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5 great alternative products for eco-living



Kate Meads has been an advocate for the earth for many years, running workshops right around the country on cloth nappies and waste-free parenting.

These ideas are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about ways you can make a change to limit the impact you’re having on this precious earth. Don’t be daunted – if you take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.

It has taken my family years to achieve what we have and it was baby steps all the way. I’m doing pretty well at living sustainably, but I am not perfect. I drive a V8 for goodness sake.

However, in my day-to-day life I try to make resourceful choices and do my best to have less impact on the planet.
I see around 5000 families each year through my workshops and I’ll be happy if I can inspire those families to do just one thing differently. It is not about feeling guilty, it is about making the effort to change something. If every person makes one small change each day, the results over time will be huge

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Reusable food pouches and wraps
Food is one of the biggest culprits of needless packaging. If you use plastic zip-lock bags you can certainly get more than one use out of them with a simple rinse and dry, but if you want an even sturdier alternative, try pouches like the Kai Carrier (kaicarrier.co.nz). They can be reused around 40 times and are also dishwasher and microwave safe. Just pop in your fresh, homemade foods, including yoghurt, fresh fruit and vegetable purées, and freeze or store in the fridge for a few days. I also send my son, Daniel, off to school with his crisps packed in a reusable Kai Carrier snack pack.
Tupperware is an oldie but a goodie. I have a set of containers I purchased at a Tupperware party when Daniel was just a baby and we still use them for crackers and fresh fruit in his school lunchbox. 

Kai Carrier Kai’cicles ice block pouches (20 pack), $19.99, from kaicarrier.co.nz
Kai Carrier sandwich bag (5 pack), $9, from kaicarrier.co.nz

 Find out when Kate is coming to your town by visiting her at thenappylady.co.nz.



  




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