Kids Can Tread Lightly on the Earth in PLAE's Hip Vegan Shoes

by 04/03/14   filed under: eco toddler, green kids

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EggNots Dyeable Ceramic Eggs Offer Easter Decorating Fun For Vegans

by 04/02/14   filed under: green family, green holiday ideas for kids

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EggNots were created as an alternative to real eggs for kids with food allergies. However, they’re also perfect for vegan kiddos who want to dye Easter eggs just like everyone else. EggNots are a realistic egg alternative that look and feel like the real deal, but they are ceramic. These little eggs are non-perishable and eco-friendly because they will last forever and you can reuse them and redecorate them annually. EggNots are much more convenient than real eggs, with no boiling or disposal required. Best of all, zero cute chickens were harmed to produce these eggs, and they’re 100% vegan-friendly. You can decorate EggNots just like you’d decorate real Easter eggs, with plain dye or leaf imprints. You can get the EggNots Easter egg dye recipe, use a store-bought natural dye or try our recipe for safe, homemade all-natural Easter egg dye.

+ One Dozen EggNots $15.95

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Award Winning 'Latch' Campaign Rates Breastfeeding Friendly Establishments in NYC

by 04/02/14   filed under: breastfeeding

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Four graduate students at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service took home the gold in the third annual National Invitational Public Policy Challenge for their proposal to ensure that there are safe, sanitary, plentiful and accessible community spaces in New York City where moms can breastfeed. The four winners – Grace Boone, Ruchi Hazaray, Jose Renato Navarrete Perez, and Ran Qin – beat out teams from 11 other U.S. public policy schools with their public breastfeeding campaign. This project is a great idea considering how few mothers breastfeed in this country. According to the team’s project proposal, ‘Latch’ “Targets one of the most common reasons why more than 50% of new mothers in NYC abandon breastfeeding within eight weeks despite its innumerable benefits: they feel uncomfortable nursing in public. By increasing access to safe, sanitary places for moms to breastfeed away from home, Latch will help moms breastfeed for longer durations, providing babies with an important nutritional start and creating a healthier community.” NYU Wagner’s team won a $10,000 check on March 23. As part of the winner’s package, Latch is being featured on the Governing website.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, “Latch, which is initially targeting Manhattan neighborhoods with a large number of children, has signed up eight businesses, mostly restaurants and cafes in Greenwich Village and Tribeca. By March 2015, Latch proponents seek to expand to 150 spaces, including public library branches, nail salons and laundromats.” In the same vein restaurant grades are displayed in the front window of an establishment, the Latch logo will be placed in storefront windows to alert nursing moms that they are welcome to breastfeed in public there. No word yet on how exactly breastfeeding moms can access the list of establishments that boast the Latch logo, but we hope the idea catches on in NYC and across the country. They have also set up a Twitter account: @latchnow. In the meantime, if you need breastfeeding support ideas, click here.

RELATED | Do Public Nurse-ins Raise Awareness About Breastfeeding Rights?

+ NYU Wagner Team Wins 1st Prize in National Invitational Public Policy Challenge

+ A Plan to Take the Stigma Out of Breastfeeding

Image © Latch via Bloomberg

6 Green Alternatives to Plastic Easter Basket Grass Filler

by 04/02/14   filed under: green family, green holiday ideas for kids, parenting

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HOW TO: Prepare for Natural Childbirth

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Hi Ho Silver on a Modern Rocking Horse That's Made of Hemp

by 04/01/14   filed under: art, eco play, eco toddler, green baby, green design, green gifts, green toys, kid friendly

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We’ve seen plenty of contemporary rocking horses we’d love to put in the nursery, but Henry & Co Design really breaks the mold and adds a bit of quirkiness to the classic toy with their ergonomic rocking horse that’s made out of Canapalithos, a hemp biomass, combined with a new type of non-toxic and patented binder, called Pappa Reale. This haute horse is formaldehyde-free and comprised of nontoxic sustainable materials that are safe for kids and the environment. As an added plus, this rocking horse requires very little assembly and comes compact in puzzle-like pieces that require no glue or screws. Simply snap together and ride off into the sunset—or to the living room.

