Eco-Friendly Brands New Parents Should Try
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In case you missed the memo, the average American produces 4.9 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per day according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Curious to know what we waste the most? Food, followed by plastic and paper. As parents, we give birth to little humans who contribute to these numbers. Nobody can deny that growing children need tons of things.
Either way, we can make a conscious effort to minimize our waste as families if we think about it a bit more.
Will a few reusable diapers or an organic bed sheet save the planet? Probably not. However, modeling sustainable practices for our children and those around us throughout our lives can have a ripple effect and trigger change.
We’ve put together a roundup of a few brands that are doing a good job of producing eco-friendly baby products. Please feel free to celebrate Earth Day by supporting these brands and ultimately the planet our future generations will inhabit.
Jane and Jack
Children’s clothing brand Janie and Jack sells upcycled swimwear, with an entire collection dedicated to it. The sustainable collection features Earth Day prints and the fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles. Ready for the icing on the cake? The swimsuit has SPF 50+ sun protection.
Growing children will always need clothing items – it’s an inevitability that parents cannot escape. You can, however, be aware of the types of clothing you buy and opt for recycled items. Good shopping!
The Little Bio
Le Petit Organic’s mission is to create diversity and inclusion in the children’s clothing market. A majority of their vintage collection is handmade using natural fibers and organic cotton. The clothes are vibrant, colorful and durable. Feel free to pass them on from baby to baby.
Ready.Set.Food is a one-of-a-kind baby food that contains 100% organic whole oats. Organic food means more environmentally friendly farming practices, which can ultimately contribute to a better environment. Another cool thing about this brand is that their product contains nine of the top allergens, helping parents introduce allergens early. If you didn’t know, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) recommend feeding babies daily food allergens. common for six months or more, starting at four months of age.
While buying organic isn’t always the cheapest option, it can be a worthwhile investment in your body, your baby, and your world.
A stroller is a necessity for parents unless you like to carry a baby around the clock. If you plan on having more children, a sustainable idea is to get a quality one that you can use for all your minions. . Bombi has an affordable and eco-friendly stroller called the Bēbee Stroller, and it’s made from recycled plastics – 56 bottles per stroller to be precise. How good would it feel to know that one of the plastic bottles someone used went into a stroller you push instead of an overflowing landfill?
Crunchy Boutique offers a range of durable cloth diapers, swim diapers and baby carriers. Cloth diapers have fun designs that will make your little one look trendy during changing time or while running around the house without pants. We also love that their “West Coast Dipes” reflect Californian culture, a win for creativity.
The Rooted Baby Co.
A Ghanaian mum has created a warm and earthy brand of baby accessories that are complementary for melanin babies. The Rooted Baby Co. makes eco-friendly products including bibs, bowls, and utensils made from toxin-free silicone that’s safe for toddlers and the environment. Even if you don’t need them for yourself, keep them in mind the next time you buy a baby gift.
Finn + Emma
This brand creates a range of sustainable baby products ranging from clothing to gears and toys. One of the latest products in their range is their bohemian looking macrame swing, handmade by artisans in India and made from 100% organic cotton yarn and a solid wooden bar. It also comes in a great canvas bag in case you want to gift it. Finn + Emma also offers a line of knit and wooden baby toys that will “last a lifetime”, in their own words. Remember that eco-friendly baby toys should avoid PVC, pesticides, lead, and VOCs, to name a few.