Saving the earth. Increasing your home’s property value. Saving money all year. 

Instilling a sense of responsibility in your kids. An increased sense of pride in your contribution to society. Preparing for your future generations.

These are just a few reasons why your family should go green in 2019. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, though, it can be difficult to remember the mantra: reduce reuse recycle.

Here are a few great tips to help keep your intention for a more sustainable life at the forefront of your mind this year.

Teach the Meaning of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Do you know the true meaning of reduce, reuse, recycle? Here’s the kicker: while we’re used to hearing and reading this mantra linearly, it’s actually meant to be a cycle.

That means that, to truly do your part, you have to participate in each step of the process. This means not only working harder to reduce waste, but making sure you purchase eco-friendly products at the tail end of the cycle, too. 

Teach your kids what it means to conserve. Teaching is one of life’s greatest joys as a person and as a parent. They’ll love feeling like they’re a part of the solution for a better future. 

Watch a Great Documentary

If you’re feeling like you need to get more informed on the topic of sustainability, there are tons of great resources out there to help educate. Many of these are in the form of documentaries on popular streaming sites, like Netflix.

There’s a documentary on sustainability in almost every industry, from fashion to the big farming industry. There are also sustainability documentaries on topics outside of certain industries, like the hit “Minimalism,” which follows two guys’ journeys towards decluttering their minds and lives to find their true value.

Get Artsy

Often, we learn best through visuals. Why not have an arts and crafts day with the kids in which you make fun reminders to recycle to hang around the house? 

You can create toilet paper roll art, upcycle old products into planters, and even turn old wine bottles into candles. 

You could also find a quote on sustainability that speaks to your family and create your own inspirational quote posters. Let each of your kids make their own and hang them in their rooms to remind them of their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint

Find Tax Incentives

This one’s for mom and dad. There are tons of tax incentives out there for updating your home to be more energy-efficient. 

Some states will actually subsidize the installation of solar panels. There are even some home loans out there specifically for the purchase of eco-friendly properties.

There are federal, state, local, and utility exemptions available. Check out this list to find one you could qualify for! 

Your New, Green Life

In 2019, “reduce reuse recycle” needs to be more than a mantra. It needs to be a lifestyle.

Do whatever it takes to remind yourself of your commitment every day. It’s the only way to become a strong link in the chain of sustainability! 

Want to learn more about how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle? Check out our green lifestyle articles for all the tips and tricks you need! 

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