We have always raised our kids to be frugal and eco-minded, as well. From recycling at home to reducing use in our home, we try to be good examples so that one day it will just be second nature to them. Even through recycling and reducing our footprint is a good start, we also try to teach them about using eco-friendly products that are good for their bodies AND the environment. My book, Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home focuses on using essential oils and other non-toxic items to clean your home safely, it’s been a good way to really get the kids excited about using non-toxic items around the house.
Some of our favorite new products are from a favorite brand at our favorite store – Tom’s of Maine at Target for Made To Matter. Tom’s of Maine Made to Matter Collection consists of:
- Luminous White Toothpaste: Their most advanced natural whitening toothpaste that is safe for enamel, and is gluten and paraben free
- Wicked Cool! Deodorant: Their 1st natural deodorant made just for boys and girls, providing 24-hour odor protection and free of aluminum, parabens, and artificial fragrances.
- North Woods Men’s Antiperspirant: Their first natural antiperspirant made for men that provides all day odor and wetness protection without petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, or irritation
Target has also partnered with several brands to create products that are Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target,” a first-of-its-kind collection that brings together leading natural, organic and sustainable brands to introduce new products and make them more accessible. Baby, Beauty and Personal Care, Grocery, Healthcare and Household—and can be found throughout stores, both in the usual aisles and as part of specialized collection displays.
Since my kids are getting older, they’re going to be needing some more “personal care” items and I want to make sure they are using the safest available with the least amount of toxic ingredients. Tom’s of Maine has always been just that!
This is just one of the many ways you can teach your kids to “Go Green” in a very Wicked Cool way! Here’s more ideas with:
10 Ways to Teach Your Teen To Go Green
1.Carry a Tote Bag – From books to lunch, teens can go green by carrying an ultra cool cloth bag to and from school!
2.Reusable Bottles – It’s so not cool to throw away a ton of plastics bags, so give teens reusable bottles to carry instead!
3.Buy Vintage – There really isn’t anything cooler right now than the vintage look. From clothes to furniture to even jewelry, vintage is the way to go!
4. Personal Care Items – Teach your teen that what they put on their body is just as important as what goes in their body. Help them chose non-toxic care items for their body like Tom’s of Maine products!
5.Unplug – Unplugging electronics when not in use is a great idea to conserve energy and save money! Make sure your kids do it daily!
6.Take Showers – Take a shower instead of a bath to save on water and turn down the heat!
7.Lunch Bags – Take lunch in a reusable bag instead of a paper sack to reduce waste!
8.Eat Local – Teach your teen how important it is to eat locally produced foods to support local businesses and save money.
9.Carpool – These days everyone has a car. Save on money and gas by carpooling to school and sporting events.
10.Rechargable Batteries – Instead of constantly buying batteries for their electronics, have teen use rechargeable batteries.
Check out Target’s cartwheel offer to get deals on Tom’s of Maine and other Made to Matter products!