Today we’re going to look at the reduce, reuse, recycle mentality to help take a look at breaking the immediate buying cycle that many people are sucked into.
We’ve all been there, especially as parents when we see some thing and immediately want it, so we buy it without thinking of the environmental impact. I really started cracking down on this more so to stop buying useless stuff, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense to help lower the carbon footprint of my tiny family. The biggest question I ask when we want to buy something out of the norm is can I make it, find it cheaper, or make do with out? Typically if the answer is no then we’ll buy new, but not without exhausting most options first.
The number one way I put this into action is by not buying as much baby clothes as most first time moms. As everyone knows, babies grow fast and when Ezra was first born I was super tempted to buy a ton of cute stuff new at the store. As he’s aged though we’ve realized that buying new every once in a while is great, but consignment and second hand stores are a great place to pick up play clothes for a fraction of the price! Not only does the price tag look great for my wallet, but by giving a second life to clothes that are only worn for a few months and discarded, it saves on energy and resources needed to create a new version of the same thing. The same can be said for toys as well, plastic takes FOREVER to break down over time, so when we can we try to buy toys at yard sales or the flea market, a solid disinfection is great for large quantities of mega blocks or race cars.
Social media is also a great way to get second hand goods for way less, Facebook marketplace is great for baby gates and general baby gear, and if you’re in the market to sell the app letgo is a great alternative aswell!
When thinking about buying second hand, something’s we still stick with buying new. Especially when it comes to baby gear always check for recalls, or expiration dates in the case of car seats and boosters! This also goes without saying but use common sense with second hand goods, although it may be a bargain, maybe pass on the gently used crib from Chernobyl.
I’m not saying you can’t buy new things, yesterday I bought the little man two new pairs of sneakers since they were on a killer markdown and he outgrew literally all of his shoes. Moral of the story if you are willing to put a little time and effort in, second hand can be a environmentally friendly way to save a few dollars and chip away at a slice of your carbon footprint at the same time.