There are now many ways in which taking care of our babies can reflect our concern for saving the planet. Organic baby products abound and they are every bit as good – if not better – than traditional products. The most expensive thing as far as ongoing expense is concerned would have to be the disposable nappy. While using these may save the busy mother time and effort, they certainly mount up in landfill and take a very long time to degrade.
The discerning mother who has the time will find that terry towelling nappies are a great deal less expensive and last for two or three babies. The mess can be dealt with more easily by using nappy liners, something our grandmothers had to do without. If fabric nappies are not an option, then washable bamboo nappies can be purchased.
These use the technology of man-made fabric on the outer part, while the inner core is made from bamboo products – as soft as silk and much more absorbent than ordinary disposables. They are more expensive than disposables, but being able to reuse them offsets this. And the extra absorbency means that not as many have to be used over the same time frame.
Organic baby clothing such as singlets, jackets, bootees and nearly everything else a baby could need can also be purchased made from bamboo, hemp or silk – all natural fibres. Wool and cotton are two of the most used baby clothing fibres. Bed linen such as cot sheets, pillows, and blankets can all be made of natural fabrics. A baby’s skin is very soft and delicate, so using organic baby products ensures that there is nothing to irritate or harm it in any way.
Then there are the many different cleaners that you need to use for babies and their clothing. Sometimes bleach is necessary to get out those stubborn stains, so you need to use some that is safe for the environment. Bleach that is free of chlorine, dyes and fragrances is available for those who want to do their bit to reduce toxic waste and keep our planet healthy. Laundry detergent that is kind to the environment can also be used.
Once parents start to think in terms of lowering the amount of toxic wastes that go into our waterways, they will see the value of paying a little extra to help the environment become – and remain – pure and clean.
Mel also writes about a renewable energy and sustainable living for people passionate about the environment and looking for new ways to minimize their carbon footprint