For those keen on going green, here are some tips to get you started on your sustainable parenting journey:
Most mums know that eco-friendly diapers, such as reusable cloth diapers, generate less waste when compared to disposable diapers. Not so well-known is that they could save you more money in the long run. Choosing cloth diapers free from chemical substances – such as chlorine, bleach, or fragrances – is also better for children with sensitive skin.
Let’s face it – children grow really fast. The onesie that fits perfectly today might not fit as well a month later. So why spend money on new clothes your child will quickly outgrow? Instead, try asking family and friends with children if they have any hand-me-downs they’re looking to get off their hands.
When it comes to toys, there are several eco-friendly options to choose from. Go for toys made from non-toxic, renewable materials such as wood, 100% rubber, and wool. They are safer for children and also more durable – meaning they can be enjoyed by more than one child.
Talk about the importance of conserving water and make it part of your child’s routine. For instance, teach them to turn off the tap instead of letting water run when brushing teeth or washing hands. Switching off lights and electronics when not in use is also an energy-saving habit worth instilling in them. Just make sure their hands are dry when doing so!
Try supplementing your grocery runs with home-grown food. Growing simple herbs and vegetables at home will get your child closer to nature, and help them better appreciate the effort that goes into food production. And of course, eating food they grew themselves is also a big thrill!
Find every opportunity for your child to practice recycling. This can be as simple as repurposing empty bottles or boxes, or doing fun DIY projects with these items. You can also ask your child to help you sort the recyclables at home. Done often enough, recycling can become second nature to them and something they carry to adulthood.
Being more eco-friendly in our day-to-day activities is a good start. But when every one of us plays our part in protecting our environment and its resources, then will we be able to truly make a difference.
That's why at Friso, sustainability is a key focus in all we do - whether on the farm, in our supply chain, or for our people. We believe that only by working in a sustainable way, are we able to achieve our goals of nourishing people and making a positive impact on the planet.