Zero Waste Baby Essentials

With baby no.4 on the way I’ve been thinking about the things I need for baby. When I had my last baby who is nearly 2 already I wasn’t yet set on my more conscious eco friendly path, apart from using hand me downs.

So in this post I will discuss what I will be doing and what works for us as a family , this of course will be different for all families. But this might provide some ideas if your thinking about going more eco friendly.

One of the main things I have got for the new baby are reusable nappies , I have kindly been given a haul of gNappies by a friend , which has saved me a small fortune. I have looked at cloth nappies since my first but always been put off by the initial cost , but I now know that it’s perfectly fine to use second hand nappies and often much cheaper than a new.

Something that goes hand in hand with reusable nappies are reusable wipes. There are lots of companies that make and sell these ; However I will be trying to use what I have as I have some terry fabric leftover from an old Etsy venture I did a while ago making bibs and burp cloths. I am most excited about this because I really am the most forgetful person and often run out of wipes so in part already use cloth wipes part time . Also again the cost will make a difference I’m sure.

Another way I will be trying to stay plastic free are the baby products I use . As a family we have already have swapped to soap , so will excitedly find a nice gentle one for the new babe. But one thing I am excited about using again are products from Earth Mama Angle Baby , with my first my mum got me some of the Baby bottom balm and the nipple butter and was by far the best two products that I was given. They come in glass jars and the texture of them both is so silky unlike a lot of other creams and ointment you can get which can be thick and clagy.

And lastly of course I will be using hand me downs and second hand where possible, and my babies are very lucky to have a wonderful great grandmother who loves to knit for them , so I am very much excited about the lovely new items she has excitedly told me about.

I’m sure there is more that we will do but for now those are the main areas we are looking at. Do you have any tips drop by in the comments I’m always up for new items .

Thanks for reading

Zx

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Brighton Funday

I recently, after a while went to Brighton for a day trip, we used to live there but moved across the coast to Eastbourne a couple of years ago. It’s such a short train ride and my big bro lives there , and they have zero waste options !! . Yassss girl.

HISBE

So top of my list after hanging with my bro was checking out HISBE

( How it should be).  It’s an independent store that offer so many zero waste , no packaging options .  The fresh produce and bread were amazeballs.

Refill Bar

They also had an awesome refill bar. Now reading other people blogs , seeing Instagram feeds I was having some serious refill envy , the cost saving , the reducing of plastic packaging. I had looked in to alternatives like bulk buying online , which is still a really good option and have recently found that Ocado sell big Ecover refills and Method also. But I felt like kid in a sweet shop . There was laundry detergent, cleaning fluid , hair care . They also sell refillable containers. I forgot to take a picture but I got some washing up liquid and shampoo.

The other part of there refill section was the dry products. From pasta to porridge and even chocolate discs. It was great use can use your own container or they had paper bags there, which was good because I had come out with nothing so appreciated the options there. I definitely plan on going back soon with produce bags and reusable bottles in tow and have a bigger shop.

Glazed

After a satisfying shop around HISBE and a bumble about The Laines we headed to Glazed . Now I spotted this place on Instagram and they say they are next level doughnuts and they are also vegan. The place when you walk in just had a great laid back skater vibe , there is local art on the walls and doesn’t seem like it’s trying to be cool, it just is . We got some doughnuts and the guy threw in a free one , we had two raspberry , a Oreo chocolate and a cinnamon sugar one . They were next level, we also had a couple of coffees with oat milk , it may have been one of the best coffees I’ve had in a while , it was a flat white and mighty strong just the way I like it . I am now also a convert to oat milk and may try to make my own. This will be visiting again I’m sure , if I lived in Brighton this would be a regular hangout.

It was so nice to be back in Brighton , it felt like home . Next on my list for the next adventures of Zoe and Sean (my bro) Silo and some other refill places in Hove. Gosh don’t I know how to live it up. Until next time.

Z x

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Handmade Crackers

My kids are crazy for crackers, they will have them with cheese, just butter, peanut butter ….. the list goes on.  Well on this zero waste journey of ours, I haven’t been able to find anything suitable, all the crackers in the supermarkets are laden with plastic packaging.  So admittedly I have been buying store brought crackers to satisfy my rabid animals kids appetite.

