11 sustainable habits trending on Pinterest right now

Small changes can make a big difference, mama.

trending sustainable habits

There's no question that there's a shift toward more conscious consumption these days. As mamas consider their family's impact, we're leaning into more sustainable products and keeping an eye on waste.

Naturally, this shift has made its presence on Pinterest, too. "We're seeing a rise in people searching for sustainable and eco-friendly ideas across areas like travel, food, parenting and style," says Swasti Sarna, Pinterest's insight manager. "Given the state of the world environmentally and politically, Pinners, especially millennials and gen zers, want to feel like they are making an impact and driving change. Even if these are small everyday changes, it's inspiring to see people work together to make a difference."

If you're new to making a push for more sustainable habits, just remember to start small. Everyone's impact can look different. Maybe you're into gardening, or maybe you're more of a reducing plastic kind of person. Whatever your style, there are lots of easy ways to take individual steps that can lead to a massive impact.

Here are easy to try sustainable trends found on Pinterest that you can try out, mama:

1. Thrifting + donating

Thrifting + donating

Ready for a wardrobe makeover? Before you shop at major retailers, look to your local thrift store for top trends you want to try. And if you're looking to declutter your closet, donate items to local charities or others in need.

2. Make compost

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps and yard waste currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Composting reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.

3. Reduce plastic pollution

When trying to reduce plastic pollution, it's important to minimize single-use plastics like plastic straws, bags, water bottles, food containers and coffee cups. If your new to this, start small and omit plastic items one at a time.

4. Start a garden

Starting a garden is not only better for the planet, but it can help you save money, too. Here are six steps to take to start a garden:

  1. Decide what to grow.
  2. Choose a area for your garden.
  3. Invest in basic garden tools.
  4. Test and prepare your soil.
  5. Plant with care.
  6. Water your garden.

5. Stop junk mail

Stop junk mail

Junk mail is always annoying to receive—especially if you've never purchased from the local contractors and companies trying to get your business. Post a small sign on your mailbox (or somewhere nearby) to avoid unwanted advertisements. You can also unsubscribe from catalogs one at a time at

6. Use sustainable home decor

sustainable home decor

Choosing the right home decor is always fun, but it can be difficult choosing something sustainable too. Look for items that are organically-grown, minimally-processed and are from brands that implement sustainable practices and materials.


Minimalism is such a buzzword these days, but it's important to be slow (and mindful) about decluttering. Create a list of things that are important to you and only keep items that made the cut. Everything else can be tossed or donated.

Make baby food

Buying pre-packaged foods isn't exactly the best approach to sustainabilty. Because of this, many mamas opt to make their baby food. If you're into this, remember to create a cooking schedule that works for you. Yes, it's about palate training when they are very young, but you're much more likely to stick with something if you enjoy it.

Create climate change posters

Ready to promote awareness on global warming, but not creative? Start by downloading a poster template on Canva. It's free and you can customize it to say exactly what's on your mind.

Grow trees

Trees are a crucial part of the environment. Studies suggest that in order to establish healthy and vibrant communities, trees need to be part of the global discussion. If you'd like to plat a tree, consider size, privacy, shade and tree type before getting started.

Reduce water consumption

According to the US Environmental protection agency, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Do your part by fixing water leaks in your home, limiting dishwasher usage and wash only full loads of laundry.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

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Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

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Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

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