The Importance of Environmentally Kind Baby Shower Gifts
Buying environmentally kind products is important not only for the planet but for the new parents as well. A survey in 2019 found that 74 percent of parents classified themselves as an eco-household, and 77 percent of them wanted to be even more environmentally kind.
Forty-one percent of the parents surveyed said having children was the catalyst for becoming more environmentally kind. Another survey found that 77 percent of Americans are concerned about the environmental impact of the products they buy, and 78 percent of them are more likely to buy a product that is clearly labeled environmentally responsible. So, when you buy an environmentally kind baby shower gift, you help the parents fulfill their desire to be greener.
Why Environmentally Kind Gifts are Best
Many gifts given to new parents contain petroleum-based plastic which takes centuries to break down, and once it does, it can leave behind a toxic residue. When environmentally kind products break down, they do not release toxic residue. Choosing responsible products is better for the environment, and when you buy a baby shower gift that is environmentally kind, you help the environment.
7 Environmentally Kind Baby Shower Gift Ideas
By now, you know the importance of buying an environmentally kind gift. Here are seven responsible baby shower gift ideas to take the guesswork out of choosing a gift for the parents-to-be.
Environmentally Kind Baby Changing Gifts
When the parents change their baby, they can rest assured that they are leaving much less of an environmental impact with these products.
1. DYPER Subscription
When you give parents-to-be a DYPER subscription with the REDYPER™ service, which diverts diapers from landfills, you make it so much easier for them for several reasons:
- Diapers are delivered to them, and that saves them the headache of buying diapers.
- The parents can manage their deliveries through either the website or a mobile app.
- The diapers are made without harmful chemicals or potential irritants such as natural rubber latex, alcohol, perfumes, PVC, lotions, TBT, or Phthalates.
- DYPER diapers are also independently tested and certified Standard 100 by OEKO TEX®, a leading Swiss certification body, and achieved the coveted 5-star rating by DermaTest®.
- Through the REDYPER™ service, they will pick up your used diapers, for an additional fee, and turn them into something useful.
Most baby wipes contain microplastic fibers and harmful ingredients such as bronopol, triclosan, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, and parabens. There is a kind alternative. DYPER baby wipes are made of 100% plant-based products and made without harmful ingredients. Simply kind to baby and the planet. Plus, an amazing baby shower gift!
2. Environmentally Responsible Baby Changing Pads
While baby changing pads are an essential part of a nursery, they are typically made from vinyl, also called PVC, or polyurethane foam. Vinyl is derived from petroleum, a fossil fuel that is a known carcinogen and causes greenhouse gas emissions. Polyurethane foam can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals with short and long-term health effects. A responsible changing pad made of kind materials will not only be good for the planet but for the baby too.
Environmentally Responsible Gifts for Feeding Time
When you buy one of the following gifts for the parents-to-be, you help them make feeding their baby more environmentally kind.
3. Bamboo burp cloths
Burp cloths are a necessity for any parent so they can avoid getting spit up on their shoulder. Some burp clothes are made of microfibers, which are derived from plastic, and plastic is derived from petroleum. Burp cloths made of Bamboo fiber are a responsible alternative. Bamboo does not require fertilizers or pesticides and grows from its own roots, which means it does not need to be replanted.
4. Bamboo dinnerware set
Babies eventually will need their own dinnerware set. The problem is that most dinnerware sets are made from petroleum-derived plastic. Not only is that bad for the environment, but they are potentially toxic for a growing child. A Bamboo dinnerware set is a kind option that will give the parents-to-be peace of mind when they feed their baby.
5. Environmentally kind baby bottles
Most baby bottles are made from polypropylene plastic, and once they are past their usefulness, they wind up in landfills. Research has found that babies being fed from plastic bottles swallow millions of microplastics every day. While glass bottles are certainly a non-toxic option, they are not biodegradable. Glass is one of the longest-lasting human-made materials, and can take around one million years in the environment to break down. That makes a baby bottle made of bio-plastic a kind option.
Environmentally Kind Clothing and Toys Gifts
Babies go through a lot of clothing and play with many different toys. Here are some options for buying responsible clothing and toy baby shower gifts.
6. Onesies made from kind fabrics
Onesies are the staple garment that babies wear, so naturally, they need a lot of them. A onesie made from responsible fabrics makes a great gift. Keep in mind that Bamboo is not the only kind of responsible fabric. Here are other fabrics to consider when buying onesies:
- Eucalyptus is a kind option for fabric because the trees are felled rather than cut, which eliminates the need to continuously plant trees, and they also don’t need pesticides or irrigation.
- Hemp is cut from the hemp plant and hemp fibers become softer which makes them easy to degrade.
- Abaca is made from the leaves of the abaca plant. Abaca fibers disintegrate after two months of being thrown away.
7. Toys Made from Wood or Other Natural Materials
Most toys on the market are made from plastic and are full of toxic chemicals. A UN Environment Program (UNEP) report found that 25 percent of children’s toys contain toxic chemicals. Chemicals added to toys include plasticizers to soften, flame retardants, surface-active substances that create foam, stabilizers, colorants, and fragrances. Children living in Western countries have on average 40 pounds of plastic toys.
When looking for responsible toys, chose natural materials such as wood that is unfinished and solid, organic cotton, and untreated wool. If the wood has a finish, it needs to be finished with natural oils and waxes such as beeswax or walnut oil to be non-toxic.
Helping Parents and the Planet
When you buy an environmentally kind baby shower gift, you help both the parents and the planet. You leave a smaller impact on the environment by buying a responsible gift that won’t leave harmful substances behind as it breaks down.