Tag: eco friendly

Wood I like it? Yes, I wood.

Silver and gold are great, but do you have the stones to branch out into a ring made of something entirely new? I do. I mean, I wood. And, to take the wood-and-stone thing one step further, I am totally pining for this ring. Whether you were lucky enough to get jewelry for Valentine’s Day or you’re still putting his socks in the freezer as punishment for forgetting, this amazing piece of jewelry can make it all better. Even if you have to buy it for yourself. I’m really digging the unusual look of this three-stone wood ring by...

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Lift a leaf and learn about a tree

I have a soft spot for good quality wooden toys. I like them so much I find myself decorating my daughter’s room with them, and these handmade, wood puzzles from Just Hatched are no exception. They’re much too pretty to keep in a drawer with a variety of lovely colors and themes like leaves, moon phases, hearts (for Valentine’s Day), simple shapes and more. The Wooden Leaf Puzzle won Etsy’s Earth Day Voter category and it’s also my favorite. Lift each leaf and see the name of the tree the leaf comes from. With the Moon Phases Puzzle, kids...

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Threadless and Baggu are a tote bag perfect match

Does this rainbow umbrella design look familiar? It probably does–it’s just one of the designs you’ll find over at Threadless, which recently teamed up with Cool Mom Picks favorite Baggu to produce a whole series of recycled cotton canvas totes (Baggu’s “duck bag”) in a variety of cool options. I’ve always loved that Baggu put a sturdy shoulder strap on these bags–much as I love a conventional tote, sometimes after a visit to the library some extra support is welcome–and now I can even pick one of my favorite artist renderings to make it even cooler. It looks like...

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Spit That Out!

I’m not the Most Neurotic Mom in the World, but some days I feel I’d make it to First Runner Up, ready to step in, should she be unable to fulfill her duties. I work hard to give my children a healthy, positive, eco-friendly environment, and that means worrying — a lot — about  my choices.  Spit That Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt by Paige Wolf, is a helpful book for worrier mommas like me — and you perhaps? — and all of our sisters in worry. Wolf has...

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That’s right honey, you can’t win

While I’ve never taken my husband to task for only buying three lemons instead of the dozen I requested (“Who asks for a dozen lemons anyway?”), I have to confess that I avoid sending him to the grocery store because…well, whatever he gets is usually wrong. So when I saw this reusable grocery bag from CMP fave Twisted Twee, I felt like it was made just for me. Or actually, just for my husband. Hand printed on washable cotton, “Whatever I get, it will be wrong” is absolutely right. I think I’ll buy it and stash it in his...

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A pretty reusable bag for all your gross, smelly, leaky stuff

I have a drawer in the kitchen full of plastic bags. As much as I’d like to consider myself a green(ish) mom, it’s the one thing I can’t say no to at the grocery store. The reason? I use the bags to transport leaky sippy cups and discard stinky diapers while on the go. But all that eco-waste (and guilt) may be coming to an end. The Stuff Sack by Go Gaga. is entirely waterproof, leak proof, odor proof and stain proof (that’s a lot of proofs!). Which means you can stick unfinished cartons of Yo Baby, half-eaten bagels...

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The green laundry detergent that impresses the you-know-what out of me.

When one scoop of detergent can take a toddler diaper Houdini’s bedspread from poop-ravaged nightmare to deliciously clean in just one wash, I have trouble holding back my enthusiasm. Still, it takes more than that to impress me, and I’ve found a brand new laundry detergent that delivers. This utterly rockin’ new Rockin Green detergent is everything that we love. It’s eco-conscious and free of dyes, phosphates, dioxins, parabens, SLS, and animal ingredients. It has formulas for hard, soft, and regular water  But most importantly, it really freakin’ works. I’ve been using Rockin’ Green for several weeks on all...

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Welcome to the big time, Little Alouette.

We just love it when one of our favorite little mom-run brands makes it big. Not only because that means that quality construction and design reap the rewards they deserve, but because even more people will get to discover a great new star. It’s the same way I felt when my high school best friend showed up on a commercial for The Chapelle Show. That’s why we’re so excited that CMP perpetual crush, Little Alouette, is now available from Seventy Seven. Maybe you’re familiar with Little Seventy Seven— the online portal for American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie which hawks...

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Laser cut my love

Ready for a beautiful new twist on custom vanity jewelry? We’ve got it. And it involves lasers. The new laser-cut silhouette pendants and cuffs by Le Papier Studio are everything that we love: elegant, interesting, goes-with-anything-y, and environmentally sound. Each custom piece is made of recycled sterling silver laser-sliced to your specifications with one or two silhouettes. And here’s the cool part: You can choose from their gallery of designs or send in a photograph and have artist Vana Chupp create your own unique silhouette for only $20 more. It can take 3 – 4 weeks to produce each...

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Just Shorn – Beautiful rugs from farmers, not factories

I have never been a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting. Maybe it’s a factor of living in New York, where hardwood flooring is the standard, but I find a great area rug not only looks sharp, it’s practical when you’ve got kids. It’s easy to clean, and when you decide to throw a three year-old finger painting party, at least you can roll it up temporarily. So this week, I was so happy to have been introduced to Just Shorn, a fabulous New Zealand company that produces the most beautiful, sustainable wool rugs with a pretty amazing backstory. The wool...

