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We tried it: This mail-in kids’ clothing consignment company is all about reducing waste

In honour of Earth Day, we tried out a new, zero-waste kids’ fashion company announced Mini-Cycle . The Montreal-headquartered mail-in consignment fellowship has a beautifully curated selection of clothing and accessories, from babe to big-hearted child. Their mission is to encourage families to choose high-quality, more sturdy drapes over the cheaper, fast-fashion brands that won’t last-place you for severals teenagers, and aren’t as sustainable.

After your children outgrow their clothes, you send them in for store credit or currency. In this buy-back program, you can purchase from the pre-loved section or choose brand-new components, creating a circular economy. This impedes old-time clothes from the landfill and shortens environmental impact.

How it manipulates

To get started, you check their list of elevated symbols and make pictures of your kids’ hand-me-downs, then email them to recycle @mini-cycle. com to see if they’ll accept them. Then they’ll email you a prepaid shipping label to etch out, and you mail your parts back in. A few weeks later, you should get a payout of store credit or currency, and you can pick out new items on their site.

Photo of a persons hands as they fold and stack some kids clothing

Photo: Courtesy of Mini-Cycle

Pros

If clothing accumulates( or even the clothing alleys of big-box places !) are closed where you are right now, online browsing may be your merely alternative.( Even second-hand places like Value Village are closed in many regions .) All Canadian and US shipping is free over $50, and it feels really gone, as a consumer, to support a Canadian firm dedicated to zero-waste.

It’s also a reasonably seamless process, if you have a printer: the company emails you a prepaid name to engrave out, so all you have to do is drop off the pre-loved clothes you’re selling in a Canada Post mailbox.

Mini-Cycle capitals lots of Canadian labels we enjoy, such as Little& Lively, or Vancouver company Parade Organics, and spate of outfit staples you might be buying for your children every year anyway, like Native shoes.

Cons

Unlike your neighbourhood Facebook buy-and-sell group, Mini-Cycle doesn’t countenanced many of the most popular brands–Old Navy, Carter’s, GAP, Joe Fresh or H& M. They simply acquire “mid- to high-end labels or independent brands.”( Now is their list of abode names .) Of course, this is kind of the target: to inspire families to buy higher-quality, sometimes more pricey parts from environmentally responsible clothing symbols, ultimately shunning the cheaper fast-fashion business that make it hard to stand the “add to cart” urge.

If you’re on a budget, however, this can be a barrier to participate. Kids grow fast, and stain or rend almost everything they wear, so it can be hard to justify spending $40 on zip-up baby PJs, for example, when you know you can buy them for as little as $12 per sleeper elsewhere.

The final word

Getting started with a consignment store like Mini-Cycle–whether it’s an online “e-tailer” or a bricks-and-mortar second-hand store in your town or city–makes you rethink your attires as a consumer and carefully consider the environmental impact of creating( and cloak !) our babies. Plus, sending your hand-me-downs abroad too free-spoken up valuable wardrobe infinite. We cherish that not only can you stock up on elementaries like shoes, pajamas, sun hats, swaddles and belch cloths, but these are online acquires you can feel good–and not guilty–about.

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