How to be a sustainable parent

In today's world, being a sustainable parent is another level of being a parent - you have to consciously make choices, which can help shape the future not just for our kids, but for our planet. We might want to reevaluate our shopping habits and diets due to considering the environmental impact of our choices. But the journey can be very rewarding for the next generation.

How to be a sustainable parent

The problem

Here are some shocking facts that prove the incredible importance of choosing the sustainable route in any aspect of life, including parenthood.

  • The toy industry is the most plastic intensive industry in the world, according to the United Nations Environment Programme – with millions sent to landfill each year having barely been used.
  • Most formulas are made from powdered cows' milk, needing an astonishing 4,700 litres (1034 gallons) of water to produce just 1kg (35oz) of powder. In fact, 1kg of infant formula releases between 11 and 14 kg (388 and 494oz) of greenhouse gases by the time it is fed to babies and young children.
  • We throw away about three billion nappies each year in the UK, representing an estimated 2% to 3% of all household waste – one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste globally. Globally, more than 300,000 nappies are disposed of every minute.

Here is our take on how you can be a more sustainable parent!

Buy second-hand or organic books, toys, accessories and clothing

Toys and books can be bought second hand from local charity shops and online. Pre-loved items can get a second chance, bringing joy to your children as they enjoy them!

Clothing, where possible, can be bought pre-loved or organic. There are multiple places where you can find children's clothing and accessories made from organic cotton, wool, and linen. For example, you can explore My Little Green Wardrobe or Greenfibres.

My Little Green Wardrobe at

My Little Green Wardrobe is specialising in organic and sustainable kids brands that are kinder to people and the planet. Their range include clothing and accessories for babies and kids.

Greenfibres at

Greenfibres offer you beautiful and useful textile products that are kind to the environment and to our health and well-being. Their range include baby and children clothing and accessories.

Donate unwanted toys, books and clothing to charity shops or baby banks

Depending on the condition of the items, you can either recycle, donate to be resold or reused by another child!

Support local farms and shops, cook at home

By shopping locally, you provide support to smaller businesses and their owners, reduce your carbon footprint, and contribute to your local community. This step goes beyond parenthood and can be embraced by anyone interested in a more sustainable approach!

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