We are currently in a climate emergency, and it’s all over the news. It’s scary to think about what the planet will be like for the next generation. We need to make some changes now, so our children can live in a happy and healthy world. Whether it’s a minor or major lifestyle change, everyone needs to do their part.
You can become a more eco-friendly parent with these tips and tricks.
Use reusable nappies
If you have younger children, you could change up the nappy situation. We use around five to six nappies a day and produce enormous amounts of waste. You can use reusable nappies for all of your kids and save money in the process. You could also use reusable wipes instead of disposable wet wipes. Just think about how many dirty wet wipes you got through every year. It’s an easy switch. Use the wipe, throw it in the washing machine and reuse. There are no irritating chemicals either.
Cook your own baby food
Having a baby is exhausting, and sometimes convenience is the only way forward. However, cooking your own baby food ahead of time can save a lot of money and packaging. Puree a few meals and freeze them in an ice cube tray. You can defrost a few cubes for your baby at mealtimes. It’s a quick and easy way to wean your child while also thinking of the environment. Say goodbye to plastic packaging and hello to reusable ice cube trays. Genius.
Buy eco-friendly baby products
There are plenty of eco-friendly baby products and toys on the market. Think about the processes behind these items and whether they have been ethically produced. When buying baby products pay attention to labels and choose ones that have recyclable, reusable, or eco-friendly tags. For instance, if you want to buy baby tableware, you can choose ones made from bamboo, or wood. Another material that is common and replaces traditional plastic is food-grade silicone. You can choose baby bottles, sippy cups, or silicone feeding plates for toddlers from that material, which are also microwave-safe. Opt for sustainable bamboo baby pyjamas or wooden toys to lower your carbon footprint.
Children grow out of their clothing very quickly. Try shopping online at Facebook Marketplace, Depop and eBay to find second-hand clothing. The pieces are usually in perfect condition and have only been worn a handful of times. You could even start selling your children’s clothes when they grow out of them. There’s no need to buy new clothing when there’s already so much on the second-hand market.
Borrow maternity clothes from friends
On a similar note, many people share maternity clothes with their friends and family. You only need them for a few months, depending on when you start showing. You can share with your close friends and diminish the number of shopping purchases.
Start sharing a car for school and nursery runs with your mum friends. You can split the cost of fuel and limit your carbon emissions.
Make a few changes to your lifestyle to become a more eco-friendly