Making a few small changes could help you and your family live a healthier, more sustainable life
Choosing to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to mean moving to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere and keeping chickens. Who’s got time for that when there’s a little human to look after anyway? Here are a few achievable ideas to help you live a more environmentally friendly, healthier life.
1. Have legs, will walk
Ditching the car for short walks to the shops or to meet friends is not only good for the environment, it’s also a great way to get a bit of exercise and to save money on fuel. Little ones are very portable, so dress for the weather, pack up the buggy with all your essentials, and off you go.
2. Back away from the hairdryer
If you usually blow dry your hair, why not towel dry it and then let it dry naturally instead? You will not only save electricity but your hair will thank you too. Overdoing it on the heat can cause your hair to dry out, become brittle and split. You might even save enough time for a five minute sit down with a cup of tea – what luxury!
3. Buy organic
A simple way to live a more natural life is by switching up your food shop. Think about changing some of your fruit and veg or store-cupboard staples to organic versions. It may cost a bit more but you’ll know that the produce you’re giving your family is made and grown in line with strict EU requirements. And if you’ve chosen to use a follow-on milk from six months for your little one, you can make this organic too with the new SMA Organic Follow-On and Organic Growing Up Milk. The expert team at SMA® Nutrition are dedicated to understanding the complex structure of breast milk and to applying the learnings from nature to their follow-on and growing up milks. They have been leading baby nutrition research for over 100 years. And the cows that produce this high quality organic milk spend time outside where they can graze on green pastures – and they’re all fed organic feed!
4. Turn it off
Turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth, only running the washing machine or dishwasher with a full load, switching off lights when you leave the room and unplugging devices that are not in use are all easy ways to save water and energy at home. It’s better for the environment and your wallet too.
5. Grow your own
Planting a few of your own fruit and vegetables is a fun way for your little one to learn about sustainable living and get them involved in the gardening. They’ll love getting their hands dirty sowing seeds and watching them grow. Plus you can get them involved with watering each day. If you only have a small outdoor space, things like green beans, strawberries or tomatoes can all be grown in pots. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow herbs in a window box or on a windowsill. Regardless of how much you grow, your produce will taste all the sweeter when you’ve nurtured it yourself.
6. Cook up a storm
Although there will be times when a ready meal is all you can muster at the end of a busy day, think about trying to cook one meal a week from scratch. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated, but fresh ingredients make for great-tasting meals, and cutting out processed food could help improve your family’s health. These lamb kebabs are easy to put together and the whole family can enjoy them – why not try them on the barbecue?
7. Fashion fix
It might be hard to fill your whole wardrobe with organic clothing, but think about swapping a few of your basics for those made from organic cotton. Or think about other eco-friendly fabrics like tercel, hemp and bamboo. Also look at the ethical credentials of your favourite fashion brands. How do they treat the people who are actually making the clothes? Recycle unwanted items by giving them to charity or pass on clothes your little one has outgrown to a friend. Besides, it would be a shame to waste all those cute outfits.
8. Go paperless
Almost everything from your phone bill to your bank statement can be viewed online. Plus it’s usually easy to pay bills electronically. So why not contact your providers and ask about going paperless? This could also save you a little storage space at home.
9. Plastic, not so fantastic
Single-use plastics, and the harm they are doing to our environment, are a hot topic at the moment. But it’s one we can all help to resolve. Next time your little one wants a straw for their drink, think paper not plastic. Try filling up a reusable water bottle and take it when you’re out and about. That way you won’t need to buy a bottle of water from the shop.
10. Beauty and the beast
Throwaway items such as cleansing wipes, cotton wool pads and cotton buds are high up on the list of offenders when it comes to environmental waste. But there are alternatives you can use – how about using a clean muslin as a cleansing cloth? Or go back to basics and try a facial wash to take off your make up. As long as it doesn’t contain microbeads that is…
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. SMA® Organic Follow-on Milk is for babies over 6 months, as part of a varied weaning diet. Not intended to replace breastfeeding.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. SMA® Organic Growing Up Milk is suitable for young children from the 12th month, as part of a healthy balanced diet.