Happy Earth Day! The past week we’ve been dishing on everything from vegetarian meals and eco-friendly gifts and the greenest cities in the world. There are so many ways to “go green” in your home and your everyday life. Every little change makes a big difference!

Here are 10 ways you can “go green” for Earth Day and beyond!

1. Go meatless

Vegetarian meals are delicious, nutritious and fun to prepare with the kids! The UN issued a report stating that a diet of meat and dairy is just as bad for the planet as global fossil fuel consumption. Try going meatless 1-2 x a week!

2. Purchase more eco-friendly products

Organic cottons, bamboo and sustainable fabrics are super soft and are being used to make a wide range of fashions for the entire family. Etsy.com is one of my favorite places to scout out eco-friendly fashions and finds!

3. Eliminate plastic grocery bags

This is one of the easiest ways you can make a difference. Bring your own bags when you shop and politely refuse the plastic ones. Here in Canada you are charged 10 cents a bag so this environmentally friendly switch is also a money saver! My car is full of bags and baskets from reisenthel and Envirosax is another fashionable favourite of ours.

4. Use reusable sandwich bags

When packing your kids’ snacks for school or travel, switch to reusable bags like Itzy Ritzy’s Snack Happens. They are reusable, washable, FDA approved, BPA Free, Lead Free and PVC Free.

5. Switch to cloth diapers

My first daughter was cloth diapered right up until she was potty trained, things got a little busier with my second daughter so we used 1/2 and 1/2. Switching over to cloth is such a great way to keep excess waste out of the landfills, but if you are unable to switch completely, consider using them with your disposables.

6. Trade your four-wheeler in for a two-wheeler

There is no need to start your engine for each and every outing. Take the kids for a spin on their two-wheelers instead. The Burley D’Lite bike trailer is my absolute favourite choice when biking with a baby!

7. Embrace the gently loved

Consider used or gently loved clothing for your little ones. This is an especially great tip if you have babies or toddlers. Because they grow so fast they aren’t in their clothing for more than 3 months at a time and because of this ‘used’ or ‘gently loved’ clothing is usually excellent quality. Designer fashions can be found discounted on eBay or thredUp.

8. Compost

Turn your veggie peelings into compost and reduce the amount of garbage you put out every week. You can do this in your backyard by purchasing a composting bin. We were able to get ours from our local township office.

9. Use stainless steel water bottles

Plan ahead and bring your water with you instead of purchasing a plastic bottle at the store. SIGG sells fabulous stainless steel water bottles for kids and adults!

10. Bring your own mug to the coffee shop

Love Starbucks? Bring your own reusable tumbler with you next time!

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