5 Easy Ways to Be an Eco-Friendlier Parent

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BY DANIELLA RABBANI, HONEST MOTHERHOOD CONTRIBUTOR

Lemme start by saying I know y’all got enough going on without me adding any more to-do’s to your ongoing list. But if you’re interested in inching your way closer to an eco-loving way of life, here are the things I’m finding are easy, doable and even fun with a kid:

1. Bring a reusable straw in the baby bag. It takes up like no space and makes a big impact. Plus! What better way to model self-love for our babes than by bringing a little something for yourself on adventures with the bub?

2. Get your kid into recycling. Sorting is a big long schema that most kids get into. “Where do things go?” It’s actually a lot of fun to talk about and incorporate kids into the conversation of where plastic bottles go as opposed to where the banana peels end up. And it allows babes to feel independent and helpful which boosts self esteem.

3. Choose a water filter over bottled water. Cheaper, takes up less space and well, ya know. Less plastic may mean less crazy erratic weather, pleasee! I use a PUR filter and like it a lot so far.

4. Buy less (plastic). Which really is a win all around. Babies certainly have enough to stimulate themselves without flashy toys. Hello, fire trucks! And wind! And the dog wagging his tail. And omg shadows! And toddlers, too. In general, decision fatigue affects our kids as much as it affects us, so less is way more when it comes to buying toys - especially since friends and family get super generous around birthday and holiday times. But, hey, if you’re like me, you like stuff even if it does take up a lot of space. So here’s what I do: I either lend our goodies or donate it once they’ve done a proper rotation in Ness’ playspace. Especially if they’re big-ticket items like the Snoo which has been with six families between the time my son and my daughter will have slept in it. On that note, feel free to accept hand-me-downs! It’s such a yummy feeling to be enveloped by loved in clothes. And you know children grow out of things so quickly.

5. When shopping for Tupperware, ziplock bags, bottles and lunch boxes, consider glass, metal or silicone options over plastic. This is a matter of health as well as price and eco-consciousness. Here are the brands I love: Pyrex, stasher bags, life factor and planet box. They’re also chic so... ya know?

How do you and your fam love on Mama Earth?

Daniella Rabbani is a Brooklyn based actress and the honest motherhood contributor to the MU community. Her full time gig is mama to Ness and has a daughter on the way.

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash