Sometimes, conservation creates thoughts of stuffy politicians, or hard to understand scientific studies. Conservation at its core is actually very easy to put into action. More importantly, making conservation fun can help express your outlook on conserving the world around us. Here are a few ways you can make conservation fun while still making an impact!
Design a Compost Bin
Our landfills are overflowing, and every day more waste is added. Compost bins can be created with every-day items. They are an affordable, creative way that you can minimize your impact on the environment by keeping compost out of the landfills.
Wire mesh is a popular compost bin material. Adding wood elements to the wire mesh can make for a sturdy compost bin. A simple compost bin can made from a trash can or plastic container by adding holes. Another option is to use brick pavers to build your compost bin
Organize A Trash Pickup Day
Gathering friends and family for a noble cause is always a fun way to promote conservation. Get outside and visit your local parks, creeks, or hiking trails to pick up the waste in the area. Be sure to wear rubber gloves because you never know what you might come across. This is also great opportunity to teach children the value of preserving nature, animals, and the world around us.
Additionally, bring a trash bag wherever you go. Unfortunately, the opportunities to clean up our local communities are endless and every effort you make goes a long way to help the environment.
Believe it or not, it is fun to challenge yourself to save as much water as possible. There are quite a few creative ways to conserve water.
- Start by collecting cold water to use for plants as you are waiting for the water to turn hot.
- Weed your yard and garden! Weeds draw water the same as other plants, eliminate them so your water is going to the plants that need the nourishment.
- Using a rain barrel to conserve and reuse water
- Shorten your showers and eliminate baths altogether.
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Give Up Plastic!
Ditch the plastic water bottle and opt for a reusable one. Use straw alternatives. The list for this goes on and on. Given how much pollution is caused by plastic, this one is a no brainer. Encourage others to do the same!
Shop the local farmer’s markets and family owned restaurants in your area. This is an easy way to become more immersed in the culture of your area and support small business practices. More of this money goes to your local community, so spend it where it counts!
Turn Conservation into A Game
Turned a light off that was left on? Made dinner using only fresh local sourced vegetables? Watered your magnolias using water from your rain barrel? These are all incredible ways to make conservation fun, so why not come up with a point system and challenge your friends and family to compete through out the day or week. Make a chart to mark your progress and have a fun conservation reward for the winner!