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Plan Eco-Friendly Birthday Party for Kids

Is your kid’s birthday round the corner? If that’s the case, then it’s high time you started planning for a grand birthday bash! Kids love parties, and never want to miss an opportunity to have fun. It’s very natural for them to expect the best when their own special days come. So, being a parent really propels you to make vertiginous trips to the supermarket, right?

Well, you needn’t panic after all! It is possible for you to host a colourful, exciting, and memorable party with a modicum of prior planning. In fact, an eco-friendly party is the best way to make your kid’s day, thereby culling all kinds of hazardous wastes, which are absolutely uncalled for! Moreover, this could be a great opportunity for you to teach your kid about the essentials, and significance of a greenhouse-friendly party. Kids are never very exacting by nature, and you could mould them with a little ingenuity so as to enjoy a real good birthday bash without superfluous confettis and festoons.

Go green, and teach your kid to enjoy his or her birthday party by adopting these eco-friendly steps:

  • Send e-vites or electronic invitations: Avoid sending the paper version of invitations to your guests. You could engage your children in designing invites on leaf plates, and they would simply love this kind of craft work. In fact, they could distribute such invitation to their friends at school. Besides, you could send invitations to your guests via emails, which reach the invitees faster than the paper-made snail mails.
  • Choose the right venue: You could organize a grand party for kids at the nearest park. This would save you the expense of booking an expensive hotel, or restaurant for the purpose. Besides, a party at home entails a lot of cleaning-up work later. Moreover, it’s convenient for the kids to walk down to a neighborhood park, and they would really have fun-time running around.
  • Use washable cutlery: Make it a point to lay out the yummy spread in washable dishes and cutlery. Avoid using paper plastic cups to serve water, or juices to the children. Serve the snack to the little ones on recyclable paper plates.
  • Choose environmental-friendly decorations: The traditional party balloons attract a great deal of derisive remarks from the environmentalists. Though latex balloons are biodegradable, they pose as threats to animals, and those little kids who might choke themselves by accidentally swallowing them. The best way out is to stage a garden party where flowers, and creepers would serve as natural festoons.
  • Serve homemade cake and desserts: It involves somewhat time, but is worth the effort. Bake your own organic cake instead of placing an order at a confectionary. Engage your kids in the kitchen to help you out. The children would imbibe a sense of pride in baking their own birthday cake. Homemade puddings, brownies and ice creams would certainly add laurels to your birthday bash! Just avoid getting any flavored junk from outside!
  • Say bye to flavoured chocolates and aerated drinks: Serve your kids’ little guests with fresh fruit juices, instead of canned ones or soft drinks. A round of freshly squeezed lemonade would do wonders, and the children would simply love it! Also, serve homemade cookies to your little guests instead of passing around flavored chocolates, mints and toffees. Even the synthetic scented wrappers are non-biodegradable, and could choke the kids who accidentally swallow them.
  • Stuff the party bags with eco-friendly contents: When the kids head homewards, they go happily trouncing all the way carrying their little party bags. Now, what have you stuffed them with? If they carry lollies, and short-lived plastic toys, then the entire theme of environmental party would go down the drain! Tweak their teeny-weeny bags a bit, and fill them with pencils and wooden toys instead!

 

Green Tips to Keep Your Home Clean

Cleaning products have become ubiquitous. They are in random use at homes and offices. Oftentimes the floor, furniture, kitchens, countertops, restrooms, clothes, windows, and bed spreads become messy, and hence, need to be cleaned up. The need to do so becomes all the more pressing, especially after damp and soggy winters, when you are forced to remain cramped up at home.

The real cleaning spree starts with the advent of the Spring when you feel like flinging open the windows, and allow some fresh air to breeze in. This is the time for you to roll up your sleeves and get done with annual cleaning. In this process, however, you tend to use the conventional petroleum-based products. These are laced with chemicals, which are detrimental to our health and environment. In fact, more than half of the global population has been using these chemical products, seemingly unaware of their implications.

It’s high time for everyone to start using natural methods, in order to maintain clean homes and office spaces. Go green and stop using toxic products!

Here are a few green cleaning tips for you to clean your home:

Use green cleaning products: With passing time, people have developed awareness regarding the hazardous effects of chemicals on health and environment. Hence, they are on the lookout for green products. Consequently, a large number of green and healthy cleaning stuffs have started flooding the markets. All of them are made of renewable ingredients, and are biodegradable. In case, you don’t wish to spend money on labelled products, there is nothing to worry about! Use baking soda, and vinegar which are effective in cleaning almost every corner of your house. 

  • Use baking Soda: If you have an old carpet which gives out a kind of musty smell, then sprinkle some baking soda over it. This absorbs the emanating odor. Use a vacuum-cleaner over it. Also, people use it to get rid of strange smells coming from their refrigerators.

 Avoid using Anti-Bacterial Cleaners: Some people have the notion that anti-bacterial cleaners are more effective than soaps and water for cleaning hands. However, these products fail to check the growth of bacteria and instead, increase the risk of breeding germs. It is, therefore, advisable to use regular soaps and not the anti-bacterial ones. 

  • Improve the quality of indoor air: Make it a point to open the windows of your house daily, so that fresh breeze comes in. Avoid using room-fresheners to remove the foul smell trapped in closed rooms. In case, you cannot open the windows due to certain unfavorable weather conditions, then boil cloves, or cinnamon for creating a pleasant odor. Peace lilies too emanate very good aroma. 
  • Dispose toxic cleaners carefully: In case, you have stopped using chemical cleaners and have switched over to the green products, do not make the mistake of tossing the former into trash. They would be, ultimately dumped into the landfills, and contaminate the soil. Also, refrain from dumping electronic wastes into the trash cans, or drains since they are non-biodegradable. They might get stuck in the drains, and pollute the water supply with toxins. 
  • Keep the filth outdoors: After a day’s outing, your shoes are soiled with all kinds of grime. Place a doormat at the entrance of your house. Use slippers instead of shoes while you are indoors. This is very important for those who have toddlers at home. Kids mostly play on the floor, and are likely to get infected. Hence, keep your kids away from all kinds of filth by using green tips. Also, it means that you need not sweep, mop, or vacuum your house daily. In the end, you end up using less energy, water and chemicals, thereby going green!