My bumpy road to motherhood forced me think twice about the products I put on and in my body. But it wasn’t until I became a mama that I thought about where the packaging from these products ends up and how it affects the planet my son will grow up on.
With a few simple changes to what I was carrying in my nappy bag, I realised I could make a huge impact on my health and the environment.
Here’s a peek inside my eco- friendly nappy bag:
1. Reusable Coffee Cup
If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do when you leave the house in the morning is swing by your favourite cafe to grab a takeaway coffee.
But many paper coffee cups are lined with plastic so they can’t be recycled and if you throw them in your recycling bin along with your cardboard and paper, you may contaminate the load, causing the whole lot to be sent to landfill.
To avoid this, pack your reusable coffee cup. There’s lot to choose from but they’re not all created equal. A few things to consider:
– Well- insulated
– Spill- proof lid
– Fits under the group head on the coffee machine and keeps the Barista happy
– Nice to drink from
This Avanti one ticks all the boxes.
If you forget your cup, ask for no lid or if you’re not in a rush, grab a seat in the sun and enjoy your coffee in a mug.
2. Food Flask
If you’re often out of the house running errands, carting your kids to activities or walking your baby to sleep, you ever know when hunger will strike. To avoid single use plastic takeaway containers, be prepared.
In cooler weather, fill a flask with porridge for breakfast or last night’s soup, casserole or shepherd’s pie for lunch. In warmer weather, fill it with your favourite juice or smoothie.
I love my Avanti wide- mouthed food flask which keeps food hot for up to 7 hours or cold for up to 9 hours.
3. Stainless Steel Bento Box
Pop a lightweight, spill-proof stainless steel lunch box in your nappy bag so that if you have to grab food on the run, you can ask the cafe to use yours instead of a single use plastic takeway container. I love the Cheeky Bento Lunchbox which is about the same size as a medium serve.
If you have time to pack your lunch, fill it with salad, frittata or last night’s dinner.
4. Reusable Cutlery
Single- use plastic cutlery can’t be recycled so it goes straight to landfill so pack your own. To avoid scrounging around the bottom of your nappy bag to find my spoon, get one of these awesome cutlery rolls from Etsy which also doubles as a placemat. Fill it with mismatched cutlery from your kitchen drawer and a stainless steel straw.
5. Snack Containers
On the go snacks are wrapped in single use plastic so buy in bulk and save money and the planet. Pop things like nuts, cheese, fruit, bliss balls and yoghurt in these lightweight U Conserve containers. They come in multiple sizes and are also great for feeding your baby solids on the go and for toddler snacks.
6. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stay away from single- use plastic water bottles which are designed to be just that- single use.
Instead, choose a stainless steel water bottle to save your health, money and the planet. My favourite is the 500ml bottle by Avanti which comes in lots of pretty colours and is nice to drink out of.
Staying well hydrated throughout the day helps to increase your energy, reduce hunger, promote digestion and boosts your milk supply.
7. Hand Sanitiser
Store bought hand sanitiser comes in a single- use plastic bottle and may contain nasty chemicals that can disrupt your hormones and your gut health making you and your children more susceptible to developing allergies, asthma, skin conditions and a wide variety of other illnesses and disease.
Make your own hand sanitiser with this quick and easy DIY Recipe made from Young Living Thieves essential oil to help support a healthy immune system. Store it in a 50ml PET bottle with a disk cap so you can squeeze out what you need and then refill it when it runs out. Or if DIY is not your thing, try THIS
8. Lip Balm
Store bought lip balms come in single- use plastic and may contain chemicals, artificial fragrances, alcohol, and salicylic acid that can actually irritate your lips and cause dryness.
Make your own lip balm with this quick and easy DIY recipe or try this.
9. Shopping Bag
Plastic bags can take 10-1000 years to decompose outliving you, your children and your grandchildren so pop a reusable shopping bag in your nappy bag so you’re never caught out. This one is 100% cotton and takes up barely any room.
10. Picnic Rug
Nothing beats going to the park on a warm sunny day and lying under the trees with your baby. There’s so much to keep your baby engaged- the leaves rustling in the trees, the birds, the grass and the dirt.
This picnic rug is the perfect size for you and your baby and rolls up nice and small to fit in your nappy bag. Buy it in store rather than choosing “Click and Collect” to avoid all the single use plastic packaging.
When choosing a nappy bag, I highly recommend a backpack so you can have your hands free to juggle a baby or toddler. Strap your baby in a carrier on the front and your bag on your back and off you go.
Where To Buy Stuff:
If you’re overwhelmed at the thought of making your own products, buy them online from Shop Naturally who use zero plastic packaging.
If you’re keen to give the DIY recipes a go, reuse glass jars from home, otherwise you can purchase containers and the raw ingredients (excluding the therapeutic grade essential oils) from New Directions in Sydney or Centaur Packaging in Bomaderry. They both deliver but if possible, pick up from their warehouse to avoid unnecessary single use plastic (you’ll also save money on shipping).
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If you found any of these ideas helpful or have any questions, please let me know in the COMMENTS below.