Jessica Nelles – Baby’s Nest, Eco Blogger

When we first made the decision to live an eco-friendly life it seemed very overwhelming with all the changes we’d have to make so we started with small steps.

We felt what we were putting on our body and in our body would have the greatest impact so we started there. 

It took time and my goal was to change one thing a week and sometimes when that was too much, we tried for once a month.

 

Jessica Nelles, Baby’s Nest

What kind of world do you dream of for your child/children?

 

I envision us moving out to the country with our daughter and becoming self-sufficient. We’d plant acres of gardens, raise chickens, pigs, alpacas and goats. We’d have solar panels and make use of reusing as many items as we possibly could. We’d teach her to nurture and respect animals, the environment and to learn about where her food come from. We’d spend the weekend cooking using fresh vegetables, we’d spend lots of time canning in the summer for the long winter months.

She wouldn’t have to worry about the water being contaminated. She wouldn’t have to worry about reading labels because everything she eats would be healthy. She wouldn’t have to worry about the air she breathes being polluted. She wouldn’t have to worry about cancer, carcinogens, flame retardants, pesticides. She could sleep soundly knowing her health is not in danger. She would live in a clean, healthy, loving world.

She would never worry about the daily toxins we currently face and the impact it may have on her health. She wouldn’t think twice about what she is eating or wearing. She would learn how amazing fresh dried linen hanging outside smells. She would love naps out on the deck, soaking in the sun and warm breeze.

She would educate herself on the issues in the world and attempt to make a difference. She would learn to respect and care for everyone, she would grow a kind heart towards mother earth.

She would understand that life is not about material objects but rather family, friends and love. She would fight for the rights of humankind, fight for those who need to be fought for. She would save the bees (after all her nickname is Bee), she would fight for healthy food and options to be offered all around the world.

 

 What are the day-to-day actions you take to have an impact?

 

We have slowly started to change our minds towards how we view the world. This year we planted a vegetable garden, given it’s only small as we live in a city but to tend to it reap what we sow is worth it.

We also tend to buy furniture, clothes and other items used or as we call them previously loved. We have opted to use cloth diapers for my daughter, hand dry clothes when we can, changed what we put on our bodies (shampoo soap, makeup etc) and what we put in our bodies (going to grass fed, organic etc).

When we buy or do new things we always consider the impact it will have on the environment .We use only sustainable, eco-friendly and organic items. We also recycle and reuse as much as possible on a daily basis.

Photo: My first meme.....

What are some big steps you have taken to make an impact?

 

I started a blog geared toward informing parents about their options when it comes to eco-friendly baby, toddler and children’s items. I want parents to be informed and to make smart healthy decisions for their children.

I write informative articles, post DIYs, host giveaways and focus on reviews for healthy products.

 

What are the results of these actions?

 

I’d like to think more parents are choosing eco-friendly options for their children or at least considering the options I have presented.

 

What advice could you provide to others?

 

Small steps. When we first made the decision to live an eco-friendly life it seemed very overwhelming with all the changes we’d have to make so we started with small steps. We felt what we were putting on our body and in our body would have the greatest impact so we started there.

We looked into local sources when we needed to buy things, we discovered our local Farmer’s Market, we found organic farms near us that we could buy meat from.

It took time and my goal was to change one thing a week and sometimes when that was too much, we tried for once a month.

There are some big ticket items we have yet to replace (mattress’s) but for now we do what we can. We have them sealed in an organic mattress protector topped with a 100% real wool blanket and an organic waterproof protector.

Big ticket items take a while to get and it’s a goal to work towards so take small steps for now.

I never use to label read but I do now. I am very aware of everything that goes into and on my body. I tend to only buy things when I can read the label and know exactly what the ingredients are.

If there are a lot of chemical looking names, we skip over whatever it is. I started small and it became easier, now it just happens, I don’t even think about it.

 

Jessica Nelles, eco blogger at www.babysnest.ca

Jessica Nelles, eco blogger at www.babysnest.ca

 

Jessica blogs at Baby’s Nest, an Eco-friendly website that links parents with Eco-friendly options for babies, toddlers and children. In addition to linking resources, Baby’s Nest also hosts reviews and DIY projects. Jessica also blogs at The Journey of Ty, Jacob and Phoebe, a website about parenting through the difficulty of infant loss and rainbow babies. Jessica is the mother to one very lively earthy child and two heavenly children. In her free time….wait, she
doesn’t have any free time, but she does dream of moving out to the country, raising some animals and living off the land.

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