21 Eco-Friendly Baby and Pregnancy Brands to Support This Earth Month
April 9, 2021
Sustainability is becoming more and more important to people across the globe—and rightfully so! Choosing eco-friendly products that reduce the amount of resources used isn’t just trendy, it helps contribute to a healthier planet—which then contributes to healthier people (like you and your loved ones).
It’s easy to think a little greener in the daily choices you make, whether that’s choosing to compost your kitchen scraps or buying from brands committed to sustainability, like the ones below. This Earth Month, check out the below pregnancy and baby brands that are committed to the earth, its people and giving back.
This online marketplace sells everything from cleaning supplies to groceries, but the best part is the brand’s commitment to sustainability. Public Goods’ products are good for both people and the environment, with cruelty-free manufacturing; plenty of vegan and vegetarian options; biodegradable and compostable products; and refills that reduce waste. Plus, the marketplace also plants a new tree for every new membership it gains. Interested in checking it out? Take 10 percent off orders of $70 or more with the code BUMP10.
Eco Pea Co. was founded by Kelly and Adrian, parents to three kids. When they found their third child was reacting negatively to the standard diaper and wipes brand they had been using, the duo set out to create Eco Pea Co. Passionate about protecting the environment, the couple made sure their brand uses biodegradable and eco-friendly bamboo diapers and wipes—proving that going green can be done while maintaining comfort.
The eco-friendly toy company is one that many parents are likely already familiar with. With a motto of, “Every day is Earth Day,” the company builds its products with safe and 100 percent recycled materials like milk jugs—and that includes the packaging. To date, the brand has recycled over 105 million milk jugs. Every pound of milk jugs that are recycled saves enough energy to power a TV for three weeks or a laptop for a month. Along with being serious about the environment, Green Toys is also serious about play, constantly innovating to help playtime be as fun and safe as possible for growing children. Check them out on Amazon and at Target.
Kyte BABY was founded by Ying Liu on her quest to find comfortable clothing that suited her daughter’s chronic eczema and sensitive, itchy skin. The brand offers ultrasoft baby pajamas that are bamboo-sourced. Not only is bamboo eco-friendly but it’s also a little cooler than cotton and hypoallergenic. Along with clothing for babies and toddlers, the brand also has apparel offerings for adults.
Created by Jessica Alba, The Honest Company is a wellness brand that empowers people to live happy, healthier lives. The offerings range from diapers and wipes to skincare products for both kids and adults to beauty products to cleaning products—all with a laser-sharp focus on sustainability. The brand holds itself to an honest standard of safety and transparency and frequently gives back, donating meals and products to communities in need through partnerships with nonprofits. Plus, the brand has long been partnered with Baby2Baby to provide diapers, wipes and other basic essentials to kids in at-risk communities nationwide.
Modern Nursery has a whole section on their website dedicated to eco-friendly products. The brand’s goal is to provide beautiful, yet functional furnishings and gear that not only grows with kids, but is also completely free of toxins and harmful chemicals. These products are made from sustainably-harvested wood and organic cotton.
A 2020 Best of Baby winner, Bella Tunno is a certified B Corporation, meaning it meets the highest standards for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The brand’s signature bibs are made from 100 percent food-grade silicone and are highly functional, with a generous catch pocket and an adjustable neck. Plus, they come in a variety of beautiful colors and help the brand’s mission to fight childhood hunger. For every product sold, the brand provides a meal to a child in need. To date, the brand has donated over 4.5 million meals.
If you’re in the market for pregnancy and birth announcements, baby shower invitations and photo books, look no further than Paper Culture. This sustainable stationery company is certified as a Green Business and plants a tree for every order. Plus, all their products are made from sustainable materials, including 100 percent recycled paper and bamboo.
Pipette has created quite a splash in the baby care industry with its hypoallergenic, non-toxic, pediatrician-approved and EWG-verified products. But not only is the brand committed to safe and clean products, they’re also committed to protecting the earth. Pipette’s formulas are manufactured using 100 percent renewable energy and are manufactured in North America to reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, their plant-derived ingredients are always ethically sourced, and Pipette’s packaging is made with recycled materials to help keep plastic out of oceans. But that’s not all, the brand also practices Carbon Neutral Customer Shipping (at no additional cost to their customers), which aims to offset the emissions of their shipments’ transport by funding reforestation projects.
California Baby means business with their commitment to the environment. Born from one mom’s quest for a safe shampoo for her baby, the company now produces over 80 dermatologist and pediatrician-recommended products for babies, kids and adults with sensitive skin. The best part? All of those products are produced in the brand’s own FDA registered, certified organic facility located in California, with solar panels providing up to 80 percent of the facility’s energy. California Baby also just launched a new 100 percent plant-based collection that’s certified by the USDA.
A 2021 Best of Pregnancy Award winner, Puracy makes high-quality and natural products that actually work. At its core, Puracy’s goal has always been to make effective, plant-based cleaning and personal care products that were gentle enough for newborns. Partnering with a team of chemists and doctors, two dads created a line of products that protect both families and the environment. Not only are their products made in the U.S., but they’re also fully biodegradable. All of Puracy’s bottles are recyclable and their refillable pouches save plastic, water and energy. To add to all this, the brand also gives back to children and families in need with every sale.
