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.
RENEW Recycling Program
21 Cypress Blvd Ste. 1120
Round Rock, Texas 78665
What we accept:
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....