5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Daughter
On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2014. This is the 44th celebration of Earth Day – a day to appreciate the earth and stand up for protection of natural resources. It is the greatest legacy we can leave our children. I’ve listed some ideas here for celebrating Earth Day with your daughter. Feel free to leave your comments about how you plan on celebrating.
1. Spend some time researching alternatives to disposable feminine hygiene pads. According to the website Envirocitizen “in a lifetime, the average American women will dispose of about fifteen thousand sanitary pads and/or tampons, translating into about three hundred pounds of waste.” Multiply that three hundred pounds of waste by millions of women menstruating in the United States and you can see how changing to reusable pads or other alternatives would have a huge impact on the waste stream. Explore sites like Luna pads.com and DivaCup.com with your daughter. Even if she prefers disposable products now, it will give her something to think about as she grows older.
2. Walk, bike or use public transportation on Earth Day for visiting friends or running errands. In today’s busy world, doing this everyday may not be practical. However, choosing one day a week to leave the car parked is an easy way to help the earth and get some exercise. In our community, ‘walk pools’ instead of ‘carpools’ have become quite popular. Encourage your daughter to create a group that walks or bikes to school.
3. Donate a tree to a local park in your community. Many towns and cities have programs in place to encourage donations to support local parks. The Arbor Day Foundation also offers a program to donate a tree to national forests in honor of celebrations or special people in your life. What a great way for your daughter to honor someone close to her.
4. Organize a neighborhood clean up. Doesn’t have to be formal. Gather a few friends and neighbors around and pick up trash on the streets near your homes. Recycle what you can and toss the rest into a trash can.
5. Take action on an Earth Day concern. The Take Action page on the Earth Day website lists active campaigns.
On the Dot – The Perfect Spot
I was recently introduced to a product that I just had to share with my readers. Especially those tired of storing feminine supplies in plastic bags that always seem to rip apart and spill their contents.
The On the Dot storage box for tampons and feminine pads is new to the market and oh so cute. Available in three different eye catching designs named after butterflies, the box is specifically made to discreetly store your monthly supplies while also being pretty enough to sit on your bathroom counter all the time.
The founder of On the Dot, Audrey Unrau, was inspired by her daughter’s self made box to store tampons and pads. Audrey realized her daughter had a great idea and decided to design and manufacture the product.
Plenty of storage space for pads and tampons.
Each box design has a butterfly handle to open up the storage compartment. Pulling up on the handle reveals the two part storage section. The top compartment, meant for storing tampons, has a fold out front to prevent tampons from rolling out. The second storage section is meant for storing any size feminine pads and is roomy enough to store several different sizes of pads.
The box also has a plastic frame on the bottom to keep things neat and clean and protect against any bathroom water damage. With three designs, there is one that will fit any bathroom decor. The California Sister version (pictured) was specifically designed for young tweens. The brightly colored box is a wonderful alternative to the plastic bags that feminine pads are sold in making having a period just a bit more fun for girls.
On the Dot has a community page where you can share your period stories and thoughts about the On the Dot product. You can also participate in creating new designs for the boxes. What a fun project for a mother and daughter to do together!
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