In your own words, tell us about your project.
Baby Market events are held nationwide with the purpose of providing a market type space for parents/carers of older children to sell on their no longer used baby, maternity and young child related items to new and expectant parents. The circular economy in full swing. We also try to have as many not for profit information stalls at the markets with an emphasis on waste preventative products and services pertaining to babies and new parents eg Cloth Nappy Library Ireland.
Why did you do this work?
The Baby Market was founded when a gap in the market was stumbled upon by new mother Angie Nagle. Angie discovered there was no one stop shop for second hand baby goods and so set about changing this. Sustainability was the key factor at play. Angie wished to prevent endless amounts of perfectly usable baby goods going to landfill, lengthen the life span of these goods and provide a means for parents of older children to make a bit of money back while saving significant funds for new parents. Recently charity shops have clamped down on what baby items are accepted which makes the markets all the more relevant in the sustainability stakes today.
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
Baby Market events play a role in the minimising of waste produced by babies and making the most of the equipment that has already left the shop shelves. Each event prevents waste from going to landfill. The stigma of buying second hand is reduced as people who attend see the quality of items on offer and spread the word to their friends and family.
When possible, people attending the events can learn about the modern cloth nappy system, baby-wearing, local parenting groups, services and other baby related topics. New parents can save money by getting all the essentials for a fraction of the new cost while shopping in a much more sustainable way. The markets are a hive of social activity with parents of older children passing on invaluable advice.
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
To set up similar projects successfully there are a few simple requirements. Finding a large and accessible space with adequate parking. Knowledge of how to reach people to let them know of the event, and a desire to prevent waste!
Which Sustainable Development Goals does your work link to?
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Location of Project
Nationwide events-Cork, Dublin, Galway and more