There’s nothing that a parent wants more than to secure a good, healthy future for their child. No wonder that eco-friendly parenting is becoming an increasingly important issue for parents worldwide. According to the EPA, the average American produces about 4.4 pounds of waste every day. Many parents want to educate their children about the importance of caring for the environment, while also reducing the negative impact their little ones have on it. While it might seem like a challenging task, there are several ways to make parenting a little better for the environment. Here are some practical yet eco-friendly tips for parents.
Buy second hand
One thing that surprises most new parents is how fast their babies grow. It might mean that baby clothes bought just a month earlier might not fit anymore. This fact can naturally contribute to waste, but it doesn’t have to. A simple solution is to buy second-hand clothes. Since such items are often used for only a few months, finding good quality, used child clothing in great condition should be on every parents’ to-do list. Parents can also promote this eco-friendly way of living by reselling or giving away their baby’s used clothing items.
It might seem that nothing creates more waste than, well, actual waste. Still, even this issue can be approached in an eco-friendly manner. Reusable diapers are becoming more and more common with parents worldwide. Since babies can produce even up to six used nappies daily, switching to reusable nappies can massively reduce the waste impact of the little ones. According to Statista, as much as 21% of American parents have now converted back to using reusable diapers, truly doing something meaningful for the environment.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly way to feed your baby. There are no unnecessary chemicals involved, no packaging or cooking. While it may seem obvious, breastfeeding is a major way of reducing the food and plastic waste while caring for infants. There also are green options out there for the mums who can’t breastfeed. Cooking your own baby food can reduce the amount of packaging landing in the landfill. You may also swap plastic feeding bottles for their more eco-friendly glass counterparts. Every little thing counts!
Walk and exercise with your child
While walking with children might not seem like an obvious way to save the environment, it actually has a big impact, both now and in the future. Walking with children lets them develop an appreciation for the outdoors at a young age. This can also make them more likely to walk or cycle in the future than using other, environment-damaging means of transportation. Additionally, the keen curiosity of little ones can be directed towards the environment, teaching them from the earliest age to enjoy and to care about the world around them.
The key to eco-friendly parenting is leading by example. Children are like sponges, they absorb the knowledge from their parents like water. When they see how important sustainability is to their parents, they are more likely to follow.