If you're on social media, you've probably noticed that 'going green' and living more sustainably is all the rage, especially amongst young families.
We've said it many times before, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. If you're interested in eco-friendly parenting, there's no 'right' way to do so; the same goes for green parenting.
In this blog post, we'll explain what it means and give you some eco-friendly tips to action, but don't think this is the sustainable guide to green parenting you must abide by– feel free to pick and choose the advice that resonates with you. Even small steps are still steps in the right direction.
What Is Green Parenting?
Green parenting, also known as eco parenting, can loosely be defined as raising kids' awareness about the environmental impact of their decisions. As a result, they become eco-conscious.
Part of teaching children how to respect and be good stewards of the planet is exemplifying eco-friendly behaviors ourselves. You know what they say, kids are like sponges! They absorb everything they see and hear.
So, for example, stocking their nursery with sustainable diapers and wipes can make them aware of the importance of using eco-friendly products. We recommend explaining this choice as well, and if they see you using sustainable products 24/7, they will want to be just like you!
What Makes A Home Eco-Friendly?
The makings of an eco-friendly home are quite simple. There are little things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and create a more sustainable environment for your children.
First, work towards becoming a zero-waste household by avoiding single-use plastics like straws. You can also save food scraps for a compost pile instead of throwing them away.
Second, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Purge your belongings regularly, avoid impulse purchases and hoarding unnecessary items, and recycle whatever doesn't need to be tossed in the garbage.
Third, be conscious of your energy and resource consumption. Pay attention to the lengths of your showers and baths and how long you leave the lights on. This will also help cut down on your bills.
Green parenting will be a breeze if you can apply these measures in everyday life.
How Can Families Be More Eco-Friendly?
There are many ways that families can be more eco-friendly, but instead of using the following ideas and suggestions as rules to live by, explore what works best for you.
- Switch reusable products, like silicone or stainless steel straws
- Try eco-friendly diapers and wipes
- Use GOTS-certified or recycled wooden toys
- Swap-in reusable nursing pads
- Try making your own baby food to avoid packaging
- Use biobased products
What Are Some Eco-Friendly Activities?
Now you may be wondering, what fun, habit-forming tasks can I give my kids or do with them? We've got you covered.
As you can see, there are several ways to go about sustainable parenting. We hope this handy eco-friendly guide will help you on your journey to going green.