Families, Teenagers

Environmental Games for Teenagers

In the time I’ve been blogging here at Moral Fibres, I’ve not written a single post for teenagers.  The trouble is the sustainability and ethical sector doesn’t seem to embrace and encourage teenagers to take part in the same way as it does with children and adults.  This doesn’t mean I don’t want to write for teenagers: today’s teenagers are the decision makers of tomorrow, so I’m making a point of searching for teen appropriate resources.

Today I came across the great free online game, Plan It Green, from National Geographic.

plan it green computer game

Plan It Green is much like the classic computer game Sims.  In Plan It Green you are in charge of planning and building your own unique energy-efficient city of the future.

As mayor you decide what buildings, factories and power plants to build, where you site your buildings, and whether you invest in carbon based solutions, or in greener alternatives.  You can even choose to invest in sustainability education in your city or town to improve the lives of your citizens.  Each decision comes with benefits or consequences for the environment.  The improvements you choose to make or not to make effect everything from the happiness of your citizens to your city’s air quality.

plan it green game

You can even connect with your friends cities and help them make their city more eco-friendly, and compete with other “mayors” for the most eco-friendly city.

It’s a fun and unique way for 11-15 year olds to engage in and learn about the environment, renewable energy systems and what it takes to build and manage a city of the future.  Hey, it’s even fun for adults…!


All images c/o National Geographic.

Children, Families

Ethical Kids Clothing: Sale Roundup

ethical kids clothing

ethical kids clothing

I’ve written before about the importance of shopping ethically, but what if you’ve got kids? Never fear, there are loads and loads of great companies out there making some fantastic ethical kids clothing.

I know as a parent it can be difficult to justify the cost of kidswear, particularly as they grow out of things so fast.  So to go easy on your purse I’ve done a little roundup of some great ethical kids clothing that’s currently in the summer sales:

ethical kids clothes

1. Boys&Girls Stripe Top from Burp Boutique (£8, was £16 with discount code SUMMER50)

2. Boys&Girls Star Top from Burp Boutique (£7.50, was £15, with discount code SUMMER50)

3. Boys&Girls Jumper from We Love Squirrels (£12, was £24)

4. Frugi Cardigan* (£17.40, was £29.00)

ethical clothes for kids

1. Tootsa Stripe Top (£18.20, was £26)

2. Little Shrimp Leggings (£8.75, were £17.50)

3. Little Green Radicals Dress from We Love Squirrels (£9, was £18)

4. Tootsa Ice-Cream Top (£14.70, was £21)

5. Tootsa Sweatshirt (£16.20, was £27)

Hope you enjoyed this ethical kids clothing round-up.  Some of these pieces, especially the Toots MacGinty and the Boys&Girls stuff, is gender neutral so make great hand-me-downs if you have younger kids or are planning for future kids.

ps:If you’re also wondering about ethical shopping on the high street, then if you missed it, here’s an ethical guide to the high street.

Main image from Tootsa MacGinty.


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