What is Sustainable Living?
Sustainable living aims to reduce personal and societal environmental impact by making positive changes to climate change and other negative environmental concerns.
It is a way of reducing humans "carbon footprint". Sustainable living encourages people to use wisely on Earth's resources and reduce the damages of human interaction in order to meet their need's.
What can we do to reduce our impact on environment?
- Cut out plastics
- Minimise food waste
- Save water
- Use eco friendly products: Don't buy fast fashion clothes. Instead buy organic or natural products
- Reduce the use of electricity
- Grow vegetables and herbs
- Reduce air travelling
- Plant trees
- Cycle more where you can instead of driving
- Eat less red meat
- Switch to clean energy
- Make your home more energy efficient
As Bebekish, we produce only organic and natural products that are not harmful to our little one's skin. We think about our babies, however we also think about our environment. Organic products uses less energy and less water. There are no chemicals used in the production which leaves a cleaner world to our little one's.
We plant a tree for every product sold. We want to make sure that we will have a breathable air in the future before it gets too late.
The state of the environment is pretty grim and we are all responsible of it.
As a person, you may feel inadequate to change the world but collectively we can have a huge impact on change. If we can all change the way we are living and think more about the environment, as a result of it, our world will change too.
Even if one person read this article and decides to cycle to work then you've made an impact.
Let's spread the word to everyone that we know. Let's make this planet much better place for our kids.
When you are pregnant it is very important to have healthy meals with essential nutrients and vitamins. It is also very important to have a healthy meal to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy.
When it comes to best food to eat, you make sure that they have full of vitamins in just a few bites. This will help you and your baby to get the best nutrients and vitamins you both need. But of course occasionally you can have an ice cream or a cake time to time. Don't feel yourself bad about it!
Healthy food list
1 - Kale 🥬
It is one of the the best pregnancy food. All green leaves are good for you such as kale, spinach, broccoli... But kale is an amazing food packed with lots of vitamins such as folate vitamin B and high in iron.
Folate helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spine in the first trimester. Iron helps prevent anaemia.
Easy recipe: Kale with roasted almonds and dried fruits.
2 - Wild Salmon 🍣
Cold water fatty fish is good for you and your baby's brain development. It is packed with DHA Omega 3s which help metabolise fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A & E. They may reduce prenatal depression and it is critical for the development for baby's eyes and brain.
Easy recipe: Roasted salmon with lentil and leeks
3 - Eggs 🥚
Protein is a major cellular building blocks for your baby's growth. Eggs is one of the few sources of vitamin D serving up to 44IU. Vitamin D plays a big role keeping calcium for bones and teeth for your baby, enhancing immune system.
4 - Legumes 🥜
Lentils, chickpeas, beans, peanuts and peans are high in protein fibre, folate, protein, iron and calcium - which are very important during pregnancy.
Folate is one of the most essential vitamin B(B9). You will need 600 micrograms of folate every day which is a challenge to get it from the food. If you add legumes to your diet, you can achieve most of it.
Easy recipe: Hummus, lentil salads, bean salads, taco or lentil curry.
5 - Sweet potatoes 🍠
Sweet potatoes are rich in carotene, a plant converted into vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A is essential for your baby. You should watch out having red meat intake. Try to balance your diet with high fibre of vegetables and meat at the same time.
Easy recipe: Veggie sweet potato salad with herbs and nuts or sweet potato mash with avocado and eggs for a breakfast.
6 - Avocado 🥑
Avocados are high in fibre, vitamin B, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin E & vitamin C. Because of their high content of healthy fats, folate and potassium, avocados are great during pregnancy.
Easy recipe: avocado spread for breakfast, avocado salad and try them in smoothies.
7 - Dried Fruit 🍉 🍎 🍌 🍓 🍍 🍒 🍇 🍋
Dried fruits are delicious and high in calories, fibre, vitamins and minerals. One piece of a dried fruit contains the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit in a bigger portion.
You should have some dried fruit but only one serving in a day.
8 - Berries
Berries contain water, vitamin C, fibre, carbs and antioxidant. It can be a great snack as they contain fibre and water.
Easy recipe: Berry smoothies, berries with yogurt and nuts.
9 - Whole grain
Whole grains are packed with fibre, vitamins and plant compounds. Choose oats, quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries and barley over pasta, white rice and white bread.
Some of the grains like quinoa are high in protein, magnesium, fiber and vitamin B. There are many ways that you can add whole grains to your meal such as curry with brown rice, quinoa and sweet potato salad.
10 - Lean Meat 🥩
Red meat, chicken, turkey and pork are high in protein. Beef and pork are rich in iron and vitamin B. Iron is an essential mineral which is used by red blood cells as a part of the hemoglobin.
