2. Bring Your Own Bag
To help my boys feel like they were making a difference, I gave them an important task, which addresses another major environmental issue: plastic bags. While I had happily invested in reusable bags, I kept leaving them behind when we went to the store! So I asked my kids to become my pint-size "No-Paper, No-Plastic Police," reminding me to pack the bags before we run errands. My "bag police" got so into their role that they wanted to get their friends on board. The next time we were invited to a birthday party, we wrapped the present in a canvas bag we decorated.