Today’s moms are courageous women who choose to do what they can, where they are, to begin making a positive difference in their own homes, communities, and around the globe. For some, that means taking an interest in sustainability, which Wikipedia simply defines as “the capacity for the Earth’s biosphere and human civilization to co-exist.”
Sustainability: Baby Steps for a Healthy Planet
The sustainability-related choices you make as an expectant mother or new mom can flow from a combination of factors that are entirely personal to you, including the amount of time you have available to investigate “green” options, your budget, and perhaps even your political perspective. While some women become “eco-warriors” who champion a comprehensive approach to saving the planet, other women may choose to adopt sustainability strategies into their lives more gradually.
If you’re interested in taking steps that can improve the health of the planet, these three small steps can be an easy place to start:
- Consider the Source:
– Whether you’re buying a car, a package of diapers, or even a can of tuna, take a moment to evaluate which option might not only be best for you, but also the environment. Even in something as simple as a can of tuna, differences become apparent quite quickly. Scanning the Safe Catch label, for example, consumers can discover that it is the only brand to test every tuna for mercury and is also certified sustainably caught and plastic neutral. Companies sharing information like this is a good sign; you may also want to verify their commitment online.
- Try Some Simple Swaps:
– Look for ways to reduce the chemicals you’re using to clean your home. Many homeowners are rediscovering the power of old-fashioned solutions like white vinegar, which can be used undiluted in a spray bottle to clean windows and disinfect surfaces (pro tip: don’t like the smell? Add a drop of lemon or lavender essential oil to help mask the distinctive scent).
– Speaking of reducing chemicals, consider ways to avoid them in your foods as well. While organic produce was once too pricey for many households, Walmart has become the largest organic retailer in the country and has made these items much more affordable. In addition, swapping out less-processed foods for those found in nature is not only better for your health in general, but also requires less manufacturing- – and therefore decreases pollutants.
- Make Your Own Baby Food:
– Being a mom is hard enough, and no parent should ever feel pressure to be perfect or to live up to some impossible standard. Pre-made baby foods can be wonderful options, whether used all the time or as needed. When it comes to saving money, knowing “what’s in there”, and cutting down on the need for manufacturing, consider using your blender to create your own baby food by pureeing organic fruits and vegetables. Your pediatrician can help you structure a balanced, nutritious approach.
Whether it’s choosing a company that truly makes sustainability part of its mission, trading out a household cleanser, or choosing to enjoy more fresh foods, the steps you take in your pregnancy and throughout your child’s life can contribute to a healthier planet. All of your efforts, whether big or small, can make a difference. As we think about April as “Earth Month,” here’s to the future we give to our children.
Article authored by Paul Laubscher, Vice President of Marketing for Safe Catch.