Low level of iron may cause anemia during pregnancy which increases the low birth weight.
Easy recipe: Grilled chicken with pesto with kale salad, chicken soup with beans or grilled pork tenderloin.
11 - Dairy products 🍦 🧀
During pregnancy it is important to get extra protein and calcium to meet your baby's needs. Dairy products are high in calcium and also it provides zinc, magnesium and vitamin B.
Greek yoghurt contains more calcium than milk or cheese. Some of yogurt types also contain probiotic bacteria, which supports your digestive system.
Easy recipe: Yogurt with fruit, cheese sandwich with wholegrain bread, milk with cereals such as oats and berries.
12 - Water
We all have to stay hydrated, especially when you are pregnant. Dehydration may cause mild headache, anxiety, tiredness, bad mood and reduced memory.
An average pregnant women should drink 2-2.5 litre of water every day if you have not been told otherwise by your doctor.
Conventional cotton production relies heavily on the agrochemical pesticides (9% of world's usage), insecticides (20% of the world's usage) and chemical fertilisers (8% of the world's usage). All of these chemicals harms human health and world's eco-system. 77 million farmers suffer from pesticides poisoning.
Conventional cotton production requires high usage of water and energy consumption. The use of water consumption in cotton farming creates incredibly environment challenges. Cotton is generally grown in places where water is in short supply such as Mediterranean, Australia, India, Pakistan and west United States. Extensive usage of water affects natural resources and eco system possible groundwater depletion.
The soil quality has reduced due to the usage of highly intense chemicals, non-organic farming methods.
Harmful substances and the results
During the conventional cotton production process, there is widespread use of harmful chemicals in the dying, washing and printing process which cause allergies and rashes. Babies have sensitive skins so they are the most vulnerable to chemical exposure.
GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standards) is the worldwide standards for organic fibres. GOTS ensures that the process of the manufacturing through its strict rules and regulations throughout the supply chain of a product.
Why is organic cotton clothing better for babies?
- Protects your baby's skin
Babies skin is very sensitive when they are born in the development stage (0-2 years). Babies skin absorbs nearly everything it comes in contact with including harmful chemicals comes from then products. Organic cotton products which are certified by GOTS are not harmful to babies. Every single stage of the production process has been certified by GOTS means that the products do not contain any harmful substances.
- High quality and soft clothes:
GOTS certifies organic cotton products have better quality than conventional cotton. They are softer and do not irritate baby's sensitive skin.
- Better for the environment (Air, Soil and Water)
Organic cotton farming methods are better and safer for the environment. It uses less water and energy. It uses 94% less greenhouse gas emission.
- Health and economical benefits for farmers
Organic cotton farming process does not harm farmers and their family. As the farmers use saved seeds instead of GMO, they are free from signing up contracts. Farmers have better working conditions and their family becomes healthier.
- Bring awareness and builds conscious consumers
By switching our choice to GOTS certified organic cotton products, we reduce our carbon footprint, support our environment and protect our health. The growing awareness amongst the consumers creates a demand and more companies use organic cotton as a material.
In our research shows that the conventional cotton may harm your baby's sensitive skin. Choosing GOTS certifies organic cotton products will help creating a healthy future for your baby.
As Bebekish our aim is to create chemical free, healthy and anti allergic, super soft clothing for babies so that they can be happy, healthy and comfy all day.
"Because we care about our babies, our environment and their future"
Some kids are born with allergies due to their family genetics or environmental conditions. No parent wants to see their child suffer. Any child can develop allergies, but they are more common in children from families with a history of allergies. That’s why parents should monitor their child for symptoms.
Early identification of childhood allergies will improve your child’s quality of life, reduce the number of missed school days and help you avoid having to use sick time or vacation days to care for your child.
- Skin rashes such as eczema or hives
- Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose or itchy eyes
- Stomach upset
- Difficulty in breathing
Common Allergy Triggers in Children
- Outdoors: tree pollen, plant pollen, insect bites or stings
- Indoors: pet or animal hair or fur, dust mites, mold
- Irritants: cigarette smoke, perfume, car exhaust
- Foods: peanuts, eggs, dairy products such as milk or cheese
As a parent, you can do few things to ease the allergic symptoms. For example if your baby has an allergy for dust mites, you can remove the carpet in his bedroom and also you can use Bamboo Beddings for your baby.
Bamboo bed sheets minimise allergies by reducing the amount of moisture in your bed. Dust mites love to make their homes in synthetic and down materials. They retain moisture and provide a better living habitat, making the dry environment of Bamboo uninhabitable.
