Making Our Household More Eco-Friendly

Something I’ve decided to do lately is to try to make our household more eco-friendly.  I’m sure other parents can relate to how difficult that can be when you have kids.  There is all the laundry you have to do, food waste, nappies, a lot of plastic toys that they get bored of after a few months or that break…  I already try to use eco-friendly cleaning products, etc. but want to try to reduce the amount of rubbish we’re creating too.  I don’t think we’ll be able to go completely zero waste, but I think I’ll feel happier if we can reduce it a bit.  So I thought I would do some posts about some little changes (and hopefully bigger changes soon) that I’m trying to make.

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I’ve used the Eco Egg for the past few years and love it!  It has always worked great for us (even with really dirty kids’ clothes) and I love how much money I must have saved and that it has saved us from going through quite a lot of plastic detergent bottles by now.  I got a refill for it this week and also thought I’d try the dryer eggs, which are meant to cut down on the time it takes to dry clothes.  I went for the scented ones this time and love how nice the laundry smells, and I do think clothes have been drying quicker.  (Of course I could hang them outside to dry, which would be even better, and that is something I want to make sure I do more often too!)

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The kids needed new toothbrushes so I got these Humble Brush kids toothbrushes instead of buying them plastic ones.  The kids love them and they’re really cute.  I’ll probably get one of these for myself when I need a new toothbrush.

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I also got the kids these Klean Kanteen reusable water bottles, because they really needed them for when we’re out of the house and they get thirsty.  I really like the design and the kids love them so they’ve been drinking more water than usual (a bonus!) and using them in the house as well as when we go out.  I have to get myself one too, but am just buying things little by little when I need them and can afford them.

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And I have always meant to buy washable breast pads ever since I had my first baby, but never got around to it, so I decided to try out these Little Lamb bamboo breast pads.  They’re really great, very absorbent, so soft and comfortable.  I really should have bought them years ago and gotten better use from them, but at least I have now.

So those are the things that I changed this week.  I’m so happy to be buying a bit less disposable packaging this week.  They were a bit of an investment, but they were all things that we needed and should save me money over time.  I’ll post again next week about some other changes I’ve made.

I bought these products from Earth Mother, The Little Green Shop and Little Lamb.

 

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