Bodhi Baby: Sustainable Baby Clothing Rental

Make the eco-friendly switch and save money by renting your baby clothes with Bodhi Baby.

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Project Ends on October 1, 2019

Project Description

 

STARTING AT $5 PER ITEM PER MONTH

 

Bodhi Baby is a rental service offering eco-friendly, ethical, and organic clothing for babies 0-24 months.

With Bodhi Baby, you don’t own the clothes –  because you don’t need to. Your monthly fee depends on your selected items, giving you full control over your spending. That’s smart shopping.

Bodhi Baby offers three box sizes based on your needs. The more items you have, the less you need (since we help you create a capsule wardrobe for baby). Plus we save you up to 40% baby's wardrobe. We save you hundreds of dollars that would be spent finding new clothes for baby every three months

You can choose from the following sizes of New or Pre-loved boxes. 

  • The Mini is 25% of your baby's wardrobe and has 7 items (future release).

  • The Med is 50% of your baby's wardrobe and has 15 items (available now).

  • The Full contains 100% of your baby's wardrobe and has 22 items (available now).

All box sizes will become available after our funding campaign reaches its goal.

Renting with Bodhi Baby means you can rent as many items as you need for your baby with no commitment to buy. (But you CAN buy something if you love it or it becomes a memento.)

It’s easy. Fill out a profile, and we’ll curate a box based on your selections, enjoy it while it lasts, and swap when you’re done. Repeat!

 

FUNDING

Baby clothes are EXPENSIVE. But you already knew that.

Our 150K goal allows us to purchase the first round of eco- friendly clothes. It can also help us open our warehouse with state-of-the-art washers and dryers — (which means saving the planet, even more, water and electricity) per year.

If you help us reach 50K, you make sure that we can purchase the first round of eco-friendly clothes for our subscription boxes. At 75K, we can partner with Returnity to create reusable shipping packages made from recycled polyester. (Bonus: they are good for at least 40 rounds of shipping!)

At 150k, you make sure that we can open our warehouse with state-of-the-art washers and dryers — which means saving tons of CO2 and thousands of gallons of water each year.

WHAT'S IN A BOX?

We will offer three sizes (Mini, Med, or Full) carefully crafted with your selection f either new or pre-loved items. All box sizes will become available after our funding campaign reaches its goal; for now, you can pre-order a New Full Box or a Pre-loved Med.

Our Full Set is a beautifully curated collection of 22 essentials crafted with only the softest organic fabrics and thoughtfully curated for little ones and parents.

Everything is eco-friendly, fair trade, gender-neutral, and made from the softest fabrics. Normally, eco baby clothes run you about $30/item, but with this box, you get them at $7 an item per month (or 30% off).

You keep the items for 3 months and then send them back so we can add them to our pre-loved collection, helping save money and the planet!

We recommend this box for babies currently 0 -18 months old — to accommodate for the November shipping date.

 

WHO WE ARE

Bodhi Baby is a female-founded company that is making modern parenting eco-friendly. Kelsi and Victoria have been friends since they were five years old. Who knew they’d end up here, working together to build a business, and hoping to make parent’s lives a whole lot easier.

The CEO, Kelsi Nichols, has her Masters in Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health and Child Development. In addition to her education, she spent the last eight years working with more than seven families and 20 children. Those experiences combined to show Kelsi what researchers know is best for parenting and what families really need. Bodhi Baby’s goal is to redefine eco-friendly parenting, by offering sustainable, ethical, and organic baby clothing rentals.

Co-founder Victoria Cernoch has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation — a degree that taught her daily about our planet’s climate crisis and depleted resources. Victoria joined Kelsi in her mission to create this system of reuse, because it is better for everyone. It’s better for baby, for Mom and Dad, and it’s better for the planet.

With Bodhi Baby, parents can rent their baby clothes, and rest easy knowing that everything is made from sustainable fabric. At the end of their rental, we accept the clothing back and share it with the next family. Through this rental system, each item is given a longer and longer life — helping to save resources with each reuse.

