Parenthood is such a busy time. Whether you are at the stage where you are changing a diaper every two hours or juggling drop-offs and afterschool activities, there can be limited time to research your options and follow through on them when trying to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
If you are trying to go vegan as a family, hoping to take up the zero-waste movement in your house, or just love our planet and want you and yours to do better in some way, my advice to you is to TAKE BABY STEPS (pun intended). I constantly have to remind myself that I can’t change the world in a day and that doing something is better than doing nothing. A sustainable lifestyle just isn’t, well, sustainable, if you just abruptly introduce several changes. Give your partner and kids a chance to get on board by making small, gradual, yet meaningful changes.
Where did I start? This year’s theme for Earth Day was plastic pollution so I tried to tackle that. As you probably know, our waterways are absolutely saturated with the stuff, which is now starting to wreak havoc in so many ways. Need more info? Please watch “A Plastic Ocean” on Netflix. It will move you in so many ways and motivate you immediately.
Anyhow, I digress. The major cause of plastic pollution is single-use plastic. Specifically, plastic straws, non-reusable water bottles, disposable coffee cups, and plastic bags. There are all kinds of insane stats about how quickly we are going through these things, and to be quite frank, it is frightening.
So I put together a “plastic-free” kit that allowed me to prevent my family and me from adding to this problem. Each member of my family has a stainless steel straw and water bottle. My husband and I have great travel mugs (Is it possible to be a parent without caffeine? I don’t dare try it). And my favourite swap of all has been my reusable produce bags—I get asked about them all the time at the grocery store. Essentially, they are mesh bags that replace those flimsy, translucent plastic produce bags the supermarket provides.
These small changes don’t seem that tricky, do they? Most of them just require a little internet surfing. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference you can make so quickly. You may also be amazed by how great you will feel by taking the plunge.
What do you want to know about as an ecoparent? Let me know and I’ll be sure to cover the topics in my series here at Our Positive Planet!
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