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Eco-Friendly Baby Strollers: They Do Exist

A baby might be small, but they certainly need a lot of stuff to make their lives -- and their parents' lives -- a lot easier. New parents might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of baby products they buy and receive, and in some cases, slightly horrified by the impact the industry might have on the environment -- not to mention the safety of their baby.


Stay healthy while your baby stays safe in an eco-friendly baby stroller.

However, some companies recognize that a new life should add value to the planet, not damage it in any way, and have come out with lines of eco-friendly baby equipment, including strollers. Although there's no industry or federal standard for what constitutes an "eco-friendly" baby stroller, you can search for certain sustainable features.

Chemical-Free Materials

Protect your little one from harmful chemicals by purchasing baby strollers that are free from polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDE, and Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. Eco-savvy parents look for equipment with organic cotton material and PVC-free plastic. The bulk of the stroller should be made from biodegradable materials.

Durability

One of the most environmentally friendly ways to purchase a stroller is to look for one that will last for a long time. This doesn't mean you want one that won't degrade if tossed into a landfill -- see above -- but rather one that can be used for multiple children, whether yours or others, instead of purchasing a new product for each new baby.

Multitasking

Why buy two products when you can be eco-friendly by buying just one? Some baby strollers can convert to car seats, making it a smarter option -- both for the environment and your wallet. When you purchase one product instead of two, it requires less packaging and less fuel to transport those products to the store.

Socially Responsible Company

Put your money where your mouth is, and give your dollars to companies that have the same values as you. For example, Baby Planet offers its signature line of Endangered Species strollers, decorated in giant panda, monarch butterfly, and lemur leaf frog motifs, designed to raise awareness of endangered animals. The company also makes an annual contribution to organizations dedicated to protecting these animals.

Donate Your Stroller

Don't let your stroller linger in a landfill (or your garage) when you're done with it. Instead, donate it to a family or charity in need so the stroller can be used to its fullest potential.



You'd do nearly anything for your baby -- so why not invest in a safe and environmentally friendly baby stroller?

Where to Buy?

Finding the right eco-friendly stroller for your baby will likely take research and a few questions to the company. Therefore, the best place to purchase these strollers is directly through the company's website or an authorized retailer. You might get lucky and find out that a company sells their product at a local store -- particularly ones that specialize in unique baby products -- but standard baby stores are more likely to have traditional, non-sustainable strollers in stock. Always check with a phone call before you make the trip to the store.

With an eco-friendly baby stroller, parents can rest easy knowing that getting their child from point A to point B is less harmful to the environment and their baby.

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Writer and editor Kelsey Castle has a degree in journalism from a Big 10 University. She enjoys ogling cute little baby products and writing about parenting topics.