Thank you to Bambino Mio for inspiring this conversation on finding ways to go green with your family. Bambino Mio products were sent to me for the purpose of this post, but I was not compensated or told what to say. As always, opinions stated are my own.
Last year, my family and I took a big leap and started composting in celebration of Earth Day. It scared me a bit because it seemed hard and I didn’t know what to expect. But, it turned out to be easy and low maintenance.
I’ve picked up some new habits this year that have helped our family be greener and I wanted to share them with you. You can start incorporating some of them as soon as today!
Ways to Go Green with Your Pet
I recently read an article about ways you can go green with your family pet and I couldn’t believe how easy they were. Here are some ideas.
(P.S. I don’t think you all have met Gryffindor! He’s our new pup. Gryffie is a 2-year-old Havanese.)
- If you’re freshening your pet’s drinking water, take the old water and give it to the plants in your house or your garden.
- Instead of picking up your pet’s poop every day, do it one or two days a week. It’s a great way to reduce your plastic bag use.
- Make your own pet toys. The article mentioned wrapping an empty plastic water bottle in a sock or t-shirt for your pet to chew.
Ways Your Family Can Go Green
All of the tips I’ve listed below we are doing now. I mention them because they are doable and cost practically nothing to get started.
- Start a garden of any kind! We started small last year because I had never grown anything before. You can begin by making an indoor garden with just herbs or maybe just a couple of your favorite vegetables in containers outside. If the thought of a large garden seems intimidating, do what feels comfortable. Every little bit helps!
- Houseplants may improve air quality. We just got a new one last month and I just love the way it looks, plus it’s not hard to maintain. Check out these 15 houseplants on NASA’s list of air purifying plants.
- If possible, wash your clothes in cold water. Washing the majority of your laundry in cold water over a year could save in energy costs.
- Make your own cleaning products. It has been two years since I started making my own household cleaners. I made the move because I hate chemicals and I’m obsessed with finding new natural ways to clean or amp up my beauty routine. Here are my 5 Easy DIY Natural House Cleaners.
- To decrease your amount of waste, avoid buying products packaged individually. Instead of purchasing pre-packaged snacks. Buy some reusable snack bags to individualize and get each child some reusable bottles for drinking water or juice.
- Cloth diaper. I can’t believe how much my family has contributed to the landfill with all of the disposable diapers over the years. Did you know it’s estimated to take 500 years for a diaper to decompose? And buying diapers so often can be costly. A few months ago, I started using cloth diapers on my 2-year-old and plan to continue once baby number 4 arrives.
I’ll admit, cloth diapering was another new venture that had me worried. But, once I read a ton of tips online and spoke to other moms who were doing it, I knew I had to do it.
If you’re sitting there thinking, I don’t have time or the money to start a diaper stash, don’t worry. Start small.
Maybe try cloth diapering for just overnight. Or, buy a cloth swim diaper. They’re inexpensive, reusable and just so gosh darn cute!
I’ve been having a mild obsession with Bambino Mio’s products.
Bambino Mio offers a range of products designed for the stylish, modern, and eco-conscious parent. Their diapers are as simple to use as disposables; easy to change with velcro-style closure and easy to wash.
My 2-year-old currently has a few of the onesize miosolo all-in-one diapers. They are designed to grown with baby from birth to potty training.
The miosolo features a concealed super absorbent core and stay-dry inner layer which keep moisture away from baby’s delicate skin; stretchy water-resistant outer fabric perfect even for the most active babies; and a unique pull out tab system to make removing the core from inside the diaper as simple as possible, improving laundry performance and speeding up drying time.
And if you want to start by using the Bambino Mio swim diaper first, here are some things to know.
They are easy to use, as no additional diaper needs to be worn with this product.
The drawstring waistband makes it easy to put on, ensuring comfort and security. The swim diaper is made from a soft, lightweight fabric that doesn’t weigh your baby down in the pool like disposables. Sizes from 6 months to 2+ years in nine different patterns. (My pattern is pictured above!)
It only took me having three children to see that cloth diapering can be stylish, easy, affordable and better for baby and the environment.
How did you and your family adopt a more sustainable lifestyle?