So I was always very much under the impression that going Eco would be an expensive choice, and that investment is needed to benefit from what Economical products have to offer. However, since researching new products on the market it really isn't an expensive choice at all and in the long term can save you a lot of money! Fact. So why wouldn't we choose to do this ? I mean surely if companies chose to make more of the eco friendly products people would just automatically start to choose them over the less economical items out there. So with regards to what products can be switched up to minimise waste. Well just about everything! The thing is that in this modern day and age there is just about everything baby related, and a disposable alternative to that item for convenience purposes for parents to use. I love them! I am a complete disposable user as its quick and easy and requires minimal amount of effort. These items are super handy for situations when you are out of the house but why do we NEED to use these products everyday in our homes if there is a non disposable reusable and eco alternative. This is something that can make a massive difference so I am going to try to make a start somewhere!
How I started:
I began with making a list of all the disposable items I use everyday and then wrote what reusable I could swap it for this just gave me a bench mark to start with and source what items I may need if I didn't have them already. (Baring in mind that there are actually quite a few reusable items I already use there are still a lot I needed to change up and most were what I used on Emelia) My list is below.
Straws for my smoothies- I use 1 a day ! .. you can buy cutlery straws but i'm going to just stop using them.
Water bottles- If I am out and about I just buy a bottle but Ive brought a re fillable bottle that I can take with me when I'm out (and save money)
Nappies- Cloth Nappies for the time being I am going to continue with disposables but change Emelia's swim nappies to reusable which we use anything from 1-3x a week.
Wipes for nappy changes- I'm currently unsure what Item to use in replace to water wipes which is what we've always used on Emelia. I'm going back to good old organic cotton wool and water. No binders no parabins or chemicals .
Wipes for after meals- Flannels (obviously different ones to body wash flannels) or just rinsing hands in sink. Or in Emelia's case bathing.
Nappy bags- Whilst still using disposable nappies I'm putting wet ones straight in the bin outside. Any parent will know that Dirty nappies are a law of there own and they just need to be dealt with however you can!
Freezer food bags- I started using so many freezer bags day to day. To put little snacks in for when we are out to batch cooking. But I have been going through so so many and they cost. So I am re organising the freezer and making way for more reusable boxes to store batch cooked meals. Our Nuby Freezer tray is a great batch cook item to use aswell due because its lidded so it can be stored safely and economically. And I'm going to use small lidded pots for Emelias snacks. We dont need to be using that many.
Well I'm putting it to the test and giving it a go ! I can't promise that this is something that we will 100% be able to continue and I will be using reusable whilst we are out and about. However, our experiment is underway and in this new series of blog posts I will review and share new ideas that may be helpful to some of you. Stay posted because You never know I may become completely converted!