Making the decision to become a more environmentally-conscious parent may seem like an unrealistic goal, with added expenses, especially if you’re a parent with a young baby. But it doesn’t have to be. At Direct4Baby, we have an extensive range of planet-friendly products that are thoughtfully designed to be ethically better for both your baby and the planet. Take a look at our guide to the best eco-friendly baby products currently on the market, as we guide you through making feel-good, thoughtful choices to see you through bathtime, feeding time and beyond.
Recycled plastic baby products
Plastic is a growing environmental problem and baby car seats are notoriously difficult to recycle due to their complex nature. The mixture of materials from rigid plastic, to metal and fabrics, are each strongly bonded together to withstand high impacts and meet safety standards. Whilst this is absolutely essential for the safety of your little one, when it comes to recycling a car seat, it’s almost impossible to manually dismantle each component and results in “90 percent of car seats ending up in landfill each year”. To directly lower your plastic impact, consider investing in a baby car seat that gives back to the environment through the use of recycled plastic, such as the limited-edition legacy blue BeSafe iZi Flex Car Seat. This award-winning high back booster seat provides high levels of comfort for your child, as well as being one of the very first boosters to fully comply with safety requirements. Developed by real-life situations parents may face, the BeSafe high back booster protects your child and exceeds safety expectations, as well as doing its bit for the environment too. Collaborating in partnership with Top Green, the blue legacy BeSafe car seat is made with the polyester from 28 recycled plastic bottles. This innovative eco-friendly solution offers children the same level of comfort and safety as non-recycled fibres and is the perfect travel system solution to consider if you’re looking at ways to help the environment as a parent.
Buying in bulk
The very nature of becoming a parent means you’re likely to purchase a lot of things in preparation for your little ones arrival and essential products such as nappies, formula and storage bags are likely to be purchased time and time again. Whilst this is pretty unavoidable, parents could consider buying in bulk to minimise the impact their orders are having on the environment. Making the decision to buy in bulk online goes a long way, not only does it minimise the amount of packaging that goes to waste, but it also reduces the level of emissions from delivery and shipment due to the lesser need to repurchase and can save you money on shipping costs in the long run. Buying in bulk is particularly handy for new parents too, as it offers peace of mind that they're well-stocked and fully prepared for whatever your little one may unexpectedly bring. At Direct4Baby, we offer a number of bulk-buy options for parents, such as our Korbell Nappy Bag Maxi Pack that provides large, airtight biodegradable nappy bags, our Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags that comes in quantities of 50 and our Little Bamboo Muslin Cloths, that offer parents an organic multipack of muslins that are kind to both little one’s skin and the environment.
Switching to Organic Cotton
One of the easiest ways to make a thoughtful eco-friendly switch is to consider purchasing organic cotton over regular cotton. Whilst organic cotton can be slightly more expensive, the number of environmental benefits may outweigh the extra cost. Particularly if your little one suffers from sensitive skin, as organic cotton isn’t exposed to any toxic chemicals or skin irritants in the farming process. Not only is organic cotton completely chemical-free, but organic cotton is also made with 88% less water and 62% less energy, meaning the decision to invest in sustainable, organic cotton is a thoughtful, environmentally friendly option. And whilst your little one grows and learns to eat, sleep and play, messy accidents are going to happen and due to the robust nature of organic cotton, soft muslin cloths and babygrows made from this fabric can be washed and worn time and time again without losing their quality. At Direct4Baby, we have a number of popular organic cotton brands supplying everything from organic washcloths, sleeping bags and more. As well as stocking a number of popular organic clothing accessories and swaddles for your little one, one of our most-loved brands, The Little Green Sheep has a whole host of sustainable products, including organic cotton baby nests, cot mattresses and more, making it easier to implement thoughtful baby products into your everyday routine as a parent.
Going green with Direct4Baby
At Direct4Baby, we’re committed to providing our customers with as many eco-friendly product variations as possible, working with some of the biggest green brands in the industry, such as The Little Green Sheep, Earth Friendly Baby and more. We also encourage our customers to visit our flagship Direct4Baby showroom in Ormskirk, where parents are free to view the products firsthand and request product demonstrations from our friendly team of in-house experts, so you can be sure you’re making the right purchase for you and your little one to avoid any unnecessary returns and to invest in products that are going to bring you plenty of happy years. Visit our showroom page for further information on how to visit us in-store.