Tag: recycled

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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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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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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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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Trading Cradles – It’s like Twitter and Craigslist had a really well-behaved baby

Honestly, the number of hoops you have to jump through to sell on eBay these days is crazy (who has the patience?), and I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels like Craigslist is overrun with scammers, cheapskates and crazy people. So what’s a mama with limited time and some quality pre-owned baby gear to do? If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, check out Trading Cradles, which is specifically for busy parents who want to sell or find gear for their tots. Perhaps the very best part: There’s a 250-character limit on descriptions, so...

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Help save the Gulf via your jewelry box

When I think of the volunteers up to their knees in muck in the Gulf, washing oil off birds and dragging turtles to safety, my faith in humanity is renewed for the umpteenth time. But for many of us moms, globetrotting for good is a nearly impossible task. There is a way you can help, though, and it involves wearing really this really pretty necklace. 100% of the profits (yes, 100%) from the recycled sterling silver Save Our Shores Iconic Pelican Necklace by Real Jewels will go to Save Our Gulf, an initiative by Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeepers are committed...

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An online craft fair for the eco-conscious

“Think big, shop small” is the call to action from a gorgeous site called Cosa Verde. have some of my favorite buzzwords from the get-go: Handmade goods, independent artists, and sustainably made. It’s like an aggregator of beautiful items from artists who sell elsewhere (like Etsy or Artfire) but with a focus entirely on eco-friendly items. One of my other favorite buzzwords? Handmade hippos! Poking around the site I found a repurposed wool sweater that’s an utterly fabulous, delicately-hued lovey. Or, if you are looking for non-reincarnated artisan clothing, I adore the organic Little Red Riding Hood One-Piece which...

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Babies deserve a little Green Toy action too

We first fell in love with Green Toys way back in the day of the lead paint recalls (aw, remember those fun days?) and knew they were onto something fabulous. Well sure enough, their line has expanded beautifully since then and today they’re doing some super cool things for the littlest people in our families–who we’d rather not be gnawing on cadmium in their spare time. The new line, aptly called My First Green Toys, includes classic baby toys like a baby stacker cleverly designed to eliminate that center post, and building blocks billed as the world’s first environmentally...

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The miraculous, affordable, eco-friendly storage cubes of your dreams

I usually leave the furniture assembly to my husband; not  because I don’t know my way around a tool box, but because I figure I did all that kid-having so it’s only fair that he do all the direction-following and screwing together of 400 parts. But since he travels a lot for work and I don’t have any patience for the screwing together of the 400 parts, I’m so happy to have discovered the life-changing Way Basics eco-friendly storage cubes. Sustainably made from recycled paper, these very sturdy storage containers require absolutely no tools for construction. Simply stick them...

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Sweet slippers for your special sprite

Up until now, I thought of kids’ slippers as a blah winter afterthought or last minute stocking stuffer. But once I saw my own little fairy stomping around the house in these Pixie Slippers from Organic Echo, I realized that they’re not just foot warmers. They can be part of the magical dress-up extravaganza that goes on all day, every day in my house: They’re pixie slippers. No, they’re Jasmine’s slippers from Aladdin. No, they’re a tiny rabbit’s car. No, they’re rhinoceros boots, whatever that means. Each pair is hand-made and hand-stitched from old sweaters, and you can even...

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A crib mobile that doesn’t eat its weight in batteries

I’m all for low-tech crib mobiles, because who wants to get their newborn hooked on all that music and blinking lights at bedtime? I’m more about getting them used to something mellow and manual, as with Plan Toys’ new Rattle Crib Mobile. Despite the name, the Rattle Mobile doesn’t really make noise–it gets its name from the three removable handheld rattle-and-grasping toys that your baby can play with when the mobile isn’t in use–nice bonus. When attached to the side of a crib though, the three toys gently sway above or spin if you give the mobile a little...

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Tools for those a little green around the grills

Yes it’s kind of a cliche that all dads like barbecuing and therefore all need grill tools for Father’s Day. But at least in my family, all the dads do like barbecuing and need grill tools for Father’s Day, so there. I love the look of all the eco-friendly grill tools from Outset, just in to Olive and Myrtle. But more so, I like the backstory; the spatula, tongs, fork and grill brush all made of 100% recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo. Even the packaging is green. Now go enjoy your free-range, organic, grass-fed chicken sausages on Father’s...

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Plastic toys that are better than those other plastic toys

The way I see it, if your kids are going to fall in love with colorful shape sorters and battery-operated talking phones anyway–and trust me, they are–they might as well be from a company like b.toys. This small company used to license their designs to the Parents line of toys which is why that toy phone looks so familiar. Now they’re doing their own thang–albeit with funkier color schemes and more adventurous motifs. In fact, their site reveals the teeniest, barely detectable bit of subversive defiance against their former constraints. Or at least that’s how I read it when...

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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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We see cool crayons in your future

We’re always on the lookout for cool party favors that do not include small plastic toys that last all of four minutes, or sugar-infested treats that seem to last four hours. So if you’ve got a party coming up, stuff those goody bags with these cool fortune cookie crayons. Handmade from upcycled crayons, these adorable crayons come complete with their own fortune and are packaged in a Chinese take-out box. Pair them with a funky coloring book as a birthday gift or split them up and use them as party favors. Either way, I foresee them being a big...

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Bags with a most interesting birth story

I’m not the flashiest dresser, but I love to wear accessories that have people asking Where did you get that? This spring, the objects of my obsession include Eco Party Mearry’s new bags at CMP fave Poketo! online. Repurposed from Seoul nylon advertising banners that would normally spend the next gazillion years decomposing in a dump, their Recycled Street Banner Bags are each one-of-a-kind, and are the perfect size for running errands or a day at the park. And if you like to pat yourself on the back, tell everyone how the bag is made by a non-profit from...

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Mix, match, stack, stun

I have a thing for rings, so when I first saw these recycled sterling silver stacking rivet rings from the very talented Julie Booras of Heart and Stone Jewelry I was immediately drawn to them for all of the obvious reasons. But I realized that — while getting your rings personalized with your kids’ names is very nice and all — part of what I really liked about them was the ability to wear one, two, or three as the mood struck. And so getting them with my kids’ names was not going to fit the bill. (Imagine that...

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Reduce, reuse, recycle your kids’ clothes easily with thredUP

Back when my kids were outgrowing their outfits every three months, it pained me to have to restock their wardrobe continually. It wasn’t just the cost, it was the time it took to select each item. That’s why I’m intrigued by the new easier-swap site thredUP kids. In just a few minutes, you can pick out a box of gently-worn clothing that will fit your child, pay a few bucks to have the box shipped to you, and voila: Right-sized outfits that my kids can outgrow again.  Then, in about the time of a typical nap, you put outgrown...

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Happy 40th Earth Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite picks

Happy  40th Birthday, Earth Day! You look fabulous! Not a day over 29, honest. In honor of this big birthday, a great opportunity to teach our kids about the best ways to take care of this nice planet of ours, the EPA has put out a whole list of kids’ Earth Day activities. On top of that, I’m recycling some of my favorite Cool Mom Picks’ Earth Day picks from years gone by.   I have no plans to serve up a plate of BPA or other harmful plastics to my kids, which is why I love the eco-friendly, recycled plastic plates for...

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