Since becoming a parent, I’ve noticed that I am so much more aware of the world around us and the importance of looking after this planet we live on. Over the last year I’ve been really trying to reduce the impact we as a family have on our environment by making small changes to our lifestyle. While we still have quite a long way to go to becoming an completely eco friendly family I wanted to share with you some of the things we’ve doing to help our little planet thrive.
If it’s not broken, sell or donate it!
With our imminent house move, which sees us swap our two bedroom house for two bedrooms at my Mum’s house, we’ve had to be quite brutal when it comes to downsizing our belongings. Instead of throwing out unwanted clothes and such, I’ve turned to eBay to sell them and pass them on to people who will make use of them. Those things that don’t sell for whatever reason, I’ve taken to the local charity shop.
Get out and grow
I never saw myself as the green fingered type, and if you were to see the state of our garden right now you’d agree with my past self – damn you heatwave – BUT, I’ve made a real conscious effort to get outside and grow with Florence. We made this sensory herb garden not so long ago and not only have we been growing but we’ve also been using what we’ve grown in our cooking too!
Use a reusable bottle
With summer in full swing and my pregnancy cravings for iced drinks kicking in it’s so easy to just pick up a bottle of fridge cold water from the shop when we are out and about but lately I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles I buy and have made the switch to a reusable drinks cup instead. It’s still plastic, but it does mean I can fill it up the night before and pop it in the fridge or freezer ready for the next day. To go completely plastic free, you could invest in one of these stainless steel resizable bottles instead – they’re all the rage at the minute.
When the winter months draws in it’s tempting to pop the heating on straight away, however holding off for a month layering up instead can hugely reduce your environmental footprint as well as your utility bills. We managed to hold off from turning our heating on until the end of November last year.
Recycle where you can
While it can be a bit of a pain at times, the difference splitting and recycling your house hold waste can make is amazing for our planet. Having a handy recycling bin to hand like these ones from https://uk.glasdon.com/ can make the whole process a whole lot easier.
However your every day waste isn’t the only thing you could and should recycle. Sean built this gorgeous kids climbing frame in his parents garden entirely from recycled wood. The only thing he actually had to buy new was the slide!
We also used old tyres for planters and old pots and pans to make a music wall for Florence to play with.
Trash really can become treasure!
Walk or use public transport
As a non-driver, I kind of don’t have much choice but to take other means of transport Monday – Friday. I actually really enjoy walking as much as we possibly can and Florence is now a seasoned train passenger.
Turn the lights off!
This is such a simple fix but one I used to just ignore, frankly. Now though, every time I leave the room I make a conscious edffort to turn off the lights. I always used to leave a light on in the house overnight too, but I’ve stopped that as well now. It’s had a great effect on our electric bill!
I know that we have a long way to go when it comes to becoming an entirely eco-friendly family and there are some more ways we are planning on changing things.
Ditch the Cling Film
I was quite shocked to read about the effect the use cling film has on our environment. I’ve been looking into ways to reduce / eliminate cling film from our every day and I came across these cute little beeswax wraps which I really like the look of. They’re reusable, which is always a plus
Switch to Reusable Nappies
I think Sean is going to need more convincing on this one, but I have always liked the idea of using reusable nappies for our littles and once I can get my head around the idea of extra washing loads, I think a switch from disposables is definitely on the horizon with baby number two.
I’ve come across some really lovely eco friendly brands just recently and while the price tags are sometimes a little more than you’d expect on the high street, they sell some truly beautiful environmentally conscious alternatives to every day objects. For example, babipur sell a range of beautiful toys, as well as cleaning products, clothing and toiletries which are all designed with the planet in mind.
*This is a collaborative post.