Borrowing the Planet

This post is a little different from most of our other food, weaning and children related ones but it’s something I feel really strongly about. I don’t think it is news to anyone that the world is a suffering from the effects of human activity but it seems we’ve reached a tipping point. Environmental experts believe that we have around 18 months in order to save the planet from irreparable damage.

How does that make you feel?

In 2019, Earth Overshoot Day, the day that humanity uses up its allowance of natural resources such as water, soil and clean air for the entire year, fell on 29 July, according to the Global Footprint Network. This means that humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than the Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate.

Now I’m not claiming to be an eco-warrior and in fact there are some things that I just can’t bring myself to do right now because if I did it would make my life exceptionally more tricky and, with the mental load of motherhood, would probably have a detrimental effect on our family. But I believe that we are all capable of making some small changes and that we can all start sharing those easy switches in order to encourage others to do the same.

So here’s my list – and I want to hear yours too!

Smol – dishwasher tablets and washing tablets with less packaging and delivered through the letter box

Splosh – concentrated, refillable cleaning, laundry and personal care products. (You can get 15% off with code PVOS1L3A70).

Who Gives a Crap toilet and kitchen paper.

Riverford Organic – organic and seasonal fruit, veg, meat and other products

Recycling (making more effort with reading labels to get it right)

Reusable snack bags and boxes – Nom Nom Snack Bags, Yumbox

Biodegradable glitter for the children

Refillable water bottles from One Green Bottle

Refillable and collapsible coffee cup from Stojo

Flannels for mealtime cleaning (we’ve always done this and we give away flannels in our weaning goody bags!)

Reusable make-up remover padsbamboo/cotton

Only washing clothes when they are dirty or smelly!

Net and fabric resusable bags rather than plastic

Bambino Mio reusable swim nappy

Bars of soap for handwashing

Lush shampoo and conditioner bars for the kids (my hairdresser would kill me if I used these on my coloured hair!) I’ve also got some Rainbow Soap Bar for bath time bubbles

Menstrual Cup by Me Luna

Coconut fibre bottle washing brush

Paper Straws for parties and special occasions

Things I’m looking at for the future:

Reusable razor

Silicon covers to replace clingfilm

Glass and metal boxes (as the plastic meet their end)

Affordable options to single use freezer bags for batch cooking – I love Stasher but they are so expensive

How to feed the cats without SUP (pouches) – we buy cans of the gourmet stuff when on offer

Electric/hybrid car (we need something big enough for my work and ideally our camping trips)

Reusable wipes and nappies (with potty training imminent I’m not sure this is cost effective for us right now)

Alternatives to the plastic electric toothbrush replacement heads

So what do you think? Are any of these changes achievable for you and your family. If not, why? And that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of good reasons! But I think it’s a good idea to spark conversation to make us all start thinking about our impact on the world we live in. After all, "we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children" (Native American proverb).

Nicola x

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