There are two ways to think about buying all the new stuff you need when a new baby is coming in a “green” way… and the way I see it, one costs more money and one costs less.
A quick World Wide Web search and you can find plenty of organic, pesticide and chemical free onesies and clothes to grace the new little ones baby soft skin. But many start at $20 for one onesie or shirt and go up from there. I’ve never been a brand name shopper or mom, so maybe if I was that cost would seem normal to me. I’ve always shopped at places like Ross and Marshall’s, where the same things are alot cheaper, and then of course, there are the Targets and Wal-Marts of the world, though many would not find their products friendly to the environment seeing as they are all shipped from China.
http://www.idealbite.com/tiplibrary/archives/pintsized-couture-baby-week This will give you an idea of costs of new organic baby clothes.
So if I can’t afford organic clothes and there isn’t much real locally made clothes available, what do I do?
What many people are remembering now that everything is so expensive– shop at thrift stores, consignment shops and use sites like craigslist, where people will sell you a trash bag of used baby clothes for 10 bucks, or freecycle, where people just give away and trade stuff.
This is green because the energy to manufacture these clothes has already been spent, and saving it from a landfill is important. You also don’t add to landfills by buying new products with new packaging which will simply be thrown away.
And if you are worried about pesticides on your baby, used clothes have been washed many more times and the residues are more likely to be gone.
Now, I did register for the organic gerber onesies at my baby shower, and someone got them for me. So I’ll be happily using brand new organic clothes, if not many, and doing alot of shopping at a really nice baby consignment shop near my house. This place only takes nice clothing and sells it for good prices.
Now, if only I could get some organic blankets! But I have plenty of blankets left over from the first one! Its the clothes I gave away.