So you want to try eco-parenting?
Maybe you don’t have the time to research, or you don’t know where to start?
Sustainable living may feel daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be.
The beauty of eco-friendly parenting is you can do whatever works for you. Just like everybody raises their children in their own way, you can be green in your own way that works best for you and your family.
1. Shop Local & Eat Seasonal
The good thing about shopping locally is the produce will most likely be seasonal too – double win! Opting for locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and other products whenever possible. By choosing seasonal produce, you not only support local agriculture but also reduce the energy required for transportation and storage. Engage your children in farmers markets and teach them about the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown food.
2. Use a re-usable Water Bottle / Coffee Cup
Disposable plastic water bottles and coffee cups contribute to the ever-growing problem of plastic waste. By switching to reusable alternatives, you can significantly reduce your family’s plastic footprint. Encourage your children to use their own colourful water bottles and explain to them the importance of staying hydrated while also protecting the environment. Similarly, investing in a reusable coffee cup for yourself can help eliminate single-use cups and make your caffeine fix more sustainable.
3. Get Outdoors
Spending more time outdoors not only benefits your family’s health and well-being but also helps reduce your reliance on cars. Choose to walk, bike, or use a scooter whenever possible instead of hopping in the car for short distances.
4. Go Loose
Ditching the plastic packaging isn’t always easy. Plastic packaging has become a common sight in today’s supermarkets, but there are alternatives. Not only are loose items better for the environment but it can often also be more cost-effective for your wallet!
5. Buy Second-Hand
Children outgrow clothes and toys quickly, often leaving a trail of discarded items. Instead of always buying new, embrace the concept of second-hand shopping. Visit charity shops, thrift shops, or online platforms specialising in pre-loved children’s items. Not only will you find unique and affordable treasures, but you will also extend the life cycle of these products.
Green tip: Once your little one has grown out of their clothes make sure to donate to people you know, your local charity shop or clothes recycling bin.
By adopting these sustainable swaps where you can, you are teaching your children the values of conscious consumption and caring for the planet. Remember, sustainable living is a journey, and even small changes can create a positive ripple effect for a greener future. So, start making these swaps today and inspire a sustainable mindset in your children that will last a lifetime.