There is no greener packaging than no packagingNo waste is less (even if its green/ biodegradable) than no wasteNo trip is greener than the one we didn’t make.No product is greener than the one we didn’t buy.
With babies comes whole lot of new stuff at home. As parents we want the best for our children, most of the things that we buy aren’t really needed but in pursuit of giving the best we amass the “unnecessary” at home.
I am not a zero waster yet, in fact I am very far from it, but I try to reduce my carbon footprints in every way I can.
Sharing a few things that you can follow to leave this earth a little better for your children; we have borrowed it from them, haven’t we?
- Accepting hand me downs- When a child is born we buy clothes that our child outgrows sooner than we can think of, sometimes without even having worn once. The best thing to do for kids would be accepting clothes from friends and relatives.
- Not buying things till the baby comes- wait for the baby to arrive and shop as you require. This can save you a lot of money. Most things which others consider essential may not be required for your baby. Each parent and child is different, so are their needs; for example we neither bought nor used – milk bottles, stroller, cots/ cribs, talcum powder, baby oils, special feeding accessories, does it make us bad parents? Well, we never felt any need of those.
- Switching to Cloth Diapers- I have been talking a lot about cloth diapers because I have extensively used those for my baby and I believe that they are the best alternative to disposable diapers. They can be used over and over and even passed on to other babies.
- Buying pre-loved – Do not hesitate to buy pre-loved clothes, toys & books. People sell stuff for many reasons. Buying expensive gears (if needed) like rockers, pram. Car seat, crib/ cradle, bottle warmer, cycles and more from pre-loved sites/groups. I bought a pre-loved high chair for my son and then further passed it on to a friend. This chair now has fed more than 4 kids of different families. Buying used stuff does not mean that you are buying substandard quality.
Self-imposed shopping bans- Target no-shopping (except essentials) months and live up to it. Remember that meme about Great Indian sale – “If you shop you may save 50% but if delete the shopping apps you save 100%”
- Limit the toys or subscribe to toy Libraries- It is a good idea to get toys and books on rent or exchanging toys and books among friends. As parents we must also choose engaging open-ended toys over battery operated ones for our children.
- Eco-friendly celebrations- Birthday parties create a lot of mess, big gatherings of any sort for that matter lead to a lot of waste, you can help by either avoiding parties altogether else try to celebrate the eco-friendly way. Avoid gift wrap and unnecessary plastic covers, plastic and disposable stuff in birthday parties, give eco-friendly return gifts (if at all you have to give) using newspaper wrapping or cloth bags. Avoid cheap plastic toys because your aim is not to litter the other person’s house and environment, right? If you have to gift choose meaningful and useful toys/articles.
My previous article talks about simple eco-friendly daily switches one can adopt to make a difference.
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