As I come out of the ‘fourth trimester’ fog I’ve started to think more about living as a green family. Here are our top five solutions, please join the conversation in the comments or @pearcesgrow over on Instagram!
1. Treading lightly: Avoid marketing of feeding ‘essentials’ I breastfeed, and although my milk doesn’t have an environmental impact, waste can be generated from foam-filled feeding pillows, plastic-backed breastpads etc. Bringing us onto…
2. Reusables and biodegradables. Nappies: Far from the poor performance we fear and with heavily discounted subscription services appearing, this is now a more affordable option which is a major concern to many, particularly whilst on maternity leave.
Breastpads: Lovely fluffy bamboo breastpads from @mamadesigns are not only comfortable but save you £££ compared to their plastic cousins.
3. Hand-me downs. If this is an option for you, it can be a great green alternative to more consumption and waste and they grow so quickly that often the clothes are almost new!
4. Clean and Green. We are very lucky in Oxfordshire to have a lot of refill services and zero waste household options such as Sesi and Scoop. Old school methods including using vinegar or bicarb can be just as effective too! Check out @the_organised_mum on Instagram for green tips and a really cool method for keeping things clean and organised when you’re short of time.
5. Growing your own: whether with a few herbs on the windowsill, or on an allotment with a few ex-batts, GYO provides nutritious, cheap food without pesticides or food miles and the children can learn about the value of food, nature and how to grow food themselves. It can be a lot of work but it brings a slow rhythm that can be very centering in the early days of new parenthood.
What brings many of these points together is the need for a community spirit when bringing up families, particularly with sustainability in mind. This can be found through family, friends and even online but support, and pooling our ideas and resources can make this journey a lot easier on us and on the planet.
Keep it green @pearcesgrow