New Year, New Choices
As consumers, we are always encouraged to make green choices, but although our intentions are good, we don’t always quite get around to it and often opt for a more convenient or cheaper option. With a new baby arriving, shopping choices become all the more important and with such a huge, vast market out there, it can become a bit of a mind boggle. However, the arrival of a little one (and a new year) presents the perfect opportunity to start making some choices that will not only make you feel good, but are also great for your baby as well as the planet!
A staggering 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away per day in the UK. Not only is this a terrible waste and bad for the environment, this huge amount of nappies means a real strain on a parent’s pocket. TotsBots, the UK’s leading reusable nappy brand are passionate about the importance of using reusable nappies and encourage parents to make the switch as it will be the best choice they’ll make for the world, their pocket and their little one’s bottom (plus they look super cool too!)
RRP: Starting from £8.99 Stockists: www.totbots.com
Being a green baby doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your cute factor! Skibz Organic bibs not only make your little one look super cool, they provide the softest touch for newborn’s delicate skin. The organic range is made from 63% silky bamboo towelling with a natural coloured cotton lining and its super-absorbent softness comforts and protects your baby from dribble. But best of all, because bamboo is a completely sustainable source, you’re helping the environment, too! A must have for beautiful bonny babies!
RRP: £10 Stockist: www.skibz.co.uk
theBabaSling® Organic is a great solution for parents wanting to ‘wear’ their baby or toddler. Little ones can be carried in five different ways from birth to two years; Mum can breastfeed discreetly in the early stages and Dad can enjoy some quality bonding time. Made from 100% organic cotton, it’s a great choice for parents who want an eco-friendly sling. Even better they’ve just released two brand new colours for 2013 – Pebble and Berry so you’ll look super smart too.
RRP: £44.99 Stockist: www.thebabasling.com
Considering newborns spend the majority of their time sleeping, choosing a mattress for the little ones is a very important decision. The Little Green Sheep has specialised in making the highest quality natural and organic baby mattresses that are entirely chemical-free and safe for babies. From saying ‘no thank you’ to fire proofing chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, and instead only using natural and organic ingredients to create a firm yet comfy support for your baby, The Little Green Sheep prove that a green choice is the best one.
RRP: from £145Stockists: www.thelittlegreensheep.com
Whatever happened to good old classic baby toys? Today’s shelves are often filled with plastic, battery operated, noisy, flashing toys that are no good for the environment. Uncle Goose has carved out a niche as the world’s premier manufacturer of beautifully crafted, high quality alphabet blocks. From the classic ABC blocks, to every language under the sun (including hieroglyphics!), to blocks of the periodic table – the Uncle Goose range never goes out of style and provides you with a traditional baby gift that your baby, you and the planet will love!
RRP: £12.95 Stockist: www.kindtoys.co.uk
All these great products are for babies, but what about something green for the other little ones in your life?
Meet Oobicoo, the enchanting, soft and huggable toy tot who at 60cm tall, is the perfect size to be an instant baby brother, sister or best friend to your toddler. Designed to be dressed in hand-me-down-baby clothes, this simple idea encourages the reuse of outgrown baby clothes, providing Oobicoo with an instant wardrobe – all ready for imaginative play! Oobicoo has been manufactured using recycled and recyclable materials so he is very eco friendly. And best of all with each sale, Oobicoo raises money for the Children’s Immunology Fund.
RRP: 34.90 Stockist: www.oobicoo.com