Outfit Your Earth Angels

Little Bean Sprout keeps moms’ budgets (and Mother Earth) in mind

As an older and wiser Madonna might put it, we’re all doing our best to raise sustainable girls (and boys) in a sustainable world.

Which is why we’re singing the praises of Little Bean Sprout, a new online retail concept aiming to disrupt the buy-outgrow-toss cycle of kids’ clothes.

Inspiration struck co-founder Karina Fedasz, a video game industry vet, when she watched the wild success of companies that sell new and used games among members. Since her son kept outgrowing his clothes, the same idea could be a godsend for children’s closets, she reasoned.

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Fedasz and partner Stephanie Arnold’s brainchild, which is now in beta, invites parents to buy new or used pieces, just like a regular e-commerce shop. Once your little outgrows an outfit, however, just send it back to Little Bean Sprout. You get 5 percent of the purchase price back in cash or 15 percent in credit, and someone else can snap up the clothes. (Unless they’re in unsellable condition, in which case you still get a small credit and they are donated to local charities or textile mills.)

Current finds include sweet onesies, leggings, rompers, pants, and tops from Splendid Littles to Kissy Kissy. For now, the best deals are to be had in used goods (think a smocked peasant dress marked down from $30 to $8). But we’ve got high hopes the team will expand its selection of new lines on offer.

Call us material girls at heart.

Available at littlebeansprout.com, $5-$50.

Photos: Courtesy of Little Bean Sprout