Feast your eyes on the Rocking Horse in person while it’s on display during Milan Design Week 2014 this April 8th – 13th from 10:00 – 19:00, at DIN-Design In, Via Massimiano 7, Milano.

RELATED | ROCCO: A Rocking Horse That Harvests Kinetic Energy

+ Henry & Co. Design

Images: Copyright © 2014 Rocking Horse by Henry & Co and Canapalithos for LivingHemp

HOW TO: Make Delicious Homemade Veggie Chips

by 04/01/14   filed under: cooking, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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Control Toys' Collection of Child Restraint Products Force Kids to Do as They're Told

by 04/01/14   filed under: gear for parents

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Working Parents Can Now Take Advantage of 24-hour Childcare in London

Working Parents Can Now Take Advantage of 24-hour Childcare in London

London’s Brent Council is now offering a new “Flexible childcare” option to parents that allows kids to be dropped off at all hours of the day. This new 24-hour…

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HOW TO: Make Fun Gluten-Free Multicolored Polenta Shapes with Tomato Salsa

HOW TO: Make Fun Gluten-Free Multicolored Polenta Shapes with Tomato Salsa

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients polenta (a cup per person) half pepper a few mushrooms a few olives a bunch of sage Two-kind tomato salsa a cup of multicolored cherry…

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HOW TO: Exercise With Baby in Tow as a Busy, Exhausted Parent!

HOW TO: Exercise With Baby in Tow as a Busy, Exhausted Parent!

photo by Harald Groven 1. Strength Train with Your Baby Don’t think of your kid as a barrier to getting regular exercise. Scoop that baby up, and use him in your workouts! My son…

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iSwimband Wearable Accessory Warns You When Your Child Might Be Drowning

iSwimband Wearable Accessory Warns You When Your Child Might Be Drowning

TweetEmail As the weather begins to heat up and plans for family vacations and visits to the pool are on the horizon, now is a good time to start thinking about water safety.…

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Celebrate Earth Day in Eco-Style with the Limited Edition Great White gDiapers Collection

Celebrate Earth Day in Eco-Style with the Limited Edition Great White gDiapers Collection

In honor of Earth Day 2014, gDiapers has just announced a great partnership with renowned environmental group, 5 Gyres. Together, gDiapers and 5 Gyres are releasing a special limited…

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'The Land' is an Adventure Playground Where Kids Can Run Wild, Light Fires, Explore Independence and Take Risks

'The Land' is an Adventure Playground Where Kids Can Run Wild, Light Fires, Explore Independence and Take Risks

TweetEmailAt first glance, The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground, seems like a modern-day parent’s worst nightmare. The Land is riddled with what looks like…

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Glob's All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Kit Features a Rainbow of Bright Non-toxic Colors

Glob's All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Kit Features a Rainbow of Bright Non-toxic Colors

Just in time for spring, Glob has announced their new, all-natural Easter egg coloring kit. This eye-popping kit contains three natural egg colors, all made from non-toxic plant…

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Rocket-Themed Mini-Golf Course Opens Soon at the New York Hall of Science!

Rocket-Themed Mini-Golf Course Opens Soon at the New York Hall of Science!

The countdown to the opening of the amazing science-themed miniature golf course at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has begun! Officially opening on April 1, 2014, this…

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IKOS: Building Blocks of the Future Made with Recycled Milk Jugs by High School Students

IKOS: Building Blocks of the Future Made with Recycled Milk Jugs by High School Students

While no one can deny the popularity of the LEGO building block, it certainly has its limitations. Try making a dome with the square and rectangular shaped bricks and you’ll come…

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Adorably Painted Head-Shaping Baby Helmets Put Style in Healing

Adorably Painted Head-Shaping Baby Helmets Put Style in Healing

TweetEmail Plagiocephaly helmets could be a necessary step for children suffering from the syndrome, which due to their soft skulls, can cause deformation known as flat-head…

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