Supermom In Training: 8 Ways to help your child cut down on waste

My New Year's resolution for 2019 was to cut down on our household waste. While it's true we recycled and composted a bit, we weren't super diligent about it. However, we are now... I will wash recyclables rather than throw them out, and all the wet garbage goes into the compost. We've cut down our garbage by more than half. But I wanted to do more...

So I got my 6-year-old involved and we discovered even more ways to help cut down on our waste. Here's how...

Pack lunches in Tupperware. I was a huge fan of plastic Ziploc baggies. Not anymore - everything goes into washable containers. Bento boxes are a great solution.

Use a reusable water bottle. No more plastic disposable bottles!

Bring Tupperware to restaurants. Whenever we eat out as a family, the bean is in charge of helping us remember our containers. That way, if there are leftovers, we're not bringing them home in Styrofoam or aluminum.

Have a "reuse" bin. This includes scraps of paper, cardstock, ribbon, etc. When it's craft time, we can rummage through those things (things that would've ended up in the garbage). In fact, we seem to get even more creative making do with what we have in there. It also encourages us to re-evaluate what we're throwing out - if we can do something with it, we save it.

Reusable shopping bags. My son has his own in cool kid designs - we bring them when we go shopping together.

Use your compost. We like to garden, so rather than turn our wet garbage over to the city, we use it in our own gardening beds. We have a wood box in the back corner of our yard, and Cameron is always willing to help add to it or then use it on our plants.

Bring reusable produce bags to the grocery store. When we go shopping on the weekend to stock up on snack and stuff for school lunches, we always bring along these handy washable sacs.

Take pride in hand-me-downs. Kids love new clothes, but that doesn't mean it has to be new-new from a store. We're lucky enough to have lots of little boys in our social circle, and we're always super grateful and excited to take second-hand stuff from our friends. It's not a matter of money, but why buy all new stuff when we're given so much nice-as-new stuff from our besties?!

By putting the bean in charge of certain zero-waste initiatives, he's taken a lot of pride and ownership in not only cutting down on garbage, but finding new ways we can work together as a family to save our planet. You'd be surprised just how creative your kids can get when you involve them in a cool family-driven activity like this.

A full-time work-from-home mom, Jennifer Cox (our “Supermom in Training”) loves dabbling in healthy cooking, craft projects, family outings, and more, sharing with readers everything she knows about being an (almost) superhero mommy.

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