Motherhood & Zero-Waste Living: Verena Erin – The Wise Consumer

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Motherhood & Zero-Waste Living: Verena Erin

June 12, 2019

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Q & A with Verena Erin:

1) What is one thing about pregnancy that you were least expecting?

I actually was surprised by all the marketing and pressure around baby products. There is SO MUCH baby stuff and everything is sold as something you need to have. I knew it was a huge industry but it really preys on your emotions and can make you feel like you’re a bad parent or your child will somehow suffer if you don’t have certain products. The first time we went into a baby store they gave us a “new parent checklist” and as someone who likes to keep things fairly minimal it was super overwhelming. However after talking to other parents and watching videos about baby stuff on youtube it turns out most of the things you “need” are completely unnecessary.

2) How has pregnancy changed you?

I think this is a very cliche answer, but it’s made my think about the future and my life choices differently since it’s no longer just my life I’m responsible for.

3) What do you think will be the most challenging thing you’ll encounter when it comes to raising a newborn + living a low-impact lifestyle?

It’s really hard to say since I don’t have a baby yet, and I’m sure there will be a ton of new and challenging things. I definitely see not having the same time we currently do drastically changing our lifestyle though.

4) What three tips (things that worked best for you) can you share with other mothers/fathers to help them along their eco-conscious/slow fashion journey?

  • I think too often people get caught up in the “mistakes” or things they aren’t doing the best at. It’s more beneficial to instead focus your energy on the things you can do, and the areas where you can have an impact.
  • Tackling changes you want to make one at a time is a much better way to develop long-lasting habits than trying to overhaul your lifestyle all at once.
  • Utilize the amazing resources available! There are so many people now sharing their conscious lifestyles and tips online and through social media, find people who resonate with you and you can get a lot of helpful information and inspiration, as well as a sense of community since depending on what your friends and family are doing, trying to live more consciously can feel isolating.

5) List three of your favorite ethical and eco-conscious children’s brands (toys, clothes, food, etc.)

  • Ouistitine – beautiful handmade heirloom toys made from natural and recycled materials.
  • Under the Nile – organic and ethically made clothing, toys, blankets, clothes, and other baby textiles.
  • Mini Mioche – great wardrobe staples made in Canada from organic cotton.

6) Living an eco-friendly/slow fashion lifestyle isn’t always convenient or easy, but why does it matter that we at least try our best (there’s no such thing as perfection).
It’s important to remember that even the smallest actions really add up, so wherever we can choose to make changes and take positive actions can make a pretty significant difference over time. For example fairly easy things like turning your laundry temp down 10 degrees, going meatless once a week, or bringing reusable shopping bags can really add up to reduce your impact!

7) What topic are you most looking forward to discussing during this podcast conversation?
I’m really excited to learn from everyone else’s experiences!

 

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