Tag: recycled

Big news for the littlest of people

We are so excited to make sure everyone hears that cardshop extraordinaire, Hello! Lucky, now makes super cool birth announcements. One of our favorite brands for hip holiday cards and stunning letterpress paperworks, it’s no surprise that we love their new line of announcements to welcome the world’s coolest babies to the planet. You can go with charming retro animals, including fawns, musical monkeys, and a velveteen rabbit. Or you can focus on spring with bright blooms and pastels. And, of course, there are several options that simply and elegantly focus on framing the photo of your newest star....

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A second reason it’s nice when your kids outgrow their Care Bears DVD

My kids are outgrowing more than their clothes: We now have dozens of DVDs that are considered too “babyish” for my precocious offspring. Instead of just leaving them in an ever-growing pile in my basement, I’m sending my stack to Kidflicks.org who forwards gently used DVDs to children’s hospitals and pediatric wards. Kidflicks was started about eight years ago by two smart sisters, Marni and Berni Barta who donated their own video castoffs to a local pediatric ward, and were told that kids who enter the hospital request movies more than anything else to help pass the time. Now,...

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Environmentally friendly school fundraiser? Reader Q&A

I’m trying to find a good elementary school fundraiser for my daughter’s school to change things up a bit in the coming school year. I’d love to do one that doesn’t involve that ubiquitous cookie dough or wrapping paper….and would be thrilled to find one that is green or at least environmentally friendly. -Dina Having bought my weight in both gaudy wrapping paper and 75-ingredient cookie dough all in the name of fundraising, I am all for spreading the word on more interesting alternatives. Here are some of my favorite ideas that not only do some good, they’re products...

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Spring shopping fever? We’ve got the cure.

My heart is aflutter after taking a peek at Magpie Lovely again. We’ve raved about the site before, and its enchanting selection of original handmade work by a number of different independent artists, but I have to admit, I’m spending the most time drooling over the clothing section for kids right now. Check out this incredibly adorable and surprisingly affordable upcycled Vespa dress (shown). Once a man’s button-up, this little number is somehow sophisticated and heart-meltingly cute all rolled into one. Now when you’re done looking at the dress, don’t miss this amazing scarf made from recycled men’s oxford...

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Down on the cardboard farm

My kids are still completely obsessed with the Calafant toys Santa left under the tree last year, which means I really shouldn’t be eying anything else at all. But considering the prices and the versatility of these cool, cardboard toys, I just can’t help myself. The newest addition to the Calafant family is the large farm toy, a European-inspired farm design that your kids can easily construct, decorate, and fill with all those little animals you’ve got stuffed in a toy bin somewhere. When they’ve gotten their fill of it – which around here is a pretty darn long...

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The best nest for your toy chest

I spent so long reading the instructions on a card game yesterday that I finally gave up and took my kids to the playground, where they invented a game that involved dumping sand on each others’ heads. This morning’s bath was grittier than Paula Deen, but I was reminded that sometimes the best toys don’t need an instruction manual. Our friends at Natural Pod have a sweet new toy for spring that runs on pure imagination and would be perfect in an Easter basket. It’s called simply: Birds Nest. A cute little bird’s nest of reclaimed wood holds three...

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Lip lube in an eco tube

I’m definitely a bit of a lip balm addict, with various tubes and containers stuffed into my coat pockets, purses, and drawers. So when I heard about the biodegradable eco-tube lip balm from Organic Essence, I had to give it a whirl. Instead of adding more plastic into the landfills, the folks at Organic Essence decided to try eco-friendly 100% consumer waste recycled paper for their lip balm packaging, and I have to say that I really dig it. If you’re used to the simple twist and apply, it takes a bit of an adjustment; in this case, do...

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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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Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any reclaimed wool for upcycled art projects?

One of the stand-outs to me at this year’s overwhelming Toy Fair show weren’t actually toys at all, but the lovely handmade wall art from CMP fave Cate and Levi. Like their original, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, the critters are pieced together beautifully from reclaimed wool. Even nicer is that these fuzzy fabric friends can be hung over a crib without glass, and if the baby hoists herself up on the rails and grabs at a picture? So much the better. The sheep looks plenty friendly and I’d imagine even the crocodile won’t bite. I was also happy to see...

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Paper or plastic? No thanks.

If one of your resolutions is to get a little greener this year, it’s a good time to find the reusable shopping bags that work for you. Nubius Organics has pretty much every cool brand out there, from the very pretty totes from Green to Grow which are perfect for Farmer’s Market shopping, to affordable nylon staples from Envirosax and structured shopper totes from Blue Q (shown)- all at nice sale prices right now. If you happen to like the campy thing, be sure to check out the new retro-chic Pepsi Envirosax designs, which are actually made from recycled...

