One of the ways to reduce your impact on the environment is to exchange disposable products for reusable ones. A zero waste lifestyle is a great goal, but is it realistic? You can save a lot of waste by making small changes in daily life. In this blog we zoom in on various recyclable baby products, ranging from diapers to nursing pads and everything in between. Are you reading along?
We kick off with the most used baby product in the first years of your little one's life, you guessed it: diapers. Every year around 530,000 babies and children in the Netherlands wear disposable diapers. This produces about 140 million kilos of diaper waste every year, which amounts to 260 kilos per child per year. A sustainable alternative to disposable diapers is the washable diaper. They are available in different materials; bamboo, synthetic fiber and (eco) cotton. At first, switching to washable diapers seems like a big investment, but with average use of washable diapers during the diaper period you can save around € 500 per child. You can choose to switch completely or partially to washable diapers, every little bit helps.
These beautiful disposable diapers are from Billie Wonder.
There are not only washable diapers, but also washable wipes. These wipes are not only better for the environment, but also for your little one. They are free from chemicals, oils or perfume. So nice right? Usually the wipes are made of microfibres or (organic) cotton. You can easily wash them at 40 to 60 degrees and you will enjoy them for years.
3. Squeeze bags
Almost all babies and toddlers love the brightly colored squeeze bags from the supermarket. They find the bags not only tasty, but also very interesting. Unfortunately, the bags create a lot of unnecessary waste. Fortunately, the squeeze bags are now also available in reusable variants. Fill them with your little one's favorite fruit, vegetables or yogurt and you have the ideal healthy snack for on the go!
4. Breast Pads
Breastfeeding moms know better than anyone how quickly the boxes of nursing pads fly through. They are indispensable and ensure that you do not have to worry about wet milk spots on your clothes. Using the washable variant is not only a sustainable choice for the environment, but also better for your body. The washable compresses are made of breathable material such as bamboo or cotton. As a result, you are less likely to suffer from a sweltering feeling and the chance of infections is a lot smaller.
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