Sustainable tips

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Tips and support for sustainable living

Supporting you to make your everyday decisions more eco-friendly and take positive action for yourself and your family at home, at work and in your community.

Every small action you take can have a positive impact on the planet.

Rachel Mills, Founder of Buttercup Learning.

Tips from our blog

  • How To Inspire Learners To Act Sustainably 
    There is no doubt that climate change is real. Everyone has experienced its effects and foreshadows that it will just worsen over time. We must act urgently to reduce the effects of global warming. Sustainability has to be everyone’s concern. It is never too early to educate children about sustainability and cultivate sustainable practices. As…
  • How to get involved in citizen science projects
    The amount of data that scientists can collect has skyrocketed in recent years. This is thanks to new technologies and methods, as well as the rise in citizen science projects. As the name suggests, citizen science projects involve people outside of the scientific community who help gather data on various topics. They’re usually organized by…
  • 8 Outdoor Summer Activities that won’t break your budget
    Summer is the perfect time for families to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re looking for fun outdoor summer activities to do with your kids, then look no further. We’ve got eight great ideas that will keep everyone entertained and happy:   You don’t need to spend a lot of money to keep…
  • Biodiversity: why and how we must protect it
    Biodiversity is all the different kinds of life you’ll find in one area – the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms. These species work together in ecosystems, to maintain balance and support life. They are all interlinked – a bit like a spider’s web!    Biodiversity is essential for nature and wildlife to survive…
  • In Conversation with Rebecca Heaps, Founder of Tentshare
    Camping is a brilliant way to holiday cheaper, greener and stress free, while spending quality time with your family, connecting to nature and reaping the benefits of the great outdoors!  Over the last few years, thousands of Brits have experienced the joys of packing up the car, driving to beautiful rural locations away from the…
  • 5 nature activities to help kids feel less anxious
    It’s mental health week.  In the UK, anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 5-19% of all children and adolescents.    While a clinical diagnosis and therapy can be helpful in combating anxiety in children, there are many steps you can take as a parent, teacher or carer, before or alongside seeking professional help.   In particular,…
  • 3 Spring foraging recipes to make with kids
    Spring foraging is the perfect fun and adventurous activity to get the kids outdoors and interacting with nature! In springtime, the natural world’s larder explodes with an abundance of new growth – April is the perfect time to get foraging!   Just be sure to respect the earth and wildlife and only take what you…
  • How is Buttercup committed to climate action?
    Earth Day only happens once a year, but for Buttercup climate action is a year-round effort.  Part of our mission is to inspire climate-positive change in others, be it families, businesses, or individuals.  So we thought we’d share 5 things we are doing to tackle the climate crisis and build a healthier planet for future…
  • 10 Easter Nature Activities for Kids!
    Easter isn’t all about eating chocolate! Easter break is the perfect time to get the kids outdoors and connect with nature.    So whether you’re struggling to get the kids off their screens this April, or looking for some fun nature activities for the whole family to spend some quality time in spring sunshine, we’ve…
  • 6 Benefits of playing in the Rain – Kirsty Ketley
    Something that I have found, through my years of working with young children and their families, is that many parents don’t encourage their children to play outside on a rainy day, so I thought I would share with you some tips and benefits of doing so.  Firstly, there is no such thing as bad weather,…
  • Eamonn Galvin: Why Understanding your Carbon Footprint is Important
    Buttercup’s new podcast Curious About Nature is now online! In one of the three episodes now available to stream on Apple Podcasts, Rachel chats to KnowCarbon CEO and Co-Founder, Eamonn Galvin about his journey toward setting up a company committed to empowering customers to make the best climate decisions. Lets understand why your carbon footprint is…
  • Spring Scavenger hunt: 10 Animals, Insects and Flowers to spot!
      From fresh daffodils adorning the hedgerows, to the smell of wild garlic filling woodlands, to the delightful song of chiffchaffs – the British countryside comes to life in the spring months!   Why not make your family walks extra exciting this March with a scavenger hunt?    Simply see how many of these wild flowers,…
  • 7 Kids Nature Craft Ideas
