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5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Child

2009 June 19
by Angels Avenue

From the moment that they’re born, children are mass consumers.  The lists that you make of all the things that your new baby needs soon turn into the lists of all the things that your young child wants.   Bringing your child up to be eco-friendly may be a little daunting, but it’s achievable because there’s more than enough help out there for all of us.  Here’s just 5 of the many ways that you can have an Eco-Friendly child:

1 Begin at Home – Encouraging your child to grow up living an eco-friendly lifestyle, begins at home, with the entire family.  Set the standard and lead by example.   Make sure that you recycle your plastics, washing and crushing any bottles and piling up any paper or cardboard that can be taken away to be recycled.  When you have a household recycling point in your home, you can educate the whole family about what, when and how to recycle

Tip: Why not turn it into a game or competition and make it fun at the same time?

2 Clothing – You can avoid mass-manufactured clothing created by 11 year-olds in sweatshops in Asia, by seeking out companies that sell eco-friendly and ethically produced children’s clothing.

Choosing clothing for your baby or child that encourages sustainability and is manufactured with a low impact on the environment is a great way for your child to be eco-friendly on a daily basis. Look out for eco-friendly clothing that is free of chemicals and uses 100% natural fibers.

Tip: Think about choosing sustainable fibers such as organic cotton or bamboo.

3 Skin Care Young babies and children need a lot of love and care.  Creams, lotions, shampoos and soaps all help keep them healthy, clean and happy.  But many of the traditional skin care products for children come in plastic, non-recyclable containers and are manufactured using inorganic ingredients.

It’s been shown that over 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed by the body.   A young child’s immune system shouldn’t have to contend with all the nasty chemicals that come in standard skin care products.

When you choose eco-friendly skin care products for your baby, you should look for products that use 100% natural ingredients and that come in containers and packaging that are 100% recyclable.

Tip: Always read the labels of baby products and look out for ingredients you want to avoid.

4 Eco-Toys – Eco friendly toys are made from natural, safe materials that do not impact negatively upon either the environment, nor introduce harmful chemicals into your home.  If you’re looking for a toy that you feel confident for your little ones to chew and teeth on, look for a guarantee that no pesticides or chemicals are used in the production process.

You should look out for toys that are made from 100% natural fibers and you’ll be making your eco-friendly contribution to the planet.

Tip: Wooden and organic cotton toys are great fun and very eco-friendly.

5 Food – Of course, one of the simplest ways to have an eco-friendly child is through your choice and selection of the food that they eat.  Since babies are more prone to infections and more vulnerable to pesticides and their immune system is not fully operational, it makes sense to pick an organic product, packaged in chemical-free wrapping.  Choosing locally produced food is also a way to reduce your carbon footprint and help your child live an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Tip: Save money as well by growing vegetables at home, and to encourage your children to eat them, educate with fruit/ vegetable shaped toys.

So there you have it, 5 simple ways to ensure that your child starts life in an eco-friendly way.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. June 21, 2009

    What about terry towel nappies? reduce your waste, landfill etc.

  2. June 22, 2009

    Nice list. #6: Live in an iHouse! – http://www.claytonihouse.com/

  3. June 24, 2009

    Great post and we try to do much of what you say. My daughter made little animal signs to go on all the light switches to remind people to “switch off”
    However eco clothing, as she’s got older, has proven much harder. At 8 she wants hannah montanna, Bratz. the best we can do is recycle as she grows/ they go out of favour
    Cool bananas
    Martin

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