Wigiwama’s guide to teaching sustainability from a young age


We watched the world in its recovery period during 2020. Without human intervention, nature had its opportunity to begin taking back its space and even the animals were roaming previously human inhabited places. If we weren’t already aware of the impacts of climate change and working towards building a better future for our children, 2020 really showed us that we can make the necessary difference for future generations. 


‘For the year as a whole, the researchers estimate that CO2 from fossil fuels and industry (FF&I) – which includes emissions from burning fossil fuels, manufacturing cement and other industrial processes – will decline by 2.4GtCO2 compared to 2019. This has “never been seen before”, the researchers say, and is equivalent to a drop of 7% in global emissions.’


Carbon Brief


With this in mind as our little ones continue to grow and develop, it remains our responsibility to try and give them a healthy world to grow up in. We have to both form nourishing habits for improving the world now and for them to learn from. 


"Having a sustainability mindset means that you are focusing on issues in which the perspective of others is crucial."

O’Donnell


Teaching our children to be sustainable is more than just lessons in recycling, using less and growing vegetables; although these are important lessons and great starting points. Teaching them to be sustainable also includes being able to empathise with others, learn the consequences of their actions and consider the bigger picture. Studies have shown that children as young as two show signs of empathy, and lessons in things like sustainability all contribute to helping them develop this and other important life skills and outlooks.


Our goal in teaching sustainable habits at younger ages is so our little ones grow up having the knowledge of how to look after the world and so we can help them build the future they want and should have. 


Less is more

girl holding wigiwama water bottle

 

Consumerism peaked in the 21st century with easy access to online shopping and our desire to have items on our doorsteps in a matter of hours. Convenience will most often outweigh responsible sourcing and therefore remaining to have a considered approach to purchasing, contributing to fewer purchases, can help our little ones have more respect for items, spend less in the future and ultimately help reduce the demand causing pollution. Our favourite Wigiwama Water Bottles are a great purchase that will last all the throw arounds in rucksacks, and the colours and classic design make them perfect to grow alongside your child. 

Being a Role Model 


What you do will ultimately influence who they are as they grow up. There, of course, will be some stubborn personalities that make them their very own person, but things like the way you cook, what you do with rubbish and the way you treat the world will form how they look at it. Making a conscious decision about something in favour of environmental impact will get your kids asking questions and garnering a larger understanding of what sustainability means in day to day life.


Smart Shopping

wigiwama green teepee


We’re huge advocates of smart shopping! Shopping with thorough thought and making purchases based on the item's source, companies responsibility to the world and the longevity of the said item. At Wigiwama, this was always at the heart of producing our products. From the careful selection of suppliers to how that final product reaches our customer. The Wigiwama Tee Pees were where it all began!


Choices


All of our points allude to choices and decisions, whether that be how we dispose of something or whether we buy something. Fun activities are some of the best ways to help little minds understand sustainability. Getting them involved and seeing the process unfold is a great way to learn. Here are some of our favourites for starting conversations about sustainability:


Picnics

girl pointing with wigiwama lion backpack

 

Preparing a picnic in advance for a day of adventuring gives so many learning opportunities. From food preparation to route planning, but the most important lesson is that by making picnics at home, there's less waste, healthier food, less plastic and less food miles. Bonus: a beautiful Wigiwama Lion Backpack to put it all in!

 


Reading 


Maybe it’s a little early for them to be reading the statistics about the planet, but many authors have put in messaging about sustainable habits and what it means to look after the world. With reading being a skill that develops with age and practice, a special place is needed to do this. Purchasing items that your child won’t grow out of is another tick in the box for longevity, making them more sustainable. The Wigiwama Seating range offers great choices for needed items that will grow up with your child, and they too are made from responsible sources!


Memories


You’ve already got a huge bank of memories with your little ones, made from adventures and hilarious moments. What they’ll remember also are things that existed in those times. Often objects can help retain those memories from younger ages by acting as a little reminder. That’s why we love the Wigiwama Tee Pees, creating the best place to come up with the most imaginative ideas and a statement piece that they’ll forever remember. 


With so much of their future dependant on whether we can turn around the destruction caused over the last few decades, it is our duty to show we understand what’s gone wrong and show them the road to a healthier world. These little and fun ways of integrating healthier habits into daily life show that it’s not all that scary to promote sustainable attitudes that they can continue into adulthood.