Sustainable live style trends keep increasing in popularity, and we now see more sustainable baby clothes brands extending their traditional services. Several high-quality brands are no longer limited their services to selling new garments only. Still, they now offer additional sustainable services as well, such as sell back baby clothes programs.
In this article, we focus on selling back baby clothes opportunities in the US only. However, we will still publish the second version soon, focusing on some innovative Australian opportunities to sell back programs.
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Why selling back your baby clothes make sense?
The idea of selling back your ‘used’ baby clothes is to sell baby clothes back to the retailer you purchased from after your baby has outgrown its size. This new user model is offered by baby clothing brands selling durable baby clothes such as organic baby clothes.
Returned baby clothes in good or new condition are sold to a new family and used until they are at the end of their lifecycle. So not only can you save yourself some dollars using the sell back programs, but these services also have great potential to cut down on overproduction and keep baby clothes out of the landfill for an extended period of time as well.
As we all know, babies grow super quickly and outgrown their garments after wearing them a couple of times and keep in as good as new condition, especially when garments are of high quality like organic garments. Sometimes garments have not even been worn before the baby had a chance to wear an outfit as the first few weeks, newborn babies grow in the blink of an eye.
As baby clothes are used for such a short period only, most of the time there is plenty of wear to enjoy for another baby. A trend we are seeing by more brands now is the opportunity to sell back the baby clothes purchased in return for compensation.
How does selling back baby clothes work?
More and more baby shops are offering a sell back baby clothes program. Here is how it works in a nutshell.
After your baby has outgrown the current size, you can send the items back to the shop you have purchased the items from. Every shop will have different guidelines to meet to participate in the send back programs. You will need to check the individual brands to learn what conditions the baby clothes need to be in?
Some brands may only allow sending back the brand you purchased from the shop, while other brands may accept different brands as well? When different brands are excepted, it likely has to be high-quality garments, though like other organic brands, but as mentioned, the individual program will inform you about those details.
It is very different how every retailer will manage their sell back program. Still, they all aim to promote sustainability by consuming less and keeping garments out of the landfill.
When searching for baby brands with a sell-back program, you will see that most brands running those programs and organic brands value sustainability and have a high sustainable focus all across their brand.
Selling back baby clothes in the U.S
Shall we have a look at some sell back baby clothes’ opportunities in the U.S.? Ok, let’s check out some unique and innovative business models who are taking the lead in this new trend.
‘Selling back your babies’ outgrown garments makes your investment in buying sustainable garments a lot more affordable. Alternatively, you could consider renting durable baby clothes or buying pre-Love baby clothes from a highly sustainable brand which is more affordable as well.”
1)Art & Eden
Art & Eden is a unique, high-quality baby clothes brand in the U.S with a high sustainable focus across their brand. You can feel the genuine passion for keeping clothes out of the landfill, and Art & Eden are proud to participate in the REWEAR program together with other eco-friendly brands.
How does it work? It is straightforward; you can sign up for Kidizen and list the garments your children have outgrown. The good news with Art & Eden is that the clothes you list don’t have to be limited by the brand Art & Eden to sell on Kidizen. Sounds interesting, right? If you have high-quality baby or kids clothes in your closet, this can quickly add up when selling through the program.
If you are too busy selling outgrown baby and kids clothes, you can also choose to sell your items through one of the style scouts. These scouts are experienced sellers and take the work out of your hands.
You can look up a style scout close to your home, and they can visit your home to get everything organised while staying in the comfort of your home. Scouts know what kind of items sell and how to price your clothing for quick sales and how to receive the highest returns on your investments.
Usually, used garments sell on average between $15- and $25- per item, and you can receive store credits towards your next purchase for successful sales. Pretty awesome, right. Better for your wallet, better for the planet. I love unique, innovative businesses like these.
2) Little Lentil
Little lentil is another Organic U.S brand passionate about sustainability and has set up a send back baby clothes program for their audience. When you choose to send back the outgrown Little lentil baby clothes, they reward you with 20% off your next purchase.
Little lentils except baby clothes in their sell back program in all conditions, which is pretty awesome and a generous gesture; if garments are at the end of their useful life, they will be sent to non-for-profit organisations for recycling and reusing.
But if the clothes are still in great condition, they get properly cleaned to enjoy the next baby. Thus, little lentils main goals are contributing to reducing overproduction.
You can send the baby clothes back for free using the poly mailer bag you have received the baby clothes in. To send the used baby clothes’ back, you need a pre-paid return label. Once Little Lentil has received the baby clothes back, you receive an email with a code to receive your 20% off on your next order.
3)Selling back opportunities from Upchoose
There is another pretty awesome business in the U.S I would like to mention with an innovative consuming model and a high sustainable focus indeed. Perhaps you have heard of Upchoose before, but they have a pretty unique consuming model where you can purchase or rent complete organic baby clothes bundles per size for those who didn’t. It is quite inspiring what they achieve within their sustainable mission indeed.
Upchoose not only make sustainable choices a lot easier with the complete bundles you can purchase, but they also make wearing organic baby clothes more affordable and accessible for a broader audience as well.
Unique with Upchoose is that you not only can purchase the baby clothes bundles, but you can choose to rent the baby clothes as well. It doesn’t matter if you buy or rent the baby clothes bundles; you can send the baby clothes’ back when your baby has outgrown their size. When you have chosen to rent the baby clothes but change your mind and like to keep the beloved garments, you can still decide to buy and keep the items.
Imagine the reduced clutter of your wardrobes if you just easily can send the baby clothes’ back whenever outgrown the size instead of laying them on a shelf to clutter your cupboard. Upchoose accepts a few different high-quality organic brands to sell back, but contacting them before sending the garments back is necessary.
Final thoughts on Sell back baby clothes
Well, the sell-back programs run in the U.S are pretty exciting and set up in a user- friendly user way. It makes so much sense to use high-quality baby clothes, either new or pre-loved, which you can return when your baby has outgrown the size.
However, we have not seen Australian brands setting up user-friendly sell back programs like the U.S; there are multiple consignment programs active you can participate with to sell your pre-loved baby clothes and turn them into cash.
Hopefully, renting and selling back baby clothes will become the new ‘normal’ soon. The overproduction of baby clothes could be cut down and kept out of landfills for an extended period of time.
I feel confidant that sustainable lifestyle trends keep increasing, and the numbers of families interested in these great sustainable programs keep growing rapidly. Perhaps one of the most important tasks may be spreading the word and showing people the opportunities to participate. Hence, parents are aware these great opportunities exist.
Have you used sustainable businesses like these before, and do you know of any other great opportunities to sell back baby clothes programs?
We hope this information was helpful for you, and we are looking forwards to hearing your thoughts.