Congratulations on becoming a new parent! As you embark on this exciting journey, you may be looking for ways to be more sustainable at home - both for yourself and your little one. Sustainability is not only important for the environment, but it can also save you money in the long run. Here are some tips to help you be more sustainable with your baby.
Rent your clothes
Renting clothes is a great way to reduce textile waste and save money on constantly buying new clothes for you and your family. By renting instead of buying, you can have access to stylish and high-quality outfits for special occasions - try services like By Rotation for your upcoming wedding events or for everyday wear For The Creators has some amazing options especially for your maternity pieces - without contributing to the fast fashion industry.
As a parent, you'll know how quickly babies outgrow clothes, and how tempting it is to buy new outfits frequently. However, this leads to excess waste and costs. Instead, consider renting baby clothes. With Bundlee, you can access high-quality, premium baby clothes brands for a fraction of the cost of buying new, save space in your home, and reduce your environmental impact to create a brighter future for your baby.
Switch to sustainable and reusable products
When it comes to both your own products and your baby products, there are many sustainable options available. Look for products made from organic or natural materials, such as cotton, bamboo, or hemp. Avoid products that contain synthetic materials or harmful chemicals. You can also look for products that are reusable or biodegradable, such as cloth wipes or biodegradable nappies. To get started, you can find plenty of sustainable options both for yourself and your baby from Cheeky Wipes.
And for when you're out and about, bring your own reusable bags and containers. You can use cloth bags for carrying nappies and wipes, and you can bring a reusable water bottle and snacks in a glass or stainless steel container for all those upcoming first picnics!
Meal plan to reduce food waste
Meal planning is an effective way to reduce food waste and save money. Plan your meals in advance and only buy the groceries you need. This will help you avoid overbuying and throwing away excess food. You can also use leftovers to make new meals and reduce waste, and you could even buy a surface top compost bin will catch more of those extra leftovers.
There are also many organic ready-made options available which will save you time when planning and making your baby's meals whilst reducing the waste you create too. Start with HiPP's large selection of Tray Meals and have meals ready in no time.
Use energy efficient appliances
As a new parent, you may find yourself doing a lot of laundry and dishes. Make sure you're using energy-efficient appliances, such as a front-loading washing machine or a dishwasher with an energy-efficient setting. You should also aim to line dry your clothes instead of using a dryer where possible, which will save energy and money as well as being gentle on the environment. Read tips here about how to wash baby clothes more sustainably.
Practice mindful consumption
Mindful consumption means being aware of what you buy and its impact on the environment. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it's something you truly need or if there is a more sustainable alternative. This approach can lead to more conscious and eco-friendly choices, and save you the extra pennies, of course!
By following these tips, we can make a significant difference in creating a more sustainable future for ourselves and our children. Remember, every small step counts towards a brighter future for our planet on an individual level and for everyone around us.
Is renting baby clothes the first step you'd like to take? Click here to start your rental journey with Bundlee today!