I’ve always been someone who has been very conscious about the impact that my actions have had on the planet. From a young age I was obsessed with the conservation of animals and now that I am a Mum, I feel like I need to do a hell of a lot more in order to set a good example for Charlotte.
I’ve written a few things below that I now use at home in order to help make small changes – even if you just pick one, do it. Not only will it benefit the planet but also your bank balance too. These products are focusing on Mum and Baby in particular – I’d love to hear about the things that you’ve been using around the home too!
Even if you only use one reusable nappy a day, that’s 365 nappies less going into landfill
Reusable wipes – I cannot believe the amount of wipes that you can use when you have a child, I therefore invested in Little Gubbins wipes that I now use for Charlotte at home for changing nappies and wipe downs after she’s eaten (particularly when she has anything like tomato pasta!) I am still using throw away wipes for when we are out and about but try and keep them to an absolute minimum
Reusable Nappies – One thing that really sat with me when I went to my NCT Classes was the teacher saying ‘Even if you use one reusable nappy a day, that’s 365 less nappies a year going in landfill’. It really sat with me, if I could go back to my maternity leave, I would have invested completely in reusable nappies as they are so easy to use. Instead, I currently use two nappies from different brands Bambino Mio and Tots Bots the later has an inner and outer bit meaning that I don’t have to wash the whole thing every time.
Resuable Swim Nappy – Very similar to the reusable nappies! Charlotte’s came from Bambino Mio and can easily be rinsed out after swimming before going in the washer!
Reusable Menstrual Products – I’ve been using these for over 2 years now. When I was packing to go on our honeymoon and I was keen to take items with me but didn’t want to bulk out my case so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to invest in some products. I use a Mooncup and they really are brilliant. You don’t it as often, the risk of infection is a lot less and they are so much cheaper to use (they are about £16 to buy initially, check which type you need too as they are different depending on whether or not you’ve had a baby). I also use reusable pads by Phogary and they just go in the wash afterwards. Yes, it’s not the most glamorous topic but once you get used to using them they are great, I wouldn’t go back now and I reckon I could be saving over £150 a year on products!
Resuable Water Bottle and Coffee Cups – I think this is probably the most popular method of being ‘green’ at the moment. I love the fact I don’t have to stop and pay a fortune for a bottle of water when we are out and about and it says cool too! We’ve got a few bottles, I use Chilly’s and Re:Fresh bottles.
Reusable Cotton Pads – These are amazing! I use these every morning for my skin routine, to remove my make up. Everything. And again, they just go in the washer along with everything else. The ones that I bought were some cheap ones off Amazon but I use them constantly, if your quite good at sewing – you could easily make these using the right fabric!
I’ve got a long way to go with using reusable items, a lot of things are in investment but are so worthwhile one you have them. The next thing on my list is food wraps (a bit like cling film!). I’d love to hear any suggestions that you have or what you currently use at home!