Today I am going to be doing a post on ways in which you can be more sustainable. I know how it can be hard when you are a busy family. We have been doing some small changes for over a year now and there are things which we would not change back to. I know I am not perfect and I do not actually claim to be at all. If everyone made small changes then we may be in a bit of a better place. Slow I think might make even more changes in the future because we love all of these swaps we have made so far.
This is something which I have been using for a couple of years now. I usually purchase them from Lush however, I have had some from other companies as well. If you are not familiar with the way you use them. You lather them up in your hands like a bar of soap. Then apply the lather to your hair. I wash my hair about once or twice a week it’s been trained. I find that a shampoo bar lasts me about 9-12 months. This saves me money having to buy bottles of shampoo because there is no way they would last that long. Of course, I am saving a lot of plastic even though it could be recycled. I think I am going to look again at solid conditioners as well.
Another product which I have been using since not long after we moved house was the eco egg. This saves us from purchasing washing powered apart from the one we need for Troy’s nappies. We have never found a problem with the eco egg all of our clothes have always come out clean. Again this saves all the plastic and actually has saved us a lot of money we rarely have to spend money on washing products. This is something which most people couldn’t claim when they are a family of 4 with a new baby. I have done a whole post about the eco egg you can read it here.
Talking of having a newborn we have been using reusable wipes instead of baby wipes. This is something that I wanted to do before Troy we born. I can not imagine not actually using these anymore. Baby wipes are 95% plastic anyway it is great not having the worry that you have just used the last wipe. Of course, I just wash them. I would 1000% recommend this even if it is just for washing your child’s hands and face. We find that they are a lot better at being able to clean a dirty bum as well. Currently, we use cheeky wipes however, there are some other independent brands that are as good we got some when we went to the baby and toddler show and love them as much.
Reusable nappies are something that goes hand in hand with the wipes. Of course, you don’t have to use them. I actually love them even does Joe who was a bit unsure of them when I was pregnant and said I wanted to use them. Now he had admitted he can not imagine not actually using them we have barely had any poonamis which could be as a result of using these. They seem to be able to contain them which as any parent will know is a huge bonus for anyone. They may not have saved money with these because of the fact that we have spent so much money on them as we are addicted to the prints. Of course, as a lot of you will know that nappies take up to 500 years to breakdown at least when sent to a landfill.
Reusable Cotton Pads
Cotton pads are something which I used to get through so many of a month. I used them for my skincare and used to use at least 4 a day when it came to this. This pack that I ordered had 20 reusable pads. I actually purchased some of these from Amazon over a year ago. Since I have found some amazing small businesses which do them. I just stick them in with the wipes and nappies and they come clean. I actually do think it makes your skincare more effective actually as it doesn’t soak in as much. Of course, I do still have to purchase cotton pads to take my nail varnish off that would damage the reusable ones. This is something that I do want to change though. When I run out I have found a company that does reusable nail polish pads.
This is something which we have done for both kids and will continue to do as well. Children do not wear clothes for that long more so when they are small like Troy. We have purchased most of his clothes pre-loved either from eBay, Facebook or baby and toddler sales. If they are still in good condition when we have finished with them with Jess and they are unisex we may keep them. If not or they are from Troy we will look to sell them on or donate to the charity shop in order for someone else to get even more wear out of it and save it from landfill.
Brand new toys can be all well and good but there can be tons of packaging. Let alone the fact that a lot of kids toys are actually plastic. This means they can easily be wiped down and pass on to another child. We have purchased a number of toy in charity shops as they grow out of them so fast. We have also purchased a couple of bits from eBay. During lockdown, we have also subscribed to whirli. This is a subscription where you actually borrow toys and then when you have finished them you send them back and wrap them for toys you want. This is great because you do not have to keep them or think of a way of finding a new home for them. We have even managed to borrow a jumperoo for Troy from them.
What have you do you to be a bit more sustainable?