With a recession in full swing and unemployment rates climbing to alarming levels, young families are searching for budget-friendly solutions that dovetail with their green values. While having a child motivates parents to consider the future health of the planet, they often can't afford to purchase high-end organic baby products. "The Eco-nomical Baby Guide" offers creative ways for raising a healthy baby on a budget. It's possible to still maintain an excellent quality of life while cutting costs and helping the environment. The hosts of greenbabyguide website, Rebecca Kelley and Joy Hatch are young, conscientious mothers who have done all the homework and now share the insights, knowledge and cost-saving tips they have learned from their own experience and research.
With its three primary goals of saving time, money and the planet, "The Eco-nomical Baby Guide" shows parents how to: find out exactly which baby products are necessary and which aren't; get practical up-to-date information on green options for feeding, clothing, diapering and outfitting materials; ensure that products are true to their green claims; learn insider tricks for finding safe, quality used gear for up to 90 per cent off retail prices; and, also find resources and inspiration for making baby supplies from recycled or otherwise sustainable materials.
Lifelong friends Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley emphasize progress instead of perfection as they blog about their "eco-nomical" adventures (and misadventures) at www.greenbabyguide.com. They both teach English, co-write two eco-friendly living columns, and enjoy raising their own green babies in Oregon.