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April 20, 2023

Easy Sustainability Hacks You Can Implement at Home!

At Tierra Encantada, we consistently have sustainability and environmental protection at the front of our decisions. With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re showing you ways that you can practice sustainability at home!

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Sustainability Practices in Your Kitchen

  • Compost
    • Compost doesn’t always mean a giant bin in your backyard- you can compost in smaller ways too! Mini compost bins can fit on your countertop or under your sink, and many cities collect compost the same way they pick up trash or recycling. Be sure to check your city’s website for information on pickup and what can be composted.
  • Recycle
    • Recycling is one of the easiest ways to help the environment! When you recycle, you ensure that less garbage ends up in landfills, and that glass, paper and more are reused. More recycling means less production.

Sustainability Practices in Your Bathroom

  • Limit Water Usage
    • The Environment Protection Agency reports that if every American shortened their shower time by one minute, it would save 165 billion gallons of water each year!

Sustainability in Your Backyard

  • Grow Your Own Fruits/Vegetables
    • Food tastes better when it’s local and fresh- and nothing is more local than from your own backyard! 
  • Try Solar Power
    • Solar powered items might seem like a big commitment (and you can go all out with panels on your garage!) but there are smaller ways to use solar power as well! If you have a backyard you use for summer fun, try solar powered string lights. They charge during the day and light up the night! 

Sustainability Practices in Our Centers and Classrooms

Our centers and classrooms invoke environmentally friendly products and practices!

  • Cloth Diapers
    • Infants have the option to spend the day in cloth diapers! Cloth diapers are environmentally friendly in a couple different ways- they help reduce waste (lots of diapers end up in landfills!) and during washing cycles, they allow for the opportunity to use environmentally friendly soaps or cleaner power sources.
  • Recycling
    • Recycling is more or less commonplace, but we recycle in more ways than one! There’s the standard recycling process- placing recyclables in the bin- and then there’s the fun way- creating new crafts with recyclable materials! We often use cardboard to “build”, or old, clean food containers for plants or colorful catch-alls!
  • Curriculum lessons
    • Our Spanish Immersion curriculum teaches about the environment and sustainability throughout the year! La Tierra es Nuestro Lugar (meaning The Earth is our Home) is one of our monthly themes, and emphasizes the importance of preserving the planet we live on.

It’s never too early or too late to make a change to an environmentally friendly product or practice- start today!

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