I know you are probably wondering, "How/why would a zero waster have a baby shower?", "Doesn't that go against the principles of zero waste?" Well, first of all, I don't know if there are any rules other than to be mindful of the waste you produce in your life and to tell my mothers that they couldn't throw me a shower might have resulted in me on a naughty list - or in the hospital. Ha!
For those of you who have had little ones, you know that showers are so much help when trying to prepare - especially for your first. Trying to buy everything you'd need - which really isn't THAT much - can get a little overwhelming, wasteful, and expensive.
My husband and I knew that we didn't want a lot of stuff for our little one due in May, so we had to strategically organize the details with our mothers to ensure it was as waste free and minimal as possible.
Holy cow - May!! That's this month!!!! Give me a moment while I sit here and panic........
........breath in....1....2.....3.....breath out......1....2....3....
Our shower was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have been happier with the love and generosity that our family and friends showed us.
|The beautiful quilt my grandmother made.|
With any baby shower comes the invitations. We immediately knew we wanted E-vites but we also knew a lot of our family members didn't have computers or smart phones. That meant a few paper invitations would need to be ordered. Having E-vites as the primary source of communication, eliminated A LOT of initial paper waste and also allowed us to keep everyone informed of last minute details that arose, digitally.
Our invitations were really the ultimate tool to relay exactly what we needed from everyone, which was very minimal. My mom wrote an amazing poem to describe in a beautiful way how my husband and I wanted a waste free and minimal shower. I literally bawled my eyes out when I read it.
Bring a book on the above date,Excuse me while I go cry again.....
If you bring it unwrapped that will be great!
A gift card from the registry would also be swell,
the mother to be could use it quite well!
The families request is very small,
they want to preserve the future for all.
So even recycled gifts will do,
as long as they're picked with love by you.
Waste is what's being avoided with care,
just put in some thought when you wish to share.
Wooden and metal is better than plastic,
A healthier home and baby is fantastic!
So please join us in sharing with our new baby boy,
A new life and home that will soon bring us joy!
Friends and family will all gather near,
and love on this bundle who is very dear.
I know our requests aren't the "norm" and probably catch a lot of people off guard so I thought the poem approach was very eloquent.
Now for the registry, babies don't need much but they do need a few things, so we opted for Baby List so we could customize what we needed from
The decorations were all reusable. My mom is a teacher so she utilized what she and her coworkers already had to throw us a "Book Shower". It was adorable!
|No disposable decorations allowed!|
|I drank way too much punch - I'm not sorry.|
|Pretty antique plates! Don't you just love the cloth napkin that was folded like a diaper around the silverware?|
For the rest of the packaging - wrapping paper, boxes, etc. All was taken to the recycling centers. By the end of the day the only trash we had was one small grocery sack of non recyclables including plastic wrap, plastic bottle lids, and some plastic film that came wrapped around some gifts.
Now, it will be inevitable that you will get duplicates are items that don't quite align with what you want so returning the gift for cash at the stores they were purchased is perfectly ok. We used the money we got for our exchanges on a convertible car seat - a very important baby accessory!
|A lot of guests "wrapped" their gifts in baby blankets, burp rags, and swaddles.|
|How cute are these favors? My Mother-in-Law got ice cream cones in cardboard packaging and planted flowers in them so guests could take them home and plant them in their own biodegradable container.|
|Don't mind my husband's unbuttoned shirt, haha!|