As a doctor and busy mother of two, life can get pretty hectic for Emily Andre.
Like most households with young children, it’s a constant juggling act to balance their needs with her and husband Pete’s work commitments.
Perhaps because family life moves so fast, Emily is more concerned than ever about reducing their impact on the environment.
And she’s adopted these eight incredibly easy eco-hacks knowing that the little things she does today will make a big difference later on.
“The penny dropped recently when I realised that a few changes now could make all the difference to the world our children will be living in when they grow up,” she says.
GUILT-FREE BABY WIPES
One easy change that Emily’s made is to switch to eco brand The Cheeky Panda, which makes everything from toilet rolls to baby wipes. The difference is, they’re all sourced from bamboo and not from trees, which means no more destroying the forests just to wipe your baby’s bottom!
‘I’m hooked on the Biodegradable Bamboo Baby Wipes and the Pocket Tissues, they’re both really soft and gentle,’ Emily explains.
Another plus is that, unlike conventional baby wipes, The Cheeky Panda range is free from micro-plastics, which make most others unrecyclable. Plus, all its packaging is 100 per cent recyclable. No more feeling guilty when you open a pack of wipes!
The Cheeky Panda uses bamboo because it’s the world’s fastest growing plant, if you cut it down, it shoots straight back up again – unlike a tree. And before you ask, no, it’s not the kind of bamboo that pandas eat, so no need to feel guilty!
Read on for the other simple hacks that are so easy to do that you won’t even notice you’re doing them.
1. USE THE CAR LESS
Aim to walk whenever you can, it’s good for the environment, your health, and time outdoors has been proven to do us good.
2. LET KIDS HELP WITH RECYCLING
Emily’s going to start introducing the idea of recycling to five-year-old Millie.
Kids love to get involved if you make it fun. Plus, you’ll be setting up good habits for the future.
3. CUT FOOD WASTE
Invest in a countertop food bin and a compost bin outside, you can even get smaller ones for patios and balconies.
4. SAVE ENERGY
Switch off plugs when they’re not in use to cut your electricity bill.
5. EAT LESS MEAT
The carbon emissions caused by the meat industry is one reason Emily aims for several meat-free days each week. Apart from the benefits to the environment, it also gets kids used to eating more vegetables.
6. USE REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES
Avoid packaged drinks by refilling children’s own bottles with tap water.
7. CUT OUT PLASTIC
Reduce your household plastic by buying loose fruit and vegetables, and opt for a biodegradable shopping bag.
8. SWITCH TO BAMBOO
Biodegradable Bamboo Baby Wipes by The Cheeky Panda are gentle on skin and on the environment. Unlike other wipes, which are full of synthetic ingredients, these are natural with refreshing aloe vera and fruit extract and are never tested on animals.
9. SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE
The ‘subscribe and save’ option online at www.thecheekypanda.co.uk is great value. There are bundle offers on its plastic-free products, including facial tissues, toilet roll and kitchen roll.
THE CHEEKY PANDA ARE OFFERING 50 PER CENT DISCOUNT ON YOUR FIRST PLASTIC-FREE BOX FROM WWW.THECHEEKYPANDA.CO.UK. VALID UNTIL AUGUST 31 2019. USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘OK!’.
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