Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! We know what you are thinking…being a parent is hard enough on its own! Now we want you to think about limiting your use of plastics on top of it?! Well, the good news is we have some simple solutions for you to help leave the world in better shape for your children. We know some plastic is unavoidable—a breakable glass bottle is not going to be a great solution for a toddler prone to throwing things—but learning what it means to be a good citizen of the planet at an early age will help your toddlers build good habits for later in life as well!

Tips for Using Less Plastic While Parenting:

  1. Save all your bags from other retailers! Cloth totes from events, your old beach bag, and that random plastic bag from Target can all be used when you grocery shop. Parent Pro Tip: Leave them in your car for easy access for shopping trips.

  2. Ditch the one-time-use water bottles and swap them out for reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles instead—get one for each member of your family!

  3. On lunch duty? Bento boxes and reusable containers create less waste and are also are great for sharing on insta.


  4. Buy plastic-free containers like glass or metal jars.

  5. When possible, buy used items. Need a baby swing or high chair? Most baby goods are hardly used, with a little bit of elbow grease you’ll have brand new baby gear for a fraction of the cost.

  6. Bye, Bye, Straws. If you are eating out at a restaurant, ask them to skip the plastic straw. And if your kids like using straws at home, buy steel straws that can be washed and reused.

  7. Upgrade your cutlery. Make sure your little one has a reusable spoon, fork and knife in their lunchbox if they need it so that they do not have to use plastic cutlery. 

  8. When you are out for ice cream, choose a cone. Less plastic and more tasty treats…win-win!

  9. Visit the farmers market! Shopping local where you can buy in bulk gives back in more ways than one, plus you can shop with your own containers.

Final Thoughts About How to Reduce Plastic Use

Even the smallest of changes can make the biggest impact. It all starts at home and children learn when you lead by example. Set a goal to make one change per month and the task will not feel so overwhelming. What the first change you plan to make in your home to reduce plastic use? Tell us in the comment below.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.