Car seats and booster seats are arguably among the most important purchases parents make for their young children -- but there's very little room to be green when shopping for these necessities -- and once your child outgrows their car seat or booster seat, you don't want to dispose of the large, expensive item... which is why our garage is currently housing three very bulky seats that I'm trying to re-home. A tricky task because most consignment stores and donation centers including Goodwill will not accept car seats for safety reasons, so you have to find a friend or someone in need to pass yours along to.
And here we are again in the market for yet another seat to accommodate our 9 year-old daughter. Parents note: don't make the same mistake we did -- we bought a car seat with height and weight specifications that would see her well past middle school, thinking we scored -- but we did not at all account for the fact that she would be mortified and embarrassed buckling into and riding in said seat once she turned 9! At a stop light a younger girl who was tossing around the backseat unsecured even yelled out the window to her, "Why are you in a BABY seat?" Thanks, kid.
Technically, according to state law, we can now legally put our daughter in the backseat without anything but a seatbelt, but I wasn't comfortable with going from such a secure car seat system to nothing at all. So I started researching booster seats and I was thrilled that Clek's Olli Booster Seat perfectly fit the bill. Read on to learn about the green attributes and the thoughtful design details that make Clek's Olli booster such a winner.
Safety is a top priority at Clek. The company collaborated with HealthyStuff.org to test hundreds of samples of their products to ensure they are free of harmful chemicals. Further, Clek’s booster seats were ranked by HealthyStuff,org as ‘best picks for boosters.’ As a pioneer in environmental and health safety for child passenger seat manufacturers, Clek uses Crypton GREENGUARD Select Certified fabrics, offers recycling of all of its products and has now taken steps to ensure that all models are free of bromine and chlorine flame retardant chemicals.
Additionally, via their program Clek Recycles! customers can send their expired or damaged seats back to Clek to be dismantled and recycled. There is a $40 shipping and handling fee for this service, but Clek will give customers who recycle their seats a $40 voucher to use on the Clek website. Clek elaborates, “At Clek, we strongly believe that as producers, we should be responsible for everything we put out into this world. Always keeping the environment at the forefront of our daily decisions, we continuously strive to create products that are built with as many recyclable or reusable components and materials as possible… we strongly encourage our customers to take part in our recycling program and help make positive changes in the environment, one seat at a time.”
Commitment to Safety
Healthy Child, Healthy World released a report in March of this year stating: The Ecology Center ranked Britax and Clek as the car seats that exposed children to the lowest concentrations of chemicals. Both companies are implementing policies to reduce hazardous fire retardant use. Further, the Olli booster seat features an award-winning LATCH system which securely fastens to your car’s lower anchors to provide additional stability. Olli may also be used unlatched if your car does not have the LATCH feature.
Specs: When Can Your Child Use Olli?
The backless Olli booster seat is designed for 6-12 year olds with a height of 40-57 inches and a weight between 40-120 pounds. The point of the booster seat is to raise children high enough so that the seat belt will better fit across their shoulder and hips.
Weighing only 5 lbs. the Olli booster seat is super lightweight and conveniently portable. It comes in an array of fabric choices from solid colors to cute prints like the tokidoki space print above. Olli seat covers are removable and hand washable and made with stain, moisture and bacteria resistant Crypton® Super Fabrics. Clek also declares that this portable big-kid seat will ensure that your child can travel without “numb-bum,” due to the seat’s additional padding. I have to attest that installing and removing the Olli from your car’s LATCH system really is as easy as it looks. You very simply click it into place and then pull on the front loop/quick release system to release the LATCH hold.
Kids Will Love it
Complete with a handy cup holder you attach to the side, the Olli booster is sure to please your big-kid and provide the necessary safety and support throughout their booster seat transition. Each booster also comes complete with a “strap thingy” carrying strap that enables your child to tote the seat hands-free to their next adventure.