REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.
You’ll probably be hearing it a lot right now. And rightly so. We’re currently at a pivotal point when it comes to the state of our environment. We can make it better. If not for us for our children and grandchildren.
As a family we’re on a journey to lower our environmental impact. There is so much you can do and every little counts. Here’s a few of the things we’re currently attempting to try and do our bit.
I’m reducing the amount of plastic we use. I’m no longer buying bottles of water. I’m taking a refillable, reusable bottle wherever I go. We have some of the best water here in Scotland that it seems a waste to buy stuff filtered by a volcano somewhere else. I am a huge advocate for wooden toys over plastic too so been trying to keep plastic toys to a minimum.
I’m trialling reusable wipes and think that’s going to be a winner. For future babies if they come will definitely be looking to use rather than copious amounts of wet wipes. Currently building up a stash for make up removal and cleaning up Isaac.
We dont use cloth nappies at the moment. I really wanted to but the initial cost and the whole figuring out parenthood and then Derek taking over it had been a step to far for the time. We’re building up a stash and hope that we can use at some point going forward with Isaac although he will soon be looking for potty instead. Cloth bums are cute and lots of great resources out there to help with this if you’re having a baby soon or already a bit disgusted with the amount of disposables you are getting through (i hate myself for the bin full of them!). Same goes for me and sanitary products.
While we’re not vegan we are making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of animal products we consume. Derek’s even admitted that some veg tastes ok! Isaac loves his Oatly Barista now he’s off the boob juice.
Clothes…. fashion. Now this is a hard one for me. BUT I’m making the attempt to avoid buying loads of cheap clothes I’ll never wear or wear once. I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion. In fact I usually look like I’ve just thrown on the first thing I laid my hands on (SPOILER: I have) however I’ve struggled lately with the change to my body shape and also the extra baby weight I’m still trying to shift (there’ll no doubt be posts about this in future) so temptation to pick up stuff that’ll do for now is strong. I try to minimise this though. Apart from nursery play wear I try and get Isaac in ethical brands (Scandi usually) or handmade from small shops. As an aside I’m learning to sew so I can make use of some of Derek’s and my old clothes.
These are all just small things but if everyone did one wee small thing think of the difference we could make.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”