Recently, there is a problem that anyone can not ignore is the Amazon forest was burnt. It was a pain because the fire had been going on for two consecutive weeks without anyone knowing. So what do we need to do before it's too late?
For a long time, the public and governments focus has been on recycling, but we believe it should be the priority to reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place. The stark reality is our throwaway culture is killing our planet – our plastic use is predicated to quadruple by 2050 which would spell disaster for our oceans and wildlife. And a child was born means that the amount of waste to the environment will need more days.
But we want to help you bring up a baby with a carbon footprint as small as their own tiny feet. So, we have handpicked our favourite products offering the perfect alternatives to single use plastic items.
Consider nappy alternatives
In the age of convenience, it’s easy to depend on disposable nappies but these are a huge contributor to landfill waste. Your little one gets through ALOT of nappies, with 3 billion nappies a year ending up on landfill1.
We know the idea of reusable nappies can seem scary and hard work but reusable nappies have come a long way since the days of a to welling square loosely held together by a safety pin. Today they are cleverly designed with beautiful prints and come in a variety of different materials looking very similar to disposable nappies.
Not only are reusable nappies better for the environment, they are also better for your purse. Despite the initial pay out at the start for reusable nappies (you’ll need around 16-24 nappies in total) it will still be cheaper in the long run than using disposable nappies. Using cloth nappies will average out at about 0.03p per change compared to 8.7p per disposable2.
Make play time a plastic free zone. Plastic toys have been a popular part of every child’s toy collection, but we can’t get enough of wooden toys and think everyone should make the swap. Not only do wooden toys look gorgeous compared to those brightly coloured flashing plastic toys they are also much better for the environment. Remember wood is bio-degradable, plastic is not.
Made from petroleum, most plastic toys contain toxic phthalates, BPA, fire retardants, and other chemicals that are neither safe for your child nor eco-friendly. If that’s not enough to convince you to make the swap, wooden toys are also much more durable and don’t need any of those constantly running out batteries – Hurrah!
Don’t settle for any old wooden toy though, choose ones made from sustainable materials and free from chemicals like Plan toys. Plan toys offer a range of imaginative, fun and safe toys created from rubberwood, a by-product of the latex industry, water-based non-toxic colours and all packaging is recycled.
Reusable food pouches
Those colourful pouches full of pre-made baby food are becoming the answer to all over-stretched parent’s dreams. Easy, convenient and perfect for on the go! But this convenience comes at a price to your purse AND the environment. These popular disposable pouches are made from multiple layers of materials meaning the recyclable components are impossible to separate out.
Not only are you saving the planet with this one by reducing your amount of waste, you are also helping your little one to eat healthier by preparing their own meals yourselves.
Bottle it up
Globally we go through 1 million plastic water bottles a minute – that’s 50,000 in the 3 seconds it took for you to read that statement. With figures like that we believe it is about time people pass on the plastic bottles and embrace a bottle that will last years and reduce plastic waste. It’s also a little crazy people will pay for water in a plastic bottle when they can get the stuff for free from their tap using a reusable bottle.
We believe the perfect reusable bottles for the whole family come from Pura. These bottles are a parent’s dream and one of the best eco investments you can make. These bottles grow with your little one, starting as a baby bottle then transforms into a sippy cup, sports bottle or snack pot – all simply by changing the lid.
So there you go. Four really easy ways to greatly reduce the amount of single use plastic you and your family consume each year. Does making the swap feel that daunting? We hope the answer is now no.