Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm Turning Green!

As parents, we want our kids to be loving, kind, and respectful little people. When teaching the importance of "please" and "thank you's", it's equally important to teach respect for our planet with terms like"reuse"and "unplug", and "turn-off".

While teaching by example is the preferred method, this can prove to be a little difficult at times. The Little Environmentalist is a company committed to developing and publishing children's material to promote environmental awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship.

The Little Environmentalist has a brand new book out called I'm Turning Green ($7.95, paperback). Geared towards the preschool crowd, this picture book follows a little girl in her daily routine. As she goes about her day, she discovers just how easy it is to "go green".

I love the simplicity of this book. It's educational, written in a format that kids will find fun and exciting to read over and over again. The book is filled with easy to understand tips like hanging clothes, composting and growing a backyard garden.

Printed on 100% recycled paper that is 100% post-consumer waste and chlorine free, the people of The Little Environmentalists practice what they preach.

Win it! We have one copy of I'm Turning Green for a lucky Simple reader. To be entered, leave us a comment sharing one green, eco-friendly tip you and your family practice.

Winner will be chosen at random December 18th, 2008.

66 comments:

  1. We practice being green everyday in our house. My daughter wears cloth diapers, we use cloth wet wipes, as well. We use cloths for cleaning (not paper towel), we bring our own bags to the store, we have low-flow everything.... There's tonnes more we do, as we fell it is very important. :) Would love to win this book for my daughter (for in a couple years)

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  2. I bring a reusable lunch bag with me to work. I also carry one in my purse at all times for groceries and things. When my back is better I plan to ride my bike when going short distances. Thanks Em!

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  3. We do many little things to try and do our part- we recycle, wash in cold water, take short showers and buy green products. I often clean with just vinegar and water and not use harsh cleansers.

    stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

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  4. To name a few things we do...we use cloth diapers and wipes, cloth napkins, cloth grocery bags, reusable containers for snacks on the go, grow our own veggies, compost and recycle as much waste as we can...
    teriannm@gmail.com

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  5. We use CFL lightbulbs

    plur268 at yahoo dot com

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  6. I live in New York State and we are required to recycle everyday. Bottles, Cans, Plastic, etc. It's a great feeling to know we are helping in saving our enviroment.

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  7. We practice being green by sorting all of our trash into cardbords, cans, plastics and taking them to the rcycling approved containers.

    danmarugg [at] yahoo [dot] ca

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  8. I practice being green by using the reusable bags when I shop to prevent the waste of plastic bags into our enviornment!

    Night61 [at] hotmail [dot [com]

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  9. Our family does a bunch of things to live green everyday: follows a vegetarian diet, bring our own bags, drive an eco-friendly vehicle, use cfl lightbulbs, recycle, reuse and use non-toxic cleaners like vinegar and baking soda.

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  10. We are retired and have simplified our lifestyle. We recycled our useful household items and clothing at a next to new shop that helps Women in Need.

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  11. I like to say that I'm married to the "Recycling Nazi", as my husband can often be found sifting through our garbage (and his classroom garbage at school!) making sure nothing was thrown away that can be reused. But it has rubbed off on Dana, and she loves finding things to put into the special yellow bags for the garbagemen to pick up!

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  12. It is a family event to go to the recycling boxes in the community. One kid gets newprint, the other gets cardboard, etc... Thanks for the great contest:)

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  13. Recycle all paper and compost all perishables. Water awareness so not to waste. Purchase most organic foods.

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  14. we buy bulk whenever possible to cut down on refuge

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  15. We recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and bottles. Did I leave anything out? Also we are using the energy saving lightbulbs and they have been a big plus with the electric bill!

    Thanks for the chance!
    Mommykat007 at gmail dot com

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  16. we recycle whatever we can and try not to buy if it comes in excessive packaging

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  17. We recycle everything that can possibly be recycled!

    We have cut down so much on the actual amount of garbage that we have!

    Thanks

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  18. we use cloth napkins instead of paper

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  19. We make sure the TV and lights are off when we aren't in the room.

