Teaching Your Kids To Care For The Environment

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Climate change and the destruction of biodiversity continues to be a pressing societal issue. We must equip our children with the right skills and attitudes that they’ll need to care for the earth. To help your kids take on these values, there are plenty of ways you can encourage green-living using simple everyday activities.

 

Conserve and recycle

 

Be sure to set a good example at home, by conserving water and recycling everything possible. Teach your kids to turn off the tap when they brush their teeth, and chat to them about the reasons why we recycle. Show them the recycling and food waste boxes, teach them which materials go in each one. As much as possible, make recycling into a fun game! If your children love video games, there’s a great recycling themed app by Baby Bus called ‘Waste Sorting’.

 

Up cycling crafts

 

As part of your recycling process, put aside a few of your bottles and cardboard items and then plan some art and craft days. Explain to your kids that you are going to use old items to make brand new things. There are plenty of toys you can create using old bottles; from play jet packs to fairytale castles. There’s plenty you can do with some scissors glue and a little paint. You could also turn old tins into some attractive pencil holders with some old wrapping paper and tape to decorate. Crafting is a great hobby for kids to give them a break from the technological world.

 

Compost together

 

Teaching your kids about composting is an excellent plan to help them learn about our natural world. Explain to them the process of composting, and let them help you collect suitable items to use. If your kids like worms, why not create a worm composting bin using some red wiggler worms? You can use your compost to grow some tasty vegetables in your garden and go even greener!

 

Vegetable garden

 

Growing your own food is just about the most sustainable way to live, and it’s a good idea to teach kids this skill from a young age. Tell your children you’ll need to plant the seeds in a sunny spot and that you’ll need to space out the seeds. Failing to space out seeds can mean overcrowding and make it difficult for the different vegetables to grow. Provide your children with their own special watering cans so they can help you to water the plants and watch them grow.

 

Green gifts

 

When you are buying gifts for your children, choose green-gifts where you can. Doing so will help you to set the right example. Instead of always choosing material items, opt for experiences instead. Trips to the forest or the beach, the museum or the theater can serve as wonderful gifts for children. (We all know that many toys have a short life span, and so contribute to waste fairly quickly)!

 

Lastly, get yourself and your kids some bikes and use this mode of transport as much as you can. Biking is great exercise, allowing you to explore the outdoors but most importantly, biking reduces your carbon footprint. For more ideas on teaching your kids good values checkout Karrol’s Korner.

 

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12″ Green Frying Pan – #Ozeri Spaghetti Dinner

I received this product for review purposes from Ozeri, although this is 100% my opinion.

 

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I love making homemade spaghetti.  This is my husbands favorite quick meal. What I don’t like is running out of room in the frying pan. I prefer to brown my meat and sauces in the same pan. This 12″ pan is the perfect size for me to cook the whole meal in one pan.

It is super easy to clean up after each use and comes  with an amazing felt cover so you can stack your pans without fear of scratching it. These pans heat up evenly and work really well.

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Use this awesome 12″ Green Frying Pan to make it all in one pan!

Easy Spaghetti Recipe:

Saute 1 pound ground beef, 1/2 cup onions and 1/2 cup mushrooms with a tsp salt and pepper.

Directions

  • Prep  15 m

  • Cook 1 h 10 m

  • Ready In 1 h 25 m

  1. Combine ground beef, onion, garlic, and green pepper in a large saucepan. Cook and stir until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain grease.
  2. Simmer on low for 1 hour

“Product Description

Size:  12-Inch

Utilizing GREBLON — an ultra-safe dual ceramic coating from Germany, the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is one of the world’s first frying pans to achieve non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely free of PTFE, PFOA and APEO. Conventional cookware and other ceramic cookware brands achieve their non-stick performance through a coating of PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene), a synthetic substance that has waxy properties. At very high temperatures, PTFE begins to decompose and release fumes which are documented to be lethal to birds and small pets, and can be harmful to humans. In addition, traditional pans incorporating PTFE are often manufactured with the aid of PFOA (PerFluoroOctanoic Acid), which the EPA has classified as a ‘persistent pollutant of the environment’, and APEO (Alkylphenol ethoxylates), which are under restricted use in Germany due to environmental concerns about their poor biodegradability, toxicity to aquatic life, and potential to act as endocrine disrupters. With the Green Earth Pan’s GREBLON ceramic from Germany, even under high temperatures, no harmful toxic substances are ever released into the environment. This is because the Green Earth Pan utilizes an inert, 100% ceramic coating inspired by nature – not a laboratory. The Green Earth Pan’s ceramic coating is completely free of PTFE, PFOA and APEO substances, and far more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces. With better non-stick properties, the Green Earth Pan allows you to saute, fry, bake, boil and braise with as little as half the amount of oil normally used, and cleaning is a breeze. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality die-cast aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without hot spots. It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat resistant silicone coated handle. This version of the Green Earth Pan features a honeycomb ceramic cooking surface that provides small air pockets for even greater heat distribution beneath food and a superior cooking performance. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. GREBLON ceramic made by Weilburger GmbH, Germany. Final assembly in China.”

12″ Green Frying Pan

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