5 ways to get your whole family into Earth Day

Apr 15, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. ET

Earth Day. In my house, it’s the day we try to get all of our ducks in a row (or in a  box to donate). But, as the years have gone on, I’ve become a lot less effective at finding ways to show my boys that it’s both a good and cool thing to do. Thankfully, these fine folks have created some ways to get the whole family poppin’ like Tiny’s Bubble Yum at a ballgame in August at the neighborhood field. And that’s definitely poppin! 

Second Chance Toys

Little girl holding a toy
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Nearly 14 million children in the United States – 22 percent of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level of $22,050 a year for a family of four. That’s just wrong. Second Chance Toy’s founder Sasha Lipton took steps in 2006 to "make it right” by collecting, cleaning and re-gifting used plastic toys to underserved youth. Simply donating a gently used plastic toy can make a huge difference in the life of a needy child, while keeping non-biodegradable plastics out of our landfills. I teamed up with the #HatchKids to get some toys Earth Day-ready for the kids at Barrier Free Living in the Bronx. Learn more about how you can donate, collect and help in other ways here.

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo: Spark Joy
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This Japanese reduction guru has sold millions of copies of her organizational books. Too much clutter? She’s got a solution. Clothes you aren’t sure you love? You’ll like her tips on how to get them going, going, gone. Make a molehill out of your mountain with her how-to-win-win-mess-be-gone philosophies.


Re-Crafting items: pillbox hat
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So many things in our homes can be recycled and have a second life. Folks, the web has tons of great ideas for recycling old goods into new.

Here’s a cool idea from a member of the BlogHer community.


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Look, who does not like a refresh? In the name of getting all the R’s in a row for Earth Day, I am definitely refreshing my hair. Rejuge, as the kids say. And queens. And while this may seem like an odd thing to do, a little refreshing on the head does wonders for the outlook. And with a brighter outlook, maybe we can make brighter decisions about how we live on this earth! Was that a stretch? Maybe. Maybe not. But this article, 5 ways to refresh your hair color in literally five minutes, shows us how to do it. So again, I must be right.


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Did you know your pantry is chock full of things you can use in off-label ways? That’s doctor lingo (I swiped it from some TV show, so I know it’s right) for using things in ways other than the way the label directs. What do I repurpose? I use coconut oil for make-up removal, hair moisturizing, health shakes (a teaspoon a day) and more! Now that I think about it, I may use it for the much-needed elbow grease that seems to be lacking when I ask my son to wipe the table. But I digress…

Turns out, I’m not the only one who repurposes household goodies, either. In fact, check out these 10 baby products that adults can use too!

Earth day is a great way to connect with your loved ones about what really matters — being together, building forward and being present. Give the gift of a truly sustainable legacy; one reused, reduced, recycled, repurposed object at a time. Use our discussion guide to celebrate Earth Day with your own kids.

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