Nature provides so many benefits to us, particularly to soothe and calm our bodies and minds. We can also look around and see how nature is being destroyed as humans take and build more and more. Without a healthy environment, we all suffer. However, we can play an important role in protecting our environment by raising children who understand the link between their health and happiness, and a happy earth.
What if you could give a gift to your children that not only made them happy, but also helped protect the environment? I am thrilled to share some amazing gift ideas that will do just that.
1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in the ocean every year that can harm marine life and clutter our pristine beaches. 4Ocean is working to change that by organizing beach cleanups around the world. Their goal is to stop ocean pollution by removing trash from coastlines before it has a chance to end up in the ocean. By purchasing a 4Ocean bracelet, you will remove one pound of trash from the ocean.
Bracelets are made from 100 percent recycled materials. The beads are made from recycled glass bottles and the cord is made from recycled plastic water bottles. Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean. My children love wearing their 4Ocean bracelets because it symbolizes a commitment to cleaner oceans. Your kids will love them, too!
The bracelets come in a variety of colors besides their basic blue to represent different causes: pink for breast cancer awareness, gray and white for shark conservation, green for Earth Day, and aqua for World Oceans Day. You can also become a clean ocean collector to receive a new bracelet every month. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving all year long!
World Wildlife Fund Symbolic Species Adoptions
For more than 50 years, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been protecting the future of nature. As the world’s leading conservation organization, it works in 100 countries and is supported by almost five million members worldwide. They have an adorable program in which you can buy a stuffed animal and certificate of adoption to represent your commitment to saving animals all over the world. Your money goes toward conservation efforts in place to protect the species. There are so many animals to choose from: African elephant, panda, polar bear, tiger, giraffe, sea turtle, monarch butterfly, eagle, and many more. Your kids will love snuggling with their new special friend while learning all about how they are helping to protect them. Choose your animal now.
Green Toys, Inc. makes a line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic from old milk containers. The plastic material used is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE), which is considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics available. Besides keeping your kids safe, Green Toys helps reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health of the planet.
Sierra Club Kids Gifts
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization–with three million members and supporters. Their successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. As a member of Sierra Club, I have been impressed by all the work they have been doing, especially in the past year.
They have several cute gifts for your children. When you purchase one of these gifts, you are automatically sending a donation to this amazing organization helping to safeguard our precious environment. Choose from a hiker doll, kids overnight pack, headband, stuffed animal backpack clips, National Park coloring books, and more. Check out all your options.
Anything From Patagonia
Patagonia is my new environmental hero. Recently when government officials announced that they were going to shrink land in some National Parks, this company stood up both from a legal and communications standpoint. If you go to their website, they have a statement that says “The President Stole Your Land: In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.” They are also moving forward with a lawsuit in federal court seeking a judicial order to block this decision.
Patagonia has a long history of environmental and social responsibility. The company’s mission statement is: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” They promote fair labor practices and safe working conditions throughout the supply chain, and do their best to ensure that all chemicals, dyes, and finishes are managed and that resource consumption is reduced.
They also have a product recycling program in which they encourage customers to send back their used garments to the company to be recycled or repurposed. If you choose to recycle, you’ll gain the satisfaction of knowing that your old Patagonia clothing will not end up in a landfill or an incinerator.
Your kids will love to stay warm and cozy in some Patagonia gear.