If you think about what you purchase and the reason you are buying it, you become a more eco-friendly parent.
Being an environmentally conscious baby-sitter requires purchasing products as well as services that are eco friendly and baby friendly. The number of options for baby products is growing every week as parents wake up to the new green revolution.
What can I buy?
The question that is most relevant to eco-friendly parents is: What is the best thing I can buy? However, you don’t have to purchase new items every single time products, as you can reuse things that are already available and the fewer new items you purchase the more eco healthy your new household will become! Baby clothes are simple and inexpensive to purchase secondhand and because babies grow so fast they are hardly worn. Other items to look for in secondhand and charity shops include cot bedding, soft furnishings, bouncy chairs and inflatable nests for infants.
They also limit environmental impact and by taking steps such as recycling you can establish a positive example for the future generation. There are now many products in a “green” version for your baby, including organic baby clothing, baby foods and even green magazines made from recycled paper. There is a growing movement of parents who want to return to the old days and use cloth nappies instead of the disposable ones that contribute to the landfills. Imagine how many of these nappies are you able to use in the beginning of the babies life? Many thousands, perhaps hundreds! Many of these cloth nappy companies are touting ease of use, savings in money, less garbage and the comfort of natural cloth over gel and paper against delicate skin as some of the reasons making the switch. See the green directory to find companies that provide cloth nappies as well as other eco-friendly products for babies as well as the home. The choice of reusable nappies is one of the most important things you can do to make a difference. It’s estimated that two trees a year are felled to make pulp for every baby that wears disposables and it takes hundreds of years for them to decay on landfill sites. Reusables are a lot less trouble than they used to be.
When they’re inconvenient The selection of eco-friendly disposables are growing and is better than ever. If you’re buying wooden objects, such as high chairs or toys for babies Beware of the tropical hardwoods. Choose ones that are made of trees grown in sustainable forests and remember that if you don’t think you really need something, don’t purchase it now – just wait and look around. Learn more about Jamila\’s here.