I know most of you are already conscious about the waste you create. I wonder if you have made any new discoveries lately, are there any new eco friendly or low to no waste products that you are using? Today I'm sharing four eco friendly children's products that we've recently switched to.
1. PATCH Bamboo Plasters - I was amazed when I found these and now I'm telling everyone I know about them. The PATCH plasters are made from 100% certified bamboo fibre, are 100% biodegradable and completely compostable. In the compost they break down in around 10 weeks. In comparision many band-aids are made from plastics and not only don't biodegrade but may also release toxins, futher reading at Green Matters. (Available in Australia here).
2. Vegan and Biodegradable Dental Floss - As a family of five we use a lot of dental floss. Caspar and Otis always use way too much. My main concern isn't the actual floss but the little containers the floss comes in, it seems so excessive. There are a lot of brands around that offer plastic free dental floss with refillable containers. The Tevra dental floss we are using is 100% biodegradable, vegan and comes in a reusable container, the packaging is also plastic free. It tastes normal and works perfectly, this is an easy switch. (Similar in Australia here).
3. Bamboo Toothbrushes - Plastic toothbrushes are one of the common plastics found washed up on beaches (along with plastic cups, plastic bottles and flip flops), one has even been found inside an albatross. As it is recommended that we replace our toothbrushes every three to four months our toothbrushes can have a significant environmental impact. Bamboo toothbrushes have a lower carbon footprint compared to plastic handle toothbrushes and the bamboo handles are compostable. The children don't even notice the difference. This is also an affordable switch with bamboo brushes only costing a few dollars each.
4.& 5. Cotton Cleaning Cloths and Scrubbies - When Otto first started participating in dish washing and wiping his table, I gave him a small sponge to use. I simply cut an a adult size sponge into quarters. I found the sponge didn't last long and I was soon buying more. I've now swapped all of his sponges for stronger and longer lasting reusable cotton washcloths. Cotton crochet cloths are perfect for cleaning up spills and the crochet scrubbies are perfect for cleaning tables or washing dishes. I also think they look a lot better too.
Please let me know if you have any recommendations for us!