Thursday, May 21, 2009

Recycle Old Baby Gear at BabyEarth

JessTrev with a quick tip on how to recycle old car seats (or any other kid gear).

Recently one of our horrifically expensive Britax car seats bit it. It wasn't salvageable. No freecycling in its future. Let's just say there was a little bit of jumping, and a lot of pulverized styrofoam.... Even if ours hadn't hit an early demise, car seats are apparently only safe for about five years anyways, even if they haven't been in an accident (materials degrade, making it less stable in a crash). What to do with that hulking piece of plastic, metal and cloth?

Thanks to sage: green frugal parenting, I kept our costly mistake out of the landfill. We mailed it to BabyEarth. They're taking care of recycling all the materials, and sending me a $5 coupon to boot. I'm surely buying our next car seat from them in gratitude. Not for the five bucks -- but for the sense of responsibility they are showing by taking care of the proper disposal of all of that kid gear. Here's their spiel:
Because landfills are icky

Babies grow up quickly and your beloved car seats, strollers, swings and highchairs end up as junk, collecting dust in the garage. Sadly, many of these items are thrown away, ending up in landfills. Well, not anymore. That’s why we’ve launched BabyEarth RENEW, a hassle-free baby gear recycling program.

The program is simple. If you’re done with your car seat, stroller or high chair, send it to us. We’ll make sure everything is properly disassembled and all usable parts are sent to accredited recycling centers. For example, fabrics will be shipped to developing countries, and metal, plastic and foam will be used for construction projects. In the spirit of renewing, if the item is in excellent condition it will be donated to and enjoyed by another family who needs it.

How it works
You pay shipping costs. We take care of the rest.

Ship to:

RENEW Recycling Program
21 Cypress Blvd Ste. 1120
Round Rock, Texas 78665

What we accept:

Car Seats
High Chairs
Diaper Bags

Great program, BabyEarth! Just wish there was one closer to my home (shipping costs on my hulking seat choked me up a litle bit). Here's wishing for the global expansion of your company....


Lynn from said...

How fantastic is this! We gotta get the Green Moms galvanized to get the word out about this program! Way to go in spreading the word, Jess!

Alison said...

Awesome news. I just forwarded this post to our local "car seat" guy that works with the hospitals and families to install car seats properly. We once had a convo about how in Europe car seats are made to be recycled (and they are) and that the US is totally lagging in this area!

knutty knitter said...

Our country has a system where you hire your car seat for as long as you need and change it as you need so they don't hang round. Saves a lot of hassle.

viv in nz

Green Bean said...

Great resource - though Viv's idea seems better. :)

PureMothers said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this. I never heard of recycling this kind of baby gear before. I will spread the word too!

Dagmar Bleasdale said...

This is such great info! I just twittered it to my 800+ followers. I will also mention it on my blog. Thanks!

Green Fundraising said...

Oh, I know that hurt when you lost that car seat. I have been looking at the Britax and they are so expensive! Great to hear that you found a way to recycle it.

Brenna said...

That is great! I can only hope that more states get a program like this. I know that locally a couple of hospitals accept carseats for recycling and have big events for carseats and bike helmets, but nothing for other baby gear. I wonder how one would develop such a recycling program?

Ella DeM said...

I love this store. I received $5 off $50 and free shipping on an order over $99!! They have Cloud B products!!! Great price and great deal. I love that they recycle. Must put code in referral boc to get discount. Code: gXHL4e


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