Earth Day: Fun Ways to Go Green

Our readers share their best ecofriendly ideas.

Recycle Among Friends

Can of beans, pop, joe, jug of milk and a recycle sign Illustration by Shannon May

We hold swap meets with friends and neighbors where the kids trade items they no longer play with. It's a great way to reduce the number of things you buy and to recycle what might have been thrown away.

Cheryl Hullihen
Vineland, NJ

    Repurpose Paper

    My kids cut school fliers into squares, staple the corners, and create their own scratch pads.

    Heather M. Arthur
    Acton, MA

      Be Ecofriendly Gardeners

      We grow an indoor herb garden in recycled yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream containers that the kids have decorated. And we water the garden with rainwater we collect.

      Carrie Hill
      Webster, MA

        Start an Inventor's Box

        I've always kept an "inventors' box" full of interesting trash: empty tape spools, foil candy wrappers, and more. In general, if something can't be recycled, it goes in the box. For years my kids and their friends turned to it for school and art projects. Neighborhood children still call me when they need supplies!

        Charlotte Meryman
        Contributing Editor

          Reward Green Acts

          My 7-year-old, Eamon, came up with this idea. Each of us gets one point for turning off a light that's been left on, and the person with the most points at the end of the month gets to pick a family movie or dessert.

          Bryan McCreary
          Amherst, MA

            Solar-power Your Laundry

            Using a pulley system, we dry clothes outside. To make it fun for the kids, when we hang or take in the wash, we send messages in a special bag from one end of the line to the other.

            Tim Stokes
            Westhampton, MA

              Compost With "Pets"

              We have pet worms! Our red wigglers turn garbage into fertilizer for our family vegetable garden. They serve as a fun, ongoing science lesson for my 5-year-old, James, too.

              Becky Williams
              San Antonio, TX

                Make Cool Toys

                My four kids and I make many playthings from items we have around the house. We recently used old wooden pegs, rubber bands, and fabric scraps to make Elsa and Anna dolls inspired by Frozen.

                Michelle O'Toole
                Sydney, Australia

                  Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.