Last year, Ergobaby launched Everlove, a sustainability initiative that takes responsibility for up to 96 percent of the carriers they have ever made. The program allows customers to sell back their baby carriers. The company then, after a thorough inspection, repairing and deep cleaning process, resells those carriers. More recently, the brand launched Aerloom, its newest carrier, made from an innovative, FormaKnit fabric that’s made to move and stretch. In fact, 87 percent of the knit is made with recycled polyester yarn and reuses up to 26 recycled plastic bottles. Not only does the new carrier have a lower carbon footprint, but it also comes in eco-friendly, recyclable packaging.
Created in 1983 by a Swedish woman, Hanna Andersson is a children’s clothing line rooted in the Scandinavian principles of happiness and design. Plus, it’s committed to providing excellent quality in an eco-friendly way. Close to half of the brand’s annual units are made with organic cotton sourced from India, China and Peru and from farms that focus on the health of the soil, ecosystems and the people growing and harvesting the cotton. The cotton is also 80 percent rain-fed, reducing the amount of water needed to produce it. For Earth Day, the brand has also released a new line of pajamas that’s made sustainably and is great for skin sensitivities and allergies.
Created in 1996, Eberjey has always been a strong supporter of creating products that make women feel beautiful and comfortable. Its Giving PJs collection is in partnership with One Tree Planted, which works to support global reforestation. As part of the partnership, one tree is planted for every set of pajamas purchased from the collection. Plus, last year the brand also took steps to transition to more sustainable textiles, including sustainable bamboo, organic pima cotton, recycled nylon and lenzing modal, which is mostly plant-based and has a lower environmental impact.
Mustela offers skincare products for pregnancy, babies and kids with an activist approach to minimize the impact their products have on people and the environment. A certified B Corporation, the brand sources natural and organic ingredients from responsible, plant-based regions, and, in the past three years, has downsized the water and energy required for production. In fact, the company is aiming to reach carbon neutrality (meaning zero emissions) by 2030. To date, the brand’s eco-friendly design has saved 142 tonnes of plastic and 65 tonnes of cardboard in product packaging since 2010.
Girlfriend Collective makes amazing maternity leggings with a sharp focus on sustainability and consumer transparency. Their packaging is 100 percent recyclable, and all their products are made mostly from recycled materials, including polyester, fishing nets and other waste, cupro (a fiber made from waste in the cotton industry) and more. Plus, all their fabric is dyed using eco-friendly materials—the brand even donates its dye mud to a local pavement facility that reuses it to build sidewalks and roads.
Coterie Diapers is a 2020 Best of Baby winner—and for good reason. Their diapers are made with 25 percent plant-based materials (currently this is sustainably sourced wood pulp). Their wipes are made with 100 percent plant-based materials. The brand also sources the bulk of their ingredients from North America to reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, Coterie Diapers donates 1 percent of their net sales to Diaper Recycling Technology, an organization that’s working on developing new technology that can help recover up to 95 percent of the raw materials in a used diaper.
This subscription box is designed to help parents support baby during the early years of their development, from the newborn stage to 3 years old, and delivers every three months to help keep them on track. But the best part? Monti Kid’s products are made from sustainably-forested wood and all the packaging is completely recyclable. Plus, through their Giving Program, the brand provides pre-paid shipping labels to customers so they can donate any outgrown toys to a family in need.
The brand won our 2020 Best of Baby award for top baby skincare. Not only are its products made with clean ingredients and safe for the most sensitive skin, but they’re also ethically made. A certified B Corporation, Beautycounter aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, as well as 100 percent recyclable, refillable or compostable packaging by 2025. Plus, along with responsibly sourcing all their ingredients, the brand is also committed to giving back by supporting nonprofits, including EWG, Baby2Baby, Black Women for Wellness and more, that invest in a cleaner and more equitable future for all.
Wildbird is a mom-founded company that produces ring slings for babywearing. Not only does the company pay attention to environmental ethics and responsibility during the creation of their products, but they’re also transparent about the materials they use. Their slings are made from Belgian flax, which is carefully grown, harvested and made into yarn—all without any waste. Plus, all Wildbird slings are made by a network of independent seamstresses, most of whom are parents who are able to work flexibly from home for professional wages. The brand also recently launched Wildbird Scraps, a new collection of products, including scrunchies, mini totes, sunhats and more, that are made from scrap fabric leftover from the the production of their slings.
Burt’s Bees Baby has been committed to sustainability. The brand works with factories that plant trees instead of tearing them down; recycles their water supplies; and uses solar panels and wind turbines to generate their own energy. The buttons and threads used in Burt’s Bees products are made from recycled materials and the brand’s GOTS dyeing technique only uses ingredients that have met a stringent criteria for not being harmful to both humans and the environment. Plus, for every Baby Bee Box sold, the brand gives back to families in need through Save the Children.