Sustainable Baby Shower Gift


Recently I was invited to the baby shower of a colleague and I was left with the dilemma of buying something off the baby registry or imposing my “green” ethics on her.  While I do feel very strongly that it is important stick to my principles of avoiding waste and negative environmental impacts, I don’t necessarily think it’s appropriate to hit someone on the head with it at their own party!  Over the past two years since my nephew was born I have seen first-hand how easily the cheaply-made and ethically-questionable cr@p piles up (sorry sis!) and a lot of it the moms-to-be don’t even ask for.  How do you veer inoffensively off the registry? Books.  What child has too many books?  The bigger challenge was to find books printed in the USA at the Prudential Center Barnes and Noble, but I settled on two classics from my own childhood: Good Night Moon and Madeline.

The next hurdle was how to wrap them up cute with environmentally friendly materials.  Having never really investigated Paper Source too much I was pleasantly surprised at the options at their Boylston Street location.  They have a wide selection of wrapping paper made from recycled materials which you can purchase in small quantities rather than buying yards and yards that you will never use up.  The owl-themed paper I chose received more than a few compliments!  Ribbon was a bit more difficult so I went with natural raffia.  Apparently the search for raffia by Paper Source’s founder ended up spinning off a new company more than 15 years ago – Waste Not Paper – which is committed to environmental stewardship.  About 25% of the baby shower cards available touted some eco-conscious feature such as organic cotton, recycled paper or non-toxic soy ink including the one I picked by Karen Jean Organics.

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