The Starter Guide
Being a parent doesn’t rank very high in the most planet-friendly pastime, they require a lot of ‘stuff’, most of which comes in the form of some kind of plastic material. So, how can you look at being a little more sustainable when it comes to family life, without being overwhelmed or bankrupted?
Here is our little mini-guide on how to get started:
Nappies & Wipes
The one thing we can’t be without is nappies & wipes. Did you know though that on average a nappy takes around 300-400 years to decompose and given that a baby usually uses around 6000 of them before they are potty trained that is a lot of waste. As for wipes, they don’t decompose so you can do the maths there!
So, if you want to make one big change to help the environment when it comes to your parenting life it has to be your nappies and wipes. There are a couple of options when it comes to this change. If you’re feeling brave you could look to swap to re-useable which means your waste is extremely reduced.
If re-useable makes you a little uncomfortable (we are with you) then there are other options such as eco-friendly PureBorn nappies which are made from bamboo, therefore are a lot more sustainable.
Re-useable wipes are the best way to reduce waste when it comes to cleaning up. There are many brands on the market including Night Angel and Tots Bots. You simply use the wipe, wash them and throw them in the machine to be washed all together at the end of the day.
As we know, cleaning up after the little ones can feel like a never-ending job. Many cleaning products used pollute the environment and the air that the whole family breathes. There are some really good natural and eco-friendly options on the market. Check out Ecover and Kinfill both available on Mumzworld, Ecover is also available on Kibsons.
With so many toy options on the market you can find yourself buying an everlasting supply, many of which come in the form of brightly coloured plastic, which is not known for its eco-positive reviews!
Why not try a ‘Toy Rotation’! Put all the toys you have in a few different boxes, split the boxes and put some away in a cupboard. When the kids seem bored of the toys it’s time to rotate with the stored one. Doing this will ensure you get longer out of your current toys and means you don’t have to buy new ones. You can also do Toy Rotation with friends too.
If you do need to buy new toys try to go down the more sustainable and fair-trade route, and as much as possible try to support local. Here are a few of our favourite local brands who have a great selection of toys: Eggs & Soldiers, Smallable & ellijunior.
These small changes will go a long way to making a far more eco-friendly lifestyle and protect our planet!
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