***Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kia Motors America; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own***
With Drive Electric Week wrapping up I thought I’d share 7 Ways To be greener that I learned while checking out The Ecology center in Southern California. What exactly is the Ecology Center?
The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is a non-profit educational center, that engages individuals, families, and students in fun, hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions at the household and community level. The Ecology Center seeks to bring all members of the community together in a solutions-based educational setting to inspire and create a healthy and abundant future for all of Southern California.
1. Grow Your Own
GYO! gardens are designed to educate across five core areas of sustainability- food, water, waste, shelter, and energy. Not only did I see some things that I wouldn’t expect at the seed bank I was inspired by The Ecology Center’s gardens. So many things growing. I even took a seedling packet that I could just plant the entire thing into the ground. Paper and all. Once I was back at home we started our own small garden. It only has tomatoes and peppers this year, but I’m hoping to expand it. “Grow Your Own” was the simplest idea and easiest to recreate at home.
2. Waste Station
Fact: The Average Kid Generates over 60lbs. of waste per year with disposable school lunches. I want to recreate this waste station home. I think the bright colors and fun look would make the kiddos use it more. We already Recycle and have been meaning to start a compost, but haven’t yet. This idea also seems like an easy one to recreate at home.
3. Create A Watershed
Fact: Each Californian uses 1800 gallons per day. That’s twice the global sustainable average. At the rate we’re consuming water, we’d need two planets to quench our thirst. Water was a constant topic brought up at The Ecology Center. While they had an impressive 800 gallon tank to catch rainwater they also sell barrels to use at home. We plan on putting a couple under the gutters to catch the excess and use it to water our garden.
4. Awareness of Food
We rely on the sun and water to help us grow our food. Buying from a local farm saves energy in transport. Eating fresh seasonal food is healthier for you and the enviroment. We are lucky because we have quite a few farmers markets within driving distance. We try to go at least once every 2 weeks. Not only is the food better, but I also enjoy helping my community.
5. Worm Bins
There is no waste in nature. Other animals on our planet manage to use just what they need and repupose what is left. Now out of all the intersting things I learned about at The Ecology Center this was the hardest to implemant, but I just had to share. This is a Worm Bin and although the kids found it cool we will probably use a traditional compost for our kitchen scraps.
What about you? How do you and your family stay green? I’d love to hear any tips or tricks!
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