Tag: fair-trade

City babies wear black. And chase pigeons. And hail cabs.

Let’s say you’ve got a die-hard city loving mama to shop for, and price is basically no object. We’ve found the most fun little baby gifts for urban babies used to things like taxis, park benches and black in the summer. The city baby gifts range from cute stuffed yellow taxis and a black Town Car limo (in the rain, in a pinch, right?) to the more whimsical King Kong on the Empire State Building. (I think the damsel is more Naomi Watts than Jessica Lang though.) And hey, if you’re a super insider? Get that giant play mustache for the...

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Sustainable suds that do good (and smell great)

This soap looks gorgeous, smells amazing, and saves lives while helping the environment. Meaning we suddenly need to wash our hands. A lot. We love soaps that do good in the world, and the brand Hand in Hand has a lot to offer. The brainchild of a husband-wife team who wanted to found a business based on sustainable giving, Hand in Hand goes the extra mile to improve the world on two fronts: for every bar purchased, they provide one bar of soap to a child in Haiti and save 50 square feet of rain forest. But we know...

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Party-perfect earrings with a big purpose

Metallic feather-look earrings crafted from leather? Yes, please. The style is super cool and party-perfect. Even better, these earrings look ridiculously expensive, but only cost 24 bucks. But wait, there’s something more amazing about them. Raven + Lily is a longtime favorite of ours, for their beautiful items and their goal to empower women through design In keeping with that, these earrings are each handcrafted by marginalized women in India, using locally sourced leather. The proceeds go straight back to these women, in the form of literacy programs for them, their children, and their community.This holiday season, I can’t...

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Bonjour, organic baby playmat. Au revoir, fussy baby.

Sure, babies are cute and all. Still, sometimes a mama has to set her wee one down in a safe place so she can do something really exotic–like wash her face, or maybe flush a toilet. Quelle horreur! When they can’t crawl yet (oh, the luxury), those baby playmats sure do come in handy. Bonus points if they happen to be chic, fair-trade, organic cotton playmats designed in France. Created by a pair of French sisters who were looking for a comfortable, safe, modern design option for one of their own babies, this delightful, interactive Organic Baby Playmat from Deuz is bright...

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Fashionable scarves. With an emphasis on -able.

At this time next week, I’ll be traveling through Ethiopia with the wonderful humanitarian organization ONE. Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m nervous. No, Bono won’t be there that I know of. And yes, you will be hearing more about it. But when I got my informational travel packet from the team at ONE this week, I was thrilled to find a surprise: a small, chic gift that does a whole lot of good. I thought you’d want to know about it too. The stunning scarf from fashionABLE absolutely melted me. Not just because it’s beautiful, which it is, but because...

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Let’s raise a fair-trade toast to National Coffee Day!

Hey, wake up! It’s National Coffee Day. So If you love coffee, raise your mug! And if you support fair trade coffee…well, we have a lot to talk about. Whether it’s tall, grande, venti, with extra shots, with whip, made by baristas, or filtered through a paper towel and poured into a cracked mug with shaking hands at 6am, we’re big fans of coffee; but in today’s world, it’s important to us that our favorite brew is grown and harvested humanely. Keep reading for some lovely ways to enjoy cruelty-free coffee. When we found the amazing SlaveryFootprint.org  we were...

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Join the Culture club for good karma

Love bright prints, colorful toys, and cottons that will really breathe this summer, since they were crafted to withstand the sweltering heat of Africa? Love knowing that your purchase helps babies all over the world?  Us, too. That’s why we’re digging Culture Baby.[don’t miss a terrific offer after the jump–for both you, and others in need] Culture Baby is a global fair-trade emporium bringing international goods to you, right from the artisans. And we can’t help but loving a lot of their finds, like the Ghanaian Baby Shoes and Dresses, which are handcrafted from batik-printed 100% cotton.   I...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back. Thanks, 31 Bits.

One of our favorite kinds of Mother’s Day gifts to recommend are those that give back, because we hardly know a mother among us who isn’t committed to making the entire world a better place for our babies. Now there’s a new one, offering beautiful affordable jewelry, with a cause that’s just as attractive. 31 Bits is creating very wearable, handmade jewelry with the help of 108 women in Uganda. The company not only helps provide them with an income source, but also with vocational training, educational opportunities, English lessons, and AIDS and healthcare education. Founder Kallie Dovel seems...

