Small steps to help families adopt greener lives
As Canadians clean their closets and tackle spring cleaning, a Montreal mother urges families to think twice before throwing anything away.
Can it be reused, recycled, resold or donated?
These are questions Stephanie Moram, the Good girl went green blogger, she says every day.
“I always ask myself, ‘How do I get this away from a landfill? Moram said. “‘What can I do with this item?’ Whether it’s a glass jar, whether it’s clothes, colored pencils, or whatever.
“This is not the common thread of the average person. It’s an automatic trash can. “
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Moram said she has stopped using chemicals for cold turkey, but the switch to a greener lifestyle can be overwhelming and may not be realistic to go “all the way”.
She recommended changing a few daily habits like giving up more plastics and buying in bulk to avoid excessive packaging. Use that water that has been left in your glass overnight.
“I’m not talking about wasting water all the time,” Moram said while educating daughter Ella-Jade, 10, and son, Jackson, 7. drain.
“My children don’t know anything different.”
Moram said it was essential for parents to start teaching their children about drinking habits for example, especially during the pandemic with the use of disposable masks, disinfectant wipes and plastic bags.
Chelsea Hammond, mother of six-year-old Hunter, said all the waste of the past 14 months had been difficult for her to keep track of.
“It really bothered me a lot.
“It bothered me a lot and it changed the way I shop. I only go to places that I know use compostable packaging, ”she said.
All the excess packaging for online orders “hurts me,” Hammond commented.
Hammond noted that some of his daily ecological habits were derailed during the pandemic. Due to health issues, her favorite coffee will no longer fill her take-out cup, so she resorted to their paper cup.
“I’m going to take the cup, but I don’t want the sleeve,” Hammond said, “I don’t want the cap.
“I still feel guilty about the cup because it’s right in my mindset, but at least it’s not so much waste.”
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Hammond said that over the years she had tried to incorporate a more sustainable lifestyle in the hopes that it would become second nature to Hunter.
Paper is not recycled until every inch has been colored by its son. A straw will be reused for a trade.
The mom also shopped at thrift stores and consignment stores and says “fast fashion” is not her style.
“If you see the amount of water used and the number of trips, you never want to buy anything new again.”
Moram also said that while shopping for new clothes, she tries to find items made from organic fabrics, but admitted that this is not always easy as her daughter is increasingly interested in fashion. the fashion.
“I’m on the wrestling bus right now, trying to find that balance, I don’t want fast fashion, really not, but how do we compromise and find the clothes she wants?”
Moram wants families to know that many branded clothing companies will recycle the fibers to prevent them from ending up in a landfill.
When it comes to recycling everything else, Moram stressed that families need to stop “biking at will” – wishing and hoping that whatever is thrown in the trash will be recycled.
“Plastic number six is basically polystyrene,” Moram said, “it can’t be recycled.
“Most places don’t accept plastic bags because it’s hard to recycle the plastic bags, they get stuck in the machines,” Moram said, “but they throw them away anyway hoping and wishing but they actually do more damage because they stop recycling production. “
Again, Moram said pick a few things to change in your daily routine and there’s a good chance that will stick.
“When you’re trying to live a little greener and implement sustainability, do one piece at a time.”
Like Moram, Hammond suggested families take “baby steps” when making the transition to greener choices.
“I think it’s a huge thing that a lot of people are just overwhelmed and don’t know where to start and then feel like it’s an insurmountable task.
“The best we can do is raise kids who are a little more aware than we were.
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