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Rob Cheesewright  (Pinwheel author)

Rob Cheesewright

8 ways to be a green parent

Bringing a new life into the world is a joy – and a huge responsibility. Luckily, there are now more ways than ever to raise your kids sustainably. Here are 8 to get you going…

Tackle the nappy issue

Disposable nappies are an eco nightmare, with roughly three billion ending up in landfill each year in the UK. Opt for reusable, washable nappies from brands such as Little Lamb, Bambino Mio and Tots Bots. If you can’t face the reusable option, Mama Bamboo is a good option.

Join the rental revolution

Babies outgrow seven clothing sizes in just two years. Stop buying a new babygrow every week and sign up for clothing rental service Bundlee instead, where you can hand-pick a wardrobe for your baby and swap it out for the next size up as they grow.

Buy second hand

There’s a thriving marketplace for pre-loved kids’ items. Try listing on We Are Dotte or joining The Octopus Club, a parental hub for pre-loved clothes, toys and equipment. The NCT also hosts regular “nearly new” sales – check their website for updates.

Go reusable

Do away with waterway-clogging baby wipes and invest in a pack of reusable Cheeky Wipes. If you need an on-the-go option, choose a biodegradable wipe like the ones from Kit & Kin, which are made from a sustainably-sourced plant-based material.

Swap, don’t shop

It is a fact that kids get bored of any toy approximately seven and a half minutes after you’ve bought it. Join Whirli’s clever subscription service, where you can simply borrow toys and swap them out as soon as they tire of them.

Skip the plastic

Most kids’ toys are a garish plastic disaster, but many companies now specialise in naturally-derived alternatives, including colourful wooden choices from Le Toy Van and PomPom, and cars, trucks and playsets by Green Toys, which are made from recycled plastic milk containers.

Nature for nurture

Stick to natural products when it comes to bath soaps and nappy creams, which are better for the environment and sensitive skin alike. Brands such as Burt’s Bees, Weleda and Green People all do great options.

Clean with green

Wipe away the never-ending food spills and crayon marks with environmentally friendly, refillable products. The most eco-friendly products come courtesy of Bide, which has a handy subscription service, as does Smol, while Fil and and Bio offer refillable solutions to cut down on waste.

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