Reducing Plastic with Babies and Children
Are you a parent looking to make more eco-friendly purchases for your child? Read on...
1. Nappies, nappies and more nappies.
- The average child will go through 5,000-10,000 nappies before they are toilet trained – try swapping to reusable cloth nappies or incorporating them into your routine. The EcoNaps nappies are completely adjustable and will continue to fit your child as they grow.
2. Plastic-free bub
- These Natural Rubber Soothers & Teethers are free from BPA, parabens, and phthalates. They are one of the safest and most hygienic dummies on the market. being made out of one piece of natural rubber.
- We love the Balms from The Physic Garden, which come packaged in a glass jar with an aluminium lid. They have a Baby Balm which is a safe, natural way to protect and nurture baby skin, plus a Belly Balm and Nursing Balm for mum!
- The Dr Bronner Baby Bar Soap is super gentle for sensitive and baby skin, with added hemp oil to leave skin soft and smooth. What's great is they come in completely plastic-free packaging.
- This beautiful vapour rub from Simple As That comes packaged in a glass jar and is free of petroleum and other nasties and full of nourishing ingredients designed to help ease congestion, stuffiness, inflammation and improve breathing for your baby.
3. Plastic-free play
Plastic toys are everywhere these days, and some question whether it's even safe for children and babies to play with plastic. But there are lots of great and creative ways for children to play without the plastic.
- Crayons! The perfect plastic-free play for your child to get creative. These Eco Crayons are 100% plant-based, so if they happen to make their way into little mouths they are completely safe.
- The Gorgeous books from May Gibbs are robust enough for kids to handle, with beautiful illustrations, they will be treasured for years.
- What baby doesn't love a cherished teddy bear? We love these Ethical Toys from Pebble - they are a great way to support families in rural Bangladesh, where they are handmade, and your baby will just love them!
4. Winner, winner, plastic-free dinner!
- We love these Silicone Straws from Little Mashies are perfect for toddlers and young children, and remove the need for single-use plastic straws.
- The Bambu mealtime sets from BBBYO make mealtimes fun, whilst being BPA free, food safe and biodegradable.
Remember... Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle
During Plastic Free July, make a conscious effort to reduce what you buy, reuse what you have, and recycle correctly to minimise waste in landfill! You can even download our handy guide and poster to pop up on the fridge as a reminder for the whole family.
Before you make a purchase, ask yourself three simple questions:
- Do I actually need this?
- Is there an option with less plastic packaging?
- Is there an alternative made from recycled materials?
Do you have any other tips for reducing plastic in the home? Let us know down in the comments!
Head to the Plastic Free July website for more information.