It Took Having Babies to Realize Just How Un-Green I Was

I made lists of all the major environmental offenders. All of the items that felt either unnecessarily wasteful or didn’t make an effort to minimize their impact.

I’ve always thought of myself as a responsible person. I pay my bills on time, care about others, and genuinely care about the planet we live on. In fact, if you’d asked me 5 years ago if I thought I did a good job of minimizing my impact on the environment, I probably would have said ‘Sure!’ (I mean I composted, right?!)

But the reality is, it took creating two tiny humans to make me realize just how ‘un-green’ I was. Our compost bin and meatless-Monday were NOTHING in comparison to the mountain of items that come along with a baby.

Disposable diapers? Yep, use a boatload of those every day.

Disposable wipes? Sure, sometimes like 8 at a time for particularly terrible poop-storms.

Disposable nursing pads? Uh huh, because who doesn’t need to stuff crunchy, uncomfortable, disposable pads in their bra every morning and night?

Big name baby wash? Of course, so-and-so said it was the best!

The list goes on.

With my first babe, I don’t think it really set in until we were out of the newborn haze. Everything was new, and I was on autopilot for so much of the experience. Taking the advice of moms who’d been there before me, and just trying to survive.

It wasn’t until I was getting (reasonably) full nights of rest that I sat back and started thinking about just what we’d done. The amount of waste and the environmental impact that this tiny human had in just their first year was ENORMOUS. And that didn’t sit well with me.

“I took a real, hard look at our life, and made some decisions on what I was willing and able to change, and what I wasn’t. (...) And I found Green Beaver.”

Kate Wallace – Mom and Founder of Emmett’s ABCs

So, I started making lists… because that’s what I do. I made lists of all the major environmental offenders (diapers, wipes, nursing pads, creams, washes, lotions, etc. etc.). All of the items that felt either unnecessarily wasteful or didn’t make an effort to minimize their impact.

And then I got real. I took a real, hard look at our life, and made some decisions on what I was willing and able to change, and what I wasn’t.

For us, disposable diapers were a non-negotiable. I know myself, and I know our life, and adding the stress of managing a cloth diaper system was not going to be good for anyone.

But nursing pads? Bath wash? Lotions? Those are areas I could make a change.

I found organic cotton washable nursing pads (which the ladies thanked me for!), and I found Green Beaver.

Knowing that Green Beaver is a Canadian company, that sources as many organic ingredients as possible locally, and creates safe, natural, healthy products was a change I could get behind. Every single bath with our kiddos now starts with Green Beaver Fragrance Free Baby Wash and end with Green Beaver Fragrance Free Baby Lotion. And we can all feel pretty darn good about that.

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