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Ultra cool affordable handmade jewelry from Indie Craft Experience

It never ceases to amaze me how many awesome artisans live right here in Atlanta, many of whom we’ve featured on this site. So when I had the chance to hit the local Indie Craft Experience, not only was I pleased to run into past faves, like Mary Sweeney from the Felted Heart and artist Alena Hennessey (who’s actually not from Atlanta, but hey, we don’t discriminate), but I found some great new jewelry artisans just in time for the holidays. And thanks to the beauty of online shopping, you don’t have to live in Atlanta to bring them...

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Slippers for kids without the cartoon characters

With the weather getting cooler (yes, even here in Atlanta) my barefoot kiddos are sporting some pretty chilly tootsies. I perused a few stores for some kids’ slipper options, only to find gigantic square cars and other impractical licensed character footwear. I decided my kids’ feet deserved better. Lo and behold, the ridiculously cute kids’ slippers from mom-own Philadelphia Etsy shop, Wooly Baby, appeared. These are no ordinary slippers – crafted by hand from recycled lambswool sweaters, every pair is one of a kind. In fact they are completely made to order to fit kids up to about 4...

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Eco Christmas stockings – Surely Santa would approve

In our family, Christmas stockings have always been a really important aspect of our family tradition. Even on years we skip the tree for whatever reason, those stockings just make the house feel festive and fun. So I really love seeking out terrific Christmas stockings for our readers that their families will truly love. We’ve seen a lot of cool stockings over the years like the ones from Ahna Holder or the custom Kata Golda stockings on our holiday gift guide this year. But the Christmas Stockings from RikRak studios, made of eco-friendly fabric created out of recycled plastic...

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On America Recycles Day, we’re recycling some of our favorite picks

Our kids have been separating paper from plastics since they were only yea high, but today on America Recycles Day, we’re taking a look at the RecycleBank website for Tessa Hills’ Recycling Tips for Kids to find easy ways to make big changes in how our family impacts the environment. For help in bringing these lessons on sustainable living to life, here are some of our favorite past products and services to make going green all more fun for you and the kids. 1. Swap everything: We love getting rid of the things we don’t need in exchange for...

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elum designs holiday cards take me far from the maddening crowds

I know I’m not alone in looking for more tasteful and restrained displays of holiday cheer after being assaulted by Christmas carols, gaudy lights and huge inflatable snowmen in stores the day after Halloween. Gorgeous simplicity doesn’t come cheap, yet I’m basking in the quiet sentiment of the exquisitely made, custom letterpress Pom-Pom Hat Holiday Card from elum designs. I’m struck by how one small red hat manages to convey both whimsy and the sweetness of childhood in a single image. Just tuck your own favorite family photo into the envelope and you don’t have to worry about the...

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Tees that make kids look good while doing good

Remember when we told you about Project 7 water? Remember how we told you that they donate half of their profits to charities that do the important work of feeding the hungry and protecting the environment? You do? Then you probably remember how cool we thought it was that the recycled bottles are used to make the other half of their cool 50% organic cotton t-shirts, but they weren’t available in kid sizes. Well, now they are. The hatch mark logo is a cool, not too preachy way to let everyone know that being environmentally and socially conscious is...

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Reusable shopping bags with a sense of humor

I was feeling pretty good about my switch over to cloth grocery bags, until I kept leaving them at home. Well, leave it to Knock Knock to make light of this exact situation on their hilarious “Forget This Bag” reusable shopping bag. These large, sturdy grocery bags made from recycled plastic water bottles highlight the universal realities of going green: You know, you buy the bag with the best intentions, you pat yourself on the back for being so awesome, and then you proceed to forget the bag at home or in your car when you go shopping. (Or if you...

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Now that’s a push present.

I know it’s exorbitant. I know it’s indulgent. But when I saw the handmade solid gold globe charms from Heather B. Moore jewelry recently, I just fell in love. You can customize them with teeny diamond (or two or ten) in a spot you choose, which is just the most amazing way to commemorate the birthplace of a child, the city you first got engaged, or the country you’d love to visit one day had you not spent $13,325 on the globe. Okay, that’s the price for the large white gold charm shown here. The smaller ones start around...

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Chill, groceries. Chill.

I love that the eco-bag revolution has taken over to the degree that even the nasty, old supermarket in my neighborhood is trying to encourage the use of reusable grocery bags. But one thing I’ve realized is that those cute canvas totes don’t do a lot in terms of keeping the ice cream from melting in the back of your trunk. So it’s very smart that mom-run and super eco-committed Blue Avocado has come out with their messenger-style Chill insulated bag. They claim it keeps food cold cold up to three hours — or hot, if you’re grabbing rotisserie...

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Makeup bags get an eco makeover

Are you already putting together holiday gift lists? Or is that just me because I’m so busy working on our annual Holiday Gift Guide that I’ve got presents on the brain? In any case, I’ve just added the great looking eco-friendly makeup bags from Aster + Sage under the category of  “Get a bunch of these for holiday gifts because I know I’ll forget someone” so I figure I’d let you all know about them too. Like all of her great handbags, RISD pedigreed artist Linda Yesline handcrafts the makeup bags from fabrics made from recycled fabrics and soda...

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