Here’s a green idea that works for me: I buy all of my child’s clothes at secondhand stores. It seems like lately I keep hearing about expensive organic cotton onesies and bamboo socks. While it’s great to support companies who use sustainable products, why not just buy clothes at a consignment shop? I’ve found so many cute things—many of them from mainstream manufacturers like Old Navy, the Gap, and Gymboree–for much less than retail. In fact, I have never paid more than eight dollars for an item of clothing. (My limit used to be six dollars, but then I splurged on an adorable eight-dollar bunny sweater!)
Are you worried that pesticides and chemicals from non-organic clothing will irritate baby’s skin? I have to say that I’m not, but another bonus of used clothing is that once it’s been washed several times, less pesticide and chemical residue remains on the fabric.
The Children’s Exchange in Portland, Oregon
I usually go to consignment shops for my baby clothing, as I appreciate the selection. However, it’s much less expensive to buy kids’ clothes at thrift stores. Garage sales supposedly boast even cheaper wares (I am not a garage saler myself!). I’ve also heard of people scoring huge lots of clothes from eBay or Craigslist. Lastly, don’t forget the best way to acquire used clothing: hand-me-downs! Audrey is fortunate to have older cousins who pass on their outgrown garments.
I’d venture to say that acquiring secondhand clothes is better for the environment than buying new organic duds. Whenever Audrey needs a wardrobe update, we walk on over to Portland’s The Children’s Exchange (pictured) and pick out whatever she needs. I get to support a local company and dress my daughter in deceptively eco-friendly fashions.
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