Mums, it’s time to switch things up for 2020. As the future of our planet was a big talking point of 2019 (we even saw the UK parliament declare a climate emergency back in May), this is the year to go green, whether you’re a newbie to sustainability or a planet-friendly pro. And when you’re a new mum, we know being environmentally conscious might not be at the top of your to-do list - but trust us, it doesn’t have to be a chore. Simply try these hassle-free lifestyle swaps to do your bit for Planet Earth…
- Choose recyclable products for your baby (and you)
According to recyclingbins.co.uk, the average person in the UK throws away around 400kg of waste each year (which equates to about 7 times your body weight). Shocking, right? Well, 2020 is the perfect time to start afresh and seek out baby products that are easily recyclable. You could start by switching bath wash for bar soap – it’s plastic-free, takes a lot less energy to produce (around five times less, in fact) and will gently cleanse and massage your baby’s skin. Why not switch to recycled products for yourself too? Beauty buffs – a fragrance bottle made from recyclable materials is what you need. Whilst, interior décor enthusiasts should check out recycled cotton rugs, vases and even wall art for an eco-friendly, trendy home.
2. Get to know all things bamboo and organic
Make it your New Year’s resolution to surround your little one in delicate fabrics that are sustainable too. Bamboo and organic materials are the power duo for 2020 that you’ll constantly be looking out for once you hear the benefits (yep, get ready to be an eco-friendly fabric convert). Whether it’s for your baby’s clothes or bedding, bamboo is naturally breathable, absorbs moisture quickly and is completely environmentally friendly (as the plant is actually a form of grass, so it replenishes itself quickly once cut). You’ll also want to swap regular cotton materials for soft organic cotton, mainly because no harmful chemicals are involved in the production (so it’s ultra-comforting on your baby’s sensitive skin). Even better, it’s harvested with less water and energy use, so it treats the planet to some much-needed TLC. Better for your baby and the environment – what could be a better combo?
3. Use reusable shopping bags
So here’s the deal. It takes up to 500 years for plastic to decompose, making it a dangerous material for our oceans and ecosystems. That’s why plastic shopping bags are a big no-no from us. Sure, you could reuse the plastic bags you have instead of throwing them away, but here’s a better option. Reusable fabric trolley bags that spread out and divide your food into different sections (look these up, they’re seriously a mum must-have). Once your little one reaches toddler age, they’ll enjoy helping you put your shopping into different sections too. Win-win!
4. Take the pram out instead of a short drive
Heading out to the high street or your local park? Ditch the car and travel via foot and pram instead. Not only will this reduce your carbon footprint, but fresh air is also known to trigger a longer and better sleep for your baby’s nap. You’ll benefit from being outdoors instead of stuck in a car as well – it can give you a boost of energy, promote feelings of happiness and relieve stress (just what you need when you’re a new mum). Plus, you’ll have more time to chatter and bond with your baby.
5. Get friendly with reusable nappies
Imagine not having to go out to buy nappies. Amazing, huh? Well, you won’t have to if you swap them for reusable ones. Wrap, a charity who support sustainable and renewable resources, reports that by the time your baby is potty trained, you may have gone through 4,000 -6,000 disposable nappies (and let’s not even begin to think of the price tag). But don’t fret, reusable cloth nappies are becoming more mainstream for 2020 as they reduce rubbish and the impact traditional nappies have on the environment (which take 200-500 years to decompose). This one’s a no-brainer.