Easy Ways to Raise an Eco-Friendly Baby
As a parent, you always want what’s best for your child. That includes the world they live in. We all want to do our part to care for the environment, especially in this time of rapid and dangerous climate change. Making the switch to cloth diapers or zero waste living might seem daunting, so here are some ideas of easy ways to be eco-friendly in your parenting.
Pay Attention to Toy Materials
Toys don’t last forever, even if you pass them down to little siblings and thrift stores to be reused. At the end of a toy’s life cycle, it will likely end up in a landfill, so it is worth paying attention to the impact of your purchase. Plastic toys can take up to 1,000 years to break down in a landfill. Wood biodegrades much faster and will leave a smaller footprint on the environment. There are also toys made out of recycled plastic that won't add new plastic into the waste system.
Buy Second Hand
Shopping at thrift and consignment stores is a great way to give a new life to old products while also saving money. Even better, you can pass along hand-me-downs to siblings, cousins, and friends for no money at all. Babies grow so fast that their clothes typically are worn only a few times before it is time to discard them. Give your child’s clothes a new home and shop second hand to extend their life.
Shop Gender Neutral
If you’re a fan of gender neutral styles, they are a great sustainable choice! You are more likely to be able to use these clothes for more than one child, no matter their gender. You can’t always guarantee what will happen to clothes and toys you donate, but you can be sure they get a second life when they are reused in your household.
Educate your Children
Teach your kids an appreciation for nature and the importance of recycling. There are plenty of great, age-appropriate books for educating children on climate change and the environment. Raising eco-conscious kids is a great way invest in the future.
Be Kind to Yourself
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t follow these tips all the time. Large corporations create a much larger environmental impact than any individual, so don’t feel like this weight is only on your shoulders. Eco-friendly products are often marketed to women and mothers, making them feel like they are responsible for solving the problem of climate change. If you want to be a climate justice warrior, great! If you just want to work to be a bit more eco-friendly, that’s great too!
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