Starting out with reusable and eco-parenting products.
Environmentally Friendly Baby products are nothing new, after all what did parents do before there were throwaway nappies, baby food, change mats, wipes etc? There are many misperceptions around reusable and natural products. People often think they are hard work, don’t work properly, and don’t clean as well. The reality is far different, reusable products aren’t that hard at all and in the long run are probably better for both your baby and the earth.
The first and most obvious is to use cloth nappies. Every baby in disposables sends 2 tonnes of nappies sent to landfill over 2.5 years. Once you add in disposable baby wipes and change mats that figure grows even more.
Modern cloth nappies come in a variety of styles and are super cute. They require no soaking, can be rinsed on cold and washed in warm water on a low water setting. Line drying in the sun sanitises and bleaches any stains out. Cloth nappies today are just as easy to use as disposables and are much cheaper. In fact they will save your family thousands and can be used again on subsequent children saving you even more money. They are much softer on delicate skin and they also provide better protection against the dreaded baby poonami!
Reusable Food Pouches/Food Wraps
If you make your own baby food why not store it in reusable food pouches. Homemade food tastes much better and you know exactly what has gone into it and how it has been prepared. Reusable food pouches are BPA, PVC and Phthalate free which makes them safer than traditional plastic. They can be recycled at the end of their life cycle (did you know that many commercial baby food pouches aren’t recyclable?).
Beeswax and silicone wraps are another great item to have around the house. They are reusable and you can use them to cover food items such as sandwiches and bowls instead of glad wrap which is used once and then thrown away. You can also get reusable sandwich bags too, saving even more glad wrap being tossed into landfill.
These reusable items are an easy way to start with eco-parenting. They are low cost to set up, easy to use and will also end up saving you money in the long run.
A newborn baby’s skin is 5 times thinner than ours, making it very delicate and prone to irritations. Organic skincare offers a great alternative to some of the more traditional baby skincare products. Organic skincare has little or no synthetic ingredients or fragrances, making it gentle on soft skin. The ingredients used in natural and organic skincare are usually farmed organically and have less production waste when compared to more traditional baby skincare products. Organic skincare is usually ethically sourced, greywater safe, cruelty free and often comes in recycled packaging!
Organic Cotton and Bamboo Clothing
Organic cotton is farmed much more sustainable than traditional cotton. It is free from fertilizers and pesticides meaning that soil and water contamination is far less than traditional cotton. Organic cotton also requires less water to grow over time than tradition cotton.
Bamboo is considered a renewal crop and is usually farmed organically. Bamboo needs less water and time to mature and rarely needs pesticides. It also releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than traditional forests.
These are just a few examples of how we can make more environmentally and ethically conscious decisions when it comes to choosing what products to use for your family. There are many more ranging from recycled or bamboo feeding utensils, organic teethers, cloth wipes and choosing toys made from sustainable materials. What is certain is that by making just a few small changes every day we all have the potential to make a big difference in the long run. After all it’s our children who will inherit this earth, we at least owe it to them to leave something worthwhile.