How to be a zero or minimal waste family
Can you be a zero waste family with a baby? It may seem like an impossible task, but it is possible to make small changes that will work towards minimal waste and possibly zero waste living. Just remember though it doesn’t have to be a an all-or-nothing approach, simple swaps here and there will help you move in the right direction.
Here’s a few tips to get the ball rolling, so you can take it at your own pace.
Switch to Cloth Nappies
Nappies are one of the biggest waste items for families, with each baby needing over 5800 nappy changes in 2 years. Switch to cloth nappies and you can save tonnes of household waste and your bin won’t stink like poop. Using cloth nappies doesn’t have to be an all or nothing option, but the more you use the bigger the savings, environmentally and financially.
If you only switch out 4 nappy changes per day to cloth, over 2 years you’ll save 2920 nappies from landfill. Washing cloth nappies is also very easy, current washing machines and detergents will do the bulk of the work, they also don’t need soaking. Check out our blog on washing, you’ll see it’s very easy to work into the family routine.
Use Wet Bags Instead of Plastic Bags
Wet bags are perfect for baby’s dirty clothes, wet swimmers, toilet training, traveling and so much more. These are light weight bags with a PUL lining to keep the wetness in. They are small enough to fit into your handbag or nappy bag so you’re ready for any unexpected messes.
Invest in Cloth Sanitary Pads
Cloth Sanitary pads for periods and bladder leaks will not only reduce your household waste, they are also more comfortable. Plus, they come in a wide range of pretty patterns to match almost any mood. Cloth sanitary pads are also quiet, no more packets rustling in the middle of the night, or the loud SCHEEETCH taking them off.
Cloth pads are easy to wash too, just rinse in the shower then wash with the family washing. If you’re using cloth nappies they can all be washed together too.
Recycle Your Baby Food Pouches
Making your own baby food and storing it in reusable containers and pouches will be the best option to reduce waste. But for those times you use the food pouches, take them into your nearest supermarket with a REDcycle bin. Just be sure to rinse and dry them first. These pouches along with other soft plastics can be recycled and made into outdoor furniture, signage and more.
This includes clothes, toys, and any furniture that your family has outgrown. There are plenty of options for donating and passing on items that are still in good condition. You can drop them off at your local charity shop or toy library or reach out to new parents that may need a helping hand. You can also buy secondhand yourself too!
This is a range of small changes you can make to become a more eco-friendly family working towards zero waste or minimal waste living. Although daunting at first, every little bit counts, and we are after all, securing our children’s future.
What change will you make today to help reduce your environmental impact?