Sustainable creative families


Well, creativity coupled with sustainability is one of my favourite subjects as when we learn to awaken our family’s creativity, wonderful things will happen: you’ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together. 

Music is a great way to start whether that be simply singing wee songs together or even taking up an instrument. The increasingly popular ukulele is the choice of many of which I also love. Easy to learn for adults and children alike with a basic three chords can give you hundreds of songs. Here’s a basic recording of one of my songs about sustainability.

Perhaps on a rainy day you could create a glass xylophone by filling glass objects with varying quantities and make some table tunes.

Of course there are many ways to utilise your recycling and or rubbish and here are a few ideas but Google up the likes of ‘plastic bottles’ and you will be amazed at the creativity people have come up with.

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Soap Slivers

Round up all of your soap slivers. Then, melt them in the microwave, and form them into a new bar of soap.

Tip: Use a coffee mug as a soap mold, and you’ll end up with a fancy, round bar. Try adding dried lavender or flower petals for some extra colour and scent and a lovely gift.

Mesh Produce Bags

Use the mesh bags that oranges, onions, potatoes and other produce come as pot scrubbers when you’re washing dishes.

Old bread bags as pooper scoopers.

Use stale bread to make croutons, stuffing, French toast.

Finally one of the most satisfying and productive activities that can be shared is growing you our own seasonal fruits and vegetables in the garden. It creates a fun and educational experience for our children and can be achieved in the smallest of places like a small urban patio where the likes of mesculin lettuce can be very productive in pots providing joy and achievement along with nutritional food for the family. Again there are many online educational sites but here is the link to our gardening section supplied by Hannah the Green Gardener.

There are many great ways that you can be creative with your family and if you can be green about it at the same time, even better! I’d love to hear your creative ideas as well… feel free to add a comment below.

Robert Glensor

Robert Glensor is the founder of the Paraoa Bakehouse- the home of Purebread organic breads and Gluten Free Goodies. With a love of good bread and a passion for all things organic and sustainable, Robert writes about all manner of issues to do with living green.

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