Every day we’re bombarded by news about how we’re killing the planet with rampant consumerism. Apart from being bad for the environment, we are also starting to become more aware of the effect that cheap goods and “fast fashion” has on other places of the world.
For this reason, many people are choosing more carefully where to put their dollars, and are adopting more of a minimalist lifestyle. As a parent, you really get to see right up close the enormous amount of STUFF that can come with having babies. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Making use of the second-hand economy is a great way to save money and reduce your environmental impact, even while you’re providing for your littles.
Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. In fact, if I could get a time machine to go back to when my kids were babies, I would haul ass to get one of these memberships pronto!
New local baby clothing membership service is good for the planet and an awesome Christmas gift for expecting parents!
A company recently launched in Vancouver that offers a creative zero-waste solution for dressing fast-growing babies. I was incredibly excited to hear about what they are doing to help parents reduce their environmental impact. It’s called Tradle, and local parents are going to love it!
Here’s how it works:
Expecting parents, or their family, friends or colleagues, buy a Tradle membership. There are several options including a recurring monthly membership (that parents might choose) and 3, 6 and 12-month memberships (that are perfect options for gifters).
Once they have a membership, parents choose a clothing bundle that includes everything a baby needs day-to-day. When the baby grows out of the clothes, or the season changes, parents can contact Tradle and they send another clothing bundle while the parents return the first one. Parents can repeat as often as needed, on a timeline that suits them, because every baby grows at a different rate (they’re unpredictable that way).
Tradle has partnered with some of the best local children’s clothing brands including Simply Marino, Jax + Lennon, Haven Kids, Parade and Soft Soul. They also strive to ensure that everything is made with natural and organic fibres. The membership prices are reasonable given the quality of the clothing. Parents can also save money by signing up for bundles consisting of gently used or community donated clothing.
Why solutions like Tradle are good for families and the planet:
Babies often arrive with a lot of unneeded clutter, including well-intended hand me downs from friends and families. This stuff is hard to get rid of because there are way more baby clothes in the world than there are babies to wear them. In fact, there is such an overabundance that many second-hand exchanges in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland won’t accept baby clothes.
Basically, what’s happening is we are suffocating under a mountain of baby stuff that is doing nothing but creating waste and causing drama. The struggle is real, y’all.
The popularity of Marie Kondo and her tidying revolution is a testament to the fact that collectively we feel burdened by our clutter. Studies show that even though we have twice as many material goods as we did fifty years ago, we’re less happy. This is because we have to work harder to pay for all this stuff and our free time is being absorbed by organizing and caring for it. In short, overconsumption is robbing us of the time for things that make us truly happy like spending time with friends and family and contributing to our community.
And, our stuff is trashing the planet. We’re consuming way too much of everything – especially clothes. The average person sends 4.4 lbs of trash to the landfill every day. Globally, 80% of discarded textiles end up in a landfill while only 20% are reused or recycled. Even worse, less than 1% of clothes actually get recycled. The industry and waste facilities just aren’t set up for disposing of clothes and textiles.
Tradle’s mission is to help parents raise the first zero-waste generation:
I’m super enthusiastic about what this company is trying to do. Tradle’s mission is to provide a zero-waste solution for baby clothing and to make it easier for families to produce less garbage. Tradle advocates for owning fewer clothes, choosing second-hand clothes first, wearing and sharing them responsibly, and finding proper disposal solutions for worn-out items.
Tradle partners with brands that share their commitment to sustainability and they circulate baby clothes among families until they’re worn out. When clothing is too worn to use, they ensure its disposed of responsibly so less stuff ends up in our landfills.
A meaningful gift for new parents that keeps giving.
A Tradle baby clothing membership is a gift parents will love and it keeps giving as baby grows.
In fact, Tradle was founded by friends who were searching for a meaningful and sustainable gift for new parents. They wanted something that would make parent’s lives easier, not burden them with having to dispose of unneeded baby gear. Most importantly, they wanted something that empowered the parents to do what matters most – spend as much time as possible with their family and friends.
There’s a lot of shit to do when a family is expecting. Spending time shopping for expensive clothes a baby will quickly outgrow, or sorting through piles of hand-me-downs, need not be on a new parent’s to-do list.
Use code HOTMESSES for 25% off any Tradle membership. Follow them on Instagram and watch out for monthly contests with membership giveaways.
You can purchase a membership on their website or easily organize a group gift at tradle.ca