Jill Fehrenbacher

INHABITOTS: Economical & Eco-friendly Maternity Wear

by , 08/03/08

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Or How to Get Through Your Pregnancy Without Having to Purchase Maternity Clothes

I haven’t talked much about my pregnancy on Inhabitat, mostly because I assume that the non-pregnant reader is probably not too interested in the day-to-day trials and tribulations of navigating environmental sustainability through maternity. However, I’m guessing there is probably a small minority of you out there who are either pregnant or new parents, and for those of you, I would like to announce the newest addition to the Inhabitat family: INHABITOTS!

Following the Good Green Design mission of Inhabitat, but focused specifically on eco-friendly kids and parenting, Inhabitots.com is your guide to stylish sustainable design for the next generation. I’m officially launching it next week, but wanted to give our loyal readers a sneak peek of the site today on Sustainable Style Sunday with a guide on how to navigate eco-friendly maternity fashion. So, if you’re a first-time mom-to-be staring at your rapidly expanding waistline and wondering how you’re going to get through the next 6 months in sustainable style and with your budget intact, read on…


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Jessica Scott Organic Mini Maternity Wrap, MaterniqueJessica Scott Organic Mini Maternity Wrap – $80

FROM INHABITOTS…
Although pregnancy is an exciting time in any mom-to-be’s life, the day-to-day logistics can often be quite daunting for a first time mother. For me if was quite an emotional rollercoaster to deal with so many rapid changes in my body — and when all of a sudden my favorite clothes started feeling too tight, I didn’t know where to turn. I just wanted to keep feeling and looking like myself, and the prospect of having to buy a whole new wardrobe of flowy earth-mama dresses to get me through a few months of my life sounded about as fun as labor pain — especially after a google search made me realize that it is almost impossible to find maternity wear in organic or eco-friendly materials.

Fortunately a thorough re-examination of my closet, and a couple tricks I picked up from friends staved off a bank-breaking trip to a Pea in the Pod. Ultimately I never ended up purchasing ANY new maternity clothes, and I feel perversely proud of this accomplishment. I hope that some of the tips and tricks I picked up will be helpful to other eco-minded pregnant women who are going through this for the first time. If you’re interested, keep reading…


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5 Comments

  1. RichardMillington August 4, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Good post. You might also like to read what Stephanie from Green SAHM (stay at home mom) wrote on the topic a while back.

    http://www.greensahm.com/limiting-the-environmental-impact-of-having-kids/

  2. RichardMillington August 4, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Nice post. I agree with theokobox, upcycled fashion could produce such a brilliant impact on how we perceive recycled goods. Even companies like Freecycle could get hitch a ride. The sooner can make wearing green fashionable, and not the poor-person\’s alternative to fashion shops, the better.

  3. barry lehrman August 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    congrat jill!

    Becoming a dad has really put my sustainability ethos into context.

  4. turtlebella August 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I’m 8 months (32 wks) pregnant– very much looking forward to Inhabitots!

  5. Jonathan August 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I have been reading Inhabitat for a few months now, and I have been quite enjoying what I read and see! This post is particularly interesting to me as I am always trying to be eco-friendly and pocket book friendly…and when it comes to maternity clothes that are only good for 2 or three months tops…I can never justify the expense. With a few of your tips my wife can scour her closet and see what clothes she already has that can transform to make another cute outfit and keep the ever revolving wardrobe a little less revolving…

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