a pet and a person is different to the relationship with something that isn’t soft, furry and fond of attention. Some things are inanimate, they are closer to aliens than ourselves. Helping children to understand the complexities of nature can be a fulfilling activity. Planting a tree will not only offer opportunities to learn about the water cycle or photosynthesis but about stewardship and conservation.
By looking at our existing practices we can find ways to improve ecologically. Cooking is a great thing to do, get fresh ingredients, learn about the different types of seasonal fruits and vegetables (grow some) and make things to eat. Couldn’t be simpler. Don’t know how to shop green for your cooking? Here are some tips.
When you take a break from cooking, you could play simple eco-friendly games online. These games will use device resources minimally ensuring you don’t need to leave the phone or tablet while enjoying an hour of bingo for example. New game sites that are supposed to be launched from next year have games with emphasis on climate change and the eco-system. As concern continues to grow for our world it is great that companies are tackling issues and raising awareness in their own little ways.
Exploring gardens, taking walks, engaging in sports are the main activities that can be enjoyed without ecological harm. Large chain restaurants and business/leisure theme parks that dot the outskirts of cities are economical engines but ecological blights. It is the bind of current economic thinking, quantity not quality of growth.
Considering how Monopoly was invented to teach the perils of unlimited capitalism it is important that we teach our children how ecology fits into a larger picture of economy and action. These might seem like lofty or preachy goals but the current paradigm of majority opinion defends itself by insinuating snobbishness or pretension.
Arts and crafts are a traditional folk industry. Making things on a small independent scale is how our ancestors worked. Children are the same biologically as they forebears, there is therefore an argument that they should be allowed at least to explore living simple lives in harmony with their surroundings. Here is a look at how arts and craft can be beneficial to your kids.
Reaching to the stars is also possible, getting a telescope  can open up the skies to exploration. Tracking comets, satellites and even the ISS is feasible by combining technology with an observational experience. Make some games out of it. For those who want to supplant video games there is a genre of building games which act as simulators for cities and countries exposed to the risks of life in the world. Planning and a whole earth outlook can be fostered through using the right games.

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging :)

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Helpful Tips for Eco-Friendly Printing at Home

Printer with green leaf and butterfly , Summer time

Printer with green leaf and butterfly , Summer time

 

People nowadays are becoming more aware of the impact that human activities have on the environment. More and more of our present-day environmental problems are being talked about, be it on television, the Internet, or other forms of media. Our waterways are becoming more polluted, air in major cities is getting dirtier, many of our landfills are now filled to capacity, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is poisoning marine life—these are all examples of the pollution that we as people are causing.

 

As members of all life on Earth, we have the responsibility to clean up our act, beginning in our own homes. There are so many things we can do on an individual or family level to lessen our impact on the environment. These include reusing and repurposing old items instead of buying new ones, conserving water and energy, cutting down on our use of plastic bags and packaging materials, and separating our biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage for easier recycling.

In this article, we’d like to focus on one common activity we engage in at home that is not often seen as having any particularly significant effect on the environment. This activity is printing.

Why printing needs to be more environment-friendly

It may seem pretty innocuous, but if you think about it, printing can actually contribute significantly to the amount of waste churned out by residential environments.

For instance, a lot of the paper used in printing is discarded indiscriminately by people, and emptied ink and toner cartridges also end up in landfills and add to the ever-increasing amount of e-waste that contaminate the environment. Frequently, these empty cartridges are also melted or incinerated, causing the release of potentially harmful substances like dioxins and hydrocarbons into the atmosphere.

It’s a good thing that there are simple things you can do at home that can make printing a more environment-friendly activity. Here are some of them:

A pile of empty Ink Cartridges waiting for recycling.

A pile of empty Ink Cartridges waiting for recycling.

Choose remanufactured ink and toner cartridges

What exactly are remanufactured ink and toner cartridges? Simply put, remanufactured printer cartridges are professionally recycled cartridges. Using the cartridge shells that are usually just thrown away or destroyed, companies that remanufacture cartridges take these otherwise useless shells to give them a new lease on life.

Remanufacturing is a thorough process that involves state-of-the-art cleaning, drying, ink/toner replenishment, and sealing—a systematic procedure that ensures that the final products are made to the same level of quality and performance as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products.

On top of being one the best ways to reduce printer-related e-waste, choosing remanufactured printer cartridges can also help consumers save money, thanks to the significantly lower prices of these alternative products compared to OEM variants.

 

Print using economical typefaces

In 2014, Pittsburgh high school student Suvir Mirchandani became quite famous after his study about the Garamond typeface was published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators. In his paper, Mirchandani noted that U.S. federal and state agencies could save some $394 million a year if they printed using only Garamond.

There’s a good reason why using serif typefaces like Garamond and Times New Roman, as well as sans-serif typefaces like Century Gothic can help you save ink. Compared to other typefaces, those mentioned are designed with very thin letters and numerals, making them more economical in terms of ink usage. As you can imagine, less ink used means less waste cartridges and less ink byproducts released into the environment.

You can take things up a notch by printing using fonts that were created by innovative companies and designers specially for the purpose of helping people saving ink. Examples include Ecofont, which has letters and numbers with holes in them. Another font, Ryman Eco, is a typeface made up of fine lines. The tiny holes and fine lines are designed to give the printed text a solid look even though it is actually printed using less ink.