Bodhi Baby is an aspiring B-corporation, with a mission to do as much good for families and the planet as possible. We have already joined 1% for the Planet as a business member — which allows us to donate 1% of our revenue to caring for our environment. And we don’t plan to stop there.

 

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

How many items are in a box?

Bodhi Baby offers three box sizes based on your needs. The more items you have, the less you need (since you can mix and match to make more outfits!).

The Mini is 25% of your baby's wardrobe and has 7 items.

The Med is 50% of your baby's wardrobe and has 15 items.  

The Full contains 100% of your baby's wardrobe and has 22 items.

The Mini will be available after our funding campaign is complete — but you can pre-order a  New Full box or a Med Preloved box right now!

 

How does it work when I “fund your first order”

When you pre-order through our funding campaign, you secure your very first Bodhi Baby box. Then, when we’re ready to ship, we will send you an online link to access your membership and fill out some questions about the size and styles you want for baby. 

Once we ship your order, you are able to keep your rentals for 3 months — and then when you send them back (with the packaging we’ve included for you), we will keep them as part of our collection.

We are planning to ship NEW boxes in November and PRE LOVED boxes in February (but will keep you posted with updates!). 

 

How often do I get a new box?

Depending on your account, we'll automatically send you new items for your baby every three months. But, we know that babies grow at different rates, so just change the shipping frequency in your account if you need new items sooner or want to delay your next set of rentals. 

 

Do I have to buy anything?

Nope! Renting with Bodhi Baby means you can rent what you need for your baby with no commitment to buy. (But you CAN buy something if you really love it or it becomes a memento.)

After our funding campaign, if there is something you decide you’d like to keep forever, you just keep it! Then, you send back the rest of your rentals, and we will deduct the cost of the item from the card on file. The cost of the items you keep is often reduced lower than normal retail (depending on how long we’ve been sharing them with our Bodhi Baby families).

However, for pre-orders made through our iFund Women funding campaign, we ask that every item is returned. Your pre-order supports our very first inventory and, right now, we need every item in order to get off the ground.


 

What if I want to take a break or cancel my membership?

There is no commitment with a Bodhi Baby membership, so you can pause or cancel at any time.

Do I need to wash the clothes before I send them back?

To help us maintain a happy relationship with the shipping companies, we do ask that you return the clothing in a relatively clean state. 

We wash everything thoroughly before it goes back into rotation with eco-friendly laundering practices.

 

 What happens if I lose or stain an item?

We ask you to treat our items with care as if you had borrowed them from a friend (but we know that babies are messy!). Please do not modify the items in any way (such as removing labels). If you do spill something on them, you are free to soak the item or attempt to remove the stain as long as you follow the instructions on the care label. 

For this funding campaign, stain insurance is included in the cost of all items. 

In the future, to avoid being charged for an item, we offer optional insurance for $5/month to cover all repairable damages, like stains or missing buttons. If any item(s) is damaged beyond repair, is not returned, or is lost/ stolen, we will charge you the cost of replacing the item(s). However, this is often not the full retail value.

 

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is always free, both ways. We provide a prepaid shipping label and return bag with every tote so you can send back your pieces.

 

What if I want to buy something?

We know it’s hard to part with those favorite pieces. In the future, we’ll offer special pricing just for our members, at up to 50% off the retail price. You can find the member price for each of your rental pieces on our website or the price card in your box. 

But for now, we ask that all NEW orders return all pieces so that we can build up our inventory for PRELOVED boxes in the future. 

 

Do I get to pick the pieces that I receive?

Each of the clothing rentals in your box is hand-curated based on the style preferences you give us when you create your profile. You can choose between Unisex, Girl, or Boy boxes and answer a few questions about your style and needs. We do the rest.

 

Is the clothing new or used?

We offer two types of rental boxes: New or Preloved.

New:  Everything in the New box has never been worn before. You can rent the items from us for three months.

Preloved:  Our Preloved boxes will save you a ton of money and are better for the planet. Each Preloved Box is filled with gently used items. We inspect each item before it goes out, to make sure it’s still like new. You can rent the items from us for three months or until your baby outgrows them.

