Becoming An Eco Friendly Mom: Conscious Consumer
When I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I wasn’t exactly what you would consider to be “eco friendly.” Sure, I recycled and bought organic foods when possible, but that was about the extent of it.
It wasn’t until a conversation with an old friend that I really started to become aware of my impact on the planet. She was a new mom and was telling me all about her cloth diapering experience. Now at that point, I had no intention of cloth diapering, and frankly thought moms who used cloth were a bit too crunchy for my taste. But something about that conversation sparked my interest, and I went home to binge research cloth diapers on Pinterest.
I scrolled through my feed, reading article after article detailing the environmental impact of diapers, non-sustainably made clothing, and chemical laden toys. I couldn’t believe just how big of an impact such little humans could have on this world!
And so began my obsession with the sustainable mom lifestyle.
After much research and experience buying sustainably made products for my son, I have begun to share my knowledge with other like-minded moms through my blog, The Conscious Abode. In this post, I’d like to share with you some tips I’ve learned to reduce your impact by shopping more sustainably for your family.
Become a Conscious Consumer
There are so many things that moms need on a day to day basis. Everything including clothes, baby gear, and more, requires us to make purchases above and beyond what we would typically need. So how can we make these necessary purchases in a way that lessens our environmental impact? Consider these tips.
The best way to reduce your impact is by buying previously loved items. Babies and children grow so quickly, that buying new items can get very costly both for the planet and your pocketbook. Shopping resale can be as easy as browsing online resources like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, stopping by the resale shops in your area, or simply borrowing an item from a friend. Any way you can find a product you need without buying it new will really help to reduce your footprint.
Despite our best efforts, there are times we need to buy new products. When the time comes, be prepared and do your research ahead of time. Do your best to find brands that share your values when it comes to the environment. Ask yourself these questions when researching brands:
- Does the brand use sustainable manufacturing practices? Are they taking steps to reduce their waste? Do they use non-toxic materials? Do they use natural materials whenever possible?
- Is the brand involved in giving back to the community? Many sustainable brands have recycling programs to help those less fortunate and reduce waste.
- Will this product help your family reduce waste? Keep an eye out for products that convert as your child grows and are durable enough to last through multiple children.
These tips can be used for all the brands you support--from home goods to baby clothes. By asking these questions before you buy, you will reduce those impulse purchases and support companies working to make the world a better place.
For a list of baby brands I love, check out my post on Sustainable Baby Clothing Brands for more information.
As an eco conscious mom, I try my best to think about each new item I bring into my home. Doing my research before purchasing helps limit the amount of “stuff” I buy and ensure that I support companies with values similar to my own.
Keeping these tips in mind when shopping for your family can significantly reduce your impact on the planet, and move you closer to that eco friendly mom lifestyle.
This is part 2 of a 3 part series on How To Become An Eco-Friendly Mom! If you missed it, check out Part 1 on reducing waste! Want to read on? Check out Part 3 on raising eco-friendly humans!