If you are environmentally conscious and seek to live a green life, does this all come to a halt with a new baby? Simply put: no. There are always major changes to your life when a new child joins the family but there are plenty of ways of dealing with a lot of these changes that can still adhere to your green ethos. It doesn’t mean you have to toss your best stroller out and carry the baby everywhere in a sling (unless you want to!) but considering options around things such as bottles and diapers can be important.

Diapers

Diapers are an unavoidable part of having a baby and also one of the biggest debates in the environmental impact debate. Experts say that the average child will be 6000 diapers before they are toilet trained and that disposable diapers are around for anywhere from 200 to 500 years before they decompose! On the turn side, washing cloth diapers uses water and energy and also introduce chemicals to the environment so there are pluses and minuses on both sides.

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If you decide that the time decomposing is unacceptable, then cloth diapers are the option and are a far more modern and convenient product that in years gone by. No more diaper pins, they are complete with Velcro straps or snap closures and are often made from eco-friendly materials such as hemp or organic cotton. There are also organic wool covers available to help minimalize diaper rash on a night. People have also found if they use a laundry service this can help overcome the energy usage and the water waste from washing them at home.

But if you can’t face the constant washing cycle of cloth diapers, you can now also get biodegradable diapers that are made with plant-based plastic (called bioplastics). They contain no petroleum products and can even be put into compost to break down. While they still will take a long time to break down under landfill conditions, there are other options that will break them down much quicker. Click here to learn more about biodegradable diapers and other products.

Food

As you baby moves from liquid to solid food, the temptation is to grab those convenient jar meals. However, if you can resist and get them straight on to ‘real’ food it is great for the child and also saves a lot of packaging waste. It can even save time as you can make them a version of what you are having so you aren’t cooking something for them from a jar then preparing your own meal. Another idea is to freeze tiny portions of things like casseroles or vegetables that have been mushed up in ice cube trays for mini-meals that take a moment to defrost.

There are lots of little ways to keep a green lifestyle when you have a baby without making your life unreasonably difficult or even making your kids miss out on things. It can take a little planning and studying the options available but for you and for their future, it can be well worth it.

For further tips on how to go green, go to http://www.craikecovillage.ca/05/21/baby-steps-towards-sustainability/

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It’s hardly up for debate that global warming is a real issue in our society. And as a society we have a responsibility to ensure we do as little damage as possible to help preserve the planet for our children and our children’s children.

Transportation is a massive consumer of energy. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Every day we drive millions, if not billions of kilometers. And while we continually improve fuel efficiency we still have a ways to go. One way everyone can chip in is by using more human powered transportation devices.

Human Powered Devices!

The Bike!

The most obvious human powered mode of transportation is the classic bicycle. Of course when I say device I don’t mean walking or running. As we continue to populate urban centers bikes become a lot more reasonable. Growing up I would have never had a chance to take my bike very often. Things were too far apart. However, when I moved to a city it became much more feasible.

If youre in the market for a bike consider buying a cruiser. These bad boys are single speed, have comfortable seats and the posture is very upright. Often times they’ll have a place for a basket to haul your belongings around. If you think you’re going to want to go longer distances you could opt for a road bike. Road bikes are a little bit pricier but you can get one for under $1000 if you look hard. Be careful though, road bikes require more maintenance than say a mountain bike or a cruiser. Click here for more information about road bike.

Paddle Powered!

I like to pretend I’m back at the turn of the century and hope on the water and explore! My newest hobby is a sport called paddle boarding. It’s somewhat like kayaking but instead of sitting down you’re standing up. If you live on a town that has a river, lake or ocean you can often cruise around on your SUP to get from place to place.

You can pick a paddle board up for under $1000. These really should last you a lifetime. For transportation purposes I would recommend the inflatable variety as they’re usually cheaper. Just as durable and super easy to haul around.

Paddle boards come in a variety of lengths but you’ll probably want to get a larger board if you’re just starting out. The smaller boards can be more challenging to balance on if you’re just tarting out

Longboards

Longboards are like skateboard but with bigger wheels and longer boards (shocking right?) Long boards can really rip around with minimal effort so they make a great transportation device.

Long boards are pretty cheap and you can get your hands on a good one for under $250.

There are so many ways we can make a contribution, using your own energy to take you places is just one of many!

Visit http://thelongboardstore.com/longboards to find more information about longboards.