Blog | 6th Oct, 2010

Our top tips for feathering a greener, cheaper, safer and more comfortable nest

Now we know you mightn’t have a bun in the oven right at this moment (a big congrats if you do!). But chances are you know of someone that does, or will in the not too distant future. So keep this one handy for that special time and share it round. We also encourage you to support your fellow mums and dads by contributing your own hot tips on being a green parent down below.

As a new parent you want a healthy, safe environment for your children to grow up in. At the same time, the pitter patter of little feet can lead you to super-size your ecological footprint.

You might find yourself upgrading appliances, getting another car, running the washing machine ragged and literally burning the midnight, and 2am, oil. But the good news is that there are many simple things you can do to help our environment that will also make life more comfortable for you and your baby. Many will also save you money – a precious commodity when you have another mouth to feed!

Remember there’s no need to go from mere mortal to environmental saint in a single bound. Pick a couple of tips that suit you, see how you go with them, then take on a couple more. Then pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Here’s our top tips:

1. Draught-proof and insulate your home to keep out the heat and cold

2. Learn how to live without chemicals and detox your home

3. Making big buys? Use our tips and links to buy greener

4. What you really need to buy for your new baby

5. Safer, greener renovation

6. Find out about the gadgets and habits that will save you water, energy and money

7. Tips from parents about getting around with a baby

8. Learn about modern re-useable nappies – why not give them a go?

Have you got any hot tips? Feel free to share them here…