Significant Sustainable Choices for Your Family #CP

As a family with children, whether big or small, you can have a greater carbon footprint compared to a single person or a couple on their own. Living a sustainable life can be tricky when you're busy trying to run your family home and keep everyone on track. It might feel like you don't have a lot of time to try and save the planet when you have so much else to do. But you could make some big changes to your family life by making more sustainable choices. Try these choices to make your family more eco-friendly and maybe even save some money.

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Use Your Car Less

Going without a car isn't a practical choice for a lot of people, but not every family finds they need one. However, if you don't think you could sacrifice your car, there is still the possibility of using it less. When you have options for public transport, you can consider taking the train, bus, underground or tram, depending on what's available. For short journeys, you can even walk or cycle (or scooter or skate) to get where you need to go. Try to limit how often you use your car to avoid being overly reliant on it.

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Buy Used for Major Purchases

When you have a major purchase coming up, you have to brace yourself for spending a lot of money. But these purchases can also have a significant impact on the environment. Every time you buy something new, you have to consider the environmental impact of manufacturing it. You could make your family more eco-conscious by considering used cars, used furniture, or other purchases that could be almost as good used as new. Not only is it better for the environment, but you could save a lot of money too.

Holiday Close to Home

Going away as a family is a chance to spend some quality time together and have a relaxing break. It might be a little hectic sometimes, but it's worth it to see your children having fun. A holiday in Spain or Florida might bring you sun, sea, and sand, but it can also increase your carbon footprint. For a more eco-friendly holiday, consider choosing somewhere closer to home. You can support the local economy and still have plenty of fun. If you do go abroad, think about getting there by train instead of flying and making other choices to make your holiday more sustainable.

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Grow Your Own

Not everyone has space to grow their own food, but it can be a great way to make your family more sustainable. You don't need to have a huge amount of space to start growing something. You could have some pots with herbs or even a chilli plant that you can sit on a window sill. If you have more outside space, you can consider growing some vegetables and maybe even some fruit.

You can start making more eco-friendly choices at home to help make your home life more sustainable.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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