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Burp cloths with a secondary purpose

Two important things for new mamas to know: not everything useful has to look utilitarian, and there will be many, many uses for burp cloths. I can justify buying gorgeous ones–despite their intended use–considering how much time they’ll spend on my shoulders, across my lap, or clutched in Baby’s hand. With the photographic evidence to prove it. Well here’s one more reason to justify the expense: when it supports an amazing organization. Ella Sophia & Co., a new shop launched by new mama Erika Hodge, offers colorful, extremely absorbent burp cloths made in Nepal by a Nepalese fair trade organization....

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Infinitely beautiful

Wabi sabi suki is a Japanese concept that means “tranquil beauty.” It is based on the simple elegance of form, texture, and color and occurs when human hands bring out nature’s beauty in a way that echoes the material’s inherent nature. Or, in other words, THIS. THIS SCARF. GIVE IT TO ME. The Orla Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits on Etsy is utterly gorgeous in its simplicity. Hand-knit in 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, it’s a wonderful scarf alternative for those with allergies to wool or… ahem… super-cheap acrylic accessories. If you like the idea of lush, stylish...

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Shop. Get deals. Give back. Why we love Pure Citizen.

Oh, honey. You know we love our flash deal sites. Gilt for designer duds? Check! Fab for home goods? Totally! Little Rue for kids? Please! Ideeli for splurges? You get the picture. And it goes on. But this one has a unique twist that makes our hearts feel as light as our wallets. It’s called Pure Citizen, and it’s making the world a better place through shopping. Pure Citizen works like similar deal sites–daily curated collections of goods that are available for a very limited time. But here’s the twist: everything on the site is carefully vetted to be...

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You recycle, you upcycle…and now you can Hipcycle

There is nothing that gets my inner MacGyver going more than upcycling. The creativity it takes to see something useful in a random everyday object–love it, not to mention the fact it can be an earth-friendlier way to shop. It totally explains my current bag of choice: it’s woven out of seatbelts and utterly indestructible, no matter how many leaking sippy cups are in it. It’s also the best conversation starter practically ever.  So this brand-new upcycling site has got 100% of my attention. The just-launched Hipcycle has some of the coolest upcycled gear I’ve seen in a long time–all...

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Bracelets for a cause. Is there any better kind?

As the heavy spending season is upon me, I’ve made a point to be more mindful of what I purchase for myself. But given my penchant for bags and accessories, it’s a little more challenging than I thought. However, one way I’ve offset (okay, rationalized) my obsession is purchasing jewelry that gives back. Here are three options I recently discovered thanks to my MilkShake subscription. 1. Wanderlust The brain child of fashion guru Elizabeth Kiester, the Wanderlust online shop (with two storefronts as well) offers beautiful clothes, accessories, and home goods made by artisans in Cambodia. Not only do...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Stuff your Easter baskets with picks under $15

Thankfully Easter is in late April this year which means my kids may actually be able to do an egg hunt in something less than a winter parka and mittens. But does this extra times mean I’ve finished all my Easter basket shopping? Oh, of course not.  If you’re in my same boat and still need to put something into those cute baskets, take a look at some of these great items we found, all for under $15 each. Just hop quick and place your orders today–Easter will be here before you know it. -Christina Arts and crafts The...

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Pillow Pets – The cool, cotton, fair trade kind

I’m fortunate to have a daughter who takes violin right next to the Blabla Kids storefront in Atlanta, so every week, I poke my head in to say hello to their lovely staff and design team, and take a peek at what’s new. And just wait until you see the cuteness that’s now available on their website. Their new Hold Me Tight pillows instantly made me think of Pillow Pets, except they’re cooler, softer, and made by fair trade Peruvian artisans like all of the Blabla Kids goodies we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks. I love the whimsical...

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Meet the Easter Bunny’s competition

Don’t tell the Easter Bunny, but there’s a new rabbit in town. Actually, a few new rabbits. Mirabelle is a dancer and Balthazar is a magician and I think they probably have French accents. Don’t they look like they would be great guests at an all-carrot dinner party? They join Fleur and Pierre as the four new stuffed bunny rabbit dolls from CMP favorite, blabla kids. And their pal is Wooly, the cutest sheep you’ll ever meet and quite possibly the only one in gray shorts. It’s the odd little details that make blablakids dolls so endearing and the...

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The drink of the gods, now in your coffeemaker.

Before kids, I thought coffee was a charming diversion. After kids, I’m pretty sure I drink more coffee than water, and whenever I have blood drawn, I expect it to be brown and flavored with hazelnut. Therefore, when I heard that there was a new drink on the market that left coffee in the dust– or grinds– I was shocked and disbelieving. Then I heard it was made of chocolate, and I went straight to flabbergasted. And now I’m obsessed. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called Crio Brü, and it’s made of 100% pure,...

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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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10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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