Hudson Valley Parent

HVP August 2018

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Page 10 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 11 Reduce, reuse, recycle When I moved, I made a goal to be more eco-friendly in my new home and ditch my wasteful ways. I was using a lot of single-use plastic items and have recently made tons of swaps that are way better for the environment. My fianc and I both invested in a reusable water bottle instead of buying 24-packs of spring water. This was an easy switch that you can try, too. Get everyone their very own bottle that will keep their drinks super cold. A personal water bottle that you love may even help you and your family get in your eight glasses a day. We also made some other changes in our home. We both use insulated lunchboxes instead of taking our lunches to work in paper or plastic grocery bags. We've also ditched plastic utensils and plates and single use coffee pods. Even though our home is just for the two of us, our switches can make a big difference! If your whole household made planet-conscious choices, that would create a huge impact. Teach your kids about the effect they have on our planet and let them get involved in recycling. Designate places for recyclable materials to go. Get crafty and decorate bins for your trash, plastics and paper products. These eco-friendly switches have also saved me money. I can save some coin for my honeymoon fund while also saving the planet. Win-win! home & hearth

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