Tips For Being An Eco-friendly Parent


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.

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• 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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43 thoughts on “Tips For Being An Eco-friendly Parent

  1. As someone with an environmental science degree I obviously agree with all the above. It will become second nature to plan your trips after a while-not only will you stop air pollution but some extra money will stay in your wallet!

  2. I really love this post. I am very passionate about the environment and doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. Caring for our earth is very serious. When we don’t have a healthy planet, we don’t have a healthy anything.

  3. Great article! We are an Eco-friendly family and these are all great pointers. I just wish I could go back in time and cloth diaper my boys. I am so glad it’s becoming more popular now that it was, when my boys were babies I only heard of ‘back in the day’.

  4. We can really go a lot to save the environment in our simpler ways like proper trash disposals and supporting the right advocacy. If everybody does a little to the environment it could mean a lot.

  5. These are all great tips! When I was pregnant with my first baby, we started going very eco-friendly, starting with getting rid of all chemicals in the house. You have a great point about no animal testing either.

    1. With all the things you can throw away nowadays if you can cloth diaper or make your own baby food, re-use or re-purpose things it really is for the best in the long run and short run, expense wise too.

  6. These are all great tips, some I won’t be able to do. I have to drive back and forth like four times a day normally due to kids being in different schools in same town that start and end at different times. Craziness. I have accepted ajob now though, which will be cutting down the driving back n forth … I recycle which is awesome and helps the kids to see we should recycle!

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