With the motto “Sustainable design for the next generation“, Inhabitots is the baby / parenting focused website in the Inhabitat family. The site was started during the summer of 2008 by Inhabitat.com founder Jill Fehrenbacher as she prepared for the arrival of her first child in August 2008. We recognize that the birth of a child is a turning point in people’s lives and the impetus for many people to ‘go green’ and really start researching the materials and production involved in all items that closely touch our lives. With this in mind, Inhabitots.com was created as a resource for parents, families, and anyone else interested in sustainable modern design for children. With a focus on design specifically targeted at babies, toddlers and kids, Inhabitots.com is a supplement to the wider focus of Inhabitat.com
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THE INHABITOTS TEAM
JILL FEHRENBACHER – Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Jill is the founder of Inhabitots.com, the founder and publisher of Inhabitat.com
and a green designer living in New York City. She created Inhabitots in the summer of 2008 in preparation for the arrival of her first baby. She is an avid idealist, design junkie and believes firmly that becoming a parent doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style or ideals. At least not too much.
BETH SHEA – Managing Editor
Beth is the writer and founder of Petite Planet
, a blog which focuses on eco-friendly living for families and informs parents of the best “green” choices for their babies and our planet. The birth of her daughter was her inspiration to take baby steps toward changing the world to preserve it for future generations. A former travel and spa writer, Beth swapped airline miles and body wraps for long stroller walks and quick showers. She is living her dream by being a mother to her two beautiful children, and a freelance writer. Follow Beth on Twitter @PetitePlanet
JENNIFER CHAIT – Senior Editor
Jennifer is a full-time freelance writer in the rainy Pacific Northwest and mom to a killer 13-year-old boy. Her writing background includes website content, blogs, copy for non-profits, web projects, national magazine articles and business proposals and grants. Beyond writing for Inhabitots
, Jennifer is the About.com Organic Business
expert, admin and social media manager at VeggieBoards
, plus writes for Growing a Green Family
and a handful of other green-minded websites
. Activities and obsessions other than writing include music, books, nature, chill people and barrels of coffee. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jenniferchait
MARNI FOGELSON-TEEL – Contributing Writer
Marni Fogelson-Teel is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia, where she and her family take advantage of the green perks of city living: excellent public transportation, numerous parks, and awesome farmer’s markets. Marni has written for Ecofabulous and Celsias as well as several literary journals. She has also worked in PR and development for several national and international non-profit organizations. She is happiest cooking delicious vegan food for family and friends, practicing yoga, exploring new cities and countries, and playing outside with her son, husband, and rescued mutt, Harvey.
CAT DISTASIO – Contributing Writer
Cat DiStasio is a writer and founder of The Verdant Life
, a blog focused on whole foods and green living. Cat is a passionate green homemaker and mama to two boys and two fur kids. In addition to her earth-loving ways, she works to raise awareness for attachment parenting, babywearing, intactivism, and budget-friendly living. Cat loves creating personal care recipes with essential oils and believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of freshly baked bread.
BECKY STRIEPE – Contributing Writer
Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), is a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. Her mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone while keeping up with her energetic little toddler, Darrol Henry!
JASMIN MALIK CHUA – Senior Editor
Jasmin is a word wrangler and Treehugger
writer who lives just across the Hudson in Jersey City, where she indulges in her penchant for cupcakes, zombies, and her search for the perfect soy chai latte. A 12-year veteran of the publishing industry, she has a master of science in biomedical journalism from New York University and a PhD in poopy diapers. Follow Jasmin on Twitter @jasminchua
DESMOND WILLIAMS – Contributing Writer
Desmond Williams is a freelance writer and JUNO magazine
columnist. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, is half of a mixed-race couple and father to a rambunctious, comedic, and inquisitive preschooler (all great fodder for parenting articles). His writing, with its injected wit and humor, tends to add a light touch to the general gravity of parenting. Desmond is currently working on a graphic novel for mixed-race parents titled ‘The Painted Man’
YUKA YONEDA – Contributing Writer
Yuka is a writer and designer from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in Business Management from Stony Brook University, and holds a degree in Exhibition Design from F.I.T. In 2008, Yuka looked in the mirror and didn’t like what she saw. Always feeling like there was something missing from her life, she had turned to excess, amassing a mountain of clothes, shoes, bags and random tchotchkes to fill the void. In an act of desperation, she founded Swyyne.com
as a guide for urbanites wanting to change their piggish ways and has been learning and smiling more ever since. When she is not writing about sustainable design, Yuka amuses herself by making trash into treasure
, hunting for goodies at her favorite thrift shop, The Family Jewels
, and trying to eat every type of food in the world.
MICHELLE LLOYD – Contributing Writer
Michelle Lloyd is a freelance journalist, PR/social media junky, blogger, consumer and activist who is dedicated to teaching and living a eco-lifestyle in Charlotte, NC. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling her two dogs and kiddo, baking, reading, listening to live music, playing on Pinterest, crafting, or out in nature enjoying its beauty. She shares her journey on her blog, Mkokopelli
and you can follower her on Twitter @Mkokopelli
JENNIE LYON – Contributing Writer
Jennie is a green lifestyle writer and founder of Sweet Greens
, a blog which focuses on simple, fun ways for families to go green together. She is also the green lifestyle writer for Cascadian Farm
. She lives in a sustainably minded community in Fort Collins, Colorado with her fantastic husband and nine year old son. When she is not writing about all things green, she enjoys thrift stores, family hikes, books, succulents and a fantastic cup of tea. You can also find Jennie on Sweet Greens Facebook Fan Page
or on Twitter @SweetGreens