Green products for babies
With Ireland in the worst recession it has ever faced, you'd think eco- friendly baby products might have taken a bit of a hammering, but not so, as Irish parents still seek out the best natural foods, nappies, lotions and toys for their little ones.
People often associate environmentally-friendly with being expensive, but with the recession still biting, are parents still willing to shell out for green products?
EOPLE often associate environmentally-friendly with being expensive, but with the recession still biting, are parents still willing to shell out for green products? Well, according to Ann Kelsey of Econatural. ie, the answer is yes – but with a few stipulations. " People still want eco-friendly products but they now want better value. What I'm noticing now is that people are ordering in bulk rather than buying single items."
Kelsey says that once parents have introduced their children to, for example, organic foods, they find it extremely difficult to go back, and that eco-friendly products do bring great benefits.
" I have to say I've found disposable eco nappies great in terms of preventing nappy rash and they're convenient, which is a big thing for parents these days. People mightn't be able to do everything in as ' green' a manner as they'd like, but at least with the eco nappies you feel you are doing something useful for the environment."
She recommends Australian brand Bambo and German brand Moltex. For reusable nappies, the Happy Heinys range is extremely popular ( available from www.ticktocktots.ie) or try the gorgeous Itti Bitti D'lish range, available from www.greenbaby. co.uk.
Organic is a huge watchword these days and it means products that strive to reduce nasty or harmful ingredients and increase the quantity of positive, wholesome ones. It is clearly defined under EU law and two certifying bodies exist in Ireland: www. iofga. org and www. organic-trust. org.
Food companies such as Plum Baby and Ella's Kitchen specialise in nutritious organic food for children while the Organic Supermarket in Blackrock is Ireland's first organic supermarket ( www.organicsupermarket.ie). As well as this there is a wealth of great organic food shops and cafes around the country bringing people fresh delicious organic food such as Organico in Bantry, Co Cork ( www. organico. ie), The Happy Pear in Greystones, Co Wicklow ( www.thehappypear.ie) and Select Stores in Dalkey, Co Dublin ( www.selectstores.ie).
In terms of organic and eco-friendly products for children's skin, the range is growing all the time. " Earth Mother Angel Baby is a beautiful range of natural products for both mothers and children," says Kelsey, who has two small children. " I particularly recommend the Bottom Balm, which, on the rare occasions my children did get nappy rash, was very effective in getting rid of it."
On this note, Kelsey believes that using almost exclusively eco-friendly products in her home, from cleaning products to toothpaste to cleansing products to food, has brought with it substantial health benefits. " We rarely have any illnesses in our family and it would be extremely rare that we'd go to the doctor. I do think using healthy, natural products really makes a difference in this regard."
Mother & Babies