From the moment babies are born they start creating carbon footprints. Starting from disposable diapers, car seats, baby wipes swings, strollers, exersaucers and all other sorts of equipment which eventually end up in the landfills.
And this pace of consumption keeps increasing, from buying tricycles and wagons to computers along with video games.
So it’s the responsibility of parents to take care of minimizing consumption and making sure you’re following the principles of eco-conscious parenting that include reduction of waste as the tips below recommend.
• Minimize damage from diapers
There have been lots of debates with regards to the use of disposable diapers versus cloth diapers. Definitely, each of them has their own benefits and for the large part, disposable diapers go into landfills.
In case you are not confident with the use of, cloth diapers disposables could be the best option. But it would help to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint if you used cloth diapers at home and disposables while travelling. You could also start potty training your child as early as possible to reduce the use of diapers altogether.
• Reduce laundry load
Although it’s common for kids to get their clothes dirty all the time, as a parent, you could limit the number of times you change their clothes to once or twice a day. That way you will minimize the amount of washing and save water and detergent.
• Reuse and recycle
The old tradition of hand-me-downs has its wisdom and also its benefits to the environment. Your new baby could use the clothes, toys and other stuff that their elder siblings have used. In India this is usually the practice as many clothes are unisex and can be work by either girls or boys.
If you don’t have any more kids to pass down the things your child has discarded, it would be a good idea to donate them to a charity that benefits deprived kids.
• Kids clothing swap
You could invite your friends who have kids of the same ages to swap clothes so that they do not have to purchase outfits that are worn for parties or other special occasions.
• Introduce your kids to nature
Introduce your kids to the wonders of nature by taking them on eco-friendly camping trips, wildlife safaris, hikes and treks. Share your love of the outdoors with them and show them how you can spend time in the wilderness without creating waste and consuming too many resources.
Be a good role model by reducing waste and lowering your own consumption of precious natural resources. Use energy-efficient vehicles, avoid using plastic bags, adopt solar power for heating water at home, and let your kids see you switching off lights and fans when they are not in use.
Practicing eco-friendly parenting means you are doing your bit to ensure that your child’s world is cleaner, greener and safer for them to grow up in. Do you have any more suggestions for eco-friendly parenting? Let us know in the comments below.
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