Allergy sufferers often experience restless sleep due to the irritating symptoms caused by dust mites, but by investing in bamboo bedding products, these triggers are minimised and sufferers can enjoy the full night of deep, undisturbed sleep they deserve.
If you see any of these symptoms make an appointment with a doctor or an allergy specialist. Although, before you go to the doctor it may be better to have a diary for at least 48 hours to see what kind of things triggers your child's symptoms.
Information is from sleep- clinic and https://acaai.org/allergies/allergies-101/who-gets-allergies/children/
If your little one is experiencing allergies or suffering from skin irritations and this is not food related, it is time to reconsider and switch to a different fabric or clothing material to purchase. Organic cotton is one of the best options that your little one can have.
Cotton is used widely in our lives from kitchen to the bedroom. Because of commercial farming methods, ordinary cotton may contain impurities that could trigger allergic reactions in some babies and even adults. This is where organic cotton comes in handy.
What is Organic Cotton Farming?
Organic cotton grows without using fertilisers, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals. With this kind of farming method, cotton trees are not sprayed or treated with any chemical. Organic cotton farming results into a sustainable environment as it helps maintains soil fertility and harvests chemical free cotton.
Traditional method of growing cotton not only jeopardises the environment but also everyone who grows such cotton as well. Other than that, here are more benefits of wearing organic cotton clothing:
Compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton is one of the most environmentally friendly options as it does not have a harsh manufacturing process.
The production of organic cotton fabric uses less energy, releases fewer greenhouse gases and due to the improved soil quality, uses significantly less water.
The health of workers are also not compromised. Lastly, the use of excessive fertilisers and pesticides also cause irreparable damage to the environment.
2. Safety Standards
Organic clothing products are safer as manufacturing process are strict and maintained by manufacturing standards. This is not only to minimise negative impact to the environment but to ensure customers can have better quality of cotton.
3. Avoid Allergies and Skin Concerns
Organic cotton products are safer and better for skin. Newborn babies have very sensitive skin in the first two years of their lives. We want to make sure that they have the highest quality products when they are babies to avoid skin irritations for future.
Organic cotton products are softer and safer for the skin, as the fibres are much longer, compared to regular cotton.
4. Save Money for Medical Bills
With better quality products and reduced exposure to allergens, your little ones will be more comfortable wearing clothes and will worry less about health and medical concerns. You then save on purchasing medical creams for your little ones.
When you use organic cotton clothing you help farmers too. They are no longer exposed to dangerous pesticides and chemicals. They will be healthier and will similarly not have to worry about medical issues and bills.
5. Improved Emotional and Mental Health
Little ones and farmers will benefit an improved emotional and mental health as they do not need to deal with skin conditions.
6. Helps Everyone Become Responsible Citizens
Organic cotton clothing helps people to consider about their health, their environment and also other people such as farmers. We become more responsible citizens.
You and your little one will realise the benefits of wearing organic clothing now and in the future. Less skin irritations will help your baby to be happy day and night. Also, he or she will less likely to have skin irritations in the future.
This amazing plant grows in tropical and temperate environments and is very hardy, not needing pesticides or herbicides to grow well. It is a type of grass and grows from it’s roots, when it is cut it quickly grows back with most species maturing in 3-5 years.
Antibacterial bamboo improves your baby's skin by just wearing bamboo clothes.
- Super soft bamboo is incredibly comfortable. It does not irritate your baby's skin. Your baby will be very comfortable with wearing bamboo sweatshirt , casual joggers and dungaree during the day.
Highly sweat absorbent: bamboo muslins absorbs more water than cottons so you can use it as a bath towel or sea towel.
- Hypoallergenic - Bamboo does not cause any skin irritations to your baby's skin. It is the best choice of clothing for your baby's sensitive skin.
Naturally UV protectant - bamboo protects your baby's skin from the sun. Bamboo can provide UV protection up to SPF56 and the same effect will be on after several washes. It is the best to use Bebekish Muslin Swaddles at the beach as a sea towel or push chair cloth for your baby
Organically grown bamboo without any need for chemical components so it is natural and organic for your baby.
Most eco-friendly fabric on the planet - It’s the fastest growing grass and can grow up to a yard or more per day. Growing bamboo improves soil quality and helps rebuild eroded soil
- Bamboo minimise dust and mites. Dust mites love moisture and bamboo beddings reduce the moisture in your bed. So dust mites cannot live in there.
Especially it is ideal to use as a bedding sets for newborn, allergic babies and kids.
Bebekish Bedding sets ensure better sleep for newborns and kids by eliminating dust mites and mold in the bed.