5 Ways to Live a Greener, More Eco-Friendly Life as a Parent
Caring for our children and the planet at the same time is a difficult balancing act. Tons of kids’ products are full of single-use plastics- from toys to diapers to food packaging, the list just never seems to end. But here at Parasol, we’re taking initiatives to do every bit that we can to save the planet.
Our natural diapers, wipes, and lotions offer a chemical-free alternative to the many eco-unfriendly options. But we want to do even more. That’s why we’ve created this green parenting guide full of tips and tricks that will help you grow greener.
1. Recycle in new ways
We all know that single-use plastics are harmful and that we should do our best to recycle. That’s why our diaper packaging and box is completely recyclable. Recycling in new ways can be productive and fun for the whole household!
Creating a compost heap is an easy method of recycling that makes use of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away. Composting can be an educational and hands-on opportunity for kids (worm farm anyone?) that utilizes dead plant materials or food scraps that might be lying around.
2. Unplug devices when not in use
Modern life is full of devices. Problem is, most of us forget to unplug our devices when they’re not in use, leading to high energy consumption.
Make a pledge to unplug any device that’s not charging. Why not turn it into a game and put the kids in charge of fining Mom or Dad for leaving a device plugged in? You’ll be instilling responsible habits, and the kids are gonna love holding you accountable.
3. No waste DIY projects
Zero waste DIY projects are a fantastic way to turn trash into treasure! Our Imagination Box (the box that your products come in) can be reused for new adventures and hours of fun! They also make for exemplary lessons on the importance of sustainability. From sandwich bags fashioned from old curtains to homemade makeup remover pads, growing greener can turn unused items into something new and innovative.
4. Visit your local farmer’s market
If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out your local farmer’s market. Buying locally reduces the carbon emissions of transportation, and allows you to support local farmers. Produce at the farmer’s market is organically grown by people who care about their crop, which makes it healthier for your baby too.
5. Shop Second-hand
Fast fashion is one of the most egregious polluters in the world, and their impact is only getting worse. Shopping second-hand or thrifting for clothing is an eco-friendly activity that costs little but gives back plenty, as many thrift stores are also causes for charity. Buying second-hand is a cheaper and more sustainable way of keeping your baby clothed as they constantly grow and change with the world.
Being a parent is full of prioritizing and sustainable living doesn’t always make it to the top of the list. Hopefully these five tips have inspired you to take on a new challenge in an adventure with sustainability.
That’s all folks, and since you’ve made it to the end of the article, we’d like to congratulate you. Use the discount code GREEN20 to get 20% off any product on our site.