If you are an environmentalist then you know just how much larger your carbon footprint can become as soon as you have a baby. If you are just joining the green movement and looking for ways you can be more eco-friendly, you may be feeling a little confused, and really out of your comfort zone. This is okay! You don’t have to make a ton of drastic changes overnight. You learn as you go, and make small changes where you can.
• Diapers – Some will say cloth diapers are the most eco-friendly option, but others disagree because of the water usage to clean them. The decision will ultimately be up to you. If you choose disposal ones, there are “green” options online and at natural food stores. Cloth diapers have also come a long way in recent years and you may be able to clean them at home instead of hiring a service.
• Toys – Cloth and wood toys are the best. There is no risk of the toy containing BPA, which is often found in plastic products. There are companies that also use green practices while manufacturing their toys.
• Retire the Fireplace – You may not give that wood-burning fireplace much thought now, but when your child has chronic respiratory infections and asthma, you will wish you retired it a lot sooner. You can buy an ethanol fireplace burner from stores like Ethanol Fireplace Pros to put right inside your fireplace. Ethanol burns clean, doesn’t create smoke, and requires no venting. Plus, it’s a renewable resource.
• Don’t Support Animal Testing – Being kind to the Earth includes the animals. Years ago, there were not a lot of earth-friendly cleaning and baby products. Today, there is an abundance of them. Look for labels that say “no animal testing” or “cruelty-free.” There are also plenty of apps for your phone that will help you be an eco-conscious consumer.
• Recycle – Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do, and it helps keep things out of landfills that don’t need to be there. Your trash company may even offer curbside removal.
• Cleaning Products – Eliminate cleaning products with toxic chemicals or fumes. Natural products are better for your home and the environment. Homemade cleaners can be made from baking soda, borax, lemon juice, and vinegar.
• Plan Your Route – A lot of gas is wasted daily from driving back and forth to different places, especially if you have multiple kids. This gas pollutes the environment. Plan your route, so you don’t waste gas, and in return, you will also have a little more time during the day. Time is something every parent can appreciate more of.
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