It’s hard to navigate the world of fertility while also trying to focus on sustainable and environmentally-friendly options. If you’re trying to conceive, already pregnant, or simply want to stay in tune with how to be less wasteful, we’ve got some advice (and great brands) that can help you through your journey.
- Less single-use plastic: This can apply to many items, especially when you’re trying to conceive. Pregnancy and ovulation tests can create lots of waste. Try looking for brands that use less plastic. For example, Ovry strip tests use 99% less single-use plastic than store bought tests. Another way to cut down on plastic is to stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle, like the ones from Swell or Lululemon. You can also bring a tumbler to your favourite cafe instead of using a to-go cup for your hot beverages.
- Know the source: Buying locally can cut down on your carbon footprint. It can also help you understand how the products are made and where the ingredients come from. Sḵwálwen Botanicals is dedicated to creating clean skincare products, which is especially important for moms, expecting moms and anyone with skin sensitivities. They harvest plants sustainably, using high quality and organic ingredients from Squamish, British Columbia. Another BC brand, Better Basics, swaps toxic chemicals for earth-friendly ingredients so you can keep your home clean in a sustainable way. For more local options, you can use directories, like Shop Local Canada, to find out which stores are near you.
- Reuse your wardrobe: Instead of buying all new maternity clothes to fit every stage of your pregnancy, take another look at your current wardrobe. Stretchy leggings, workout gear, and baggy sweatpants and sweaters are staples that can work at almost every size. If you’re still lacking specific items, try brands that are more sustainable. Storq uses non-toxic fabrics, minimal packaging and has a program for customers to donate items they no longer need to low-income families. Alday is a brand with high quality maternity essentials meant to last. They’re fully made in Canada and use sustainable fabrics.
- Shop with zero waste: No matter where you are in your fertility journey, you need to nourish your body. But regular grocery stores can produce unnecessary waste. Try an alternative, like Bare Market in Toronto. They don’t use packaging for their goods and food products. Instead, the items are kept directly on the shelves, in glass containers or in baskets. Customers can bring their own reusable bags or mason jars to fill up and take home. Other zero-waste stores include Nada in BC, NU Grocery in Ottawa, LOCO in Montreal, and The Tare Shop in Halifax.
It may seem daunting to make major changes overnight, so try one (or all) of our tips little by little to live a more sustainable lifestyle.