How do you zero waste your children?
Sounds an odd question doesn’t it? I first started working out how I had to change my shopping habits when I was weaning Jack, I noticed just how much plastic I was throwing away. I didn’t get it. I was buying organic, healthy food that I knew was going to give his gut and taste buds the best start in life but why was all the plastic packaging not going into my recycle bin. Queue my universe bingo moment. A magazine article about Bea Johnson who wrote a book called Zero Waste Home. This book single handily changed my life and the way I viewed every single product and item in my house.
Where do you start?
Step 1 – The Plastic Facts
Challenge your mindset to actually see waste; disposable products and single use plastic, when you go shopping for anything. I don’t know who coined the quote as I love it; “throwaway has to go somewhere..“ but that definitely resonated which is why I had to change my consumer habits.
Get to know your symbols: if I am buying plastic packaged products I always look for the recycling symbol as I’d rather buy the plastic that can be recycled over the one that can’t. It can be a minefield but Recycle Now is a great source of info!
Step 2 – Think about what you buy Buying anything snack based that means it’s individually wrapped is automatically throw away. Kids don’t need crisps! The best policy is to buy a big packet of something e.g. raisins and divide into a snack portion yourself;
Deter them from wanting pre packaged individual treats! Litter pick and beach clean with your children, my son & daughter know what litter is and that seems to stop them from wanting it the items they pick up as litter;
Buy clothes and toys from Charity shops when ever you can; Charity shopping for me was the perfect answer in furnishing my little boy with a wardrobe for his ever growing body!
I loved spending money on lots of different outfits for Jack when he was a baby but then I soon realised £15 on a top then £10 on a jumper soon added up, £2 – £5 on outfits makes for better home economic piggy bank.
It’s more environmentally friendly because it’s not new fashion, and I always try and buy natural fibres like cotton or wool rather than synthetics, they create micro plastics when you wash them (more on this in Kitchen tips!)
Don’t buy disposable wet wipes! My two are too old for wet wipes, they wash their hands but if you need them, either buy from Cheeky Wipes or as I do if I’m out for the day, I’ve cut up flannels and spray them with an essential oil to make them smell nice and be kind to the skin, calendula is nice;