Tag: fair-trade

Fingerless gloves find new fans in the smartphone age

Yes, I pretty much love everything from Shokay. Their gorgeous, hand-knit, fair trade items have made it into our baby shower gift guide, our 2010 holiday gift guide–and now, even our Cool Mom Tech gift guide. No, they’re not making high-tech electric blankets now; just some awesome fingerless gloves that can solve a lot of problems for a lot of touch-screen phone users. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Shokay really outdoes themselves again with these luscious, thick Oliver Twist fingerless gloves. They’re incredibly soft, as you might expect from 100% yak down. Oh wait — don’t...

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6 all-natural, allergen-free, or fair trade Halloween treats that aren’t scary at all

With some Halloween candies containing loads of hydrogenated oil, artificial colors and even high-fructose corn syrup, I appreciate why so many of us are taking a closer look at what we drop into those pillow cases come October 31st. Even me. And admittedly, I love candy. So we have put together six fantastic treat options that should help keep your Halloween sweet but not too scary. Yes, they will cost more than the giant “Fun Size” bags, especially if you get hundreds of kids to your door each year. And no, they’re not going to keep kids from having to brush their teeth copiously before...

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A minimalist Halloween

While my oldest would just as soon cover herself in a head to toe costume for Halloween, my other little one would is more in the “naked baby” camp. Amazing how kids are so different. So if you’ve got a kiddo who’s not so into the whole dressing up thing, or just need an idea that doesn’t take a lot of fuss, you might consider these handknit mask and tail sets from Oeuf. With just a little something over the nose, and a tail around the waist, these beautiful animal costumes from the luxury knit baby label are a...

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Better than a twirly dress – a fair trade twirly dress

Leave it to Grandma to buy my girls two dresses so adorable, they no longer have eyes for any other in the closet. Not the expensive ones, not the cheap ones, not anything but their new “grandma twirly dresses” which they both want to wear so often, it’s forcing me to get over my aversion to siblings in matching clothes. Found online at a shop called designers + artisans, the truly beautiful twirly dresses are made of hand-woven, indigenous Indian cotton  that has a silky sheen to it, but as cotton it has a heavier weight than silk. Which...

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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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Doughnuts just for babies. Homer Simpson approves.

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, now six, rattles that were actually cute, functional, and not made completely of plastic were just starting to make it onto the scene. Well it seems that now cuteness and a bit of hilarity abounds at every shake, like with these new Yellow Label doughnut rattles. We’ve long admired the funny and creative minds behind Yellow Label Kids since back when we drooled over their sushi rattles. And so not surprisingly, the new doughnut rattles are a hit with us too. Modeled after their popular pretend donut toys, these fair trade hand crocheted rattles transitions from fantastic...

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Wearing your favorite doll on your chest

We just can’t get enough of the adorable knit dolls and beautiful baby mobiles from one of the fair trade pioneers in the kids category, Blabla Kids. They are consistently some of the best baby gifts out there. Truth be told, I’m a bit obsessed with their online shop am there more than I’d care to admit, and so I was pleased to see that they’ve recently added a new line of t-shirts which is something I’ve been eagerly waiting for. The soft cotton tees feature images of their well loved dolls and my personal favorite has to be...

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Passage to India

Now that our air conditioner is blaring full force (curse you, NYC humidity!), I’ve finally gotten around to summer-izing the linens. I find a simple little change like switching throw pillow covers from wool to cotton or swapping out our duvet for something lighter makes me feel like I have a whole new, seasonally-appropriate home. (Just avoid the mounds of shedding cat hair and you’ll be fine.) If you’re looking for little changes that can go a long way, take a gander at the utterly gorgeous linens we just discovered at Saffron Marigold. The richly vibrant, ethnic-inspired textiles are...

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Baby bloomers for a cause

I have already espoused my love for baby bloomers here on Cool Mom Picks. Their versatility really make them the perfect warm weather baby accessory. But with the adorable baby bloomers from CMP fave Raven & Lily, I just added another reason to my list – supporting an amazing group of women. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen, these beautiful baby bloomers are handmade by female artisans in Africa from repurposed local fabrics. The money they make benefits a co-op which offers assistance and support for these women and their communities. I love them under a dress or tunic, or...

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Baby mobiles are so 2009

I admit that baby mobiles never did much more for my kids than keep them entertained with their robotic songs and spinning cutesy stuffed animals. But moms-to-be hoping to get a modern bit of nursery decor out of the deal should be begging for a beautiful dream ring from CMP fave Blabla Kids. While these dream rings definitely serve a similar purpose as a mobile, they’re refreshingly different. The simple knit ring includes a hanging decorative themed piece, like the lovely apple tree (pictured) or the mermaid (so cute!), all hand knit by Peruvian artisans in a fair trade...

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Cashmere out, yak hair in

I love all the flower-embellished accessories right now, even if it’s so ubiquitous that Gap and J Crew are all over it. But so are our favorite indie labels. Take a look at this sweet hand-knit rose clutch from CMP’s beloved site, Shokay. It’s soft and unstructured, made of 75% yak hair which is pretty much Himalayan cashmere. The rest is a bamboo fiber. It not only looks beautiful, it does beautiful things, like providing a sustainable income to the Tibetan herders and artisans that Shokay sources from. Sounds like a great backstory for a great Mother’s Day gift....

