In the ever changing advice surrounding the covid-19 pandemic, it is no wonder people are confused about what they should or shouldn’t be doing to keep their loved ones safe and help slow down the spread of the virus in their communities.

Depending where in the world you are, you are advised to follow different precautions. The best advice we can give is for up to date information take a look at the World Health Organization website.

One thing that is common World wide is the lack of toilet paper! For some bizarre reason a few areas started panic buying this household essential. Photos of empty supermarket shelves were shared on social media and the bulk buying spread across the globe faster than the virus. Human nature leads even the most sensible individual to follow the crowd when they feel they may be left behind.

Unfortunately this trend for stocking up on essentials has left some supermarket shelves bare and some parents struggling to find baby formula and nappies as well as store cupboard staples such as pasta and tinned goods selling out fast.

It is difficult to not want to buy in a few extras ‘just in case’ and to be honest it makes sense to have your cupboards well stocked. But please don’t buy things you don’t normally use, and be sensible – even if you got poorly and self isolated for 14 days, how much pasta can you really eat???

What has been a breath of fresh air is the amount of people offering help. Individuals offering to go to the shops for those who can’t, sharing surplus of specific items to those who need it and generally wanting to support their neighbours. Think about those that you know may be struggling – can you help them out?

The situation of toilet roll and nappies ended up in an interesting conversation with a friend this week. We realised that as a family we are actually quite well covered in these two areas. No panic buying of either required!

Let’s take a look at a couple of areas that are both environmentally friendly and beneficial in turbulent times like these…

Toilet roll alternatives

I have to admit we have been slightly slower at DIY than we first planned, which means our two bathrooms are still kitted out in full 80s style, including old fashioned bidets! Admittedly it’s not something we have actually used, however bidets are becoming more and more popular as a greener alternative to toilet roll. Maybe now is the time to give them a go.

Another alternative to toilet roll is ‘family cloth’. For those of you who have not come across this, there are multiple ways of doing this. Essentially it is using a clean cloth wipe instead of toilet roll that then goes into the wash. Most people that use this have a tub of clean cloths next to the toilet (they can be dry or soaked in water and essential oils), and a second sealed tub for used cloths to go in ready for the washing machine.

Cloths can be purpose made and bought as a package with tubs and essential oils from companies such as Cheeky Wipes UK, or they can be repurposed by cutting up old t-shirts into small squares.

Some people use cloth wipes for everything, some just use them for pee, choosing to stick with toilet roll for number twos. But either way, families using cloth wipes will definitely not be the ones worrying about the lack of toilet roll in the supermarkets right now.

If you are intrigued, take a look at our latest post on reusable cloths and how you can switch to them without having to buy anything!

No new nappies needed

To prevent thousands of disposable nappies going to landfill, we use reusable nappies. We have done since baby was 3 weeks old and we love them. They are easy to use, simple to wash and come in all kinds of funky styles.

As with family cloth reusable nappies just get cleaned through a normal washing machine cycle. We add a prewash and antibacterial detergent for extra peace of mind.

Because we have our stash of cloth nappies, it’s one less thing to be worried about if we did need to self isolate, or if stocks of nappies ran low.

Read our article ‘Cloth Nappies -whats the real cost‘ for more information, or visit for further advice on starting to use reusable nappies.

If you have considered any of the above before but not yet taken the leap, maybe now is the time to try?

Becoming greener can often mean becoming more self sufficient as a household. We are definitely glad we have a few green options helping us out at this time.

What other green initiatives do you do that will help you through this pandemic?

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot