These days finding just the right sustainable baby gifts to congratulate a loved one on their new arrival can be challenging as there are so many factors to consider.
Ultimately the most important thing for me when buying a new baby gift is that it looks beautiful, original, luxurious, soft & cosy first and then if it also happens to be sustainable, like one of our sleepy snake cot bumpers I would consider it to be an added bonus.
Unfortunately, a lot of the eco-friendly baby clothes available are not very colourful which is why very often when you think about baby items that are sustainable you might imagine items that although they are sustainable may not look aesthetically beautiful, Personally I wouldn’t choose one of these as a baby gift as I want the person receiving the baby gift to gasp with delight when they first set eyes on it – check out our gorgeous organic cotton baby blankets or one of our stunning baby gift sets as possible beautiful sustainable baby gifts.
However, if I can find a sustainable baby product that also looks divine like one of our baby gift hampers I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for it because I think that along with everyone else these days, I am becoming more conscious of helping reduce my impact on the environment and as a parent I couldn’t bare to think that I am in any way supporting an industry by buying a product that has even the slightest possibility of being made using child labour.
With the baby products and gifts available on the barefoot giraffe website the products are not only all visually beautiful and unique but also most of them are GOTS certified which means they are sustainable.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed by leading standard setters to define world-wide recognised requirements for organic textiles. From the harvesting of the raw materials, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labelling, textiles certified to GOTS provide a credible assurance to the consumer.
Sustainable Baby Gifts – What does sustainability mean?
The simplest explanation is the ability to exist and develop without depleting natural resources for the future. There are 3 aspects to sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. So, the GOTS certification found on most of the barefoot giraffe products ensure the following:
For a company to receive a GOTS certification, there are strict regulations with regards to the working environment and social rights for those who work in the various stages of the manufacturing process. A GOTS certification ensures that workers are of adult age, work under good working conditions, are paid fairly, have development opportunities regardless of gender and are allowed freely express their opinions.
The GOTS certification shows that the products are completely free of harmful substances and when dyeing the products, the colours do not contain any toxins that are harmful to humans or the environment.
A GOTS label is a quality stamp that shows that the organic product is of the highest quality made from organically grown raw materials, free from pesticides only using cotton from certified organic cotton growers who get paid fairly.
So, to sum it up if the gift doesn’t cost too much extra but is ethically friendly and looks divine, I’m in!
Here are some of my favourite choices of sustainable baby gifts.