Is it possible for your baby to produce NO waste (no, not that sort!)? We've asked the experts for their advice on living a zero-waste life with a baby – and it's simpler than you may think ...
Mountains of nappies, piles of wipes, clothes they grow out of in two days, and we’ve not even started on the food that’s smeared around the place (back to that custard …).
But there’s nothing like the arrival of a new baby in the house to make you suddenly worry about the future on the planet your little one is going to grow up on.
So is it possible to join the growingzero-waste移动并减少垃圾箱中的垃圾量？你能满足婴儿的所有要求吗？
The answer is a resounding yes!
You only need to take one look at how quickly that stinky nappy bin fills up and you’ll quickly realise the scale of the problem.
An estimatedthree billion nappies are thrown away every year in the UK，占所有家庭垃圾的2-3%，根据回收慈善机构Wrap。
Quite literally a poo mountain.
‘It’s important to remember that you don’t have to use them exclusively. You can mix and match with disposables to suit you, such as when you’re away from home.
Switching to reusable cloth nappies might not be as difficult as you think.
Some councils also offer真正的尿布奖励计划.
‘But in the summer, it was so satisfying to see them out on the line and know I’d saved all those nappies from going to landfill.’
No bottles, no formula, no need to sterilise.
If you’re able to breastfeed, then it’s one of the simplest ways to move towards a zero-waste baby.
You can even buy可洗的胸垫.
Don’t panic if you’re using formula; you can still reduce the amount of waste you produce.
婴儿安全玻璃瓶can be recycled or sold on when you’ve finished with them. ‘And sterilisers can be bought second-hand,’ adds Lorna.
‘Making your own baby food not only means you cut down on all those plastic pouches, but it saves you a FORTUNE,’ says Anna.
If you need to feed your baby when you’re out and about, transport purees and snacks in reusable containers.
You can even buyDoddlebags公司, which are pouches that can be filled, washed and reused.
Fill a reusable pot with baby snacks decanted from a bigger bag to cut down on all the little bags or, better still, fill it with your own home-made baby-friendly snacks.
6.Buy second hand
7.Say no to stuff
When it comes to enormous baby walkers, mini bath tubs and the majority of gadgets that swear they’ll make your baby sleep (they won’t), the answer is most likely ‘no’.
‘When you have a baby, everyone wants to buy you something,’ says Anna. ‘But what most parents really want is an hour off, so ask friends and relatives to take the baby for a walk around the park instead of another toy your baby isn’t going to use.’
忘了你的可重复使用咖啡杯? Don’t panic! Instead of opting for a takeaway cup, simply take 10 minutes to yourself, sit down and drink in!
Start with these simple steps and by the time your baby has started to toddle you'll be ready for even more zero-waste challenges.
发现你可以怎么走zero waste with your whole family.