I first wrote this blog post for Isabella and Us and you can read the whole blog post here.
I’m Laura. I’m a single mother living in Brighton with my 3 year old son, Finn.
I founded Plastic Free Baby, an online plastic-free shop and eco blog when I was pregnant, and here’s why…
When I was struggling to conceive a child, I wanted more than the “just think positive” words of wisdom people offer up. I wanted tangible ways to improve my chances of conceiving and birthing a healthy baby. This research became more significant still, when I lost my much yearned for first pregnancy a few weeks into the pregnancy.
My research took me to books and studies, pointing to the harmful toxins in common plastics being a risk to human fertility, to developing embryos and foetuses, to babies, infants and children, and to all humans. It really was revelatory!
Plastics can leach harmful toxins which can be endocrine imitators or interrupters, chemicals that can disrupt our bodies endocrine system, the system that produces hormones. Endocrine disruption by plastics toxins can lead to negative impacts on growth & development of foetuses / babies, weakened immune systems, reproductive issues, metabolism issues, and so much more.
We’re all aware of the environmental damage being caused by plastics and so many of us ‘choose to refuse’ single-use plastics for Mother Earth’s benefit; the hideous impacts that plastics have on human development is something far less talked about. We need to shout this from the rooftops!
I’m no scientist: I’m a concerned mummy who wants the healthiest of starts for her child. When I was trying to conceive, therefore, I cut back on my plastic consumption and usage.
When I was pregnant with my son I searched for plastic-free baby products, as natural alternatives to plastic-based baby goods, so that my baby could be introduced to a plastic-free environment from the get go. It was SO hard! This is when my shop & blog, Plastic Free Baby, was born!
I started Plastic Free Baby to help other parents like me, who hope to avoid plastics for themselves and their children, as a helpful resource to other eco-minded mums and parents, either those hoping to conceive, or those who are pregnant, those that have newborn babies, or children.
Read some of my top tips for reducing your plastic usage for the health of your family and baby via the Isabella & Us blog post.
What are your top tips for plastic reduction in your household? Do you try to limit the plastics that your baby comes into contact with? I'd love to hear from you.
Founder of Plastic Free Baby
You can now get 10% off Plastic Free Baby products via RAISING EARTH: https://raisingearth.com Raising Earth is a membership for families who would like to become more sustainable the easy way and have fun at the same time!