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Five Tips for Eco-Conscious Moms-to-be

May 14, 2012

If you’ve been watching your carbon footprint, you may be concerned about how to stay conscious of your family’s impact on the environment once your baby is born. Our tips will help to steer you in the right direction, but don’t panic if you can’t find a way to incorporate every item into your lifestyle. Modifying just a few behaviors as frequently as possible will go a long way!

1. Reconsider your diapers. Most commercial diapers are constructed from materials that do not biodegrade. One alternative is cloth diapering, which results in far less waste. The Diaper Lab, Bumgenius and Gro-Via make cloth diapers that are cute and easy to use. If the idea of washing multiple diapers each day seems overwhelming, a good compromise might be eco-friendly disposables, like those made by Earth’s Best and Seventh Generation. These diapers are chlorine-free and biodegradable.

2. Feed wisely! Breastfeeding is the most eco-friendly choice, of course, when feeding your baby. But there are also organic formulas without ingredients that have been exposed to harmful pesticides. Look for the certified organic label when buying formula.

3. And…keep feeding wisely! Once your baby begins eating solid foods, check out the baby foods sold in the organics and naturals section of your grocery store. You can also buy your own organic fruits and vegetables to make your own purees.

4. Clean smart. Sometimes, you need to break out the bleach-based cleaners to sanitize toilets or countertops that have been exposed to raw meat. But for many everyday cleaning tasks, more gentle cleansers are sufficient. You can clean nearly everything in your home with solutions containing vinegar and/or baking soda: check out this guide (http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm) for a complete list of applications!

5. Think before you upgrade. If you’ve got a handful of children, a minivan or SUV is understandably tempting. But many car manufacturers provide eco-friendly versions of their popular larger vehicles that you may want to check out. Live in the city? Planning on having only one? Think about how much space you need. Maybe you could get away with a smaller vehicle that uses less gas (and saves you money)!

Living eco-friendly sometimes means a little more work on your end, and occasionally can be more pricey. If you don’t have the extra time or extra cash to implement some of these ideas, consider some of the less taxing options. You don’t need to accomplish everything on the list in order to make a difference.

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