Baby GreenJuly 12, 2009
Friends are expecting twins – and today was the baby shower. I made their main gift over the spring – two baby blankets. My initial plan had been to buy organic cotton yarn, but do you know how expensive organic cotton yarn is? Besides – all of the organic yarn, in fact all the 100% cotton yarn I found said to wash the project by hand. I could not in good conscience make baby blankets for the busy parents of twins and then say – oh, and you need to wash these by hand. So, I ended up with a cotton/acrylic blend that can be machine washed (but the blankets are supposed to be hung to dry – well, we’ll see how long that lasts – they’ll just be a bit smaller until the next time they hang them wet).
The Mom was going to join me when I went to the Chicago Green Festival, but that didn’t work out. While there though I did get her an organic cotton burp cloth from Green 3. It has a blue peace sign and says “peaceful” underneath. Organic cotton baby items, however, as with the yarn, are pricey – so she’ll only be able to burp one baby at a time.
I still felt I needed something else to add to the mix. There is a new store in Peoria,IL called Re– for recycle, reuse, repurpose, etc. The store is so new that it doesn’t have a website yet. They had a small baby-relevant area and there were a number of organic cotton onsies – but they just weren’t in the budget. However, I did find a book to fit the bill, Green Babies, Sage Moms by Lynda Fassa.
Gifts were wrapped in tissue paper (o.k., I actually purchased the tissue paper new) and placed in a reused gift bag. At the shower I was impressed by the number of reused bags – and one person used paper shreddings as bag filler – – very clever.
My initial plan had been to gather lots of green baby information for the parents. I did a couple quick Eco-Key and Green America searches and was quickly overwhelmed. I’d forgotten in the last 9 years what a big business babies are, the green baby business is apparently large too. Luckily, sort of, the mom-to-be was put on bed rest and has had plenty of time to do her own eco-friendly baby searches. So far they are going to use cloth diapers and wipes, have already stocked up on a number of organic cotton outfits, and will be using good ol’ glass baby bottles. I’m so proud of them.