Happy Earth Day, friends! Even if you’re always concerned about recycling and reusing — whether it’s your trash, your clothes, your baby gear — today is the perfect reminder that it’s easier to than ever to be eco-conscious and look good.
Here are our 5 favorite ways to reuse in style this Earth Day:
1. Sign up for ThredUP
You know those bins of kids clothes packed away in the attic? The ones you’re keeping because maybe, just maybe, you’ll have another little boy one day? Or perhaps they’re sitting in bags, waiting to be dropped off at your local thrift store. Or maybe you’ve been meaning to set up an eBay account.
We much prefer thredUP because instead of just donating, you can swap clothes with parents all over the country. Clear out your storage space and, in return, get clothes that actually fit your kids. It only costs $5 + shipping for a box full of “preloved” kids clothes and toys, and it’s completely free to sign up and send out clothes. Sign up at thredup.com.
2. Switch to cloth — even part time
If you’re at all entertaining the idea of cloth diapers — whether because of your landfill contribution, your near-empty bank account or your baby’s health — they really have never been easier. But with a mind-boggling amount of styles and brands (including hybrid diapers, which are a good compromise for convenience), it can be overwhelming to know where to start. To help, check out my all-time favorite cloth diapers, as well as the best and worst cloth diapers of 2011. Oh, and these might be the cutest diapers in the history of diapers.
And don’t forget to enter our big Charlie Banana cloth diaper giveaway! We’re picking a winner tonight!
3. Green your lunch boxes
There are plenty of ways to ditch the plastic sandwich bags — from Tupperware to cloth snack bags — but my favorite right now is the stainless steel bento box ($16) from Innobaby’s new Keepin Fresh line. It’s compact enough to stick in any lunch box, yet has enough room to fit pretty much everything my little one needs at lunch time. And I love the pretty color palettes and fish designs. Shop Innobaby here.
4. Have a shopping bag on you
Even if you’re super organized about your stash of reusable grocery bags, it’s so easy to forget to grab them — especially for those last-minute stops at the store. With the pretty “Hidden Totes” at Timbuk2 — which expand with hidden compartments and extra durable fabric — it’s easy to always have a shopping bag on your shoulder. Plus, each bag ($22) is made from machine-washable, PET-recycled fabric.
5. Shop for baby gear at ReCrib.com
Yesterday Gabrielle introduced us to Recrib.com — the site that allows you to buy and sell “gently used” designer baby gear at a fraction of the price. If you missed it, find out why Recrib is one of our favorite new sites.
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