In the world of rearing children, there are so many products we have to use in order to keep our little ones fed, cleaned, entertained, and happy. Sometimes life can come at you so fast and you don’t even have time to blink an eye let alone think about “going green” for the environment. I by no means am that All American granola mom that has it all figured out in the land of eco conscious, but there are a few practices I have and will be adopting to better help the planet. It will help my little one understand how to better treat our home, thrive, all while reducing waste and chemical consumption! Here are five EASY eco friendly hacks you can try out today!
Most towns have a local farmers market that supplies fresh produce and products for the community. Supporting local farmers is a fun and easy way to go a little more green for the environment. This is also a fun way to get your family out in the fresh air to pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables for the week. During cold winter months this might be hard to do, so even if you make a goal to go a few times a month weather applicable that is great too!
This one may require a little more work on the front end. This may seem like it will take more time and work in the short term, but it will be better for your kids and lessen your footprint too! Most of the time those baby food purees come in plastic containers or little glass bottles that usually just find their way into the landfills. Granted, the glass bottles are not as bad for the environment, many times recycling glass is more of a hassle for many people than just throwing it away. Making your own purees and freezing the food in pre-set containers will be better for your kids and the environment. Win win!
Carrot, Mango and Apple Puree
By: Tyler Florence
Peel 3 carrots. Cut 1 mango into chunks. Halve and core 2 Granny Smith or Rome Apples. Arrange the fruits and vegetables on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast in a 350 degrees F oven until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Let cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. 
DIY Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are a must as any parent knows but unfortunately many times the wipes just end up in the landfill. The truth is, you really cannot live without them so going eco-friendly is a great way to contribute. You will need paper towels (I know not eco friendly but they can be recycled!), coconut oil, and hot water, and natural body wash.
Sounds easy enough right? This is a simple and effective way to get your kids to love the outdoors, and become aware of the earth. Try and get away from the city if you can so they can roam free (somewhat). See trash on the ground? Pick it up. Have trash to throw away? Try and recycle. Having your kids outside will help them to become aware of different “elements” they are not exposed to inside. All you will need is sunscreen, bug spray possibly, weather appropriate clothing, and unstructured playtime! It will work wonders for their minds!
Learn About Recycling
This can be a fun activity for children of any age. Being aware of conservation, and recycling at an early age will set them up to follow those habits as adults. Teach them that they can bring their own water bottle to fill up versus drinking four small plastic water bottles. You can emphasize that not everything belongs in the trash, and teach them the difference between the recycling bin and the trash can. Mother Earth will benefit, and you may even get some head turns too!
It is all about easy and quick for most parents, and we believe at SproutFit that doing your part to be environmentally conscious does not have to be hard and take a ton of time. Small habits that don’t seem like they make an impact, actually do! Am I missing anything? Comment below!