Tag: eco friendly

Boys like play castles too, ya know.

In a house full of girls, my son is used to playing with pink ponies and pretty castles. Really, I’m all for it. But it is nice to find pretend play toys that are a little more gender neutral too. The eco-friendly castle tower from Imagination Box Co is a little different than your regular old princess palace in that it’s basically a turret with two stories. There’s a drawbridge and windows, and best of all, plenty of space for your kids to color or paint – which are actually included with the castle itself. Construction is remarkably easy...

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Organic plush toys that are ripe for the picking

My kids really love their stuffed animals, but not knowing what the heck most of these piles of fur are made of, I kind of wish they’d love them a little less. And after seeing a new organic line of plush toys that is not only safe for all ages, but totally environmentally friendly, I wish I could replace my kids’ piles of stuffed toys with these adorable critters. San Francisco’s Apple Park makes organic plush toys that look like the kind of creatures my kids would adore, but are made with a lot more care for the environment. And for the kids who...

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Guilt free snack packing

I know, I know – we keep featuring reusable snack bags! What can I say, there are so many to choose from these days. Our job is just to pare down the cool ones for you, and we’ve got a couple more options for you, whatever your own personal lunch packing needs. The completely lead-free, PVC-free, and pthalate free ReSnackIt bags are my own first foray into the world of reusable snack bags and I’m pleased to say that I’m a complete convert. Even better, so are my kids. What differentiates these reusable bags from others we’ve featured, besides...

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Peace, baby

We’ve seen our fair share of kid’s message t-shirts here at Cool Mom Picks, and some of our consistent faves are created by mom-owned and Atlanta-based Tiny Revolutionary, since long before they were discovered by celeb moms like Sheryl Crow and Christina Aguilera. Their lovely Peace tee for kids is absolutely no exception. It’s inspiring to see beautiful artwork combined with simple, important messages, which is just what this shirt offers. Especially in a sea of Mommy’s little heartbreaker shirts. I love the rainbow of paper cranes and doves floating up across the shirt which is printed using non-toxic,...

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I got schooled by Mrs. Meyer, and now I clean like the dickens.

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wasn’t a very good housekeeper. Then she flew to Minnesota–which is cooler than she could have imagined–and met a fairy grandmother who taught her that cleanliness is next to just-plain-goodness, because it can actually be pleasant to clean the house if you’re using products that smell awesome and work, too. Did I mention that this is a true story? First of all, there’s a real Mrs. Meyer–that’s her, in the photo, teaching me how to clean a burned-out pot when I took a trip to their headquarters recently. Her name...

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Take your coffee habit on the go

I definitely enjoy my one plus cup of coffee every morning, but with our new busy schedule, that usually means I’m enjoying it on the go, which means I have a perfectly good reason to purchase one of these simply fabulous ceramic travel mugs from Yevgenia. I’m not one to go gaga over ceramics, but these gorgeous handpainted cups are hard to pass by. I’m coveting the baby’s breath mug (pictured), but look at the adorable buds and marigolds! Whether you’re constantly filling up your plain old mug at the office or buying stock in cardboard ones at the...

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Framed! Framed, I tell you!

I still remember that excitement of putting together a little soft photo album for my babies. They’d gnaw at the pages and we’d convince ourselves that we were somehow imbuing them with essential social cues to put them on the path to heightened emotional intelligence.Gnaw gnaw gnaw. A lot of the baby-ready frames and photo albums we see these days are plasticky or kind of junky. So I was happy to discover the sweet eco-spun felt animal frames from our friends at 3 Sprouts. Featuring the same charming owl, frog, or pink elephant that appears on their toy storage...

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Green with eco envy

The new shop Green Eyed Monster isn’t about jealousy; it’s about sustainability. But that’s not to say if you go shopping there that you won’t find something that will make people wildly jealous. [don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] All the designers at this mom-run shop support earth-friendly values through their work, and if you dig around, you may find some treasures. I like the simple little earrings from Lemonade Handmade, and stationery like the bird cage cards from design studio Bark (at right). A whole line of resusable sandwich bags, a hot item on CMP this...

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Aden + Anais go organic

Even though I haven’t had a baby around here in just under two years, I still use my aden + anais muslin swaddling blankets. But with a new little one arriving soon, I might just have to splurge and add more of their amazing swaddlers to my collection – this time from their new organic line. The same fantastic muslin that you (and I) have fallen in love with is now available as an organic baby swaddler, which means the cotton is grown free of pesticides and other chemicals. And while I still love the brighter patterns, like the...

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Because no one ever compliments you on that cute Ziploc.

My job as a parent has always been playing defense, which is why I’m the one who slathers the family in SPF 50, sorts the recycling, and saves fifty cents on black beans with a coupon. My favorite strategy these days is reusing bags, and my favorite reusable bags as of now are these EcoStuffers from Sedilu Green on Etsy. The reusable snack bags are made with one layer of adorable 100% cotton and an inside layer of antimicrobial, waterproof, phthlate-free and BPA-free FDA food-safe nylon. They close securely with Velcro and are super easy to clean — you...

