Tag: eco friendly

An Elmo shirt even I can love

Given my general loathe for licensed character clothing, it’s only fitting that my two-year-old has decided she will only wear clothes with Elmo on them. Makes perfect sense considering she has never actually watched Sesame Street. Ah, toddlers. But since finding this cool version, I’m feeling a little better about her insistence on sporting the furry red monster’s face every single day. The adorable organic cotton Elmo shirt at What Every Baby Needs (and Cookie Monster too!) made by Kiwi Industries feature his bright face along with his name in English, Greek, and Japanese for a cool multiculturalal ode....

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The gift(wrap) that keeps on giving

I’m not sure which is cooler, the actual lyziwraps reusable gift bags that I just discovered, or the story behind them. They were originally designed by an 8th Grader, for an innovation competition, who was trying to find a way to decrease the amount of waste Americans produce between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The result? Fantastic. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] These brightly colored nylon reusable gift bags open at both ends so you can place your gift inside, cinch the ribbons at both ends and create beautiful wrapping that can be used again and again. If...

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Starting today, it’s really (really, really, really) easy being green

You may already know we’re big fans of Barley & Birch here at CMP, and if you love this eco-conscious line of kids’ clothing as much as we do, then you’re probably going to want to know about their amazing Super Sale –beginning today–in celebration of the launch of their brand new website. And when they say “super,” they aren’t kidding.  Starting at noon today, their entire collection of Fall 2009 tanks will be $3 each. Seriously. $3. And the Spring tees will be $5 each for the day and then go up by one dollar each day until...

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Waste not. Want.

I’m definitely an eco-minded person, but I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that sometimes convenience wins out over conscience. For years I’ve stuffed my son’s lunch box with pre-packaged snacks or plastic snack bags, but I think I’ve found an even better solution. Munchboxes are the perfect way to send snack portions for your child with zero waste. Each one is made from 100% dishwasher-safe stainless steel (no BPA here), and has a main compartment with a small sealable side container to keep the cheese from touching the grapes, or the meatballs from touching the spaghetti. While...

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Organic kids clothes made for play, discovery, and adoration

Scout Collection was the first company I ever encountered at a trade show that was totally committed to organic kids clothes and fair trade practices, but designed with styling that could hold its own in any chic urban boutique. This was about four years ago. To think how far the industry has come since then…well, wow. And, really, so has Scout. Their line has evolved from quirky styling with appliques inspired by tribal designs, to increasingly wearable, beautiful styles for boys, girls and babies, that fans of brands like Tea Collection, Splendid and Kate Quinn Organics will be snapping...

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A plant a day keeps… um… me entertained and educated?

I don’t subscribe to many things online because I hate spam– but I do make exceptions. For Cool Mom Picks newsletters, for example. And now, for the free Plant of the Day email by Your Garden Show. See, I have a black thumb and a very green brain. But I love the fun plant facts from former Better Homes and Gardens Garden Editor Mark Kane that now arrive in my inbox, and I’d imagine a lot of parents, educators and general horticulture fans will love it too. I signed up for Plant of the Day myself, just to make...

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These sweaters must have been very good in a previous life.

Once upon a time these little critters were cozy woolen sweaters, but thanks to the imagination and ingenuity of Laura Ray, they have been reincarnated as Pogos. Made with upcycled wool and stuffed with sustainable bamboo fiber they are as eco-friendly as they are adorable. But the best part is reading each one’s clever backstory. Go to Pogoship, Laura’s Etsy website, and you’ll learn that Adeline is heading to a party, and Woody is trying to overcome his fear of jumping over the stream in the forest where he lives. And what kid wouldn’t love to have a Pogo...

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A tree grows in Brooklyn. And becomes eco-friendly kids’ furniture.

Searching for just the right children’s furniture always seems a challenge. You don’t want anything too adult, or too baby-ish either. You want something as beautiful as the rest of your decor, and if you’re going to invest in quality children’s furniture, you don’t want it outgrown before the kid’s fourth birthday either. Well feast your eyes on the exquisite kids’ table and chairs by Brooklyn designer and clever mom, April Hannah. Not only is this children’s furniture made from sustainable and safe materials like soy glue and non-toxic water-based finish, it’s a modern marvel of cool, inspired by...

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This cup is made from plants. Yup, plants.

I have a huge sweet tooth. But, I don’t want to eat yogurt that’s impersonating a strawberry shortcake or alcoholic beverage. If I want shortcake, I’ll have shortcake! That’s one of the reasons I’m a big fan of Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt: It tastes like yogurt. I also like their organic, all natural ingredients and its yummy taste. And, now, there’s another reason to love my yogurt of choice. Stonyfield Farm is the first yogurt company to develop a plant-based cup for all their multipacks. The cup is still plastic, but it’s BPA-free, phthalate-free, plant-based plastic which is better for...

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Now Envirosax is just kidding around

I can’t tell you for sure what longtime CMP favorite Envirosax was thinking with the creation of their new Kid Series reusable bags, but I can tell you what I thought when I saw them: this is going to make demanding help with the groceries even easier! No more bickering about who takes what bag; I can simply tell my daughter¬†to grab the paper dolls bag and direct my son to the rocket bag shown here. Awesome. And I’m sure these eco-friendly reusable bags can do double duty as overnight bags for sleepovers or sub in for a paper...

