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5 steps to greener parenting:

Daily Lime founder Anna Minns shares five ways to help you lead a greener lifestyle.
By Anna Minns
Date: October 01 2012
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Many people want to know what they can do to lead a greener lifestyle, but they are not sure how to go about it, without sacrificing everything that they love. 

Here are five easy steps you can take towards greener parenting.

Get Swapping your kids clothes

Don’t you hate it when your discover an adorable jumpsuit in the bottom drawer that you’d forgotten about and now it’s too late, because your little one is now not so little! Do the sustainable thing – and get swapping! You can keep your children’s wardrobes fresh and funky as your babies grow by trading your quality pre-loved clothes online – or you can purchase designer label gear at a fraction of the retail cost.

Join a toy library

Sometimes, when you’ve got little kids, it seems like you might drown under a sea of brightly-coloured plastic toys. And despite the best of intentions, those plastic toys appear to breed. But there is a way to reduce the amount of fluro-plastic in your life, save money, and save on landfill, too!

Use natural teethers

All babies love to grizzle, cry, dribble and chew on toys, and it’s a good idea to make sure they’ve got something environmentally friendly and toxin-free to suck and chew on. Use toys and teethers made from natural rubber. It is soft, and it has been used safely for centuries so it’s guaranteed nasty-free.

Too many toys? Get swapping

The average household in Australia with kids has over 100 toys. Do you suffer from regular toy invasions? An annual toy swap can be great fun, reduce the use of resources, and free up your hard-earned cash and storage space!

Bum around in modern cloth nappies

In Australia alone over 3 million nappies are thrown away every day. These can take 500 years to decompose. When you are caring for little children the thought of cloth nappies may seem just too hard to think about. But modern cloth nappies are not as burdensome as they used to be - they’re also funky, cheaper and better for the environment!

Anna has a passion for all things green. She has a long held interest in the protection of the natural environment, in energy policy and the challenge of climate change. Anna is the founder of the Daily Lime and spends most of her time chasing after her two small boys

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