We know now, more than ever before, about how our wasteful habits today affect the world of tomorrow. This means so much more to us parents because it’s our children’s future that’s at stake. But we don’t need to head up a company at the forefront of clean energy or work at an animal reserve to do our part.There are many little things we can do to be an ecofriendly parent.

According to estimates by Duke University, the average U.S. citizen creates 4.3 pounds of waste every day, which is nearly double the daily waste produced back in 1960. Plastic containers and disposable bags may be cheap and convenient nowadays, but they are ultimately filling up the oceans, killing animals, and generating even more landfills.  It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are ten top tips to reduce your carbon footprint.

#1: Paper or Plastic? How about neither?

Instead of the disposable bags at the grocery store, try bringing your own. Reusable tote bags are cute, convenient and stronger than the other options. Some stores, like Target, offer discounts to those who bring their own bag.

#2: Pack lunch smart

Packing lunch is a great way to save money, but paper lunch bags and Ziploc bags are not a great way to save the environment. Opt for reusable alternatives such as Tupperware and insulated bags. They keep your food fresher and save money in the long run.

#3: Carpool

Starting a carpool is an awesome way to save time, money and fossil fuels! It is also a great way to get to know your community and help your kids make friends.

#4: Reusable water bottles

Plastic water bottles are wasteful and expensive. Reusable bottles are more efficient and less likely to end up the ocean.

#5: Watch your usage

Unplugging electronics when they aren’t in use or simply making sure that you turn the water off all the way are easy habits to help you save on your household bills as well as be kind to the environment.

#6: Start composting

Would you believe that most of that 4.3 pounds of waste each one of us produces every day is recyclable? So start composting your apple cores and banana skins rather than send them to the landfill. Not only is the better for the environment, but it’s a great way to start up your own garden.

#7: Cloth beats paper

If you’re a parent – and even if you’re not – you’ll know that kids are messy. Paper towels are wasteful, tend to fall apart and don’t have the absorbency that cloth has. When possible, try replacing paper for cloth.

#8: Buy rechargeable batteries

Whether for the remote, flashlight, or toys, we all need a LOT of batteries. Rechargeable batteries tend to be more expensive initially but they produce much less waste and they pay for themselves in the long run.

#9: Take your own mug to the coffee shop

Need coffee to function? No problem! Don’t get the insulated paper cups; bring your own mug or tumbler instead. It’s trendy – and who doesn’t want to be trendy?

#10: Green light bulbs

Use eco friendly light bulbs because they need less electricity. That’s a no-brainer.

These are just a few of many things you can do to save the world while saving your wallet. Got any more tips? Share them with us!

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