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The final goodbye to plastic bags

I switched over to reusable grocery bags at the supermarket a long time before I managed to break the plastic produce bag habit, I confess. Because back then, the only “produce” options seemed to be bulky cotton bags that added weight (and therefore cost). But with Flip & Tumble’s new mesh produce bag set, you’re equally good to go at the farmer’s market or the grocery store. They fold down to next to nothing when not in use, and they’re machine washable, too.  While you’re there, check out their new 24-7 Minis, too. How adorable are those? Perfect for kids...

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Three “boos” for an eco-friendly Halloween

It seems as though the more kids I have, the more inclined I feel to get into the spirit of each upcoming holiday. But aside from a bunch of freshly picked pumpkins on our porch I’m still hard-pressed to spend money on a bunch of disposable Halloween decorations. But reusable ones? Now you’re talking. The adorable Halloween banner found at Green Planet Parties is right up my alley. These handmade “Boo” or “Trick or Treat” banners are perfectly festive, with the glow in the dark fabric (so cool!) and bright orange felt lettering that works for a playroom, fireplace, even a...

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Need a gift quick? Boombini Toys is just the right size.

I can’t even walk into a sprawling, mega-selection toy store without breaking into a sweat. Oh sure, they may carry some of the brands I love, or even have an organic stuffed toy tucked into a corner, but I have to weed through so many things, I’m reminded of the old saying, You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. I don’t want to kiss any frogs. And with this cool new online toy store, I won’t have to. [don’t miss a great giveaway and special offer after the jump!] Started by a (presumably) very busy mother...

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Fighting fire with Halloween cards

When an enormous fire roared across San Bruno, California, on September 9, it destroyed homes and uprooted hundreds of people. Scary–unbelievably scary. But it couldn’t have been more terrifying for anyone than the children and families whose lives were suddenly changed forever.  So as Halloween slinks into view and we start planning parties and costumes for out little ghosts and ghouls (and–sigh–wannabe Lady Gagas), here’s a good way to help those in San Bruno who have had to face real-life scary stuff. Paper Culture, a Cool Mom Picks favorite, is donating 100 percent of proceeds from its amazing Halloween...

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Cloth toilet paper? I dare you.

Okay, I’m going to lay all my cards on the table here. When Liz asked me if I wanted to review Eco Potty Wipes from Cushytoosh, I thought she meant an environmentally friendly version of those mass-produced pop-up flushable wipes for toddlers. [Ed note: So did I! -Liz] But then I realized that we were talking about cloth wipes. For women. And I did a double take. So, I’m really into clean, healthy, eco and all that jive. And I love cloth anything. But wiping? For adults? Um… didn’t really sound like my cup of tea. But, eager beaver...

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For the kid who eats like a bird

I realize that school is now in full swing, but if you have yet to find the perfect lunch box, or if your house is the mysterious Bermuda Triangle of lunch bags like mine, you can’t have too many reusable lunch bags. Particularly if they’re like these super cute canvas lunch bags from Romp. The bright, adorable designs on the canvas lunch bags for kids, like the birds (pictured), take me back to the days of the good old brown paper bag. Except with canvas and not paper. And they’re not brown. And you don’t have to scribble your kid’s name on it...

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Halloween costume swaps – Frugal or just plain smart?

My younger kids wear a lot of their siblings’ hand-me-downs but, at Halloween, they draw the line. They want their own special costume and so I take a deep breath and buy new Halloween costumes every year. Oh sure, their old costumes get passed on to friends or charity, but I’m still left starting over from scratch. This year, I’ve found a way to get them “newish” costumes, find homes for their old ones, and feel a little greener without spending a lot of green–with a good old fashion costume swap. Green Halloween has partnered with Kiwi Magazine to help promote National Costume Swap...

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The Taj Mahal of kids’ playhouses

I’m not gonna beat around the bush: Modern Playhouse makes a seriously cool modern playhouse. We’re talking the Taj Mahal of fourteen-square-foot living, folks. No more faded plastic hot dog stands or cardboard that crumples when your unruly toddler learns to stage dive. It’s really a very very very fine house. With a very very very steep price tag. Both the Wedge House and the Circle House are made in San Francisco and FSC certified, which means non-toxic, non-formaldehyde, naturally pigmented, and eco-friendly wood. The smart design is easy for two sober people to assemble and has been rigorously...

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Now that’s my kind of tea party

I don’t get to take a bath in my Jacuzzi tub very often, mainly because it’s full of tiny little teacups and saucers and one random pink pig who, I’m told, likes hot chocolate and cake. My kids have pretty much taken over the tub that made me want to buy the house in the first place. But now I’m turning the tables on their daily tea party. I’m turning them into the tea, with the awesome Organic Baby Bath Tea from eco-conscious Zoe Organics which is one of my favorite bath products ever. [don’t miss a great offer...

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Beautiful French bibs with a beautiful eco story too.

I’ve had a rash of friends and family having babies lately (welcome to the world little Drew Micah!) so I’ve had baby gifts on the brain quite a bit. I tend to get something off the registry for the shower, plus a little something-something extra, like a fun bib that brings some style. I think the baby bibs by Cocoboheme are the kind of thing I could stock up on for all future showers. These French made bibs have absolutely adorable designs–a pig, frog or lobster–printed on an eco-friendly plastic that’s made from potato starch. So if you don’t...

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