Making changes to become more eco-friendly is often even more of a challenge when you have a family. A lot of the things people suggest might seem reasonable, but they can be a lot harder when you have to try and get the kids involved. The greener option is often the less convenient option, and who wants to make their lives more difficult when they’re already trying to juggle the chaos of family life? But can you become a more eco-conscious, green family without it being too much of a burden? Some of these moves could help you achieve your green goals.
Switch to an EV
If you’re not already using an electric vehicle, it’s definitely worth considering for your next car. It could be a more affordable option to run and it’s much better for the environment. Charging infrastructure is continually growing, and you can easily install a charging point at home too. Even maintaining your car is easier than you might think. You can obtain Tesla car parts or parts for other brands without any hassle. Or, if you really want to go the extra mile, you could also consider whether your family is able to drop your car completely.
Push to Reduce Your Waste
Even a small family can produce a lot of waste. But it might not take that much to change that. You don’t have to go all the way and become a zero-waste family, but you can greatly reduce what you reduce. And by cutting down on waste, you can make it easier to handle your bins too. There are plenty of steps you can take, starting with cutting out single-use products. It’s simple to fill up reusable water bottles and avoid products like Fruit Shoots that will just be thrown away when you’ve finished with them.
Change Your Consumer Habits
Battling against materialism can be one of the hardest things for parents. You want your children to value more than just material things and labels, but they’re constantly bombarded with messaging from adverts and pressure from their friends. However, if you can get them to take the right attitude, you could become a much greener family. Buying things second-hand instead of new is more eco-friendly, and it can be great fun to hunt for things you like. Avoiding the accumulation of too many toys, that aren’t even played with, is a good way to consume less.
Get on a Renewable Energy Tariff
One of the easiest things you can do is switch to an energy tariff that uses renewable energy. Many standard tariffs are made of at least a percentage of renewable energy sources, but you can also find totally renewable options. Switching is simple and you should be able to do it all online, sometimes with various incentives available. If you want to go further, there’s always the option of renewable energy sources in your own home.
It can be tough making your family greener, but there are ways to do it even when it’s a struggle to get the kids involved.