4 Easy Resolutions for Earth Day
Updated: Apr 24, 2019
It can be hard to be eco-friendly when you have small kids. The "3 R's" are replaced by the "3 No's"- no time, no money, no energy. Of course you want to minimize your impact on the planet, but it's not always easy to know where to start. Here are four super easy ways that parents of young children can take a baby step in the right direction.
1. Buy second-hand. Every parent can attest to the mountain of clothing a child goes through in their first few years. Our tinies are constantly growing out of things, spilling, spitting up, and don't forget about diaper blowouts. Buying second hand clothes is not only cheaper but reduces the amount of clothing that goes into landfills. Especially before kids get to the stage when they destroy their clothes (I don't even want to talk about how many of my preschooler's pants have the knees ripped out), you can find clothes that are look brand new and even still have tags! If you don't have a quality consignment store near you, check out ThredUp. When I don't have the time or energy to sift through the racks at my favorite consignment shop, the ThredUP app is my go-to. You can even set alerts for specific items. Right now I have an alert for Batman clothes in 5T-7 so I won't miss a good deal in my son's sizes.
Buying kid's toys second-hand is another amazing way to reuse. Second hand stores are awesome for this, but when you are busy and have something specific in mind, Facebook marketplace is where it's at.
2. Switch up your coffee routine. Coffee is life. I cannot adult, much less parent, without a cup (or 3) of coffee. We got a Keurig as a wedding gift and seriously love it, but hated the idea of all that waste and extra cost of coffee pods. If you use a pod coffee brewer and haven't discovered refillable pods its time to wake up. There are refillable pods for just about every machine including Keurig and Nespresso. To make it super easy, I keep a pretty basket of filled k-cups next to my Keurig and a basket by my sink for the used cups. If cold brew is your jam, try making it at home. It's super easy with a cold brew machine or with a pitcher and reusable coffee filter. We also add our used coffee grounds to our compost pile but here are more ways to repurpose your grounds.
3. Repurpose your "baby" items. Is your baby done with bottles? Use them (with the flat lid) to safely carry snacks that are easily crushed in your diaper bag. All those adorable burp cloths just sitting there? Instead of going through a forest of tissues, use them as handkerchiefs for your kiddo or yourself. I love the organic ones from Milkbarn.
Repurpose your baby food jars into super cute spice jars with these labels, or skip the whole baby food thing and try baby led weaning.
4. Swap your snack containers. Ditch disposable pouches and try refillable. Spend 10 minutes filling them (we fill with applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, or chia seed drink) and toss in the freezer. Pop a couple in your bag when you are on the go or quick thaw in a bowl of warm water.
Grab a few silicone food storage bags like these and never rely on plastic baggies. While these are a bit of an investment, they are absolutely worth it.
These are just a few easy ways to have a positive impact. I would love to hear how you manage to be environmentally conscious while navigating parenthood. Happy Earth Day!