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One way that my sister and I beat the summer heat when we were little was to cool off in the kiddie pool in the back yard. I remember the feeling of never wanting to come out — even when I got “prune fingers”! Once in a while, our cousin came along to join in the fun. It was a great way to spend the day and to cool off on those sunny days. I suspect that Grandma used to dread the days when we used gallons of water to fill the pool. When the water got dirty, we just tipped it out into her yard. Of course, we didn’t use any chemicals, but still, we wasted a lot of water. And when we emptied the pool, it really saturated her garden. We never thought about it when we were kids, but a kiddie pool, though lots of fun, is not very sustainable. Back then we didn’t worry much about plastics , but now I realize that these large plastic pools usually wind up in landfills. So, how do you make this fun childhood experience more eco-friendly? You can start by choosing a kiddie pool that uses nontoxic plastics […]

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