Constance Zimmer’s Simple Tips for a Green Home & Family

EMA Parent Board Chair, Constance Zimmer shares her favorite (simple) tips for greening your home and family.

There are many simple ways to make green, healthy choices for yourself, your family, and the environment. These are a few of my favorites that I practice at home with my family.

  • Bring your own bags everywhere and use them for everything, not just groceries. Shove them into your purse, your car, your bike basket, etc. BAGGU makes amazing foldable, smashable bags to keep with you at all times.
  • Buy organic whenever you can. Farmer’s markets are the cheapest, most sustainable way to buy organic and local. Trader Joe’s is a good inexpensive alternative if there’s not a farmer’s market near you.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper at home. It’s also a great touch for a lunchbox.
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle.
  • Buy products that use recycled materials.
  • Buy craft books that inspire and teach how to use materials/things you have in your home to make new unique toys and gifts. This is a great activity to do with your kids as well.

My daughter, Coco, has found a wonderful amount of joy in giving some of her friends an old toy that she has loved but grown out of, so it becomes a gift from the heart and a great toy for someone else. An old Elmo doll that has been loved and has her smells on it becomes a new baby’s favorite snuggly toy. Continue reading