Announcing Inhabitots' 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest Finalists! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

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We are thrilled to announce we have chosen the finalists in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Costume Contest! Now we need your help in selecting the winners who will be awarded these fabulous prizes — and VOTING IS NOW OPEN! This year’s costumes really dazzled our judges, and the use of green and recycled materials was truly innovative! Take for instance this Recycled Plumbing Insulation Knight in Armor who pairs chivalry with sustainability, and this showstopping Captain Hook getting eaten by Tick Tock Croc costume, handmade from upcycled fleece. There were plenty of adorable duos this Halloween too: as seen in this clever Gumball Machine and Little Miss Quarter, and classic besties E.T. and Elliot! Feast your eyes on all of the contenders, and we’re certain you’ll be as impressed and entertained as we are!

Click through our gallery herein to behold a sampling of some of our 2014 costume finalists. See ALL of the finalists in all their glory here, and then tell your friends and family to cast their votes too!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME HERE >

 

15 Beneficial Uses for Coconut Oil

by 11/04/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, health & body, kids health

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Research Shows Older Children Benefit from Having Stay at Home Parents

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Stay at home parents are often categorized as moms and dads who are home to raise their young babies and toddlers during their early formative years. But a new study highlights the fact that older children also continue to reap benefits from having a stay at home parent. In 1998, Norway began a program called Cash for Care, offering a substantial cash payment for parents with children under the age of three to stay at home in lieu of using the publicly subsidized daycare system. A recent study, in conjunction with a Stanford professor and two Norwegian scholars, examined the effect of this program, not on the children under age three who were targeted to benefit from Cash for Care, but rather on their older siblings. By looking at the 10th grade GPAs for these siblings, the researchers determined that older children were also directly benefiting from the additional time with their parents, even if this was an unintended consequence of the program. These older siblings had a small, but statistically significant increase in GPA. Interestingly, only a minor percentage (5%) of the families who took advantage of Cash for Care actually changed their work situations, indicating that such a positive impact could be multiplied if more parents were able to truly stay home with their children (and not have to work as well as care for their children at the same time). While the researchers cautioned that differences (and therefore, potential impacts) exist between the Norwegian and U.S. educational and childcare systems, they also note that parental presence could be a key indicator for a child’s success long past the beginning years of childhood.

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by 11/03/14   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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This Wooden Organic Farm Set Has a Garden Space for Kids to Plant Real Seeds!

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There are certainly an overwhelming number of cool, eco-friendly building toys out there, but this working organic farm set may take the cake. The 145 piece set is comprised of sustainably harvested wood and features a windmill and a solar panel for generating electricity as well as a small garden space where kids can plant real seeds. The wood pieces are mainly neutral-colored and fit together like a sleeker, more modern version of Lincoln logs. The vibrant green roof and several exterior pieces, tinted with kid-friendly dyes, make for eye-popping and visually contrasting details. Designed for kids ages six to nine, this farm set is a great way to teach kids about sustainable farming and green construction.

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Drinking Milk is Linked to Higher Mortality Rates and Bone Fractures, According to New Study

by 11/03/14   filed under: health & body, news, parenting

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Milk: it does a body… bad? According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal which followed 100,000 Swedish people over 20-30 years, drinking more milk was equated with higher incidences of death from heart disease and cancer. For women, drinking more milk was also linked to an increased rate of hip fractures. So evidently those thrice daily recommended glasses of milk may not actually be making anyone’s bones stronger. The researchers suspect that D-galactose, a sugar present in milk that has been associated with chronic inflammation and decreased immune response, is a key factor in why milk consumption is not yielding stronger, healthier bodies. Scary side fact: giving D-galactose to lab animals is actually an established experimental model for facilitating premature aging. Interestingly, consumption of cheese and yogurt did not result in higher mortality rates or bone fractures. Certain groups of females actually showed that consumption of these products was linked to a reduction in premature deaths and hip fracture rates, likely due to the fact that these fermented dairy products do not possess such high concentrations of D-galactose.While the researchers encouraged caution if consulting the study’s results to make dietary changes, there’s no better time to start exploring plant-based options that will fulfill your calcium needs.

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7 Creative Ways to Use Excess Halloween Candy

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Inhabitots' 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

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Now that you’ve taken more Halloween pics than you can believe, it’s time to choose the best and enter your kids’ costumes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween™ Costume Contest! Now’s the time to cast a spell on our judges with your cleverest kids’ costume creations! We can’t wait to see your crafty, inventive DIY, homemade, eco Halloween costumes that your little ghouls and goblins wore trick or treating! Upload the photos of your costume contenders to our contest site here. This year we’re awarding over $200 in prizes to the lucky winners! Read on to learn more and to see some incredibly creative winning costumes of past years!

DEADLINE TO ENTER HAS PASSED. WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING FINALISTS, AND THEN WINNERS SOON!

 

 

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