Low-waste living with kids sounds like an oxymoron but it IS possible, especially if you don’t get too hung up on perfection. Kids will bring home things from school, they’ll end up with plastic toys from well-meaning friends and family, and so on. It happens. However, we can help promote low-waste options whenever we have the chance. Goodie bags are a perfect example.
What is silicone? Is it plastic? Is it safe? Should we choose products made from it?
You may have noticed that this soft, flexible, plastic-like material is popping up everywhere from kids’ spoons and plates to baking sheets. It’s touted as our century’s wonder material!
The truth is a little complicated. In fact, I actually changed my viewpoint after I did the research for this post.
Dear World Leaders,
Should I have a second baby?
I have a son. He’s two. He’s a sweet little boy with big blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and an endless curiosity for the world. Growing up, I always pictured myself as a mom to two children, about three years apart. That means that now’s the time to start planning for a second baby.
But I’m not so sure. In fact, I’m terrified. I’ve read the 2018 IPCC report on climate change, and I understand, as well as any regular citizen can understand, what the world will look like at 1.5°C degrees warmer than pre-industrial temperatures. I know that we have an estimated eleven years to do something about it, or we’ll essentially be locked into irreversible total climate collapse. We’re not experiencing “climate change”—we’re looking at a complete climate breakdown.
I almost feel guilty admitting this, but I love giving gifts. I love choosing them, wrapping them, and giving them. I always have. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve started to realize that it’s just far too much stuff.
Even looking past the idea of waste and resources, I don’t have anywhere to store gifts. My place is very small! Most people I know don’t want to receive unneeded things either. While the intention can be wonderful, often the item itself isn’t needed or wanted.
We’re so fortunate to live in a day where we have numerous choices for our children’s playthings. Unfortunately, this choice can be a bit overwhelming! So I’ve taken a bit of time to compile some of my favourite toy brands for babies and kids.
Why does it matter which brands you choose? Quite a few reasons: