Practical Ways for Busy Moms to Integrate Eco-friendly Living
Being eco-friendly may not always seem like the most readily available option, especially when you are a busy mom. Between getting the kids to school, running errands, and trying to fit in a little time for yourself, it can be hard to find the time to do anything else. But did you know that there are ways to integrate eco-friendly living into your everyday life without too much effort? In this blog post, we will discuss some practical ways for busy moms to go green!
Along with the many environmental benefits of composting (naturally enriches our soil, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, reduces methane emissions from landfills, lowers your carbon footprint, etc..) -- this eco-friendly practice creates free nutrient dense soil to use in your garden and potted plants.
It’s not as complicated as you might think. All you’ll need to get started is a pail or Tupperware container in the kitchen to collect scraps and a composting bin. (or a spot in the yard for a pile) Bonus: there are many super easy, kid friendly, videos available to help you get started!
But what if I don’t have a garden or anywhere to use my beautiful composted soil? Ideally, the backyard is the best and easiest place to compost - set up a container, learn the basics, and you're set. However, if you don’t have a yard or don’t want to deal with tending to a compost pile, there are places all over that love nothing more than to receive your waste. You can find a full list of where to compost, by state, here!
Another way to be eco-friendly is to use natural cleaning products. While there may be recipes for DIY cleaning products that you can easily make at home (if you haven’t learned about the magic of vinegar for your household cleaning, it’s a must!), there’s also an entire marketplace of eco-friendly options available on sites like,
- Thrive Market
- Done Good
- BLK + GRN (all Black-Owned product selection)
Not only are these much better for the environment, but they also typically come in concentrated formulas that last longer, so you can save money while saving the planet.
As we briefly touched on when it comes to cleaning products, Amazon Aware is another great way to integrate eco-friendly options into your home, with the convenience of Amazon! You can view hundreds of products that are both Climate Pledge Friendly certified and verified carbon neutral. Products that are listed in the Amazon Aware storefront are all made of organic, natural ingredients, so this is a great place to start for beauty products, household cleaners, clothes, bed sheets, and more.
Teach your kids about the Earth
One of the most powerful thing a parent can do is to begin instilling Earth-loving habits and concepts in their little ones at a young age. After all, children are our future! This doesn’t have to be a big event, but can be little things you teach them everyday. Teaching eco-friendly practices can look like everything from having them watch FernGully to explaining to them about where food comes from while you’re walking through the grocery store or preparing their lunch. Here are a few of our favorite ways we incorporate teachings into our day-to day.
- Teaching the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” (Cloth diapers, reusable snack bags, and reusable straws are a great way to re-enforce this concept)
- A trip to the local farmers market. Explain to them why it’s important to support local farmers and to cook with fresh fruits and veggies.
- Conserve water. Explain why it’s important and show them how much we use on a daily basis.
- Donate gently used items or shop at a thrift store. This shows that clothing and toys are not disposable and the value of good quality items
- Grow a garden. Go all out with a garden, grow a tray of microgreens, or get a few potted plants to give kids a hands-on learning experience of the magic of nature
Incorporating eco-friendly practices in your home, and teaching our littles to do the same, is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. These are our favorite practical ways for busy moms to be eco-friendly, but do you have any tips to add? Please share in the comments below!
Looking for more eco-friendly tips? Check out our other blog post, "Reusable Products that Every Mom Needs”
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