What will be left of our earth to pass on to our babies in the next few generations ?
Today is International Mother Earth Day when the whole world comes together in thinking about how we can lessen our destructive impact on our planet.
My answer is that we make our own ‘personal act of green’, with emphasis on personal.
How do we become more ecologically sound ?
I mean that we need to find a way to change our behaviour and our buying patterns that is sustainable, and I’m not just talking about sustainable from an ecological viewpoint. I mean, thinking about changes that are so manageable we can work them in to our everyday life with so little effort we can sustain the changes forever, and the best way to do this is to aim to make several small, easy changes, rather than one big, difficult change.
Eco Nappy Solutions
When you factor in all the different factors, there is little difference between disposable and cloth nappies, so it’s your choice. Cloth nappies are labour intensive and smelly, and the ‘biodegradable’ nappies only degrade if you compost them yourself at home, and who has the space for that ?
- One option is to use a combination of both types. Use disposable when you are out (more convenient) and at night (fewer leaks), and cloth nappies when you are at home, or have the time and inclination to deal with them.
- Use the most sustainable disposable nappies. I found one, called Bambo Nature, that has the highest eco rating possible, and uses recycled or sustainable products every step of the way, and uses fair trade as well. I’ve tried all the eco nappies and these are by far my favourites (I’m not affiliated or sponsored by them, I just love their products)
- Change nappies less frequently, especially if using disposables. They are so absorbent that they can keep the urine away from baby’s skin, and hold a lot before leaking. Change baby in the middle of each feed, and more frequently if they have a sore bum. Nappy rash is caused by urine and faeces acting together to damage baby’s skin, so try not to leave them with a poopy nappy.
- Use ecological washing detergents, and refillable ones if you have the option.
- Don’t change baby’s clothes as often. I’ve been to some jobs where baby’s whole outfit was changed whenever there was a tiny bit of dribble/milk but it won’t do them any harm to have slightly dirty clothes for a few hours.
- Use bibs and muslins to keep yours and baby’s clothes cleaner longer and you can get more in a washing load.
- If you are breastfeeding and want to avoid using plastic backed breastpads, but baby’s clothes get soaked in milk leaking from one boob whilst you are feeding from the other, try using one of the wax food cloths that are sold to replace plastic food wrap. Just place one between boob and baby.
- Use a folded muslin under baby’s head to catch dribbles and sick when you lie them down to play or have cuddles, or in the pram or play chair. It saves you washing bedding, and if the dribble is slight, you can turn the cloth over and re use a few times before washing.
These usually come in plastic bottles and extra packaging
- Don’t buy bubble bath or bath oils for baby…they don’t need them.
- Buy 1 gentle shampoo that can double up as a body wash, and buy recycled plastic if possible.
- Buy a simple, cheap sponge bath mat to lay baby on, not a big plastic seat.
- Use everyday household items in place of plastic bath toys e.g jugs, balled up tin foil, wooden spoon (great for banging on the side of the bath ).
- Use one thing that has many uses, so saving money and packaging. Lansinoh Nipple Cream is great for breastfeeding, but also makes a great barrier cream for extra sore baby bums, a great long lasting lip salve (for you), and is also good for wiping in sore fat creases as baby gets gorgeously chubby, and as an overnight moisturiser for dry lips and cheeks for baby, and I’ve also used it with great success on eczema patches…one tube for 6 or 7 uses