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These will make your lunch

Packing kid lunches is one of my least favorite things; rummaging for useable plastic food containers and matching them to lids that have migrated between several shelves (yes, plural. In my house, it’s an Issue) is a misery. And I’m about to start rinsing out baggies and taping closed scraps of wax paper. And hating it. That’s why I am completely tickled to have my hot little mitts on the latest in laptop lunch kits from Obentec. The new kits have a few changes: the insulated carrying case is smaller and does not include a bottle, but the zippy, foldable pocket is designed to...

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Planting the seeds of greatness (and also tomatoes)

Right now, I’m looking at the wilted, brown leaves of my dying container garden and ruing the white-hot Atlanta sun. I’m pretty sure we spent $30 on supplies that produced four very small tomatoes and one hideous cucumber. But the joy on my kid’s face as we sprouted, planted, and nurtured our little garden on the back porch? Priceless. [don’t miss learning about a cool giveaway after the jump] Knowing what it can mean to our children to take an active part in gardening ups my appreciation of the Seed Savers Exchange, which is the largest non-governmental seed bank...

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Notebooks that help trees, kids, monkeys, pandas, and probably teachers

It’s hard not to want to incorporate EcoJot products into your back to school shopping, which is why they nearly always end up in our back to school shopping guides. Their notebooks are 100% recycled, the designs are adorable, and they donate money to various causes and to kids in need around the world. In fact, if they were named for a St. EcoJot, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Now, the Canadian company have a whole new line that I think kids will really flip for. EcoJot‘s brand spanking new Jane Goodall Institute notebooks were specifically created to...

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The reinvention of the sippy cup

Last summer I tried my hand at canning. Let’s just say the results were less than spectacular. Fast forward to today when I’m watching my kids drink out of a pair of EIO Kids Cups. Abundance of empty, unused canning jars problem solved. In case I’m seeming a little too vague here, I can explain.  The EIO Kids Cup is a brilliantly designed little sippy cup that’s not really a sippy cup. It consists of a glass jar, a cute silicone sleeve (which makes the glass much easier to hold) and a BPA-, phthalate-, PVC-free plastic lid. And the...

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Stuffed animals that help real animals

Thanks to a certain animated show, my daughter now ties her stuffed animals to chairs and then attempts to save them using only teamwork and a pom-pom hat. It’s not my cup of tea, but I do like the idea of encouraging kids to help animals, which is why I like Oomfy. This new business turns that cartoon altruism into real world good. Every time you purchase a stuffed animal and its companion book from Oomfy, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and eventual release of displaced and orphaned baby wild animals. The stuffed...

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Johnson’s Natural means more naturals for all.

When I first heard that Johnson & Johnson was coming out with a line of natural baby products, I was intrigued. My first thought was, it’s about time that there’s a choice like this for the moms out there who can’t afford the high-end natural stuff at the health food stores. So when I was asked to work with the company as a consultant and spokesperson, I was honored. Thrilled even. I might have peed a little. (But only because I’m pregnant.) Especially after taking the products home, trying them out on my own kiddos, and seeing that wow,...

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Method and Cleanwell sitting in a tree

If I could think of the perfect merger, two companies I love so much that I want them to get together, do things behind closed doors, and then make product babies together, it would probably be Method and Cleanwell. Well guess what? We are so delighted to get to share the brand new breaking news about the new line of Method Antibac, powered by the most awesome Cleanwell which we love because they use plant oils for antibacterial power, and not freaky chemicals. It’s based on thyme, people. Thyme. The Method antibacterial wipes are a new fixture in our...

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Save the Gulf, one beautiful piece of art at a time

Just a couple of weeks ago, our editor-in-chief Liz and I were one of 2400 attendees at the BlogHer conference in New York City. And aside from the awesome sessions and fantastic parties, we had the opportunity to be a part of the Voices of the Year gala and art auction, an amazing event co-hosted by our friends at Kirtsy featuring hundreds of beautiful blog-inspired artwork. The best part: All of it is now being auctioned off on eBay to support the Gulf recovery. Each week, a new set of gorgeous pieces will be listed in an eBay auction,...

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This schoolhouse rocks

Today I was so desperate for a new project to pull the tiny whiners off my knees that I gave them a huge cardboard box and some Sharpies. They ended up just stomping on the bubble wrap inside, much to my headache’s eternal sadness. But if you plan ahead a little, you can avoid my amateur mistake by using the real deal. When your kids aren’t actually in school yet, I’m thinking this honest to goodness cardboard schoolhouse is the next best thing. It’s extra-sturdy, extra-cute, and pre-printed with environmentally friendly features. Solar panels, a recycling center, and even...

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Style, comfort, and karma.

What do you dress your baby in when you want something that’s good for the planet, totally comfortable, and also totally cute? We’ve found quite a few of them over the years and I’m so happy to add Urban Munchkin to the list. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] All of their buttery-soft tops and pants for your little one are made of Fair Trade, organic cotton. They’re flat-seamed and totally comfy for baby–and how cute are these simple mandala tops with words like “love” and “grow?” The dyes are low-impact, and even the packaging is recycled. I...

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