Let’s Go Green Together!

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we wanted to share some quick and easy ways that you, as a new or expecting parent, can positively impact this wonderful planet we call home. It’s no surprise that our previous ways of life have propelled us into a state of global warming, limitation of resources and polluted waterways, soil and air. It’s time to band together and take action. Here are some easy tips to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:


Can you take a guess at what accounts for more than 3 million tons of waste in our landfills, takes approximately 500 years to decompose and is used by 95% of new parents? YUP…you guessed it, disposable diapers! What can you do to reduce the number of diapers you put in the landfill? You have several options: 1. Consider using cloth diapers. The cloth diaper revolution has come a long way…safety pinning diapers is a thing of the past. Now there are cloth diapers that are just as easy to use as disposables. Don’t want to launder poopy diapers at home? No problem, there are diapering services available that deliver clean diapers right to your doorstep. 2. Cloth diapers not appealing to you? Well, have you heard of the new hybrid diapers? These handy biodegradable diapers are environmentally friendly and are as convenient as disposable diapers. Hybrid diapers can be flushed, composted or thrown away and will decompose in 50-150 days. A HUGE improvement from 500 YEARS! 3. And finally, there are eco-friendly diapers that do not use the same harsh chemicals used in traditional disposable diapers. Less chemicals means healthier practices for baby and the Earth. Don’t forget…put poop where it belongs, in the toilet not the trash.


Breastfeed your baby. Think about it…less money spent, less environmental waste from formula cans, bottles, nipples, etc.


Reduce chemical use around your home. 1. Opt for eco-friendly cleaners or make your own with common household items such as vinegar, baking soda, lemons and hydrogen peroxide. 2. Paint your home (especially baby’s nursery) with VOC-free paint. 3. Use organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to maintain your yard. Remember, you, your family and pets run around in the yard and the chemicals can be brought into your home. 4. Opt for organic mattresses which do not use harsh chemicals, flame retardants and do not off-gas hazardous chemicals into the air (or you and your family’s lungs). This is especially important for infants who spend most of their time sleeping.

Buy local and promote local businesses and help promote sustainable environmental practices (techniques used to promote the health of the environment). Local farmer’s markets, for example, are a great way to reduce your exposure to pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals used during the farming process. Visit localharvest.org to find a local farmer’s market or meat co-op in your area.


Recycle! If your community doesn’t offer this service, check out earth911.com to find a local recycling center near you. The healthy steps you take today will impact your baby’s future. Let’s make it a good start!

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