If you’re reading this blog it’s because you care about living more sustainably. However, this can sometimes be an exercise in Green Guilt.
Many of us are drawn towards living more sustainably, especially with social media making our lives ever more performative, we feel the pressure to live a certain way, then tell the world about it. Then, when we slip up and forget to recycle something, or to say no to a plastic straw, the Green Guilt arrives. We hang our heads in shame.
It’s a hard balance because we know we are living through a climate emergency and we can’t pretend that we’re not, but life sometimes gets in the way of us making the best choices. And sometimes we don’t know what the best choice is and we don’t have the time in the day to trawl the internet for the answers.
Luckily, we at Y’earn are here to help. We want this blog to help you on your quest for a sustainable family and to make meaningful changes which can make a big difference, without making you feel bad along the way.
Y’earn’s Sustainable Parenting blog does the research for you!
Where sustainability used to be about recycling or reducing our use of plastic bags, the fact is that now living sustainably encompasses so much more than that. But it can be difficult to know where to begin, and we recognise that! That’s why we created a post focused on how you can determine if something is bad for the environment, and another on educating ourselves to better understand climate change.
Want to decorate a nursery in the most sustainable way? We’ve got you. Need a pair of wellies for your toddler and want to know the most sustainable brands? We’ve got you. Want to take your family to eat at an eco-friendly restaurant which is also committed to fighting child hunger? No problem. Want to rent clothes and tackle clothes poverty at the same time? You guessed it, we’ve got you covered.
One change multiplied by 8 billion
It can seem overwhelming sometimes, but if all of us start to make small changes, the result will be huge for our planet. Imagine if every single one of us committed to only renting or buying secondhand products for the rest of our lives. We already have more than we need. Think of the difference that could make.
Living sustainably is not just about the products you buy. Small changes to your everyday habits really helps.. Events like World Water Day, Earth Day and International Compost Awareness Week bring our attention to the environment, but you can celebrate them every day of the year.
You might love your steak too much to give it up for good. That’s okay. Instead, why not commit to Meat-Free Mondays in your house? Show your kids that you can eat sustainably. Even once a week is better than nothing, so be sure to take a peek at our blog dedicated to sustainable food brands . Along the same lines, maybe you can cycle or take public transport rather than driving to work. Even if this isn’t possible every day, just a couple of times a week can have a positive impact.
Eco blogger Anne Marie Bonneau said: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” The same applies to all sustainable living. We’re all in this together.
Small changes to raise an eco-friendly family
There are so many ways we can all contribute. Ways that align with what we are comfortable with and can do right now. We want to make it easy for busy parents by sharing tips and advice… about more than switching to a bamboo toothbrush! Join our newsletter and you’ll never miss a post plus we’ll automatically enter you into our monthly giveaway!
What small changes will you make today to live sustainably? Let us know if there are topics you’d like us to cover.
If you loved this and would like more tips on how to live more sustainably, check out our More Love Less Waste blog guide. We are releasing blogs on a new topic weekly, to help you get started in an eco-friendly lifestyle!
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If this is your first visit, hello, let us introduce ourselves. We’re Y’earn and we exist to create more love, less landfill. Pretty lofty, right? Well, not really, it’s actually pretty simple. Our aim is to make renting as common as owning so we live more sustainably while helping the community around us.
Y’earn is a parent-to-parent marketplace to rent Baby & Kids items from people in your community or make some cash if you have items you don’t need right now. We’re a sustainable business that plants 🌲, adopts 🐝 and donates to children’s charities. We’re helping each other and the planet, one rental at a time.
You can read more about how Y’earn works here.
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