5 Easy Steps to Becoming a More Sustainable Parent
As we all become more conscious of the world around us and our immediate impact, we wanted to share our top 5 (easy!) tips for becoming a more sustainable parent!
Role modelling a sustainable life is one of the best lesson’s parents can pass on to their young ones and whilst it may call for some minor lifestyle changes, these can positively impact your kids.
Besides teaching them how to reuse and save things around them, you also encourage them to make eco-friendly choices that will protect the environment.
There is no hard and fast rule for transitioning to a green lifestyle, but here are five simple tips on how you can be a more sustainable parent.
- Invest in wooden toys
Wooden toys are becoming more prominent on our favourite store’s shelves making it easier than ever to opt for the more sustainable option.
Whilst they are might come with a slightly higher price tag, wooden toys are more durable, of better quality and are of course recyclable and biodegradable.
With this simple shifting of preference, you can help lessen the waste products dumped in landfills. It’s also an excellent way to encourage your kids to give back to mother nature.
Every time you give your child a wooden toy, you’re proactively saving the planet and passing down good values.
- Reuse, reduce, and recycle
The three R’s are great to take into consideration when buying, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.
Some little ideas for you -
- Buy baby products, groceries, and everything you need for the house in bulk as more oversized products use less packaging.
- Avoid buying over-packaged items.
- Perhaps instead of buying toys new, check out charity shops & facebook marketplace for second hand options.
- Remember to bring your own bags when heading to the shops!
- Buy products that are made from recyclable materials.
- Teach your kids to separate their rubbish and recycling.
3. Pre-made baby food
Of course there are days where we need to pick up jar of pre made baby food! But perhaps that’s one small change you can make, opt for a glass jar over than a plastic pouch?
And when you can, batch cook and pop in the freezer for those emergency days.
Here are some of our favourite foods to pop into the freezer
- Turkey Meatballs
- Spinach Gnocchi
- Oatmeal pancake
- Blueberry muffins
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Homemade chicken nuggets
- Fish pie
By creating these options, you’re ensuring that your babies & toddlers not only have a nutritional meal (by offering less sugar, sodium etc.) but creating less waste.
- Try your hand at cloth nappies and wipes
I read in another blog, that the hardest thing about cloth nappies is starting.
Although I understand it to be the additional load of washing!
The world of cloth nappies is passionate, and we absolutely love them! Whilst they have a large upfront cost, the benefits of cloth nappies include them being durable, safer and of course, the patterns are adorable!
Cloth nappies may be safer to use than their plastic counterpart, so here are our tips for succeeding:
- Don’t flush your nappy liners.
- Try to use a phosphate-free, biodegradable detergent when washing.
- Hang your nappies to dry instead of using a clothes dryer.
- Avoid fabric softeners.
- Reuse the nappies for your second, third, or fourth child.
- Buy your nappies 2nd hand from plenty of dedicated forums and sites.
5. Discover the world of soap and shampoo bars
By refusing plastic within the household, you’re already making a positive step towards sustainability!
Most shampoos and soaps contain sulphate, the ingredient that makes your shampoo sudsy!
Soap and shampoo bars have a many benefits and again are becoming more and more accessible.
- Shampoo bars and conditioner are as kind to the planet as they are to your hair! Naturally sourced ingredients that also make your hair stronger!
- Soap and shampoo bars typically last longer than their counterpart.
- Travel lighter!
- Lower your carbon footprint by switching.
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