Local business aims to reduce baby clothing waste and save you money

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Babies bring so much joy to everyone they meet. But one thing they also bring is tons of trash. Each year, millions of tons of baby clothes are thrown away each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Austin’s new mother, Salwa Kahn, ran into the problem many new parents face with their new bundles of joy – trying to figure out what to do with all the clothes her baby was growing so quickly in.

Enter Cubbiekit, a local subscription company that uses 100% organic cotton, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Certified organic cotton uses 91% less water, contributes 46% less greenhouse gas emissions and uses 61% less energy than its conventional counterpart.

“But the best part is when the babies are ready, when the babies are past their current size and you are ready to declutter as a parent, you can send it back to us and we will recycle the cotton for you,” he said. Kahn said. noted.

Khan also said their products are never thrown away. If anything becomes non-recyclable, it is donated to approved nonprofits and charities that have other uses for clothing and textiles.

“It is not the consumer’s responsibility to understand the waste problem,” Kahn said. “It’s corporations and businesses, they have to take responsibility for the waste they create.”

For $ 90, you can sign up to receive your first Cubbiekit every 3 to 4 months, which works out to about $ 270 to $ 360 per year.

MomLovesBest.com, a maternity information site, estimates that the average annual cost of new baby clothes is $ 600, saving you nearly $ 300 per year and preventing textile waste from going to landfill.

Gladys T. Hensley