Sometimes within our homes, it’s easy to get lazy and start going back to habits that make us wasteful and some habits that may even have negative impacts on our environment. If you are trying to go green in your own home, it can be frustrating if you don’t have the cooperation of your family. Getting your family involved can take some time, and you definitely don’t want to stress them out about it. Here are some simple ideas that you can try to help make your family go greener.
Try a Bit of Simple Education
More than likely the people in your family don’t appreciate being told to do things without knowing why they should do it. This is where some simple education can come in handy. When you make them understand why you are asking them to do something, they are more likely to do it. Just telling them it’s just the right environmental thing to do is probably not going to work. Take times to actually explain the logic behind things you ask them to do at family times, such as when you are all eating dinner together. If you can get them to understand that just the little things they do can make a difference and why, they’ll probably be more likely to start helping you go green in your home.
Don’t Go Overboard
When you start realizing the importance of going green, it’s easy to become the “green evangelist”, going around preaching at everyone in your home. More than likely your family just isn’t as excited as you are, so avoid going overboard. Get too carried away and your family will be rolling their eyes at you, so go slowly, don’t go overboard, and try just focusing on one change at a time.
Make it Easy for Your Family
Another tip to help you make your family go greener without stressing them out is to make it easy on them. If you want a specific thing to change, making it easier will help. If you have the recycling bin outside, more than likely your family won’t make that trek to the bin. Add another specific bin for plastics, one for cans, and then one for other types of trash, and making it so easy for them will pretty much guarantee they’ll start worrying about this and following your example and advice.
Have Some Fun
Making things fun and even offering some rewards can also help you to get your family go green. After all, humans really learn things best when they are rewarded. Positive reinforcement is very important. When your family remembers to recycle or remembers to shut off the lights when they leave the room, come up with a good green reward to thank them. This way you reinforce the action in a positive way, making them want to do the green thing in your home.
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