Raising a baby is hectic, so it’s no wonder disposable bibs, diapers and bottles are in high demand. They’re easy and always clean, but they aren’t always “green.” As those little limbs grow, in a way, clothing becomes disposable too, finally finding its way to the trash or donate pile after a short few months.
Thrift shopping is an economic and environmentally friendly option, but new moms and dads don’t always have the time to go out and bargain hunt. That’s where Good Karma comes in. The service is like Netflix for baby apparel: Instead of films, Good Karma trades baby clothes as your little one grows out of their old numbers.
With a subscription, seven outfits arrive to your home washed and ready to wear. As your baby outgrows the outfits, they can be sent back in a pre-paid shipping bag for the next size up. Good Karma keeps outfits in stock for babies up to 24 months.
“As moms ourselves, we know that ‘spit happens,’ and we anticipate that each outfit has a limited life span,” the company says on its website. “And even if you think the outfit is not fit to pass on to another Good Karma member, we ask that you return it to us nonetheless, as we use outfits that may have stains or tears to create other baby products, extending the life of the material as much as possible.”
But what happens when that wardrobe is finally worn by enough babies to be done for? Good Karma turns that fabric into bibs, quilts, stuffed animals and more as a way of reducing waste and upcycling what would have previously been thought of as trash.
Subscriptions to the service start at $27.99 a month for “basic” bundles. Higher quality, brand name bundles are available for $44.99 a month. The service also works as an exchange. If you have gently used baby clothes to sell back to the service, you can ship them along with your bundle. They don’t guarantee they’ll buy the clothes, but they’ll credit you for which outfits they do.