Trying to be Eco Friendly with Multiple Children

Eco Friendly with Multiple Children

Well three to be precise. You tend to have a lot of stuff with one child. Multiply that up threefold and you have the potential for supplying a country’s worth of plastic just yourself. So how do I try and streamline our life to attempt to minimise our single use plastic consumption? And live trying to be more eco friendly with multiple children.

Eco friendly with multiple children

  • Reusable nappies! I love cloth nappies. I have used the same set on all three of my children.
  • Reusable wipes! My first two children I used home made reusable wipes, I’ve been a bit lazier with number three and bought more disposable wipes.
  • Reusable cups. They all have one when we go out. Never had a problem re-filling them with water when out and about.
  • Plastic cutlery. Now this one sounds weird but I’m talking about the spoons and forks that I bought 10 years ago when weaning my eldest. Perfect for slinging in the rucksack and using for unexpected snacks. I still get arguing over who has the pink one though…
  • Hand me downs. My daughter wears the old boys clothes and football kits too. And when I’m done with them they get passed on. School trousers got holes in? They cut cut down into shorts. Make do and mend for a reason!
  • Wet bag. For the swimming kit – don’t take the plastic bags they sometimes leave for wet kit. I also have one for the nappies when out and about.
  • Cotton. I never used to consider that polyester had plastic in it. I try and stick to cotton clothing.
  • Lunch boxes! I’ve made some muslin washable bags for their lunchboxes and storing cake etc. I’m trying to cut down my kitchen roll and cling film use.
  • Recycling. I drive my husband insane with my insistence on what goes in the recycling. I have boxes of waste to take to different places. But our landfill is usually just two black bags a fortnight.

Bin and Recycling

What I Fail At

It is important to admit what we’re not as good at. For most of us parents it is probably a similar story.

  • Toys. Party bag toys in particular. The tat that they bring home and never look at again.
  • Toys. We were all kids once wanting the next big thing in toys. I mean have you seen an LOL doll? The amount of plastic packaging is obscene but my daughter saves up all her pocket money to buy them. Same thing with Match Attax and sticker albums.
  • Disposable nappies. I use them overnight, none of my children sleep well in cloth. And I need my sleep!
  • Disposable wipes.
  • Cling film. I’m trying alternatives but I’ve always been a bit lazy about finding them. I make no excuses – it has just been laziness and supermarket convenience.
  • Food packaging. My biggest fail. I can’t do a totally plastic free shop without affecting their diet, and I’m not prepared to limit what I feed them.


How do you compare? Do you have any suggestions for changes I could make? Tell me. I’m always trying to be more eco friendly with multiple children. To read about my journey with composting as a waste disposal technique read here.

Seaside Bin Recycling

2 thoughts on “Trying to be Eco Friendly with Multiple Children

  1. Hi Rhi! Have just found your website through twitter’s #Ethicalhour and love what you are doing!

    We’re also based in Cardiff and big on sustainability and low impact living. Most of the things you have listed we also do, some are recent others have always done. One of the guilt-inducing ones that we share is the little ones sleeping with disposable nappies, luckily it’s just the one and we try to go for the more eco-friendly ones but still… Cloth nappies aren’t the best for evenings here.

    What we have also done to reduce our footprint has been to invest in our own cutlery, reusable cups and each of us has his/hers own water bottle and were proud enough to have done a road trip to Portugal without buying any bottled water!

    Have you been to Viva Organics in Pontcanna yet? It’s Cardiff’s first zero waste shop, which is a great step onwards. Ripple should also open soon and we can’t wait!

    1. That’s great you’re a Cardiffian too. We will be spoilt for choice with Viva Organic and Ripple!

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