My 4 year old daughter has a passion for animals, and a special love for the nature that surrounds us, so when I read her The Lorax for the first time, she seemed awed and inspired. I hadn't read the story myself before, and hadn't realized the importance of the moral to be learned from the cute little tale. As I read the words, I thought to myself, "How clever, what a great way to explain such a huge problem we face, in words that make sense to my little girl."
I took my time reading the last sentence, "You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds. And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs." My daughter paused, and then looked at me wide-eyed. "So, if we don't take care of our trees, then where we live will look like this (points at a dark and gloomy image earlier on in the book), but if we take care of our trees, then it will look pretty like this picture (points at a bright and colourful page full of Truffula trees). I like the pretty picture much better mommy."
Message received loud and clear.
I thought this would be a great time to explain to her the importance of limiting our use of the products that we use that were made from our precious trees. I reminded her how I always ask her to use both sides of the paper when colouring. How we should try to use towels to dry our hands instead of paper, and why we put all of our paper products in the blue and yellow bags that are picked up by a special garbage man each week. The book was a great lead in to an important life lesson for my little ones.
I had received the Dr. Seuss classic, along with some other special goodies, from a company called Seventh Generation. With a desire to extend the important message of environmental truth and ecological hope to a whole new generation of children and parents, the partnership between this earth-friendly brand and Universal's The Lorax are the perfect fit.
Among the package of goodies was a pack of diapers. I had never before tried a "green" diaper product, as I had been dedicated to the brands I had grown to trust. These diapers are strong, absorbant, and most importantly, so much better for the environment. Not to mention the adorable images of the Lorax that decorate the front. They are made from chlorine-free, fragrance-free products that are actually safe for our precious planet.
What really sold me on this diaper brand? The Did You Know blurb displayed on the side of the packaging. "If every household with babies in the US replaced just one package of diapers processed with chemicals containing chlorine with Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers, we could prevent approximately 1,000 lbs of chlorinated hybocarbons from polluting our air, lakes and streams."
With this small switch in diaper brands, I feel like a local Lorax, doing my part to save the planet.
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