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The best breast pump you’ve never heard of

I’ve always been a pretty casual user breast pump user, since I work from home and rarely leave the baby (sigh). However this year, we decided to leave my littlest one with my mom for a few days so I could spend some quality time with my other three kiddos on a short jaunt. And that means my casual pumping was not going to cut it. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new breast pump that bills itself as a green breast pump, which helps to keep the 2 million pumps purchased each year out of...

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Tell it like it is

While there’s no shortage of typographic decals that can spell out messages or phrases on your wall, I’m a little wary when it comes to that stuff. It can be really fabulous if you’ve got a great eye, or it can go horribly, horribly wrong. Still, I like the idea of messages as art when it’s done well. The recycled wooden signs from William Dohman on Etsy are making me smile. Each one is cut from salvaged plywood then beautifully cut and rustically painted in a color of your choice. I could see the apple-red eat sign in a...

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You can even eat the dishes

Having recently introduced my girls to the joys of Willie Wonka (yes the original. Sheesh.) they became instantly fascinated with the idea of a teacup that you could actually eat. I had to explain that it was just a movie, and that no, we can not actually eat our dishware. But wait! Turns out you can. A clever group of entrepreneurial Parsons grads calling themselves The Way We See The World devised some fabulous edible cups from a vegan JELL-O substitute, aptly named Jelloware. I’m not sure about Rosemary-Beet, but Lemon-Basil and Ginger-Mint sound pretty darn good to me....

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Thoroughly modern sleep sacks

Based on the color offerings of most sleep sacks out there, I’m left to believe that manufacturers think bright colors will somehow keep babies awake at night. What’s with all the pastels? Well, that’s exactly how mom Holly MacLean felt when she decided to launch the charming Wee Urban. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway and special offer after the jump!] This line of bright, modern baby sleep sacks are simply gorgeous. Made from soft organic cotton and bamboo and featuring original artwork screen printed in water based inks, they feel like your baby is wrapped up in your favorite...

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Keelhauled by cardboard

Cardboard cottages are more common than refrigerator boxes these days, and cardboard castles are no longer hard-to-find real estate. But we’ve found a new line of structures that go beyond the typical rose-covered cottage– and that boys will enjoy, too. Box Creations offers a playhouse and a castle, but more importantly, they also have a pirate ship, a space shuttle, and a carriage. Each one is made of eco-conscious recycled materials and can fit 2 – 3 kids, be they buccaneers, astronauts, or Robin Hood on a mission. The pre-printed playhouses also come with four washable markers, but you...

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A swaddling blanket for the swaddle-impaired

I remember wrangling that swaddling blanket and trying to wrap our first newborn babe like a burrito over and over and over again. More often, we accomplished a tortilla, flat and floppy, with baby girl seriously unimpressed with her parents’ swaddling skills. Oh, if only we’d known about these buttery-soft new swaddling blankets–we might have gotten our swaddle on from the get-go. Honeydumplings–the smartypants creator of the padded baby caps and buckwheat toddler pillows that we have admired in the past–has come up with another brilliant idea: practically foolproof and organic swaddling blankets.  Each blankie–which is sized to fit a...

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An heirloom-worthy stacking toy

I’m one step closer to becoming a treehugger. My new toy crush is made with organic maple, cherry and walnut wood and tackles balance, problem solving, pattern recognition and fine motor skills. Oh, and it’s for babies. The Brainbow Stacking Nesting Arches (Brainbow! Love that name!) from Little Sapling Toys is the antidote to those brightly colored plastic stacking toys found at every big box toy store. It’s the toy I can imagine safely storing away after my son grows out of it to save for his kids. I love the handcrafted look and feel of it; each piece...

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Drink in the coolness with Paul Frank

If your resolution includes cutting back on plastic water bottles, and doing it with style (what? that could be a resolution) then we have an awesome new option for you. Café Press has teamed up with Paul Frank to create a design-your-own SIGG water bottle, and not only are they super cute, designing the bottle is surprisingly fun. Do you like your Julius rocking out on the guitar? How about a pink and purple Julius with hearts and skulls, or a punk rock Julius with sunglasses? There are so many fun choices for your  custom Paul Frank water bottle,...

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The change mat that’s getting me excited about dirty diapers

The time has arrived that I have to think about changing diapers again. Diapers. I’d kind of forgotten about that part of having a new baby. Lucky for me, though, there’s a nifty new change mat in town that will make it easy for me to do the anytime, anywhere diaper change with grace. And, of course, style. The Thula Eco Mat kind of looks like a mini yoga mat. And, I’ll admit, since a sample came into our house, my kids have had a great time using it as such. Made from a non-toxic foam material that is...

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Three good reasons to wash your hands.

Forget germs or flu bugs or anything like that. The way I see it, there are three new reasons to wash your hands right now: The three new holiday scents from Method. I can’t remember the last time I bought a hand soap that didn’t smell marvelous. These days, even frugal girls don’t have to settle for anything less! But my all-time favorites are the holiday scents. The relaxed comfort of peppermint vanilla, the spicy warmth of cinnamon bark, and the tart, juicy bite of hollyberry are the perfect complements to Method’s usual eco-conscious and skin-friendly formula. You can’t...

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