Green Tip of the Week

October 5, 2009

Green TeenBy Carol Politi

“Host a Clothing Swap”

Update your closet and help the planet by hosting a clothing swap.  Get friends together with clothes they don’t want and exchange.  Check out swaporamarama.org for a clothes swap in your area.”

Tips by Jenn Savedge, Author of The Green Teen.

(Of course, talk to Mom before you give anything away!)

What do you do with clothing your kids outgrow?  Let us know your tips!

Green Tip of the Week

September 11, 2009

The Green Teenby Carol Politi

Recycle Your Shirts

Got a shirt you just don’t wear?  Before you toss it in the trash, pass it on to a friend or a local thrift store.  If it is worn out, cut it up and use it as rags around the house.”

Tips by Jenn Savedge, Author of The Green Teen

As we post these tips on the handset, I’m finding myself thinking that my mom did these things naturally when I was growing up.   Reusing clothes, bags, etc. and donating lightly used items were all a second nature to her.

I also noted in a recent trip to Toronto that everyone was carrying grocery bags to the store – and that I was not even offered a bag when I checked out.  People that had only a few items simply carried the items.  There are great trends here that if replicated could vastly reduce the waste we generate!

Please comment & let us know what your family does to reuse or otherwise prevent things from ending up in landfills.

Green Tip of the Week

July 28, 2009

Green TeenBy Carol Politi

This week’s Green Tip on the kajeet phone is:

On the Go?

On the go? Try to limit the paper napkins, plastic silverware and cups. If you are taking a drink like juice or water on the road, carry a reusable mug to minimize the waste.”

Tips by Jenn Savedge, Author of The Green Teen

We are working at eliminating disposable containers of any form at my house.  For the longest time it was just so easy to grab a plastic bag to cover food or to carry a kid’s snack.  And those small applesauce containers seemed indispensable.

But now we are focused on making use of reusable containers and we are working to eliminate plastic bags entirely.  My son’s school pushed us in this direction with its No Waste Wednesday program.  The kids are asked to eliminate any and all waste on that day – and once we started in this direction we simply expanded it to every day of the week.  The applesauce turned out to be a snap  – we now buy it in larger containers and send it to school in smaller reusable containers.  We are saving money while saving the environment – not bad.

What techniques have you found useful in working to eliminate disposables?

Green TeenBy Carol Politi

Here is the Green Tip published on the phone this week for kajeet subscribers:

“Buy Local.

Do you know where your food comes from and how far it travels to get to your plate?  Evan organic food will cause environmental damage if it is flown from overseas or trucked across the country.  If possible, buy local in-season foods.”

Tips by Jenn Savedge, Author of The Green Teen.

tgtcoverby Carol Politi

kajeet is collaborating with environmentalist and author Jenn Savedge to get the word out to kids that they can positively affect our environment through their actions.  We have launched a “Green Tips” channel on the phone that provides a new tip each week to kids to get them thinking about how they affect the environment and what they can do to minimize their environmental impact.  The tips are easy to find – they are linked to from our Navigator web home page on the handset – and they free and available to all kajeet subscribers.

Jenn has provided the tips to us from her new book – “The Green Teen, the Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet“.    In addition to publishing these tips on the kajeet phones, I’ll be publishing them on the blog each week.  Our tip this week is:

Rent, Borrow, or Swap – Use the 24 hour rule when shopping and ask yourself if you really need to buy it.  Could you rent, borrow, or swap with a friend instead?  If not, give yourself 24 hours to think it over.  If you still want it, go back and get it.    Tip byJenn Savedge, author of “The Green Teen“.

Jenn is also the author “The Green Parent” blog which is  a wealth of information about how to inspire earth-friendly living.

Please let us know how you work with your kids to help inspire them toward earth-friendly living.  We would love to hear your tips!

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