Thinking about the products you purchase and why you buy it can you become a more eco-friendly parent.
Being an environmentally friendly babysitter means purchasing items and services that are environmentally safe and child-friendly. The variety of products are increasing every day as parents wake up to the new green revolution.
What can I purchase?
The most important question for eco-friendly parents is, what is the best thing I can buy? But you don’t have to buy every time and you can reuse things that are already available and the less new things you purchase, the more sustainable healthy your new home will feel! Baby clothes are easy and affordable to purchase secondhand . Since the baby’s growth rate is so rapid, they tend to be not worn. Other items you can look for in secondhand and thrift stores include cot linen soft furnishings, bouncy chairs and inflatable baby nests.
They also reduce environmental impact and through actions such as recycling you can establish a great example for the next generation. Today, you can purchase a lot of things in a ‘green’ version suitable for babies, such as organic baby clothing, baby food and even green magazines made of recycled paper. There is a growing movement from parents to go back to the days of old and use cloth nappies instead disposable ones that add to the land fills. Imagine how many of these nappies you could use in the first few years of the babies life? Hundreds if not thousands! Many of these cloth nappies businesses are citing the simplicity of use, the financial benefits, less waste and the ease of using natural cloth over gel and paper against sensitive skin as a few of the many reasons for making this change. Look through the green directory for companies that sell cloth nappies and other eco-friendly products for babies as well as your home. Choosing reusable nappies is one of the most significant things you can do to make a difference. It’s estimated that two trees are cut down every year to make pulp for all babies who use disposable nappies and it also takes hundreds of years for them to degrade in landfill sites. Reusables are much less of a hassle than they used to be.
For times when they are inconvenient the selection of eco-friendly disposals is growing and better than ever. If you’re purchasing wooden items like high chairs or toys for babies Beware of exotic hardwoods. Choose ones that are made of trees that have been grown in forests that are sustainable and remember that if you don’t think the need for something, don’t purchase it yet – wait and look around. Learn more about Babynestje here.