 

What kind of clothing can I rent?

We offer clothing for babies — 0 through 24 months. We plan to offer more sizes in the future!

All of the brands that we feature meet our strict standards for sustainable fabrics (like GOTS Organic Cotton and Bamboo), ethical manufacturing, and community care.

 

What is a circular economy?

Right now, the majority of our economy functions in a linear fashion. Items are made, used, and thrown away.

But, today, our planet is struggling. So many people on the planet means less resources to go around. Or, rather, less resources that we should be sending to the landfill.

A circular economy means focusing on systems that allow products to be reused, repaired, or repurposed. This way, we keep resources cycling through the system longer — and help save the planet.

 

What if I’m pregnant now, but don’t need the clothes in November?

This is a great question, and we would still love your support! The best option is to pre-order a preloved box or purchase a gift card. 

Although our first orders are shipping in November, you’ll be able to delay or customize your ship date once you create an account with us, after the funding campaign ends. 

Purchasing a gift card gives you a bit more flexibility on what size box you want (Mini, Med, or Full) and is also the perfect gift for expecting parents.

 

Cassidi
09/20/2019
Monetary Contribution
$1
Jeanne Ruefer
09/02/2019
Monetary Contribution
$1,000
09/02/2019
Gift Card
$300
09/01/2019
Sticker & Fair Trade Tote
$125
K/S Nichols
08/31/2019
Monetary Contribution
$200
Alli Cernoch
08/31/2019
Sticker & Fair Trade Tote
$125
Barry C
08/29/2019
Monetary Contribution
$100
Monetary Contribution

Already have baby clothes galore?

Hoping for us to expand our size range?

Just want to support a female-founded company?

Want to give just because you care?

 

Whatever your reason for gifting us, we thank you.

Welcome to the movement.

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$125
Sticker & Fair Trade Tote

Show your Bodhi Baby pride with this awesome sticker and tote combo. We got our totes from Little Market, the fair trade shop. To print our logo onto your tote bag, they partner with Homeboy Industries, an LA-based non-profit that employs and empowers formerly incarcerated individuals.  

This is more than a bag. It shows your support for Bodhi Baby’s mission — to make eco-friendly parenting easy and accessible.

(Totes are made of all-natural jute; stickers are vinyl.)

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$475
Brand New Bodhi Box (22 items)

Only $159 per month!

Our Full Set is a collection of 22 essentials, crafted with only the softest organic fabrics and thoughtfully curated for little ones and parents.

Everything is eco-friendly and fair trade. Normally, sustainable baby clothes run you about $30/item, but with this box, you get them at $21.59 per item (or 30% off).

In addition, for supporting our launch, you'll also receive an exclusive 20% off coupon to use on future orders.

Our Full Collection includes these essentials:

 

  •  3 skirts, bloomers, or shorts

  •  5 pairs of leggings or pants

  •  2 dresses or rompers

  •  2 shirts

  •  6 bodysuits

  •  4 pajamas

  • Bodhi Baby sticker

  • Exclusive iFundWomen 20% off coupon

 

You keep the items for 3 months and then send them back so we can add them to our pre-loved collection, helping save money and the planet!

We recommend this box for babies currently 0-18 months old — to accommodate for a November shipping date.

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$245
Pre-Loved Box (15 items!)

Only $82 per month! 

This box contains 15 items of pre-loved baby clothing — everything is eco-friendly, fair trade, and made from sustainable fabrics. This covers 50% of baby’s wardrobe at a cost of $5.45/item per month (saving you 40%!).

In addition, for supporting our launch, you'll also receive an exclusive 20% off coupon to use on future orders.

Our Medium Box  includes these essentials:

  •  1 skirt, bloomer, or short

  •  3 pairs of leggings or pants

  •  2 dresses or rompers

  •  2 shirts

  •  4 bodysuits

  •  3 pajamas

  • Bodhi Baby sticker

  • Exclusive iFundWomen 20% off coupon

 

You keep the items for 3 months and then send them back so we can share them with the next family!

