Green parenting on a budget- raising eco friendly kids
There are so many benefits of going green and yet we all can have a different reason for choosing this lifestyle. One thing we can probably agree on is that choosing more eco friendly options is not always the most budget friendly. If you are looking for tips for green parenting on a budget, then you are in the right place.
I love the green movement and have loved it for the past 12 (ish) years. When I was single and without kids, it was a little bit easier to make the added expense work in my budget. After having kids, I have had to find different ways to find and be able to afford environmentally friendly options.
Thank goodness I have also embraced the “less is more” concept in many aspects of our home and life so that has an added benefit to the budget and the environment. If you are looking to simplify and minimize for whatever reason, check out some of my popular posts like how to begin simplifying life through decluttering or rules for decluttering toys to help you downsize toy clutter.
Green living on a budget
As with anything in life, when it comes to what you really want to make room for in your budget, if it is important you will make room. If you have decided that you want to only buy eco friendly clothing, but your budget doesn’t allow for many purchases, buy less or buy used.
Clothing is absolutely one area where I have decided that I will buy a handful of new, eco friendly (and ethical) clothing, but then I buy the rest of my clothing second hand. This works really well for me and you may decide that you can also do something like this.
My best green living tip is if you need to buy new, save up for the expense or take something out of your budget so that you have more room for the thing you truly want/need. As a friend always says, “it is all about the trades in life”.
Benefits of going green
Gosh, where do I even start with all the benefits of going green? The environmental impact of choosing eco friendly foods and products is what really draws me in. I would love to see our planet not destroyed by plastic waste and pesticides by the time my life comes to an end.
The health aspects of choosing products without harmful ingredients such as phthalates, BHA, artificial dyes, pesticides, among so many other things, is an appeal to many. The fact that you can have a healthier home and a healthier environment at the same time is awesome!
With the growing trend of green parenting, a lot of parents just want to teach their children to love and appreciate the earth and to learn not to waste the resources provided. We need a lot more eco friendly kids in the future generations, but how do we pass this on to our children? We teach them by doing. We ourselves need to be eco minded.
Green Living tips for all parents
How to buy eco friendly clothes for kids on a budget
One of my favorite ways to shop for my little guy is to buy second hand. This gets a little harder as they get older, but not impossible. There are so many people who buy so many clothes for their kids that they may wear outfits a handful of times before passing it on to the next person.
Second hand clothes are the ultimate in eco children’s clothes. No unnecessary waste in production, no extra shipping (if bought locally), and you are actually saving items from the landfill. It is truly a win-win! If you don’t purchase clothes locally and shop online instead, that is perfectly okay too.
Check out Once Upon a Child, swap.com, ThredUp just added a kids section, kidizen.com (a bit pricier), and babyoutfitter.com. Facebook groups and ebay (funny enough) are great ways to get lots of clothes for a great price, but you will probably end up with some clothes at least that you don’t love.
New eco children’s clothes
There are sooooo many brands out there that are eco friendly (and ethically made) and they are dang adorable! These are a bit on the pricier side, but buying a couple new outfits probably won’t destroy your budget. Just make sure you have the funds for it:)
When shopping for any new clothes, be sure to get cotton, linen, hemp, or bamboo clothing. Stay away from polyester and polyester blends as it is made from plastic.
Eco friendly kids’ toys
Once again, one of the best ways to buy eco friendly kids’ toys is to buy them second hand and is true green living on a budget. Better yet, try a toy library if you have one near you (https://www.usatla.org/) or toy library subscriptions online. In my experience, second hand toys are usually just as good as new toys and really, how long do kids really play with a toy before they grow tired of it?
If you are searching for new eco friendly kids’ toys, be sure to check out toys that are made from recycled materials like Green Toys or sustainable materials like Oompa. Also, check out the Ultimate Green Store for toys from multiple brands.
Buying new eco friendly kids’ toys should be easy, but it isn’t always so. To make it a bit easier, be sure to find brands that are made with natural dyes (or not dyed at all), sustainable materials, or are recyclable or recycled.
Green living tips for any budget
The benefits of going green are pretty evident, but going green on a budget can be a challenge. Take it slowly. You don’t need to buy a lot of items all at once so you should be able to plan for the expense of green parenting. Also, try to remember that going green means that we should be good stewards of the resources we have. Reduce the amount of items that you buy, new or used, when you are making eco friendly changes in your home.
Last note on green parenting
Making any positive change towards being more eco friendly or raising eco friendly kids is a good step. If you can’t afford to make a lot of changes right now (financially or otherwise), then make 1 small change now and make more when you can. Green living on a budget is possible if you take it one step at a time. There is no perfect way to do green parenting, you are making a difference!
What is your biggest set back with switching to more “green” parenting?