Micro Mouth is now five months old, and I just realized there's an eco trick I've been doing with her that I should share with you, gentle reader. Instead of run-of-the-mill disposable baby wipes, I clean her derriere with reusable cloth ones.
See, at our house, we have lots of old T-shirts and other fabric items crying out for a new life. And while it ain't a romantic new life, it's one that I feel good about every time I try to imagine the ecological footprint of a pack of baby wipes. All that rayon and polyester... Not to mention the fact that it's all wrapped up in plastic.
There's a nice how-to article on a DIY baby-wipes kit from Growing a Green Family here, but I keep things even simpler. In addition to making my own wipes as opposed to buying them, I also avoid the use of special bins with soap and essential oils. This is because our changing station is in the bathroom. I just pull out a dry piece of fabric from the drawer, get it damp in the sink, use, rinse (or wash with soap, if appropriate), and throw it in pail with all the other dirty baby clothes.
Another alternative is to buy reusable wipes and kits like the above setup from Cheeky Wipes.