As a mom, you will be purchasing A LOT of clothes.
Particularly when your child is small.
The growth rate for a newborn, infant and toddler is very fast & quick so as soon as you get comfortable with your little one wearing one size, they’ll be moving on up to another size before you know it.
So what do you do with all those clothes that just don’t fit anymore?
When I gave birth to my little one, the first thing I could not wait to do was to purchase some great baby clothes. I have always found infant clothing to be so cute and fun. What makes dress up time even more fun for me and my child is that we often dress alike with matching outfit sets identical to one another, or our outfits will coordinate with each other by color or style. I was warned early on, not to spend a lot of money on those high end name brand clothes, but of course everyone has their own preference and guidance for how they raise their children and what they spend their money on so I’m not going to dip too far into that topic to tell you what to spend your money on and vice versa. But for me personally, I am a huge budget shopper. I like a great deal on pretty much anything pertaining to childcare, but of great quality at the same time as well.
Lately, however, I have found myself with a mountain of baby clothes that my child just does not wear anymore at all. Some of them were worn a lot to where they just don’t fit anymore and have become too small, and some even still have the tags on them all together where my child didn’t even get a chance to wear them due to outgrowing them so fast.
Kidcycle is the first ever children’s clothing recycling program by Carter’s in collaboration with Terracycle.
This program was implemented back during April of 2021, so it is brand new and this year is the first year of it’s rollout. With Kidcycle, you are able to donate your children’s clothing in exchange for perks towards new clothing with Carter’s.
“Children’s clothing, especially baby clothes, hold so many memories for parents. It can be difficult to let go of such sentimental items,” said TerraCycle CEO and Founder, Tom Szaky. “Through their recycling program, Carter’s is providing parents with a sustainable option to part with their children’s clothes that can no longer be passed on or donated.”www.carters.com
How it Works:
- First step is to sign up for a Carter’s Rewards account here.
- Then sign up for a Terracycle account here.
- Next you would fill a box with the clothes that you would like to get rid of and have recycled.
- Log into your Terracycle account, download, and print the shipping label provided for free.
- Seal your box and attach your shipping label to the box.
- Drop off your box at a UPS shipping location available in your local area.
Everytime you donate a box of clothing through the Kidcycle program, you earn points in your Rewards account with Carter’s so you want to make sure that you have your account set up through Carter’s as well here.
- You will earn 75 Rewards Points with Carter’s per box.
Points are rewarded 45 days after Terracycle receives your shipment.
- You are only permitted to send in one box per month.
- Any brand of clothing for children is accepted so it doesn’t have to be just Carter’s brands but shoes and accessories are not accepted.
- Make sure you use the same email address on both your Terracycle account and your Carter’s account so you can earn rewards every time you recycle clothing.
- Your shipment box can weigh any weight but it is encouraged that you fill the box each time you decide to recycle your clothing.
- Dripping packages are not accepted by UPS, make sure your clothes are not wet and that your actual box is not wet.
- Clothing does not have to be cleaned when you decide to recycle them.
- You don’t need a Carter’s account to recycle but it is necessary if you’re wanting to receive rewards points per box.
What happens to the clothing that are donated for recycling is that they are separated by fabric type, shredded down and then converted into materials to create home insulation and stuffing in workout materials and furniture. These are all items that are often used on a daily basis by people of our society so every time you recycle those old clothes, they are going to great use. By donating to have your children’s old clothes recycled, you are doing your due diligence to clean up our environment by eliminating the chance of your old clothing from going to landfills that are currently piling up with too much trash for our environment.
Please Note: With this being a recycling program, I would highly recommend that you only donate your used and old clothing through this program and not any brand new clothes with tags still on them. For the new clothes, you can always donate those to a local shelter for children in your area so they can actually be worn by those whom may be in need.
Have you ever used the KidCycle program before? Did you like or dislike it and why?
Leave your thoughts and comments below in the comment section.
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