When it comes to welcoming a new baby into the world, there is no doubt that gifting is an important part of the celebration. However, with rising concerns about the impact of fast fashion and plastic waste on our planet, you might want to consider more sustainable options for your baby shower gifts.
In this blog, we will dive into the impact of fast fashion and plastic waste and how choosing a sustainable gift set can contribute towards a better future. We will also provide you with tips on how to choose sustainable baby shower gifts and present you with our top 10 zero waste gift ideas for 2023. From organic cotton baby clothes to natural rubber bath toys, we have got you covered!
You might be wondering if these sustainable options come with a higher price tag than traditional ones – we’ll address that too. Read on to find out why going green with your baby shower gifts is a great idea!
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Understanding the Impact of Fast Fashion and Plastic Waste
In the UK, plastic waste contributes to 1402 tonnes of pollution every year. It harms marine life and takes hundreds of years to decompose.
The fashion industry is the world’s second-largest polluter. Workers in low-income countries often face exploitation and unsafe working conditions due to this industry’s practice highlighting the urgent need for more sustainable practices.
What is Mindful Consumption?
Hello Mindful Consumption! But what is it? MC involves making deliberate choices to minimize waste and support sustainability. It entails purchasing and using products that align with eco-friendly values, such as choosing reusable items and supporting ethical brands. By practicing mindful consumption, we all can contribute to a more sustainable future.
The Basics of Mindful Consumption
Mindful consumption involves conscious decision-making and awareness of the environmental impact. It includes the following R’s:
How to Choose a Sustainable BabyShower Gift?
Sounds a bit hippy(ish) but when choosing sustainable baby gifts choose organic and eco-friendly items. as it’s better for baby and best for the planet! Consider gender-neutral gifts that can be reused, sold or passed on, promoting a circular economy.
Factors to Consider in Choosing a Sustainable Gift
When choosing a sustainable gift, look for certifications like GOTS and Fair Trade. Look for products made from natural, renewable materials. Such as Cotton, bamboo, rubber and recycled plastic.
Importance of Material and Manufacturing Process
When choosing baby shower gifts, it’s important to consider the material and manufacturing process. Avoid products made from harmful chemicals or non-recyclable materials, and support brands that prioritize ethical and transparent practices.
Top 10 Zero Waste Baby Shower Gifts for 2023
Here are our top ten ideas for sustainable baby shower gifts, remember to check with the new mum first to make sure they actually need the gift.
1. Organic Cotton Baby Clothes
Soft and breathable, organic cotton baby clothes like Little Green Radicals Snug £38 is a stylish and sustainable choice for newborns. Made without harmful chemicals, they are gentle on sensitive skin, making them a great gift for new arrivals.
2. Non-Toxic Teething Toys
When it comes to teething toys for babies, safety is of utmost importance. That’s why gifting a non-toxic and chemical-free options is great! Look for teething toys that are BPA-free, phthalate-free like this Wooden teething rattle by Paper and Bean £13.30 is cute, compostable and chemical free!
3. Reusable Bamboo Baby Wipes
I love reusable wipes and used them with my daughter. Brands like Cheeky Wipes (£17.99) have an all-in-one system. The wipes can be passed down to younger siblings, sold or given away. They are gentle, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable, making them a convenient and planet-friendly choice for diaper changes.
4. Eco-friendly Diapering Alternatives
There are so many sustainable nappy diapering options available for environmentally-conscious parents. However, I wouldn’t recommend buying an entire system for new parents as they’ll need to choose for themselves. You can however gift accessories such as an Out And About Wet Bag by Bambino Mio £11.49. Useful for soiled clothes as well!
5. Wooden, Non-Toxic Baby Toys
When it comes to safe and natural playtime options for babies, wooden, non-toxic toys are a popular choice. Envirotoy have lovely options like these baby toys. These sustainable and durable toys are not only environmentally-friendly but also stimulate the baby’s development.
6. Natural Rubber Bath Toys
Looking for safe and non-toxic bath toys? Natural rubber is a great choice. Envirotoy have some lovely choices that are sustainable and biodegradable and free of harmful chemicals, making them an eco-friendly choice for water play. They’re also soft and squeezable, providing a fun bath experience for your little one.
7. Organic Baby Bedding
When it comes to providing a safe and comfortable sleep environment for newborns, organic baby bedding is a popular choice. Made from organic materials, these bedding options are free from harmful chemicals, making them hypoallergenic and breathable for baby’s delicate skin. I love these pack of two cellular blankets (£24.99) by Baby Mori.
8. Environmentally Safe High Chairs
When it comes to environmentally safe high chairs, you have plenty of options. However like before parents may want to choose their own to fit their home. So again you should gift highchair accessories such as silicon bowls, rubber matts and bottles!
9. Baby Books Made from Recycled Materials
Baby books made from recycled materials offer an eco-friendly and sustainable option when reading to a little one. These engaging reading materials are created using recycled paper and non-toxic ink, making them a planet-conscious choice for early learning. Brands like Peace With The Wild offer a wonderful choice of books and all made from recycled materials.
10. Gift Cards for Sustainable Baby Brands
Sustainable baby brand gift cards have been around for a while but it’s still worth a mention. Toby Tiger create personalised cards and are made from recycled material. They promote eco-friendly and ethical baby products, allowing parents to select their preferred sustainable items.
Why are these Sustainable Baby Shower Gifts Beneficial?
Any gift you give to new parents is wonderful as the saying goes ‘it’s the thought that counts’. You can also make an extra positive impact on future generations by gifting sustainable products suitable for any budget. Giving sustainable gifts also help support smaller and sustainable businesses who are committed to helping the planet. And as long as your gift comes from the heart, you can be sure it’ll be the perfect present.
Are Sustainable Baby Shower Gifts More Expensive than Traditional Ones?
Contrary to popular belief, sustainable baby shower gifts don’t have to break the bank. There are many cost-effective options available that fit any budget. Sustainable baby gifts can be affordable and budget-friendly, proving that when it comes to sustainability, price doesn’t have to be a barrier.
To save on costs you could consider buying with a family member or friend. Baby hampers are a very popular and unique baby shower gift!
Conclusion – Final Thoughts
Choosing sustainable baby shower gifts not only helps protect the environment but also promotes a healthier and safer future for the little ones. By gifting unique baby show gifts such as organic cotton baby clothes, non-toxic teething toys, reusable bamboo baby wipes, and other eco-friendly alternatives, you are making a positive impact on both the planet and the baby’s well-being.
These gifts are not only beneficial in terms of their materials and manufacturing processes but also provide long-term durability and functionality. While some people may assume that sustainable baby shower gifts are more expensive than traditional ones, it’s important to consider the long-term benefits and the value they bring. So, next time you attend a baby shower, choose a sustainable gift that aligns with your values and supports a better, greener future.
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