The List: 4 Sustainability Lessons My Mom Taught Me, and 4 Things I’m Teaching My Kids

Here are four sustainability lessons I learned from the most important teacher of all.
May 8, 2014 6:00 AM ET

I’ve gotten a lot of things from my mom: my love for trolling antique markets for treasures, an affinity for navy-blue clothing, and the best-ever recipe for caramel spice cake. But even at a time when protecting the environment wasn’t at the forefront of everyone’s mind, my mom taught me many habits and lessons about sustainability that still stick with me today. And her teachings have, in turn, made me think more carefully about the lessons I want to teach my own children.

Read on for these sustainability lessons.