How Do I Teach My Kids About Sustainability?

How Do I Teach My Kids About Sustainability?

January 22, 2020

4 Tips for Implementing Sustainable Practices with your Kids

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” 

 

Today, sustainability and climate change are quickly encapsulating our lives. No matter where we live, we're starting to see the effects of pollution, single-use plastics, and other factors that are damaging to our environment. It's undoubtedly hard living in a world where you feel like you can't make a difference, especially when it comes to sustainability. You want to save the sea turtles, but when you look at all the disposable coffee cups and straws lying in the trash on your way to work, how can you not feel defeated?  

Being mothers, our children are absolutely everything to us. We want them to thrive - to be able to spend lots of time outdoors, to visit the glaciers if they wanted to, to not have countless species of animals going extinct in their lifetime. The good news is with ongoing social media and activism, governments and businesses are starting to listen us. The truth is, we CAN make an impact, and it starts small. Little actions become habits... which become movements... which affects other people around us. 

So how do we start? It's simpler than we think. Children are our future - we have to instill these practices with them while we go on our own sustainability journey so they can uphold them as they grow up. Research shows that teaching by example has a greater effect on children's behaviour than telling them what to do; so if sustainable living is important to you, try evaluating your everyday habits first and see how you can include your kids while doing it. Below are 4 (kid-friendly) sustainable ideas you can easily start implementing into your busy everyday lifestyle.

(Source: ABC Education)

 

 1. Spend Time in Nature  

Showing your kids the beauty of nature can spark passion to protect it. Take them to parks, lakes, forest trails, hikes, waterfalls, etc. and while you're enjoying yourselves, strike up a conversation that these beautiful places and how the animals that live in these places are at risk. Talk about how your actions can impact nature, and how we have the ability to conserve it. You can even bring an empty bag with you and pick up litter on the way to show one of the ways we can help. 

 

 

2. Share Stories 

It's hard to get our kids to grasp big ideas without showing them something concrete. We suggest regularly reading books (with pictures!), watching documentaries, or even showing them content on social media about animals, climate change, detriments of single-use plastics, etc. 

Let us know if you are interested in our favourite documentaries/social media accounts to follow - we'd be happy to share a more detailed list with you in a future blog post! 

 

 

3. Try to Avoid Single-Use Plastics 

This is something that is easy to do... but easy to forget. Takeout containers, plastic straws, bottled water, plastic bags, etc. are all items that we use everyday. To put this into perspective on a global scale, here are some mind-boggling facts that we want to share with you.

  • About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That's nearly 2 million every minute 
  • More than half a billion plastic straws are used every day around the world 
  • Takeout orders account for around 269,000 US tons of plastic waste that has entered oceans 

(Source: Earthday.org)

The truth is, since you use these items all the time, it really does make a difference when you personally cut down your single-use plastic usage. Once you add more people to the mix (like your family), you can make an even bigger impact. Here are some quick tips we came up with to reduce single-use plastic in your lives:

  • Use reusable beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap (this saves money down the line too!)
  • Pack lunches in glass containers
  • Bring reusable water bottles (preferably glass or stainless steel) to work, and have your children pack them for school 
  • Keep some glass containers in your car with you - when you eat at restaurant and need some food packed to go, it's an easy alternative to Styrofoam takeout boxes
  • Always have a reusable bag on you to carry items on spontaneous grocery/clothes shopping trips 

4. Implement Meatless Mondays

It's no secret that meat and dairy production are one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases, fossil fuel usage and pollution. The environmental impact on livestock farming is pretty huge. If your family does eat meat, it might not be the most effective method to cut out meat cold turkey (pardon the pun). Try to just have one night a week where you implement vegetarian options so you can try new recipes while lowering your family's carbon footprint. You actually won't believe how many yummy options there are that don't require meat. There are also a lot of high-protein vegetarian "meats" like Beyond Meat available that you could incorporate into your palette as well. 

 

Living a more sustainable lifestyle takes time, effort, and action. On a personal level, you have to tweak your everyday habits which may result in a slight inconvenience at first. After a few weeks, though, it'll feel like a breeze AND you will feel like you're helping a great cause. Even better, you can teach your kids how to respect the earth too. 

I've been on my own sustainability journey before, and I always felt the pressure to do everything perfectly. If I forgot to bring my reusable water bottle for one day, I would beat myself up and think about how I was ruining the environment. Overtime, I learned that it's not about one person doing everything perfectly, it's about a community of people doing everything imperfectly. It's vital to think about WHY you're trying to be more sustainable, and to inspire others to do the same. Just being in that mindset and encouraging others around you to make simple swaps will make a world of a difference. Lets do it together. 

 

If you happen to take any pictures or videos of your sustainability journey, we would love to see it. Tag us on Instagram or let us know on Facebook

Image source: Unsplash

 



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AWARDS & PRESS

AWARDS & PRESS

Stonz as recognized through awards, by the press and as seen in the media.


