8 Ways To Be More Eco-Friendly With Your Kids Nurture Collective Blog

The average child uses £11,000 worth of clothing whilst growing up and its estimated that 183 million items of outgrown baby clothing are kept in storage!

(Quoted from love your clothes.org)

This blog is part of our Sustainable Closet Sessions a collaboration with Pure Bundle.  (Pre-loved Baby Clothing)

We want to start a conversation about “eco-anxiety.” With the start to the new year,  are you feeling the pressure to be more sustainable?  Are you trying to declutter life?

In our experience with feedback from our Nurture Collective family, particularly on clothing, we have found that people can find it slightly overwhelming.. So we thought we would share 8 simple tips on how small changes can make big differences.

8 Ways To Be More Eco-Friendly With Your Kids Nurture Collective Blog

Pass it on…

When your loved ones have outgrown their clothing what do you do with it?  We believe its all about pasing them on, – so many of us grew up on hand me downs!

Just say No..

..to clothes, if they’re not for you! It’s great to pass them on but just make sure you accept them if it’s clothing that your baby/child needs or even fits into their life!

For my daughter, we said yes too much and we ended up with enough clothing for three children!

8 Ways To Be More Eco-Friendly With Your Kids Nurture Collective Blog

Donate

To local charity shops, clothing banks, or pass them on to your children’s nursery as they are always in need of spare clothes particularly when children go through potty training.

Re-sell clothes

A good place to start is with platforms such as eBay, Gumtree or perhaps even Facebook parent /local community groups or may prefer apps such as Shpock or pre-loved accounts on Instagram.

Or perhaps set up your own a pre-loved Instagram account to re-sell your children’s clothing – especially if they have a popular style such as the vintage. Plus a really great way to buy quality second-hand pieces too! 

Our favourite pre-loved websites include: The Little Loop  & Pure Bundle for high-quality pre-loved children’s clothing.

Rental & Circular Business

We predict that for 2020 we’re moving towards a more rental and circular economy model particularly with fashion. There are baby clothing rental services available in the UK. However the market is in its infancy, but it’s one to watch. For more info check out website: Bundlee

Many sustainable brands recognise that they need to become more conscious of the whole lifecycle of their products and are starting to offer return services

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Support Ethical Brands

By supporting ethical clothing brands you will generally find that the clothing is better quality, lasts longer, is more wearable and will be more likely to be appreciated when you pass it on.

Equally, there is a trend in clothes that grow with your child such as Jake & Maya incidentally, they also use zero-waste cutting techniques which means there is less fabric wasted in the production of the garment.

Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a capsule wardrobe can sound tricky so we recommend creating it for either the season, or age group (1-2yrs) with a fixed number of pieces, 30-35 is recommended.

Pure Bundle is a great source for to find your baby’s first capsule wardrobe and its free online guide is really useful: http://bit.ly/2QWqvXE.

8 Ways To Be More Eco-Friendly With Your Kids Nurture Collective Blog

Mend and Repair Clothing

I love this and find it quite a satisfying thing to do especially for favourite items. Repairing and mending is such a simple thing to do, either by hand or by a machine.

Plus it adds to the story- which kids always love!

If you dont feel comfortable doing it yourself we recommend: The Zip Yard Uk for all alterations, tailoring and repairs.

We have a great little mend & repair video courtesy of Love Your Clothes for step by step guidance on basic hand and machine repairs.

For more tips and advice check out the government advisory website into advice for buying better and making clothes last longer LOVE YOUR CLOTHES.

We would love to hear your feedback and what works for you?

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