 

So, my search online began and there are sooooo many recipes out there. Choices with different toppings, poppy seed, cheese, fennel.  I chose to stick with a plain cracker and adapted this recipe.  Nice simple cracker perfect for my first attempt, they were so easy I was surprised I hadn’t made them before.  Firstly, the ingredients list was the most important, I had all the necessary components in my cupboard.  There was no way I was going out, it was -3C and being by the sea it makes it feels colder I’m sure, then you throw in to the mix three kids under five with a double pram and icy roads, no way.

 

These crackers mixed up easy, although the recipe called for a food processer I did everything by hand, with my trusty wooden spoon.  You just form into a dough, roll the dough really thin, I found it quite easy at first to roll nice and thin at first but towards the end when your using the off cuts and rerolling the dough becomes tougher and harder to roll thin, I think that’s something to do with the gluten???? , I vaguely remember Paul Hollywood say something to that effect.  Cut in to your desired shape, I chose to do a variety of shapes small fluted ones, hearts and bigger rounds.  One step that you mustn’t forget is pricking several times before they go in the oven, this ensures they stay flat.

 

When these lovely crackers come out of the oven the recipe states to brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.  I don’t have a pastry brush, but attempted so drizzle and rub with my hands, it was harder than I thought and after a few scorched fingers I thought ‘oh wouldn’t it be lovely to have some plain crackers’ safe to say they still taste nice, and will be perfect with cheese, these also got the seal of approval from my brood who were trying to pinch them whilst they were cooling on the rack.  I just popped these in a jar I had from Poundland for easy storage in the cupboard.

 

Homemade Crackers

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 70 crackers

 

Ingredients:

2 cups Plain flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup cold water

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

coarsely ground sea salt, for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt in the bowl and mix well.
  3. Add butter and combine using fingers until all incorporated.
  4. Mix in the oil.
  5. Incorperate the water slowly and mix until the dough begins to form a ball.
  6. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough as thin as possible.
  8. Cut the dough into your desired shapes with a cutter, or cut squares with a knife
  9. and arrange on a baking sheet lined
  10. Gather scraps of dough and re-roll until all dough is used.
  11. Using a toothpick, prick several holes in each cracker. (Don’t skip this step- you will not have nice, flat crackers if you don’t.)
  12. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven, brush the tops with melted butter, and immediately sprinkle with coarsely ground sea salt. (If you don’t sprinkle the salt on the melted butter right away, it won’t stick.)
  14. Remove from baking sheets and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe adapted from www.kitchenjoyblog.com

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10 Easy Changes

Going Zero Waste seems like a daunting task. To be honest that’s why it took me a lot longer to get started, but after doing a bit of online research, there are some really easy ways to get going and some things are no cost.

1.Say NO to plastic straws. This one is easy, just say no, and if you must have a straw, purchase a stainless steel one that you can pop in a bag when you go out.

2.Use a reusable bag. Some shops and most supermarkets sell cotton shopping bags. They are easily foldable so can be taken in your pocket or backpack.

3.Get package free produce. One of the things I noticed when I started thinking about my life less plastic – boy oh boy, supermarkets love packaging! However, it is possible to shop in supermarkets and get loose fruit and veg. Also, take advantage of any local market or farms. As an extra positive, you’ll be supporting your local community.

4.Recycle / upcycle. It’s great that we have a 2 weekly recycle collection, and I do work at making sure that everything that can be, is recycled. Also, I do love a good upcycle project.

5.Swap plastic. Have loads of Tupperware pots? I did! I am slowly getting / reusing glass jars for things in my kitchen. On the plus side, I can see what I have left and it looks better in my cupboard.

6.Eat in/ at home. To avoid disposable waste, either enjoy a meal or a coffee at home or, if you are out, take 5 minutes and sit in.

7.Make cleaning products. There are so many recipes available online for homemade cleaning products, from laundry detergent to drain cleaner.

8.Shop second hand. You can get some nice finds for the whole family, and indeed the whole house, if you have a good rummage in a charity shop.

9.Handmade. If, like me, you have a sewing machine that is feeling a bit lonely, go and make them happy and sew some stuff, cloth produce bags, clothes, toys, the list goes on.

10..Milk delivery. Look online for your local milk delivery. All in glass bottles and delivered to your door – score!

I am slowly introducing more zero waste habits in to my life and hopefully this inspires others to do so also.

Zx

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