The following is a guest post from the Eco Mummy
Dear Duchess of Cambridge, or if I may be so bold – Kate,
I am sure that you are very excited about the arrival or your bundle of joy and I wish you and your family the absolute best. As a mother, I thought I would share with you some of my trials and tribulations, because like you I am a mummy and not just any mummy, but an Eco-mummy! I have been on this Eco-mummy journey for the last five years. It has been filled with many moments of joy, exhaustion, frustration and celebration. If I may, I would love to share some of these tips, so that you too can become an eco-mummy.
Apologies for this rather unsavoury topic, but from the moment your child is born, dealing with their business becomes a full-time business! Many things to consider – cloth or disposable?
I tried hard to go cloth, but unfortunately failed. My cloth nappies however were not the super trendy and easy ones that you can find so readily now, so don’t let my failure deter you from trying. If however you find that cloth nappies don’t work for you, then try environmentally friendly, biodegradable ones like I did. As well as being biodegradable, these nappies usually have no perfume, are chlorine free, contain no harmful plastics like PVC, TBT or latex and best of all – they get the job done!
2. Ethical Purchasing
As a woman, you probably realise that many of the purchasing decisions are made by you, so it is so important to make these decisions in an informed manner. As a first time mother, you will likely be so excited by all the dress up options that abound. I mean aren’t kids clothes these days so cute? It’s really easy to get carried away, but before you do, just remember that babies grow so fast that they may only get to wear that cute outfit once. When you do buy those outfits or baby items, just ask:
• Where was it made? Is the supplier an ethical one (that is, did the person putting together that item have a decent wage and fair working conditions)?
• How far did it travel to get to you (what is its ecological footprint)?
• Are the materials renewable or sustainably sourced?
3. Live sustainably
Leading by example is so important, not only to your children but to those around you.
Look at how you can reduce your energy use around the house. Use energy efficient lights like LEDs, energy efficient appliances (the higher the star rating, the better) and solar power if possible.
Reduce your water use by using water efficient showerheads, taps, toilet and appliances. Use alternative sources of water like captured rainwater or recycled water for your irrigation needs.
Be less wasteful – reduce, reuse and recycle! Reduce packaging, get creative and reuse things (a great way of doing craft and making fun things with your bub once they’re old enough!)
4. Teach, educate and share
I think one of the best things that you can do as a mother is to create an environment where your child enjoys the most that Mother Nature has to offer. Teach them about nature and all the wonderful creepy crawly and fun things they can discover. Educate others about what’s important to you. Hopefully this will make life easier for other eco-mummies and finally share your experiences – the good and the bad.
Being a mummy can be very hard, but being an eco-mummy shouldn’t be at all.
Head over to www.ecomummy.com to read more about the journey of the eco-mummy, living sustainably on a budget.
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