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For Mother’s Day, a gift that’s for more than your own mom

You know that feeling when you pick up an object and can feel that it was made far away, somewhere different and exotic? It seems more real somehow, like it has a story. These shimmering lavender sachets from CMP favorite Raven + Lily have that aura of mystery, and the story behind them is even more magical than expected, making them a superb and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift. Each beautiful sachet is hand-made by a sewing co-op of the Nyati women living in the Himalayan mountains of northern India. The lavender is grown by local farmers, and the exquisite...

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Cool Mom Picks loves ebay’s World of Good

When World of Good by eBay invited us to pick our favorite fair trade Mother’s Day gifts, we replied with a resounding “yes!” What better way to celebrate moms than with products that support people and communities in need. So we scoured the thousands amazing items and picked six favorites that we’d love to get ourselves on Mother’s Day — like the gorgeous rose garden ceramic vase that’s handcrafted by mothers in Vietnam and might just be the perfect way to deliver those Mother’s Day flowers. Or take my favorite item, the batik cotton scarf (pictured) that — for only $30 I...

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Raising the reusable tote bar a little higher

With the reusable tote bag phenomenon in full swing, there are a lot of options out there, from the $.99 bags at the grocery store — that fall apart after a few weeks’ use by the way — to reusable bags that are organic, well made, and um, a whole lot better looking. Which brings us to Olive & Myrtle’s Recycled Cotton Tote Bags. If you are going to rock a reusable tote for eco- and human-friendliness, these are the ones. They are made with organic cotton, printed with water-based ink, and are Fair Wage and Fair Labor certified. ...

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Baby loves sushi

You may already know how much we love Shokay, the little e-shop that put yak hair on our collective radar. Soft, cashmere-like, and socially responsible (the shop supports struggling Tibetan yak farmers), this luxury fiber makes some of the most beautiful clothes, accessories and toys we’ve ever seen. And they’ve just relaunched their site, making it much easier to navigate. Lucky for me, because that means I just happened upon their new collection of hand knit baby toys. Made of yak hair fiber (of course) the little Sushi Rolls are going to be a perfect baby shower gift for...

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Sexy, stylish, and…earthy?

Most people imagine Mother Earth being all Birkenstocky and granola eating, but me? I think Mother Earth has got it going on. And if she wore earrings, she might very well be wearing the Real Light collection from Real Jewels, a company with a conscience that designs jewelry to have minimal impact on the environment, while having maximum impact on the wearer. The light, airy designs are made from recycled sterling silver, and gold to protect Mother Earth’s precious resources, and the 18-karat gold plating is completely nickel-free. Even the gemstones in the Real Gems collection are all fair-trade,...

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Baby clothes as cute as the baby (or maybe even cuter)

I’m a total sucker for baby clothes — so tiny! so cute! — but my standards are pretty high. When I saw what San Francisco-based Speesees had to offer, I started wishing I were still in the baby-making business. Speesees pieces (fun to say) are everything you want for your precious new baby. Made of super-soft organic cotton, each piece is also fair-trade certified, which means that every time you wriggle those little hands through the sleeves, you’ve made the world a slightly better place. And on top of all that, these are about the cutest darn baby clothes...

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Organic baby clothes that will make you, and your baby, feel incredibly comfortable

There are lots of reasons to buy organic. From cucumbers to clothes, I  believe that the less processing and chemicals involved in my day to day life, the better. And, just as important as what things are made from is also how they’re made. Which is one of the reasons why I fell madly in love with Tiny Ducky organic baby clothes. The beautiful, soft and simple collection is made from 100% certified organic cotton, with azo-free dyes, plus they’re all manufactured in a factory in India under fair trade conditions. The collection, available for preemies to 2T, comes...

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Let it snow organic chocolate and peanut butter

I haven’t yet tasted the Organic Dark Chocolate Snowmen from Sjaak’s, but I’m really hoping they are as good as I hear they are because they look like such a fun last minute holiday gift. Especially for a vegan on your list. But I’d imagine any kid, or kid at heart, would be happy to tear into these snowman-shaped treats filled with a peanut butter crunch. Hold me! The chocolates, which can be found at Kate’s Caring Gifts (a shop we just adore) are all fair trade, which supports family farms and do-gooding in general. In fact the adorable...

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Get your freak on

I’ve seen my neighbor’s tween struggling with a full school backpack, so I may have to play Santa and pass a Freak-O-Bag her way for those days when a few extra books threaten to topple her onto her back. Now, even my mom knows how smart it is to keep a portable reusable bag folded up and clipped to her pocketbook, but trust me, these are no grandma shopping bags. Instead, the Freak-O-Bag normally looks like a little creature dangling from wherever it is clipped. But, when needed, the “pets” transform into a generous 16″x16″ reusable tote. The original...

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