It’s the end of Plastic-Free July! If you’ve been following us on our socials you’ll be aware that we’ve been doing our bit (some more than others!) and exploring day-to-day parenting life and how to make it more sustainable.
Did you know, on average, the environmental impact of a child is a massive 58.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions PER YEAR?
We’ve discovered so many incredible environmentally-friendly products and brands that we want to share with you. Living a green parenting life isn’t just a one-off - this is an evolving process, and as busy parents with enough on our plates already, we want this to be your guide for whenever you’re looking to make a change to your everyday life. So welcome to part one of two!
We’ve grouped these into categories, of course thinking with our stomachs first!
1. Food & the kitchen
A staggering 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste. With home deliveries on the rise, new services are popping up with an ethical and sustainable focus – from the sourcing of ingredients to the delivery itself, they offer better alternatives to your standard supermarket, with no compromise on quality.
Here’s some of our favourites:
Oddbox for their imperfectly wobbly, yet perfectly tasty, fruit and veg boxes that don’t make it to the supermarket shelves, helping us cut down on waste.
Too good to go and Olio are on a mission to rescue unsold food from shops and restaurants: all yours for a fraction of the price. Their handy apps help you locate where you can pick up your treats guilt free!
Abel & cole offer organic fruit and veg and everyday essentials that are seasonal and ethically sourced.
There’s also Farmdrop with a wide selection, who pride themselves on ethically sourced ingredients – look out for their crazy cow-print vans!
Looking into kitchen specifics, the best alternatives should be reusable or refusable, even over recyclable, which is what we pride ourselves on.
Instead of clingfilm, beeswax wraps are a 100% natural and biodegradable alternative that can be reused and the refreshed after 2-3 months. Check out The Beeswax Wrap CO. for different sizes, Superbee for sets and multipacks, Alcoon Beeswax for rolls you can cut to size and Kaiapuni Eco Living for vegan wraps. Alternatively, why not try silicone zip food bags to store in your fridge, freezer or carry around with you for snacks?
And for restocking your dry foods why not get some cute glass jars and go to your local BYO to refill them and display them on your kitchen counter or shelves. Plus, don’t forget widely available reusable items like coffee cups and water bottles (KeepCup, Bodum, Stojo Cup, Chilly's, and Dopper) to keep your liquids hot and/or cold that can be used over and over, and most are dishwasher safe (phew)!
2. Cleaning & washing up
Now to make everything clean again, including ourselves!
The infamous Eco egg – the refillable laundry egg that’s kind on your skin, pocket and the environment, cutting down on your waste through reusing and refilling.
Next up is Who gives a crap – excuse our language! These funky toilet rolls are a fun way to make a difference, and are delivered to your door in plastic-free packaging. What’s more, they donate 50% of their profits to build toilets in areas of great need. Check out their latest adorable play themed edition.
The Cheeky Panda are another great brand for creating sustainable bamboo products for all around the house, including toilet and kitchen roll, tissues, wipes and straws.
For hand soap, try using the Carex eco refills (other brands available), made of 75% less plastic, to replenish your dispensers, and for surface spray, try the refill pouches like Dettol’s for example.
3. Cosmetics, toiletries & products
We all need simple ways to cut down on notoriously wasteful single-use products, and those in the bathroom can be the worst culprits.
Cheeky wipes are fantastic for their washable baby wipes, and they’ve expanded into cloth sanitary pads, period pants and reusable makeup removing pads.
Another popular alternative to the mass of wasteful period products out there is the menstrual cup! Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it - many say they even prefer it! Check out Mooncup, Organicup, Rubycup and TOTM to name just a few.
We don’t want to overload you so let’s pause here! Keep an eye out for part 2 coming to a screen near you very soon!
In the meantime, feel free to check out what we’re about and how we’re doing our bit by looking through our website and following us on our social channels where you’ll find loads more interesting content around buggies, sustainability and parenting life in general. Find us on Instagram @buggiuk and Facebook @buggi_uk.
Happy Friday, and wish you all lovely weekends!
Sophie & the Buggi team <3