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Tips to help at home

Your children should be learning about sustainability as part of the school curriculum but there are many ways that you can support their learning and further their knowledge at home, to help them live a more sustainable life. Here are some suggestions:

  • Discuss the different journeys that your family make each week. What forms of transport do you use? How could you travel more sustainably? Would this affect the cost or time taken for the journey?
  • Discuss with your child, the building in which you live. What materials is it made from? Is it environmentally friendly? How could it be redesigned to be more environmentally friendly?
  • Discuss news stories about different aspects of sustainability or environmental issues (local or global). Encourage your child to reflect and give his or her opinion about the story.
  • If you are planning a holiday, discuss with your child ways of being an eco-friendly tourist (e.g. learning a little about the language and culture of the place you are visiting; considering environmentally friendly methods of travelling).
  • Talk to your child about organisations within your local community. If you belong to any societies or groups (e.g. Residents' Association, parents association, the Scouts or Brownies), discuss the types of activities they are involved with and how they help the community to be a better place to live.
  • Talk about the public services that you use (e.g. library, waste collection) and how they help keep the community a nice place to live.
  • Consider the way you use energy, heat and water, and produce waste in your home. Discuss with your child ways that you could cut down on these (see tips).

Tips for reducing, reusing, recycling and conserving energy at home

  • Turn off switches and plugs when they are not being used.
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature and always fill the machine.
  • Wash dishes by hand and dry clothes on the line.
  • Always close the fridge, freezer and oven door fully.
  • Draught proof doors and windows.
  • Have showers instead of baths.
  • Use rechargeable batteries and low energy lightbulbs where possible.
  • Collect rainwater and use it to water the garden and wash the car.
  • Keep household scraps and use them as compost.
  • Give away old clothes and household objects, which are in a useable condition, to charity.
  • See if you can find a new use for old objects, rather than throwing them away.
  • Start growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and only buy the amount of food you need so that it is not wasted.
  • Recycle household glass, plastic, card, paper and any other objects that your local centre will recycle.
  • If you do use a car, think about car sharing or joining a car club.
  • By reducing, reusing and recycling, we can all live a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Walk or cycle where you can instead of driving.