As a parent, we all just want to do what’s best for our kids. Life is hectic enough without adding in more complications – it’s no wonder that disposable products have become so heavily relied on. With sustainability coming into focus more and more, we need to think about what we can do as parents and as a family to be more planet friendly 👪
You may be wondering, what is sustainability? Well, let us help you with that. The definition of sustainability is “the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance” or in simple terms, maintaining the earth’s balance. There are lots of small, simple changes that we can make, so that the planet is protected for future generations.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle – these five actions can help your family home become more eco-sustainable. They are known as the 5 Rs of sustainability and here are just a few suggestions that may help you become a more planet friendly parent and household.
Saying no to what you don’t need is the whole idea of this first step towards a more sustainable lifestyle. You may want to consider cutting down or ‘refusing’ to use some potentially harmful products. You could try cloth nappies for your baby, instead of disposable nappies, or instead of buying jars of baby food, you could try making your own. Perhaps you don’t need to buy plastic bags every time you go to the store – but we all forget to take our reusable bags sometimes, don’t worry you’re not alone! 😂. Switching from chemical-based cleaning products to natural alternatives is also something that can make a huge impact and can help to create a safer environment in your home. There are lots of things that you can start saying no to, from junk mail to vegetables wrapped in plastic, once you start thinking about the environmental impact, it becomes a whole lot easier.
Learning to let go of all the things you don’t need is what this step is all about. Donating the clothes that your kids have grown out of means that your home is decluttered and offers another family the chance to buy affordable second-hand clothes. We’ve all heard the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and this is really what we’re talking about here. You could clear out your kitchen cupboards of all those gadgets you never seem to get round to using, someone may be longing for that bread maker you’ve got stashed away. You could also get your kids involved by asking them to decide on a small number of toys they would be happy to give to another child.
Investing in a reusable water bottle and ditching plastic bottles is a great way to be more eco-friendly but there are quite a few more creative options you may want to consider. Getting crafty with household items is a fun way to entertain the kids. Instead of buying another plastic toy, you could make an aquarium together out of that huge cardboard from your Amazon delivery or puppets out of that holey pair of socks you kept meaning to throw away.
We throw away so much that could still be of use, and repurposing or upcycling is another great way to improve your family’s green credentials. From using a friend’s maternity clothes instead of buying a pile of new clothes that you’ll only use for a few months, to turning your worn-out table into a vibrant mud-kitchen for your kids to play with in the garden, there are endless opportunities around the home if you just get your thinking cap on.
For everything that you can’t refuse, reduce, reuse or repurpose, you can recycle. Your local authority will have a helpful guide on when and how to recycle your household waste. When purchasing items it’s always a great idea to think of packaging as well, can it be recycled or is it just another piece of plastic to add to your garbage bin? You may want to think about things like composting some of your food waste to take this step even further on your journey to sustainability.
There are lots of ways to make sustainability a fun project for the whole family to get involved with. Cycling or walking to school instead of driving the car, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth and even growing your own food in a vegetable patch are all great ways to introduce more sustainable practices to your daily family life.
At Bequest, we’re on a mission to be more sustainable, and by working with Just One Tree, we promise to plant one tree for every new Bequest Life policy sold. Trees help to reduce the impact of climate change by removing and storing carbon from the air and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. So, by taking out a will or life insurance policy with us, you’re making the world a better place 🌎