Recently our friends over at TapRoot Organics (our vegan soap suppliers) shared an event that I was not familiar with on Twitter. It was about a ReLove Puerto Rico Market and since I am curious, I decided to check out the website and information in their Facebook Group.
What does ReLove mean?
When I joined the group yesterday, I found out quickly that they are about recycling and even upcycling your children’s gently used items, home items like furniture, or even adult bicycles. But here is a quote from the groups page and Founder Heather Reymunde,
“Trade, sell, barter or donate your gently used items and let them be loved again. Join ReLove PR today and start shopping and selling for a sustainable Puerto Rico today!”
When I was pregnant with our daughter, 99 percent of her items were recycled or “reloved” from friends and family members. Even the crib and baby tub were from close friends. I took everything I could get my hands on; the breast pump I used was on loan and eventually sent to my cousin who used it for her son. I was so lucky to have a neighbor with twin girls and many family members from the states with girls. I am still getting dresses from my cousin whose daughter is six.
Check out the black and white dress my daughter wore for her third birthday picture below; ReLoved thanks to Chenille and her daughter Juliana.
Why recycle baby items?
One thing we noticed as parents is that some people just want everything new for their new baby! We were looking at the NEW economical situation we were embarking upon; a child who is going to be going through her clothes quickly and baby items that were going to be hanging around for sometime. We ended up giving many of her items to a premie baby and a few friends of ours where gender of the baby was not a big deal. We even gave our car seat to a neighbor who was going to be taking care of her daughter’s son while she is in Medical School .
We always think about who can benefit from the items that we have purchased and if we throw out, it has to be that the items are not safe for anyone’s use. As we try to minimize our items in an apartment with very little closet space, we notice that if there is something we have not used in six months, we probably won’t need it, and we recycle our electronics at Best Buy when they are no longer needed.
If you are in Puerto Rico go to the FluffyRump- 68 Calle Condado in San Juan on February 22nd starting at 11:00 a.m. If you are a local small business, artisan, or parent seller, they are also accepting requests to save a space for you on the day of the event.
The deadline for submissions to participate in the ReLove Market is 02-14-2014. There is a submission donation and refund given to you on the day of the event. Email Heather for more information!
This is a chance to meet other parents and purchase items that may be of interest to you. I know our friends from TapRoot Organics are going to be there.
You can go to the Facebook event and read more information from Heather Reymunde, Founder of ReLove! She really hits the nail on the head when she writes, “ReDuce. ReLove. ReCycle.”
Flyer is courtesy of ReLove PR Market and Heather Reymunde.