It was #worldrecyclingday on 18th March 2021 and I pulled together this post for my socials. I thought it would be nice to share it here too!
Here are a few ways I thought of that you can recycle and be more eco-conscious during pregnancy and early parenthood.
I am by no means an expert on this. And this is not an exhaustive list! These are just a couple of ideas but I'd love to know more if you have them!
Baby's produce a lot of waste! So if we can recycle or make more thoughtful choices then it can go a long way to reducing their impact 😉
Here's a few ideas:
🌟 Aim to buy maternity wear & baby clothes and products like the cot or pram from ethical / eco friendly companies. Or buy them secondhand. Some people feel a bit funny about secondhand clothes in particular. But honestly, maternity clothes get such little wear, that most of the things I bought at charity shops or online selling sites were pretty much brand new!
🌟Donate no longer used maternity wear or baby products to a local baby bank who will give them to a family in need. I didn't know these existed before I had my first baby.
🌟 Research which baby care products and pregnancy cosmetics have recyclable or sustainable packaging or are produced in a more eco conscious way and pick those ones to buy. Yes they are probably a bit more pricey, but *most* of us could probably afford it if we decided to prioritize it.
🌟Check if companies like @terracycleuk in your area take items to recycle that you can't normally through the council recycling - like used baby food pouches, pregnancy supplement packaging or old baby toys & products.
🌟Try reusable or biodegradable nappies and wipes. Reusable nappies are not for the faint hearted. But when the average newborn uses 10+ nappies EVERYDAY, maybe it's something to consider 🤔
🌟and one that I didn't include in the graphic - There's even now a biodegradable pregnancy test available from @meetlia ! Literally it launched this month. Sadly it's not currently available in the UK, just the US.
Please do comment with any other ideas that you have below.
Take care lovelies,