Parents are trying more than ever to be more environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, one of the biggest factors working against this effort is the propensity for volume. Children simply need lots of stuff. The more kids we have, the more stuff we need. Right? Not necessarily.
With strollers, parents usually end up buying more than one for different uses. The real disappointment is when they do not hold up for very long. Too many strollers are not built to last. The result after years of childrearing: a graveyard of battered and useless strollers in the corner of the garage.
Strollers made from eco-friendly materials and with eco-friendly manufacturing processes are few and far between. But it is not always about what they are made of. When it comes to equipment like strollers, durability, recyclability and practicality go a long way.
Baby Planet - with the admirable mission of raising awareness of endangered species, providing a durable design that has everyday practical use and making your baby's environment safer and more comfortable, this line of strollers is smart and stylish. The best feature is the company's recycling program that will either help you find a family to donate your used Baby Planet stroller to or recycle the materials to keep it out of a landfill.
UPPA Baby - offering options partly made from organic soybean fiber and cotton, these strollers are also practical. Convertible from an infant bassinet to a toddler seat, they can handle up to 50 pounds so they will last through your child's growth spurts.
Orbit Baby - made in part from a micro-fiber upholstery fabric certified by the International Oeko-Tex Association and PVC free, phthalate free and organic materials, Orbit really goes above and beyond to go green. They also offer a recycling program to donate used strollers to needy families or recycle disassembled recyclable parts.
BOB - all about durability and multi-use, BOB has a stroller made for children from infancy up to a longevity-superior 70 pounds. No more buying a street stroller and an off-road stroller, because it is designed to handle both smooth and rough terrain. Made from welded, aircraft-grade aluminum and chromoly, it really is built to last.
When faced with a never-ending sea of baby and child supplies, toys, equipment and clothing, sustainability and recyclability are key to a family's goal to have less impact on the environment. Looking for products that are built to last and offer the most practical features will result in requiring less and therefore, buying less.
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