    Get outdoors and get creative with the kids this March – do some nature crafts!   Go to your local park, beach or woods, gather fallen twigs, leaves, stones and pine cones from the ground, then start creating!   Here’s 7 of our favourite things to make…  Nature Art   Photo by Amir Weiss, Canva…
  • The carbon footprint of computers is higher than we thought. So what can we do?
    You probably know that climate change will have a catastrophic impact on the environment, wildlife and millions globally if we don’t significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.   You probably also know that to do this we must urgently halt the burning of fossil fuels – invest in clean energy like solar and wind, replace flights…
  • 15 activities to do in your back garden!
    Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash Nature activities are a great way to keep kids entertained, whilst nurturing their mental and physical health. From teaching children about seasons, to providing an essential dose of vitamin D to keep them happy and healthy, the benefits of outdoor activities are innumerable! You don’t have to travel far to spend…
  • 10 ways nature boosts children’s mental health
    In the UK, the average child spends 32 hours each week staring at a screen. Meanwhile, according to research from Persil’s Dirt is Good campaign, 74% of kids spend less than 1 hour playing outdoors each day.    This means three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates. Pretty shocking, right?   Experts…
  • Buttercup in Conversation with Clare, Founder of Twigs Magazine
    We’re thrilled to announce our podcast, Curious about Nature, hosted by Buttercup founder, Rachel, will be released this March – available to stream for free on all major platforms! In the pipeline for some time, our team’s been working hard behind the scenes to make this vision a reality.   The podcast will feature conversations between…
  • What is multisensory learning and why is it important?
    Whether you’re a teacher, parent or carer, you may have come across the term multisensory learning.    It’s become a bit of a buzz word in the early-years teaching world.  So what exactly is it?  Multisensory learning simply encourages learners to use multiple senses when taking in new information. This learning style uses activities that appeal to…
  • How to Help Winter Wildlife with Your Kids!
    Photo by Bob Robinson From birds to frogs, squirrels to hedgehogs, the colder months are difficult for wildlife, as they struggle to keep warm in freezing temperatures, get enough fat-rich foods and find shelter.    So, why not give a little helping hand to British wildlife over the winter months by following some of these…
  • 5 Nature Documentaries for the Whole Family!
    While skies are grey and many of us are struggling through winter quarantines, family life can easily descend into us becoming glued to tablet and television screens.  But there’s no reason why excess screen time this winter can’t be educational and open our eyes to the wonders of the natural world. Screens will never offer…
  • How to help your kids to eat more plant-based!
    Going vegan is one of the best ways to reduce you and your family’s impact on the planet.  So long as you substitute meat and dairy products with healthy alternatives like beans, lentils, nuts and tofu, you can ensure there’s plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals in your diet! Nonetheless, getting your kids to ditch…
  • A winter scavenger hunt
    Photo by Michael Morse As the days get colder and shorter, and much of our British wildlife is in hibernation, it can be harder to keep kids connected to nature and find fun activities to keep them occupied. Scavenger hunts allow children to take greater notice of their surroundings and become more aware of their…
  • Sustainable Gift Ideas
    Here’s our list of sustainable gift ideas that aren’t just more ‘stuff’ to clutter up the house, that will be enjoyed by all of your friends and family!  For the kids…  Buttercup offers a seasonal subscription box that includes a series of nature-based learning; that supports English, maths and environmental science plus nature craft activities…
  • World Vegan Month
    Finding healthy snacks and sweet treats to give your children can be a challenge, especially ones that don’t contain wasteful plastic packaging and too many sugary additives. Especially after the sugar rush of Halloween. Tips and tricks for yummy vegan snacks To help you out, we thought we would give you some ideas for some…
  • Augmented Reality: How to use your child’s screen time for good
    Technology and parenting are two constantly evolving, stress inducing areas of life. Find here the research and the tools to help keep you and your family from developing bad habits and maintain a healthy relationship with devices and screens.
  • 10 tried-and-tested nature play ideas that won’t cost the earth
    As the holidays approach, here are 10 tried-and-tested nature play ideas for all the family that won’t cost the earth financially or environmentally.
  • Plastic-free Playtime
    Are you swimming in a sea of plastic toys? Children’s toys have the habit of taking over the house. To keep your home tidy we have some tips.