 

Print only when you need to

Now that electronic handheld devices are everywhere, it is much easier to do without printed copies of documents. From travel itineraries and school readings to interior design ideas and copies of articles you like, there are so many materials that can be conveniently saved in electronic devices nowadays.

If you need a copy of a non-essential document or something that you don’t have to submit as an official or formal document in paper form, do the environment a favor by going digital instead.

Use both sides of each paper 

In case you really need to print a document that you’re just going to keep for your own use, consider printing it out on used or scratch paper. Most people tend to keep pieces of paper with only one of the sides printed on. Instead of throwing them away, why not reuse them?

Use sustainable paper products

If you’re not accustomed to reading labels, consider doing so. Knowing whether the paper products you are using are sustainably sourced or manufactured is another great way to print in a more eco-friendly manner.

Choose paper products that are made from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled fibers, or look for those that use pulp from pulpwood plantations that practice responsible forestry.

 

Use vegetable oil-based ink and toner products 

Traditionally, printer ink is made using petroleum-based oil, but there are now companies that manufacture ink made from vegetable sources like soy. These non-edible inks are typically biodegradable, which is good for the environment since they decompose more easily compared to conventional inks, and they are also quicker to remove from the paper during the recycling process. Furthermore, emissions of substances like volatile organic compounds are also minimized or completely eliminated.

Living a sustainable lifestyle is challenging, but it can be a very rewarding experience as well. Making small changes in simple activities like printing can make a big difference in the long run if you make it a habit to be more conscious about your environmental footprint. We encourage you to inspire your friends and family—especially the children to pitch in and to do their part in making your home and community more eco-friendly!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Shop Green? Tips and Tricks How to Be Eco-Friendly Every Day

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In this society, then ecology is becoming more and more important and must-do philosophy, we all need to rethink our shopping habits. And also start finding new ways how to shop greener. There are some ways how to do it, but it is not very well-known for masses just like you and me. So, in order to help you out (and help myself too) I did a little research of a few tips and tricks how to be an eco-friendly shopper. This will make at least a little impact in the common welfare. Read it right away and start changing not only your habits but the whole Earth too!

Buy that you really need

This is definitely one of the first things you need to start thinking and rethinking about. Just by knowing what actually is necessary for you and what is only to pamper yourself, you can be both eco-friendly and frugal too! First, you will buy only the essential stuff you need, and secondly – that directly effects with your finances as well. Because you are not going to spend of products or items what are not needed, you will improve your savings. Of course, remember that quality is always much above quantity. So while shopping remember that and keep it in mind.

Shop online

Shopping online is not only much cheaper way to shop but is actually a very environmentally friendly way to get stuff too! Firstly because you won’t need to use your gas to go to the store, and secondly because you will not use any kind of paper while shopping as well. No receipt, no paper coupons – no harm to forests and Earth. All you are going to do and use is digital and it doesn’t need any additional printing. In fact, by using online coupons from Chameleon John (for instance Kohl’s online coupons) you will get same discounts as paper ones and can enjoy your new items at a much smaller price. So shop online and reduce you spending everywhere and save Earth!

Bring your own bag

Another way how to make your shopping trips even more eco-friendly is one of the simplest too. By taking your bag (in no matter what fabric or material) you can make a little impact on Earth as well! How come? Because every year, millions of plastic bags are dumped in landfills or our oceans, paper bags brought home from the store often end up being crumpled and tossed into the recycling bin. So it is actually a cultural mandate that you carry a shopping bag wherever you go. There are so many cute and beautiful shopping bags from different eco-friendly materials that it can become a style accent! So why not be eco-friendly and stylish at the same time while carrying your own bag into stores?

Buy local

By just buying groceries from local farmers you not only avoid huge prices and unnecessary packaging but also support small business! And at the same time while being eco-friendly! Visiting your local farmers market is beneficial on at least several different levels. It ensures you are getting the freshest possible fruits, vegetables, and animal products while supporting small businesses and making everyone happy! So why not do that and eating fresh every day after that?

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Live An Eco Lifestyle

Can it really be done? Live an eco lifestyle? Yes it can. It’s really not hard to do. Think about what you throw in the trash. Before you buy something new consider buying something similar used. Stop using bottled water and paper napkins. Below are several tips to live an eco lifestyle.

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What tips do you have to live an eco lifestyle?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Reusing Your Trash

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Here are some ideas on how to reuse your trash:

Turn old cards into postcards or gift tags. I bought a stencil kit years ago from Currant and I trace shapes onto the cards, then cut them out. I then punch holes into them and string them into the packages. I mostly use them at Christmas.

I just starting doing this this weekend. I took an old baby wipe container and put my plastic shopping bags in it. Make sure to fold them neatly so they pop out like wipes normally would when you remove them. ( I try not to have the plastic, but sometimes I forget my totes.)

Yogurt and cream cheese containers are excellent for making sandcastles or playing in the water. Savannah loves to pour water from one container to the next.

Aluminum cans can be used as noise makers for kids bikes. My son takes a can and runs over it with his bike. The can stays on the wheel and makes a motorcycle noise. He loves doing this!

Glass jars can be used to organize screws, nails, picture hangers. We have several baby food jars in the garage holding nails and screws. My mom used to to give us baby food jars to catch lightening bugs up north.

Use carpet remnants as doormats. A year ago, we had new carpet put in on our porch. We used a piece under the grill to catch spills. When we got new carpet in the house I put an extra piece under the shoe basket to keep the tile a little more clean.

These are just a few I could think of. Does anyone have other ideas? I love reducing our trash!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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