Washington (GGM) Analysis | August 4, 2020 by Sarah J. Kings
For five straight years, United States birth rates have been steadily declining. Many speculate as to why people have been choosing to have fewer children. Back in July of 2019, Miley Cyrus told Elle Magazine that she was not interested in having children because of environmental concerns, and she’s not the only one. Despite the 1%-2% annual decline, there are still over 3.7 million babies born in the U.S each year. Unfortunately, bringing a sweet-faced love-bug into your life does tend to impact the environment negatively. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, 4.2 million tons of disposable diapers make their way to landfills each year.
If you and your partner recently brought home a bundle of joy, fear not! There are easy lifestyle changes that you can make to lower your little one’s impact on the environment. Adopting cloth diapers is one great way to protect the planet. In the first month of a baby’s life, parents will buy at least 300 disposable diapers. In contrast, parents only need to purchase 20 cloth diapers until potty-training time! According to Earth911, “cloth diapers are 40% less harmful to the environment than disposables.” If you buy non-synthetic hemp diapers, lower the water temperature during wash cycles, and sundry, you will increase that percentage even more!
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How you feed your little tyke is important too. Despite the mail-in recycle program provided by Terrecycle, most plastic single-use baby food containers end up in the trash. Making your baby food is a great alternative! Nutribullet Baby’s variety of sizes, recipe suggestions, and convenient storage containers make this switch simple and affordable!
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Wow! Cloth diapers and homemade baby food — at this rate, you’re a green parent pro! One final step is to consider consignment shops for your baby’s wardrobe. Before you reject the idea of used baby clothes for your cutie-pie, keep in mind that many adorable– dare I say chic– second time around shops have opened up specifically with baby gear in mind. Many store owners sell items that have never even had the tags torn off. Often times baby clothes are worn once or twice before they end up in the garbage. Making a second-hand switch will make a significant impact on the fight to combat the climate crisis.
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- The US has seen a steady decline in birth rates for the last 5 years in a row
- Miley Cyrus told Elle Magazine that she was not interested in having children because of environmental concerns
- Many people are having few children- or no children at all- due to expected impact on the environment
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, 4.2 million tons of disposable diapers make their way to landfills each year
- Cloth diapers are 40% less harmful to the environment than disposables
- Buying non-synthetic hemp diapers, lowering the water temperature during wash cycles, and sun drying reusable diapers cuts down on environmental impact
- Most plastic single-use baby food containers end up in the trash— try using Nurtibullet Baby instead
- Baby focused consignment shops will significantly lower landfill waste
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