Five ways to make eco-friendly choices as a new parent

Five ways to make eco-friendly choices as a new parent

These days, we are all aware of the importance of making small, individual choices that are kinder to the planet. However, unfortunately, having a child has been proven to have a direct negative impact on the environment through the use of more resources. But obviously, you’re here reading this because you have, or want to have kids, so what’s an eco-conscious parent to do? Well, apart from raising a child who knows and appreciates how precious our natural environment is, there are small choices you can make on your parenting journey which can make a difference

1. Consider Cloth Nappies, or an eco-friendlier disposable.

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of eco-friendly baby choices right? We all know the mountains of waste that is produced from disposable nappies, and yet cloth nappies can often feel daunting to a sleep deprived new mama… all that extra washing, am I right?

As with anything in life, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach. Many mums choose to use disposable for the first 3 or so months while they, and bub, are settling into a routine, then switch to cloth after that. Others may use cloth at home, but disposables whilst out and about. Bubblebubs do a great cloth nappy box that's essentially the only box of nappies you'll ever need to buy, with great resources for first timers!

Another option is to look out for more eco-friendly disposable nappies, such as Moltex Eco-Friendly Nappies which are made using 100% green electricity and have been awarded ticks for reducing their environmental impact during production.

2. Choose products that are kinder to the environment

With people becoming more aware of the need for everyone to do their part in preserving the beautiful planet we live in, many companies are coming to the party and creating products that are made from recycled materials, or looking into more eco-friendly methods of production. This includes some great brands which make some of the baby essentials. Our top picks include;

  • The range of prams from Bumbleride, which are made with recycled fishing nets and PET bottles, and utilise dying processes for their material which minimises water use.

Ergobaby Aerloom Carrier

3. Shop local and support small

This can be anything from food, to baby goods, to your own clothes. Shopping for homegrown or locally made products results in fewer emissions through the shipping and transport processes. It also helps support and keep these local companies in business, allowing others to make the same choice, therefore amplifying the effect.

4. Consider second-hand items

There are certain baby items we would generally recommend buying new; with the main one being a car seat for safety reasons. However, there are plenty of ways you can find great second hand items to not only save money, but also through giving an item a second chance, and not have it end up as waste.

A perfect way to do this is with baby clothes. Sure, it’s fun to buy cute new clothes for bub, and you can still do this for a few special outfits. But for those day-to-day items which they grow out of so quickly, there is always a friend or family member with an older bub who is happy to pass on their hand-me-downs. The fashion industry is estimated to contribute up to 10% of global carbon emissions, so this is a fantastic way to help make a change

5. Breastfeed

We debated whether to include this, as some women cannot or choose not to breastfeed for various reasons, and we support this choice completely, as a happy and healthy mum and baby are vital. However, if you can and do choose to breastfeed, it is a practice that has literally zero harmful environmental impacts. 

Woman breastfeeding