At Humble Children, we believe that there’s no place like home. It’s the perfect place to reevaluate your lifestyle and make meaningful changes, especially at the start of a new year. Whether it’s switching to a healthier diet or a more sustainable lifestyle, home is where you’ll be able to create the foundation for your future. Today we’d like to share the real changes we’ve made in our home to be a more sustainable family. These are the tools, services, and tips we’ve been using to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Read on to learn all about how we practice sustainability at home.
Eco-Friendly Tools and Services
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Whirli: Toy Subscription Service
Children love toys, but as parents we know that not all toys are loved equally. Whirli allows children to enjoy a fresh rotation of new toys without having to discard older toys. Families can subscribe to a plan to receive Whirli tokens to spend on toys from the company’s massive library, which has over 1000 toys to choose from. It even includes new must-have toys! Whirli subscriptions come with unlimited play time, flexible toy swaps, and the option to purchase favourite toys with a great discount. We love being able to treat Ollie with all the toys he wants, while knowing that they can later be enjoyed by other children.
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Oddbox: Fruit and Vegetable Delivery
Did you know that approximately a third of all food grown goes to waste? Some of this comes from consumers, while the other part comes from the farms themselves. Many farmers discard perfectly delicious fruits and vegetables because they might not look right for the supermarket. Oddbox collaborates with farmers to save fruits and vegetables that have grown in unusual shapes and sizes. We love that Oddbox allows us to reduce food waste in the UK in a convenient and efficient manner. The innovative company has helped rescue thousands of tonnes of produce, save thousands of litres of water, and reduce thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions. Oddbox has made us rethink the way we view our food; just because something looks a bit different to what we’re used to, it doesn’t mean the taste has changed!
Replacing Single-Use Plastic
Single-use plastic is convenient, but it also creates a lot of waste. We’ve learned to kick the habit by switching to reusable solutions. These options are not just better for the planet, they’re also better for our wallet. Choosing reusable items reduces waste and consistent spending on single-use options. Some of the switches we’ve made so far include:
- Stasher bags instead of single-use sandwich bags for snacks and leftovers
- Glass or aluminium bottles or reusable cups for on-the-go drinks
- Reusable totes for shopping and groceries
- Plastic-free toiletries; this includes solid options like soap and shampoo bars, as well as products packaged in glass and aluminum
- Plastic-free cleaning solutions; new cleaning brands like Smol and Wearth London are offering convenient eco-friendly cleaning kits that include reusable bottles and cleaning capsules
Other eco-friendly changes we’ve made are just simple lifestyle changes. We’ve noticed that sustainability is generally about going back to the basics; these are habits that your parents and grandparents probably grew up with. These include:
- Washing clothing in cold water when possible
- Hanging laundry to dry instead of using the tumble dryer
- Mending and patching clothing to extend its longevity
- Replacing fluorescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs
- Unplugging electronics when they aren’t in use
- Creating a compost bin with kitchen scraps
- Growing and eating more vegetables and fruit, and consuming less meat and animal products
- Creating a compost bin for kitchen scraps
- Buying toys second-hand and choosing wood or sustainable materials instead of plastic where possible
- Shopping at the local farmer's market and low-waste grocery stores
We hope these tips will help you lead a more sustainable life! We would love to hear about the lifestyle changes you’ve been making.