Posted by Kat Heath on 27 Feb 2021

In recent years we have all become increasingly aware of how much clothing and textiles contribute to landfill.
With an astonishing 70% of textile waste ending its life cycle in landfill (Common Objective: 2021) it is important we consider different ways to reduce landfill and break the ‘fast-fashion’ cycle.

A new initiative created by Surrey resident and mum of two, Rachel Sarno is one way parents of under two’s can help limit clothing and textile waste. Surrey Hills Baby Clothes Library is a baby clothing hire service in which parents can hire a box of baby/toddler clothes for a rental period of:

  • 4 months for baby clothes (0-12mth clothing)
  •  7 months for toddler clothes (1-2year clothing)

However if a longer rental period is needed this can be negotiated.

The boxes of clothing consist of:

  • Vests, leggings, socks, baby-grows etc.
  • Outdoor wear such as; pram suits coats and grow bags are available for an additional deposit.

The deposit for each box is £20 which is refunded once the box of items have been returned.

According to The Money Advice Service on average parents spend £243 on baby clothes alone in the babies first year. Which is another reason why Rachel has launched Surrey Hills Baby Clothes Library.
“ I had friends who did this for me throughout my daughters baby years and I loved that the money saved could be used towards swimming lesson or other activities. Making memories.”

However, Rachel makes it clear that the baby clothes library is not just for those with low incomes or those wanting to budget but a service for all and she will be working alongside various community organisations to ensure as many families have access to the library.

The Surrey Hills Baby Clothes Library, which launches on 1st March has an array of nearly new clothing catering for the following age groups:


Each box consists of a variety of clothing and a list of each item.
When borrowed if anything is marked or soiled the person hiring simply marks next to item on the list.

All clothing returned must be:

Washed in non-bio detergent
Pet Hair free
Smoke free
As long as all items are returned the £20 deposit is returned within 7 days.

With Britain being the 4th largest producer of textile landfill in the world initiatives like this will hopefully help families reduce their own carbon footprint whilst saving the pennies at the same time.

For more information on The Surrey Hills Baby Clothes Library contact Rachel:
Tel: 07783 441322
Find them on Facebook here.

As this is a voluntary service Rachel is unable to deliver the boxes however every effort will be made to help people out if they are unable to collect.

A donation of £3 when hiring a box is gratefully received as are any unwanted, good quality babies clothes and currently plastic boxes with lids.

What a great service to launch.

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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