AWARDS


Stonz products have received numerous awards over the years, having been tested by savvy reviewers and professionals based on value, functionality, quality and product appeal. In addition to the below, Stonz products have been recognized by Creative Child Magazine, Red Tricycle, the National Parenting Center and others. 

 

Stonz Booties are certified by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a product that promotes the development of young feet

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval

Stonz Booties are certified by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a product that promotes the development of young feet.




Creative Child Magazine Awards

The Stonz Sun Suit was named the 2018 Product of the Year in the Outdoor Play Apparel category, while our Baby Mitts received a 2018 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine.


Stonz Scout Winter Boots were awarded the 2018 Product of the Year award for Winter Footwear. 

Baby Maternity Magazine Awards

Stonz Scout Winter Boots were awarded the 2018 Product of the Year award for Winter Footwear. Our Sun Suit also received the 2018 Preferred Choice Award for Sun Protection Apparel, as voted by new moms and moms-to-be.


Stonz Booties were awarded with the PTPA Seal of Approval.

PTPA Seal of Approval

Stonz Booties were awarded with the PTPA Seal of Approval.


Stonz Awards - Mom's Best Award Winner

Mom's Best Award

The Mom's Best Award for Fantastic Products recognizes the best of the best in juvenile products, toys and media as evaluated by moms.


Stonz Baby Booties have been recognized by iParenting as a top baby product.

iParenting Award

Stonz Baby Booties have been recognized by iParenting as a top baby product.

 

PRESS


Here are just some of the latest mentions of Stonz in the media.

 

November 2018

Stonz as featured by Business Insider

‘The Best Kids' Snow Boots You Can Buy’
Featuring our Trek Winter Boots.
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November 2018

Stonz as featured by KTLA

‘Hacks for Those Travelling With Kids’
A segment with Mom blogger Jessica Hall.
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November 2018

Stonz as featured by Business Insider

‘The Best Mittens You Can Buy’
Featuring our Baby Mitts as best mittens for babies.
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October 2018

Stonz as featured by Pop Sugar

‘Best Products for Babies and Kids’
Featuring our Toddler Booties.
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February 2018

Stonz was features at Today's Parent - ‘36 Adorable Rain Boots for Kids’

‘36 Adorable Rain Boots for Kids’
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November 2017

Stonz is feature on CTV News clip "Mompreneurs share their top holiday picks for kids."

CTV News Hour Ottawa – ‘Top Pics’

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August 2017

Stonz introduces sun-sational UPF line on Earnshaw's article.

‘Sun Savvy’

Stonz introduces sun-sational UPF line.
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SPOTTED IN STONZ


Some familiar faces spotted in Stonz products!

Molly Sims

Model and actress Molly Sims’ kids are having a blast in their Stonz Rain Boots!

Model and actress Molly Sims’ kids are having a blast in their Stonz Rain Boots!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s little ones are loving their Stonz gear!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s little ones are loving their Stonz gear!


Eva Chen

Eva Chen's adorable son Tao wants to share his Stonz Rain Boots with mom!

Eva Chen's adorable son Tao wants to share his Stonz Rain Boots with mom!


Busy Philipps

Actress Busy Philipps’ daughter is rainy day ready in her Stonz Rain Boots and Liners!

Actress Busy Philipps’ daughter is rainy day ready in her Stonz Rain Boots and Liners!


James Van Der Beek

Actor James Van Der Beek’s daughter Olivia was spotted looking rain ready in her Stonz Rain Boots!

Actor James Van Der Beek’s daughter Olivia was spotted looking rain ready in her Stonz Rain Boots!


Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen, of Parenthood fame, took her daughter for a Fall outing wearing her Polka Dot Booties!

Erika Christensen, of <i>Parenthood </i>fame, took her daughter for a Fall outing wearing her Polka Dot Booties!


Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff dressed her son Luca in his Blue Stonz Rain Boots. We love those smiling faces!

Hilary Duff dressed her son Luca in his Blue Stonz Rain Boots. We love those smiling faces!


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris took his two little ones out for a stroll in NYC, with his daughter decked out in Stonz natural rubber Rain Boots!
Neil Patrick Harris took his two little ones out for a stroll in NYC, with his daughter decked out in Stonz natural rubber Rain Boots!


Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner's youngest daughter Seraphina was spotted in Stonz Booties in the polka dot brown design. She also has the Stonz polka dot brown fleece hat to match!

Jennifer Garner's youngest daughter Seraphina was spotted in Stonz Booties in the polka dot brown design. She also has the Stonz polka dot brown fleece hat to match!


Halle Berry

Another one of our favorite famous moms, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, was spotted buying a pair of Stonz booties for her daughter Nahla at Circle Craft in Vancouver.

Another one of our favorite famous moms, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, was spotted buying a pair of Stonz booties for her daughter Nahla at Circle Craft in Vancouver.