Young people these days are far more aware of environmental issues than previous generations. With Greta Thunberg leading the way, children are aware of the impact of their choices on the world we live in and that small changes can make a big difference. If you want to instill an awareness of the importance of going green in your children, leading by example is the best way. These tips will help you adapt your family’s lifestyle and help to save the planet.

Meat-Free Mondays

Give your child an awareness of where our food comes from and the environmental impact our food choices make by adapting your diet. Meat-free Mondays are an initiative to encourage people who eat meat to have one day a week where they follow a vegetarian diet. It doesn’t need to be complicated or fancy – beans on toast and pasta in a tomato sauce are likely already in your meal repertoire. Give your child more input by making meat-free pizzas. The more veg options, the better!

Changing the Way You Travel

We are all aware of the impact of our travel choices, but we rely on our vehicles to get to work, school and social events. Consider cycling or scooting for short journeys such as the school run – not only is it beneficial for the environment but it also gets you and your children moving! For long journeys it is worth exploring the advantages of making the switch to an electric car. Leasing an electric car is the perfect way to show your family that you are committed to making positive changes, and with fuel prices soaring, it has never been a better time to make the move. Electric car leasing is the future, so get ahead!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Schools are leading the way by teaching children about the importance of recycling and with council refuse schemes placing a clear focus on the importance of recycling it has never been easier to model this to your child. Younger children will love sorting the rubbish into the correct bins and it will soon become second nature.

Teach your child about the effect single-use products can have on the environment and encourage them to think about the waste they produce. Set aside one day a month for putting any clothes you and your family no longer wear into a bag for the charity shop, looking to pick up second-hand bargains when you drop them off. With vintage fashion so popular as a result of shows such as Sex Education and Stranger Things even your teenagers will love rummaging through the clothes racks.

There are many more ways you can make your household greener and more ethical – look for vegan or cruelty free cleaning products, encourage your family to shower rather than bath and grow your own vegetables to reduce food miles. Be creative and make it fun for your little ones – they are the people we are doing this for, after all.

If there are products you do need to repurchase, make use of refill schemes, such as with refillable skincare, to keep your shop as environmentally friendly as possible.