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  20. We unplug our electronics at night. For some reason keeping them plugged in is a huge energy hog!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  21. We keep a plastic bucket in the shower to catch the water that would be wasted while it was warming up, then we use that water to water plants, wash floors, or do other clean-up jobs around the house.

    galeogirl(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. i reuse water bottles to reduce trash. thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Practice the 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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  24. We use reusable juice and water containers, such as nalgene or stainless steel, along with reusable food containers for our lunches. This way, our entire family has a low plastic waste each week! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. We teach our son to recycle. We also explain to him why we don't use plastic sandwich bags in his lunches in favor of reusable containers. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  26. I recycle whenever i can.

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  27. we try to reuse as much as we can. reusing bags from store.

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  28. We freecycle as much as we can to keep things from clogging our landfills and polluting the Earth. Even if something is broken, before we throw it away, we always check to see if someone else can use it.

    smk0817@aol.com

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  29. Our family has been turning off the water while brushing our teeth, using cloth grocery bags at the store and cutting back on water bottles. Thanks!

    chericehodges@gmail.com

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  30. We practice green in several ways. We use the new lightbulbs to replace old style bulbs. We recycle and we use freecycle to reduce landfill waste.

    angieplays4fun@gmail.com

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  31. We use CFL bulbs and we recycle. Thanks for the chance to win.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  32. Instead of using paper towels, I keep a stash of wash clothes in the kitchen to wipe up spills. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  33. I have been using the 5 years lightbulbs that save energy.
    pantslearson@yahoo.com

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  34. I use cloth bags, pads, diapers. I also recycle, grow my own veggies and herbs and buy other local goods when possible!

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  35. We bicycle everywhere in good weather!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  36. Turning appliances off when not in use

    jason@allworldautomotive.com

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  37. We recycle almost everything. I teach 5k. My kids learn to recycle too. we use the backs of apers, save construction paper scraps etc. we check to se how empty our trashcans are every day!

    mj.coward at gmail.com

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  38. We recycle everything possible and use energy saving lightbulbs!

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  39. We recycle, cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cloth grocery bags, compost,take lunch to work.

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  40. Every Green Up Vermont day, my boyfriend and I spend two hours picking up trash along local roads in our town. We get such a great feeling!

    kaylapease1990@yahoo.com

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  41. reduce our waste and recycle whenever possible.

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  42. We not only recycle most of our own trash, we also collect litter when we go for walks and take that to the recycling center also. That way we're cleaning the environment AND recycling.

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  43. We recycle and use reusable bags we keep bags in our desk at work the car to make sure we always have one handy.

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  44. We recycle, use reusable shopping bags, occasionally shop organic and have electronics on timers (for e.g. our lights. Oh year, and we use LED lights on our house (which is also on a timer).

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  45. We recycle everything we can possibly recycle. We also try to bring tote bags when we go shopping, and when we have to get grocery bags, we use them as trash bags for our bunny's litter. Basically, go for the distance!


    strycker@slu.edu

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  46. We compost. It really has cut down on garbage and is great for the garden!

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  47. recycle, recycle and more recycle

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  48. grow some of our own organic food

    dangotmail AT yahoo DOT com

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  49. My breaker box is in my Laundry room.
    I turn off the water Heater when it is not in use.
    We just have to flip it back on around 15 minutes before we need hot water.
    During the Spring & summer if you let the tank heat up all the water & then cut it off...it stays hot enough for dishes or laundry four almost the whole day.

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  50. We cloth diaper.
    Thanks for a great giveaway!
    jjdragonfly [at] gmail [dot] com

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  51. We turn the water off while brushing our teeth and we recycle our paper, plastic, and aluminum. :)

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  52. We bring reusable canvas bags with us at the supermarket.

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  53. Since our well water threatened to go dry we recycle water from bath water to flush toilets, wash clothes and water plants.
    We have reusable sacks for groceries.

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  54. practice being green by using the reusable bags

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  55. We try to reuse and if we can't then we recycle.

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  56. I am now working on doing my part to help the environment by using reusable grocery bags, recycle and compost and try to conserve gas by driving much less. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway! Happy Holidays!

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  57. We use a rain barrel to collect rainwater. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  58. We include everyone in our family on the recycling, even our 2 year-old son. We also use green garbage bags!

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