Ten Easy Parent Hacks for "Greening" Everyday Life with Kids

Asha Dornfest
April 25, 2008

I love that this theme, "It's Easy Being Green," doesn't just promote green living, it points out how environmental responsibility doesn't have to be difficult. When you're dealing with an issue as big as Saving The Earth, making small adjustments helps you be a part of the solution without overwhelming you.

At Parent Hacks, we're all about the simple tweak and practical solution. Parents share their best learned-from-experience tips about everything from diffusing tantrums to cleaning sippy cups. Along the way, we've come up with a bunch of clever ways to reuse regular household items as toys and tools. The beauty of "going green" is that it not only helps the Earth, it helps the pocketbook, reduces clutter, and, for many of us, scratches that DIY itch.

Here are some creative ways you can reuse stuff around your house as you busy yourself with the adventure of raising your kids:

Use a ketchup bottle to rise soapy hair

Recycle Tyvek envelopes into sails for homemade boats

Turn old page-a-day calendars into doodling paper

Get more use out of your reusable grocery bags

Clean your boathroom with baking soda

Send teacher notes to school in junk mail envelopes

Use a kitchen utility cart as a changing table

Turn a styrofoam package insert into a make-believe castle

Use a strawberry basket as bubble blower

Turn telephone books into scribble material

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