2017 has not even started and already I am thinking….how can I do this when my husband and I both work full time and we have two young children?

I knew we used a lot of plastic, but I did not realise just how much plastic waste we actually produced each day. This is the waste from yesterday, shown with our eight month old so you can see the scale (and he is a future All Black – so not a small delicate baby by any means!).

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Looking at our waste, the thing that stands out the most is the plastic milk containers. We consume a lot of milk! So my first job has been to find milk man that delivers in glass bottles. Luckily there are a number of websites which help you ‘find a milk man’ (http://www.milkandmore.co.uk/About/Milkmen and http://www.findmeamilkman.net/). But you do have to request glass bottles as it turns out some use plastic bottles too.

I’ve also been looking into reusable nappies. I always avoided these before as I thought the washing/use of detergents would be just as bad for the environment as using the disposable ones. And to be honest, I’m still not 100% sure they are better for the environment – they say don’t tumble dry, use with next baby, etc. But we live in the UK, I work long hours and am not very organised, so I know I will end up tumble drying sometimes and two babies is quite enough for us. However, I have decided to give them a go. A really lovely lady has given me advice on what to buy, different makes available on the market, costs and pros and cons of these. She gives all this advice in her spare time for free: https://www.thenappylady.co.uk/ I have ordered some for the baby and will let you know how I get on with them (and also if my electric and water bills go up!).

Finally, I have been looking into shampoos and have found out you can buy it in a bar: https://uk.lush.com/products/all-exclusives/karma-komba

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It smells nice, but my hair is already taking on a straw like quality. I might avoid candles/any naked flames this Christmas…

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