13 Enchanting and Eco-Friendly Castle Play Sets for Young Princes and Princesses

by 10/28/14   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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Kids Can Create Four Different Wooden Creatures With Wodibow's "Mastodonts"

by 10/27/14   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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Wodibow wooden animals are delightfully crafted toys made to spark a child’s imagination and encourage building skills while also honoring “Mastodon-sized animals.” Wodibow offers a family of four species that your child can put together with their own little hands. The pieces that make up each of the wooden mastodon animals are simple enough for kids to assemble, but because they must be combined correctly in order to end up with a finished animal, each toy still provides a nice challenge. The Mastodonts are comprised of a family of 4 wooden animals that have 1 thing in common: they share the body. You have 22 different wooden pieces with small magnets to build 4 animals just by changing the head: Hipu, Riin, Groso and Olaf. Once completed, the wooden creatures move freely via their magnets and a small mechanism within the wood. Each wooden animal is made with 100% natural materials including solid wood and a finish of olive oil and beeswax that won’t pollute or damage the planet, people, or animals. As a bonus, for each Wodibow product you buy, the company will donate part of the profits to organizations that build and conserve ecosystems.

+ Wodibow Wooden Animals €45.00 – €68.00

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Vegan Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte (with Real Pumpkin)

by 10/27/14   filed under: cooking, how-to, kid friendly, recipe, snack, vegan cooking

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6 Scary Home Air Pollutants to Avoid this Halloween & Beyond

by 10/27/14   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, kids health, toxins

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'Pink Tints of Blue' App Shows that Gender Perceptions May be Easily Reconfigured

by 10/27/14   filed under: education, electronics

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Stack and Scare Blocks Make Building Playful Creatures a Scream

by 10/25/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green gifts, green halloween, green holiday ideas for kids, green toys

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Study Finds Dangerous Hidden Chemicals in Halloween Costumes and "Trick or Treat" Bags Sold at Popular Retailers Including Target & Party City

by 10/25/14   filed under: green halloween, toxins

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A study released today by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project has found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and party supplies sold by stores you likely shop at often. The Ecology Center tested 106 Halloween products in total, looking for substances linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. All of the products were purchased at popular retailers, including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. Jeff Gearhart, HealthyStuff.org research director, says, “We found that seasonal products, like thousands of other products we have tested, are full of dangerous chemicals. Poorly regulated toxic chemicals consistently show up in seasonal products. Hazardous chemicals in consumer products pose unnecessary and avoidable health hazards to children, consumers, communities, workers and our environment.” The research focused on products containing chemicals that are not only toxic but that have the tendency to build up in both people and the environment. Chemicals tested for included lead, bromine (brominated flame retardants), chlorine (vinyl/PVC plastic), phthalates, arsenic, and tin (organotins). According to the Ecology Center research, some products contained multiple chemical hazards. For example, one toddler Batman Muscle Costume had a belt containing 29% regulated phthalates, 340 ppm tin, and lead in the lining of the mask at 120 ppm. Some other Halloween product highlights include the following:

  • CVS Retailed:  30 Halloween LED C3 Lights: PVC insulation containing 0.25% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 0.5% antimony and a Big Bop Light Stick: PVC components with organotin compounds (1,400 ppm tin).
  • Kroger Retailed: Flicker Lights: 6.5% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 1% antimony, Cars Halloween Bag: 2.8% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 0.77% antimony, Princess Halloween Bag: 0.6% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 0.24% antimony.
  • Party City Retailed: Silver Princess Tiara: 0.38% bromine (indicating flame retardant use), 0.33% chlorine and 0.09% antimony. and a Pink Butterfly Set – Wings, Tiara and Wand: PVC components with organotin compounds (1,720 ppm tin).
  • Target Retailed: Disney Cinderella Dress: 0.1% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) in fabric.
  • Walgreens Retailed Disney Wall Art: 16% regulated phthalates, Orange Pumpkin Lights: 6.7% bromine (indicating flame retardant use) and 1.2% antimony in cord insulation, and a Deluxe Fairy Costume Dress and Wings: 420 ppm lead in glitter trim on wings.

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HOW TO: Make Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

by 10/25/14   filed under: cooking, how-to, recipes, vegan cooking

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Artist Freya Jobbins Recycles Old Doll Parts into Haunting Sculptures

Artist Freya Jobbins Recycles Old Doll Parts into Haunting Sculptures

You may think twice the next time your child breaks a favorite toy, and take inspiration from Jobbins’ creativity. The South African artist was first inspired by classic fruit and…

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Phonetic Montessori Blocks Help Kids Read Easily and Naturally

Phonetic Montessori Blocks Help Kids Read Easily and Naturally

TweetEmail A gentle learning toy that is eco-friendly, helps with reading skills, and is fun to manipulate? Sign our little learners up! These Montessori reading blocks, with…

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New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

If you’re pregnant or have had a baby, you’ve likely heard of preeclampsia, a harmful and sometimes deadly condition affecting pregnant women. In the past, it’s been…

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Clever Dad Designs Adorable LED Color-Changing Stick Figure Costume for His Daughter

Clever Dad Designs Adorable LED Color-Changing Stick Figure Costume for His Daughter

A clever dad has become an internet sensation with his ingenious idea to create an interactive, and hilarious, Halloween costume for his daughter using LED lights in the shape of a…

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HOW TO: Make Sunny Pumpkin & Orange Soup for Halloween

HOW TO: Make Sunny Pumpkin & Orange Soup for Halloween

1. Gather the ingredients 1 medium sized pumpkin 1 large carrot (or 2 small ones) 1 orange 1 tbsp of grated ginger 3 garlic cloves 2 spoonfuls of olive oil a pinch of marine salt…

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High Schooler Writes Children's Book Featuring the True Story of an Orphaned, Endangered Rhino

High Schooler Writes Children's Book Featuring the True Story of an Orphaned, Endangered Rhino

TweetEmail Reading with our kids is valuable for so many reasons, and instilling an early notion of environmental advocacy is one important benefit. Chizi’s Tale: The…

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HOW TO: Make No-Bake Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Truffles

HOW TO: Make No-Bake Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Truffles

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. For the truffle filling: 1 cup cashew butter 2 1/2-3 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup coconut flour, plus a little…

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3 Baking Soda Activities for Your Kid’s Playtime

3 Baking Soda Activities for Your Kid’s Playtime

Brought to you by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda While ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda is great for cleaning, it’s also perfect for a bit of messy fun. Bring ARM…

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Brain Cancer Rate for Girls Increases 550% in Florida Town, Possibly Due to Radioactive Waste

Brain Cancer Rate for Girls Increases 550% in Florida Town, Possibly Due to Radioactive Waste

A special investigation featured in The Nation has revealed that brain cancer rates among young girls in The Acreage, a south Florida town, have shot up in recent years, and radioactive…

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Frightful Fruit! 5 Fresh & Fruity Halloween Treats

Frightful Fruit! 5 Fresh & Fruity Halloween Treats

1. Banana Ghosts Bananas are definitely a favorite kids’ fruit, and these little ghosts are simple enough for your youngest sous chefs to create. Simply peel a banana and cut it…

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