This ain't your grandma's Moses basket. Moba, a family business based in the UK, has given a long overdue contemporary makeover to the ancient newborn tote. A proprietary soft, smooth, nontoxic material that is completely recyclable trumps traditional natural fiber Moses baskets in Moba's sleek and ergonomic namesake design. And the wide range of hues from cheery tangerine and raspberry to more subdued shades of mocha or linen make it easy to find a Moba basket to complement baby's nursery or your own penchant.
We asked the folks at Moba, who design and manufacture their Moses baskets in the UK, why their "special mix" of recyclable plastic is a better option than a classic Moses basket made from natural elements, and they replied, "Contrary to popular belief, the traditional natural fibre baskets are often not environmentally friendly. Many of the natural fibre baskets are made abroad and are imported by containers so they have large carbon footprints. They are often sprayed with strong chemicals to remove any bugs that naturally live in the fibres. The residue from the strong chemical spray could be hazardous to babies and has been linked to asthma. Some of the natural fibres themselves come from unsustainable sources and cause problems with deforestation."
Additionally, in their previous business, the creators of Moba used to import large quantities of natural fiber Moses baskets for the nursery trade and experienced all of these issues first hand. This was the inspiration for Moba.
Some additional beneficial features of the Moba are:
-Holes for ventilation and air flow to baby
-Hypoallergenic, hygienic and may be wiped clean
-Ergonomic handles with soft grip
-Reinforced base for extra stability
-Light to carry
-Tough, safe and very durable and will last from generation to generation
The creators add, “We are very conscious of the environment and while we have designed a contemporary ‘man-made’ product, we have gone to great lengths to have the Moba, its liner set and mattress manufactured in the UK, therefore minimizing its carbon footprint and supporting our local industries.”
With regard to the Moba being recyclable the designers explain, “The Moba is fully recyclable. The plastic can be melted down and made into other essential products. Details on how to recycle the Moba will be provided. However, we hope that the owners of a Moba will pass it down for generations or find an alternative use for them in the home (i.e storage for toys). The last thing we want is for them to be put into landfills.”
Moba Moses Baskets will be available for purchase in late fall 2012.