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Earth Day tends to get us thinking about all the ways we can “green” our daily lives — beyond recycling. We might vow to ditch plastic water bottles for good (in which case this is a great giveaway for you!), or we might invest in a pile of reusable sandwich bags for lunches.

So if you’re planning a baby shower, you might be adding up the disposable tableware, paper invitations, and mountainous piles of wrapping paper in your future.

But what better way to welcome a new life into the world than by promising to take better care of his/her world?

Here are easy ways to make your special day more earth friendly:


  • Send E-Vites 1 of 12
    Send E-Vites
    With the pretty designs and fancy features of today's e-vites (especially from sites like Paperless Post), guests won't assume it was a last-minute afterthought. They'll think you're being eco-friendly — or at least just modern.
    Find more of our favorite e-vite sources
  • Plantable Invites, $39.95 for 25 cards 2 of 12
    Plantable Invites, $39.95 for 25 cards
    If you must send out traditional invites, opt for cards that can be planted. These in particular come in a variety of baby-related shapes, like diapers, teddy bears, baby bottles, bibs, onesies, and even a pregnancy silhouette. (Planting instructions included.)
    Buy from Swallowtail Farms
  • Plantable Favors, $0.99 each 3 of 12
    Plantable Favors, $0.99 each
    You can also find plenty of plantable baby shower favors, which result in beautiful wildflowers to remember your day.
    Buy from Botanical Paperworks
  • Greenest Plantable Favors, $52 – $78 4 of 12
    Greenest Plantable Favors, $52 - $78
    For an even eco-friendlier option (minimal paper included), these "Bucket of Love" favors come in 25- or 50-piece buckets. Again, guests can plant the entire favor and watch as wildflowers grow.
    Buy from Botanical Paperworks
  • Plantable Confetti, $9.95 for 350 pieces of plantable confetti 5 of 12
    Plantable Confetti, $9.95 for 350 pieces of plantable confetti
    Decorate the table or fill favor boxes with plantable confetti — which comes in a variety of shapes and colors.
    Buy from Botanical Paperworks
  • Plantable Favor Boxes, $2,50 each 6 of 12
    Plantable Favor Boxes, $2,50 each
    Speaking of favor boxes, you can turn each of these boxes into a beautiful patch of wildflowers. Filled with plantable confetti? That's a whole bunch of pretty flowers. (Choose from 14 different colors.)
    Buy from Botanical Paperworks
  • Eco-Friendly Tableware, $21.25 for 8-person setting 7 of 12
    Eco-Friendly Tableware, $21.25 for 8-person setting
    If you don't have enough reusable plates on hand, this organically grown bamboo set is completely compostable and biodegradable.
    Buy from ACME Party Box Company
  • Eco Baby Shower in a Box, $290 for party of 8 8 of 12
    Eco Baby Shower in a Box, $290 for party of 8
    For smaller soirees, ACME Party Box as a variety of all-in-one "party in a box" options that could be used for a baby shower — such as this Pastel Peter Rabbit party.

    It includes: invitations (printed with soy ink on recycled card stock), linens (including cotton napkins, a 9' heirloom bunting banner, and a reversible table runner), favors (8 hand-wrapped organic lavender soaps), tableware (20 Wasara plates, 12 Wasara cups, and 8 sets of bamboo flatware), and centerpieces made from handmade German toys.

    Buy from ACME Party Box Company
  • Soy Candles 9 of 12
    Soy Candles
    Set the mood with soy candles, which you can put in reusable mason jars, used baby-food jars, or even buy them in recycled glass (such as these from Etsy).
    Buy from Ckarsjens/Etsy.com
  • Eco Baby Registry 10 of 12
    Eco Baby Registry
    Make your registry through ecomom, which only carries the safest eco-friendly products for your baby and for the earth — including top-of-the-line strollers, car seats, and cribs. Ecomom features a handy symbol guide with each product so that you know exactly why they recommend it, whether it's organic, fair-trade production, sustainable production, recycled, vegan, etc.
    Check out ecomom
  • Greener Gift Wrapping 11 of 12
    Greener Gift Wrapping
    Ask guests to wrap their gifts in reusable wrapping — such as wrapping scarves or baby blankets — or to leave gifts unwrapped in reusable baskets/buckets.
    Read more about The Bobo Wrapping Scarf
  • Instead of Paper Cards… 12 of 12
    Instead of Paper Cards...
    ...ask guests to bring a used children's book (from their closet!) and write a note on the inside cover. Not only will these "cards" be reused, but it's an easy way to start your baby's library.

For more eco-friendly baby shower tips — like food, activities, and clean-up — check out giggle’s Healthy Home blog.

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