We recommend this box for babies currently 0-18 months old — to accommodate for a February shipping date.

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Gift Card

If you want to gift a box of Bodhi Baby rentals to anybody who has or will soon have a little one ages 0 - 24 months, this offer is your best bet!
A $300 gift card is the perfect amount for someone to get 3 months worth of the softest clothes for baby. 

Gift cards can be used starting in January 2020.

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$750
Mommy and Me Photoshoot

These really special photoshoots were graciously provided by Eternal Tides Photography in Honolulu, HI. During this 1-hour shoot they will capture all the joy, love, and laughter shared between you and your little one.

After, you will receive 20 digital photographs, professionally edited by Eternal Tides.

The Mommy and Me Photoshoot specifically takes place on Oahu, HI; November through January.

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Monetary Contribution

Already have baby clothes galore?

Hoping for us to expand our size range?

Just want to support a female-founded company?

Want to give just because you care?

 

Whatever your reason for gifting us, we thank you.

Welcome to the movement.

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Contribute
$125
Sticker & Fair Trade Tote

Show your Bodhi Baby pride with this awesome sticker and tote combo. We got our totes from Little Market, the fair trade shop. To print our logo onto your tote bag, they partner with Homeboy Industries, an LA-based non-profit that employs and empowers formerly incarcerated individuals.  

This is more than a bag. It shows your support for Bodhi Baby’s mission — to make eco-friendly parenting easy and accessible.

(Totes are made of all-natural jute; stickers are vinyl.)

298 Left
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$475
Brand New Bodhi Box (22 items)

Only $159 per month!

Our Full Set is a collection of 22 essentials, crafted with only the softest organic fabrics and thoughtfully curated for little ones and parents.

Everything is eco-friendly and fair trade. Normally, sustainable baby clothes run you about $30/item, but with this box, you get them at $21.59 per item (or 30% off).

In addition, for supporting our launch, you'll also receive an exclusive 20% off coupon to use on future orders.

Our Full Collection includes these essentials:

 

  •  3 skirts, bloomers, or shorts

  •  5 pairs of leggings or pants

  •  2 dresses or rompers

  •  2 shirts

  •  6 bodysuits

  •  4 pajamas

  • Bodhi Baby sticker

  • Exclusive iFundWomen 20% off coupon

 

You keep the items for 3 months and then send them back so we can add them to our pre-loved collection, helping save money and the planet!

We recommend this box for babies currently 0-18 months old — to accommodate for a November shipping date.

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$245
Pre-Loved Box (15 items!)

Only $82 per month! 

This box contains 15 items of pre-loved baby clothing — everything is eco-friendly, fair trade, and made from sustainable fabrics. This covers 50% of baby’s wardrobe at a cost of $5.45/item per month (saving you 40%!).

In addition, for supporting our launch, you'll also receive an exclusive 20% off coupon to use on future orders.

Our Medium Box  includes these essentials:

  •  1 skirt, bloomer, or short

  •  3 pairs of leggings or pants

  •  2 dresses or rompers

  •  2 shirts

  •  4 bodysuits

  •  3 pajamas

  • Bodhi Baby sticker

  • Exclusive iFundWomen 20% off coupon

 

You keep the items for 3 months and then send them back so we can share them with the next family!

We recommend this box for babies currently 0-18 months old — to accommodate for a February shipping date.

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$300
Gift Card

If you want to gift a box of Bodhi Baby rentals to anybody who has or will soon have a little one ages 0 - 24 months, this offer is your best bet!
A $300 gift card is the perfect amount for someone to get 3 months worth of the softest clothes for baby. 

Gift cards can be used starting in January 2020.

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$750
Mommy and Me Photoshoot

These really special photoshoots were graciously provided by Eternal Tides Photography in Honolulu, HI. During this 1-hour shoot they will capture all the joy, love, and laughter shared between you and your little one.

After, you will receive 20 digital photographs, professionally edited by Eternal Tides.

The Mommy and Me Photoshoot specifically takes place on Oahu, HI; November through January.

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