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How to finally go green at home this year

Make 2020 the year your family gets serious about the environment.

How to finally go green at home this year

Photo: Erik Putz

"We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility. Adults keep saying: 'we owe it to the young people to give them hope.' But I don't want your hope. I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." — Greta Thunberg

How to raise a green kid without freaking them out 

Children understand the urgency of the climate change crisis—sometimes better than adults. Here's how to inspire them to turn despair into action by going green at home.

1. In the bedroom

How to make your kid’s closet more green

With constantly growing, regular play-in-the-dirt kids, even homes with minimalist parents will face the onslaught of apparel. Here's how to cope.

2. In the kitchen

6 easy ways to reduce your family’s food waste

The average Canadian household wastes 140 kilograms of food each year—roughly $1,100 worth. But unlike many other environmental issues, controlling how much food we throw out is completely within our control. Bob Blumer, Food Network host and ambassador for both Love Food, Hate Waste and Second Harvest, shares tips for reducing household waste.

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How to make a frittata using kitchen scraps

Make this tasty dinner in less than 30 minutes using up all the scraps in your fridge.

3. In the playroom

6 sustainable ways to declutter your playroom

It’s easy to just shut the door and pretend your playroom isn’t a dumping ground for every birthday present, party loot bag and art experiment. While lots of toys can be passed on or resold, here’s what to do with the stuff that usually ends up in the trash.

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Read more: 5 ways you can reduce your family’s fashion footprint How a family of four reduced its annual garbage output to three Mason jars

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Simone Olivero is a Toronto-based writer and editor specializing in lifestyle editorial including travel, home décor, beauty and food. Her work has also been published in print and online publications like Toronto LifeChatelaine, The Toronto Star, CBC Travel, Yahoo! Canada and more. She was previously a senior editor at Today’s Parent and is currently the managing editor at House & Home

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