So you want to make the perfect nursery for your baby AND you want it to be as eco-friendly and non-toxic as possible (good for you!). But maybe you think, “Oh no, this is going to be nearly impossible and cost a fortune!” We’re here to happily tell you that’s not true at all! There are tons of ways that you can make this room a safe environment without breaking the bank. Use these 10 tips for an eco-friendly nursery as a simple blueprint for creating a space that’s better for baby and the planet – and then incorporate them into rest of the house, too!
- Make your home a shoe-free zone. It’s better for your baby’s nursery and your whole house if you leave dirt, pesticides, lead dust and other shoe residues at the door.
- Seek out secondhand. Consider buying gently used bedding, clothes, furniture, and decor. Sites like eBay and Craigslist are great resources for reusable goods.
- Remember: less is more. Do you really need a bazillion baby things? Focus on quality over quantity. It’s better for the planet and your pocketbook.
- Keep your cleaning routine simple. Nix toxic cleaning products filled with risky chemicals and false fragrances. Dust with a damp cloth. Clean with simple soap and water.
- Repurpose what you already have. A dresser can double as a changing table. A laptop bag can act as a diaper bag. Get creative.
- Freshen air naturally. Diaper pails can create daunting odors. Instead of reaching for chemicals that merely mask odors, grow plants and open windows to clean up indoor air.
- Recycle. Keep packaging, old products, and broken baby gear out of the landfill by recycling as much as possible. Visit earth911.com to explore the possibilities.
- Read labels & email manufacturers. Get to know what you’re buying and who from. “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” ― Anna Lappe
- Make your own wipes, washes & whatnot. Many kitchen staples like olive oil and oatmeal double as awesome, affordable, eco-friendly care products. Bonus: no toxic chemicals.
- Try to be PVC-free. PVC is the most toxic plastic – for our planet and our health. Skip anything with the number 3 and/or “PVC” in the chasing arrow symbol.
One last, bonus tip: Don’t get overwhelmed with all the different things you ‘should’ do; just take one step at a time. Nobody’s perfect! Be proud of yourself for caring (many people still don’t) and for trying to create a safe space for your baby and a better world for generations to come. Every little bit helps!
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Do you have any other tips for an eco-friendly nursery or home? Please share them in the comments below!