There are lots of reasons you might like to become more environmentally friendly, ranging from concern for the planet to saving money. As a parent you may have also found this urge led by a desire to set a good example for your child. This is one of the ways in which parenting changes you in ways that you don’t expect.
So, where do you start in your path to eco-parenting? It might be a relief to hear that becoming eco-friendly doesn’t mean changing your life completely. Instead, you can take a few simple steps to help the environment and perhaps save a little cash and improve your family’s health along the way.
1) Use Cloth Nappies
Disposable nappies can take an estimated 500 years to decompose, creating a serious environmental impact. By using cloth nappies and saving disposable nappies for convenience, you can make a difference. Any reduction in their use – even if it’s making the switch during the day but not at night, for example, or while at home but not when you’re out – will help to reduce landfill.
2) Re-Use Your Shopping Bags
The manufacture and disposal of plastic bags has an enormous impact on the environment, including animal welfare and water usage. Consider purchasing reusable bags that you keep with you. This is a small change, however the lifespan of one reusable bag can save the production of 6000 plastic bags.
3) Look At What Bub Is Drinking
Breastfeeding is the most eco-friendly feeding method for babies, resulting in no waste or packaging. If you’re not breastfeeding, though, there are still things you can do to be eco-friendly in your choices. A little research into formula brands can help you decide which use organic ingredients and sustainable packaging.
4) Re-Think Your Rubbish System
Before throwing things in the bin, consider whether they could have another use or if there’s a better way to dispose of them. Composting food scraps can also help your environmental footprint, and there are other options if you can’t do this at home.
5) Start or Join a Toy Library
Many communities have toy libraries, which is the ultimate in recycling and sharing resources between families. Once you’ve joined, you’re able to borrow a set number of toys and use them for a couple of weeks, and it means that many families are utilising one set of purchases. If you can’t find any near you, it’s time to start one!
6) Try Eco-Friendly Weaning
When your little one is moving onto solids, avoid jars and pouches of foods as much as possible, in favour of more environmentally friendly options. This method is about your baby feeding herself and eating from a wider range of family foods that you’re already cooking. This can help your cause by reducing packaging, minimising food wastage and keeping your food-shopping bill down, as you’re not buying additional items.
What are some ways you’ve committed to being more environmentally friendly at home? Share them with us in the comments section below!