Yes, You Can Practice Sustainability as a New Parent With these *easy* hacks.

By Babe | Photo by @kaleyfromkansas

While we all want to be more sustainable members of Mother Earth, for new mothers, that can be particularly challenging task. It’s hard to forego paper towels when you’re covered in spit up, or to not use disposable diapers and wipes amidst a major poop explosion. But even the most overwhelmed, exhausted new moms can make a few small changes in their day-to-day lives that will benefit the planet for generations to come.

1. Ditch the read meat.

We know beef isn’t the best for your health, but it’s also super unsustainable. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, cattle farming is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases and is a major source of deforestation. So try some chicken or fish on for size.Make your first family trip a green one: Because you’re going to want to take junior to the beach, now you fly with eco-friendly airlines like Jetblue and United that make it easy to offset your trip’s carbon footprint in a few clicks.

2. Wash clothes in cool water temps.

Your washer will use a lot less energy when it doesn’t have to heat up wash water. (Bonus points for saving on your energy bill!)

3. And speaking of laundry….use a plant-derived laundry detergent.

Use detergents that are free of artificial fragrances and sulfates, so you can go gentle on baby’s skin AND the planet.

4. Practice greener travel.

Because eventually you’re going to want to travel with babe. Opt to fly eco-friendly airlines like Jetblue and United that make it easy to offset your trip’s carbon footprint.

5. Keep your fridge between 35 and 38 degrees.

Anything lower than that temperature range is a waste of energy.

6. Pack snacks.

Like duh, but stock up for family excursions so you’re not tempted to buy packaged goods when you’re out.

7. Join a local farm share or CSA.

Enjoy cooking family meals together with wide varieties of produce you’d never think to use otherwise. Also, watch the fascinating, kid-friendly web series How Does It Grow, which will intrigue young gourmands with stories about the foods we eat.

8. Get a ficus plant.

They can help remove chemicals from the air in your home.

9. Don’t clean with harsh chemicals.

From the tub to the dinner table, you want to create an environment that’s free of harsh chemicals for your child. Nourish their sensitive skin with high-quality, plant-powered products.