We live in a consumerist world and consume a lot of natural resources each day. In fact, it’s estimated that humanity uses approximately 40% more resources in a year than nature can recreate in a year.
So what can you do to control the number of resources you use every day and help save our planet and its ecosystems? You can start by making more sustainable choices every day, including the products you buy, the companies you buy from, and how you use and dispose of products once you are done with them.
The Importance of Sustainability
According to the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the goal of sustainability is “to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.”
The three pillars of sustainability are: environmental, social, and economic. In regards to corporate sustainability, organizations casually refer to these three pillars as the planet, people, and profits. Sustainable companies focus on reducing their effect on the environment, having the support of their employees and stakeholders while also giving back to their communities, and being profitable without disregarding the other two pillars.
Sustainability helps ensure we protect our natural environment, including the people and creatures living in it, and reduce the resources we consume while still giving people what they need and want. Sustainable companies and products drive innovation without compromising our way of life now and for those in the future.
How Ergobaby is Starting its Sustainability Journey
Today, more and more companies are prioritizing sustainability. They’ve learned it’s best for them and the environment, and it’s also what today’s customers want. Ergobaby is one of those companies.
Recently, Ergobaby introduced Everlove by Ergobaby. With this new program, Erogbaby will buy back old baby carriers from parents who no longer need them. Employees will wash, repair, and inspect each carrier, and then Ergobaby will resell these carriers to parents at a lower price.
By reusing and extending the life cycle of its baby carriers, Ergobaby is doing its part to contribute less trash in landfills and taking its first step toward becoming a more sustainable company. Everlove Ergobaby carriers will save up to 96% of energy use, 95% of water use, and 84% of carbon dioxide compared to what it takes to make a new carrier. This program is also providing parents an easier way to find and buy used baby carriers that are in good condition and affordable. As Ergobaby collects these gently-used carriers, they will also collect short stories from the owners about their carrier. These stories of use, love, and memories made while babywearing will be online so you can learn about each used baby carrier before buying.
Sustainable Baby Products
You can get a lot of use out of sustainable baby products. Many Ergobaby carriers, like the Omni 360 and Adapt carriers, are designed to be used for 7-pound babies up to 45-pound toddlers. This means you can start babywearing the day you bring your newborn home until you have a walking, talking toddler who still loves babywearing.
Sustainable carriers are durable and long-lasting because their quality allows them to be used for more than one child (hence the Everlove program). So while you may have only thought that your carrier will benefit you and your baby, a sustainable carrier can continue to be useful. It can benefit you and your baby, and then go on to benefit your sister, your friend, or a stranger and their baby, as well as the environment.
Sustainable baby carriers are also often made from eco-friendly materials, such as organic cotton and viscose. The Aura Baby Wrap is made from 100% viscose, a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable fiber than synthetic fibers, such as polyester. Also, viscose is progressively being manufactured using the Lyocell process, which creates very little waste.
Baby carriers aren’t the only sustainable baby product on the market. You can find sustainable wooden cribs, crib mattresses, crib sheets, and other nursery essentials. You can buy eco-friendly diapers, baby wipes, pacifiers, bottles, utensils, toys, and baby skincare products. Organic burp cloths, baby clothes, swaddlers, infant loungers, and more are also available. These eco-friendly baby products love the planet and your baby almost as much as you do.
And if you’ve been wondering about what you can buy secondhand for your baby, we’ve got you covered. Check out the Ergobaby blog for a post about buying used vs. buying new baby items. It’s a great and informative read for anyone who shops with sustainability in mind.