There are about 4 million babies born in the United States every year. By the time each of those babies turns 1 they will have eaten roughly 600 jars or pouches of store bought baby food. That equals approxiamtely 2 million tons of baby food packaging waste! Unfortunately, only about 15% is recycled, leaving the rest to be incinerated or buried in a landfill.
With homemade baby food, you do not have the constant purchasing and discarding of baby food jars and pouches. Therefore, you are not adding any baby food packaging waste into the environment. Not to mention, it takes far less energy for us to make our baby food at home than it does a large factory. Store bought baby food also has to be transported all over the country, adding to their carbon footprint.
If you're thinking about making your own baby food but haven't tried yet, what better day to start than Earth Day.
US Environmental Protection Agency - Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2005
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