Sustainable and greener parenting is easier than you might think! There are some really easy swaps that you can make to be a little kinder to the planet. Here are 5 ways to be a more sustainable parent to get you started.
Use Cloth Nappies
Lots of people write cloth nappies off as being too much of a faff, but in reality, they’re just as easy to use as disposables! All you need is a good laundry routine, and you’ll find cloth nappies a doddle.
Even just using one cloth nappy a day saves a disposable from going to landfill - did you know disposable nappies can take up to 500 years to degrade!? Another bonus is that most cloth nappies are cleverly designed to fit from birth to potty training, meaning that if you use them all the way through the nappy stage, you’ll save yourself some money too!
2. Invest in Reusable wipes
Reusable wipes are a fantastic alternative to disposables. They’re really easy to get the hang of and most people find them much more effective.
3. Wear second hand or ethically sourced clothes
Using second-hand clothes for your children is an easy way to be sustainable. Even passing old clothes from your oldest children down to your youngest is great for greener living.
If you want to buy brand new children’s clothes, then swapping the usual high street brands for ethically produced clothes is good way to be kinder to the planet. Once you’re finished with your clothes, try to pass them on to another family so they can have a whole new lease of life!
4. Play with pre-loved or sustainably produced toys
Preloved toys are a simple way to up your sustainability as a parent. Family members might have some toys stashed away that they can pass down to you, and charity shops are always full of toys!
If you want to buy new, there are loads of sustainable options available including things made from recycled plastic material, and wooden toys!
5. Swap disposable post-partum pads for period pants!
Finally, swapping disposable post-partum pads for period pants is a greener way to go. Many people find period pants far more comfy than disposable alternatives and they’re fantastic for post-partum blood loss.