Diapers. Wipes. Clothes. Nursery furniture. Our culture tells us that in order to prepare for a new baby, we need to buy a lot—in fact, some research suggests that the baby product market will reach upwards of $16.78 billion by 2025.
But while some items definitely veer more on the side of non-negotiable, maybe it's time to rethink the impact these consumption habits have on our planet at large—especially as we raise the next generation to call it home.
It's easier than you think, says Sara Tso, low-waste guru and the blogger behind Matchbox Kitchen. Since giving birth late last year, Tso has managed to maintain the sustainable lifestyle she preaches so well—all with the intent to pass that ethos down to her daughter.
"I hope to teach her that making a positive mark on the world doesn't have to mean inventing a new product or becoming president, and that we can all make a positive impact by living by example," she says. Below, she shares some of the other ways her life has changed since becoming a mother—and how we can all take small steps to make a difference in the world.