Creating a #brightFuture for our children

Like many other parents out there (83% of British parents in fact) I found that after I had my babies I have felt myself changing parts of my life for the better and to make a #brightFuture for our children.
Nine out of 10 parents and 8 out of 10 children agree that if everyone does small things to improve the environment, that “together we can make the world a better place”.

Today we are joining forced with BritMums and Unilever to discuss ways that we can do little things to make a better environment for our future.

Reusable nappies

Before having children I had it in my mind that I would be spending a fortune on disposable nappies, throwing thousands away each year, but instead I found myself realising that I can not only save money, but can reduce the amount of waste we sent to landfill by simply swapping our day nappies to cloth nappies. Yes I do still use some disposables but with two kids mainly wearing cloth in the daytime hours we have saved thousands of nappies being sent away to spend the next 500+ years to decompose (or 50+ years if you have a biodegradable nappy).

The great thing about cloth nappies is that they can be reused for future children, so one bundle can last all children. They look amazing too! They can also be sold on so you can recoup any monies you have spent building up your collection when you have finished with nappies. Win, win. 

Wash at lower temperatures and shorter cycles

Of course nappies, and grubby mud covered clothing, need washed and products such as Persil allow you to wash at lower temperatures, 30° yet producing excellent results. Great if you have an outdoor lover, or messy eater. A Which? survey found that washing at 30°, instead of 40°, reduced running costs by 46% and if you reduced that to 20° you can save up to 66%. Reducing the money you spend whilst saving the energy.

Unless clothing is really dirty there is no real need to wash your clothing on anything other than a quick cycle. Why waste all that water when you can save so much water, energy and time, by putting it on the fast wash setting. Even clothing that have been covered in mud can come out perfectly clean on a quick wash.

Buy and sell secondhand

Again, from having children I have found the joys of Gumtree and Facebook selling sites. Saving myself a fortune and getting the children toys and equipment that we would otherwise not have managed to afford. It saves the items being binned. Saves us money and we have made money too by selling on items that we also no longer had a need for.  

Before children I would not have considered looking on Gumtree and buying anything but now I often have a look to see what I can get that will save something being wasted and save us money. Just recently we got £500+ of Playmobil for just £50! It is amazing and M loves it.

I have also managed to bag some items for free including getting a £20 tummy tub for nothing. 

Giving away items that are unused can help show littles ones how to share, and to look after others. Let them sort through their clothes and toys, and explain that they are helping another little child by giving them things that they need. I know M loves doing this.

Get them involved in recycling

At two years old M really enjoys tidying up, especially helping sort through the recycling and putting it out in the bin for collection day. She loves nothing more than helping carry bottles and card to the wheelie bin and putting it in. She also loves using bins when out and about which is great as she knows that you do not dirty the streets with litter. So simple but so important.

In Angus, the council area where I live, figures have recently been released that show we, as householders in recycle 59.2% of their household waste. This is higher than the Scottish average of 44.3% and the highest level of all of the 32 local authorities in Scotland. This makes me proud. I know I really upped my recycling game when I became a mum and now that we have better recycling collections I actually enjoy it. So far M is enjoying it too and we should really encourage this.

What is the #brightFuture Challenge:

Unilever’s brightFuture initiative focuses on small changes that can make big differences and how we can build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. Since the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever has helped 482 million people to improve their health and hygiene, including through hand washing, improving self-esteem and oral hygiene.

This is exemplified in the work undertaken by Domestos that has committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. Access to clean sanitation can protect people from preventable diseases, reduce mortality rates, help reduce school dropout rates and improve quality of life.

Furthermore, Persil has backed a global initiative ‘Learning for Tomorrow’ partnering with UNICEF to help give children in some of the world’s toughest areas the opportunity of a quality education.

Building on the aim to improve lives through small steps, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked closely with leading psychologists, academics and experts to create materials and resources that help young people develop a positive relationship with their appearance. The project has now reached over 19 million young lives.

This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

1 comment :

  1. Great post. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part