We know there are MANY more than 5 ways to go more eco mama, but we just wanted to highlight a few easy hacks that may help you on your journey to more conscious living. We all know that plastics are a big bone of contentions, for the products we use, for our babes, and for the planet too. However, it’s not just plastics that may be harmful to our bubs, and toxic to our environment. A couple of other things to look out for including:
Be wary of the materials used in stuffing for soft toys. Some contain petroleum based polyfill, something you’ll want to steer clear of if bub is in close contact with the toy. Much better to have an organic cotton buddy to cuddle, or an eco-filled toy to teeth on. You can opt for toys with corn fibre fill. Sugars are extracted from the corn, and then put through a fermentation process. These sugars eventually setting it into a polymer resin, which is used to create the fibre. The end result is a fibre that is non- allergenic, odour free, biodegradable and 100% compostable.
As well as being safer for babe, more than one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions is saved per tone of fibre produced (compared to traditional synthetic fill). This equates to less than 60% fossil fuel usage, so much more sustainable too.
2. Lead & VOCs.
Many thousands of toys made in China were recalled a few years back, for having high levels of lead in the paint. Lead poisoning can lead to kidney damage, growth and developmental delays. Best to look out for those toys labelled as using non-toxic paint.
Traditional paints contain toxic chemicals that are continually released into the air for years after application, called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Other paints which are classified as low VOC can still contain up to 7.5% VOCs (even the case for some companies that claim to be “zero VOC” … be sure to read the fine print!). VOCs outgas for years after application and continue to impact on the indoor air quality of your home.
This is more so an issue for toys… especially those that find their way into babe’s mouth. Definitely steer clear of VOCs when it comes to babe and their precious, absorbent skin.
3. Opt for wooden toys.
The beautiful, natural texture of wood is perfect for sensory development. Babies learn by touch, smell and taste… all of which are completely safe when it comes to wooden toys. They stimulate the imagination, boost cognitive development, encourage children to be more physically active, and often require more interaction from the child. All together a much more satisfying toy!
They’re still tough and durable, as well as easy to clean, but also sustainable.
4. Go bamboo.
Bamboo is a super sustainable material, which doesn’t contribute to deforestation. The harvesting of bamboo creates very few emissions, making it kind on the environment too. Another safe, non-toxic choice for bub. We’ve pulled our top 7 reasons together as to why we LOVE bamboo:
- Naturally antibacterial – keeps you odour free and feeling and smelling fresh
- Highly absorbent- pulls moisture away from skin to keep babe dry
- Powerfully insulating – keeps you 2 degrees cooler in summer and 2 degrees warmer in winter
- Naturally UV protecting– a bit of reassurance when bub isn’t a fan of sunscreen application!
- Hypoallergenic – natural bamboo does not cause allergic reactions, and is great for sensitive, eczema prone skin
- Most eco-friendly fabric on the planet – good for the Earth too 🙂
- Plus, it’s one of the softest fabrics on the planet! Amazing feel for extra snuggles and cuddles 🙂
5. Choose Organic Cotton.
Know that the material you clothe and wrap your baby in is pesticide free. Standard cotton production involves heavy spraying and toxic chemicals, not so great for our vulnerable newborns, especially those with any skin sensitivities. Same goes for those comforters and beloved rattles too, insecticide-free is the way forward when they are snuggled up to their besties so often.
There you have it… a whole world of choice and our round up of 5 ways to go more eco mama! Choosing natural is beneficial to you, bub and the environment. Plus, it’s great to educate these little ones from an early age and get them in good habits! Happy, safe shopping eco mama! Enjoy this amazing and fulfilling, but most definitely crazy roller coaster style journey lovely, you got this!