Small Changes is our Q&A Series with Women in Sustainability. The Tiny Earth Community believes strongly that small changes, over time, can lead to really meaningful impacts on our planet. This week, we spoke to a fellow startup Founder & CEO, Lauren.
Tell us who you are and what you do?
Lauren Gregor, Founder and CEO of Rent-a-Romper, a rental clothing company for babies and toddlers because they (out)grow so fast.
Do you have a little one in your life?
I have two boys, Bennett (7) and Avery (5).
What first got you interested in sustainability?
I have always loved the outdoors and being in nature. When I became a mom, I realized the responsibility I have to model behaviors and actions that do right by our planet. I want my kids and their grandkids generations over to have a planet where they can live and thrive. As my boys have grown, I have taken steps to become more sustainable. The biggest one has been starting Rent-a-Romper.
What is one thing our readers should think about when purchasing children's clothing?
When I think about clothing for children, I focus on only buying what we need. To do this, I think about what a typical week looks like for my kids for the next couple of seasons. Usually that looks like school, play, and the occasional nicer event. I then make a list of exactly what we need and purchase clothing that can be interchangeable and mix well so that way I need fewer items. I look for brands that will last through both of my boys. Now that Rent-a-Romper exists, I don't buy jackets or seasonal items—we just rent.
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Favorite sustainable solution for climate change?
There are so many ways that I love. One that I am really enjoying today is the Buy Nothing groups on Facebook. There are groups for every neighborhood. Before you run to a store, or throw something away, you can post on the group and often people have what you are looking for. It is a really fun way to stay connected in your community and reduce waste. Recently, I had a small project at home where I wanted chalkboard paint. I posted and later that day, I was able to pick up paint a couple of blocks away to use and then return the rest later. No store, no money spent, no extra waste.