HOW TO: Handle All the Toxic Plastic Birthday Gifts and Party Favors Your Kid Receives

by 03/18/14   filed under: green kids, parenting

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LEGO Set Purchases from Bricks for Good Support Tree Planting, Clean Water and Education Programs

by 03/17/14   filed under: eco play, green family, green kids, green toys

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If your kiddos are always hungry for new and unique LEGO sets, you have a chance to indulge them and make a helpful difference by purchasing a LEGO set through Bricks for Good. Bricks for Good is a program through GlobalGiving where you can purchase a specific LEGO set depending on what sort of charity programs you’d like to support. Each LEGO set available at Bricks for Good is a custom, limited edition brick set, and although the project isn’t associated with the LEGO company, the sets, which are independently designed, purchased, and packaged by GlobalGiving stack up to a ton of fun. The following sets are available:

  • Build a LEGO well and bring clean water to people in Ghana, Haiti, and China.
  • Build a LEGO school and educate children in Kenya, Guatemala, and India.
  • Build a LEGO tree and help plant trees and restore forests in Madagascar, Peru, and India

If $50-$150 seems steep for a LEGO set, remember, this is more than a LEGO set, it’s a charity organization. Your donation for each LEGO set will support clean water, education, and reforestation projects — and in some cases your donation will go to support vital project-related costs including water purification systems, textbooks and gardeners’ salaries. It’s a clever program for families to invest in because it offers kids a new LEGO set, but also teaches them about health and environmental issues around the world, not to mention the beauty of giving back to others in need.

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HOW TO: Make Roasted Caramelized Butternut Squash with Sage

by 03/17/14   filed under: cooking, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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Ridiculous New App Lets Babies Take Selfies

by 03/17/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, kid gadgets

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Here at Inhabitots we’ve often discussed products you definitely DO NOT need for your baby, but this new ridiculous Baby Selfie app takes the cake when it comes to superfluous marketing of baby products. I’m not a fan of selfies in general, and I don’t really understand the allure or the hype even when teens and adults partake in this odd cultural phenomenon, but to involve babies and toddlers, neither of which should be sitting around with their little face stuck to a screen, in selfie activity, seems supremely stupid. The Baby Selfie app is an app with a playful twist, that much is true. The app offers a peek-a-boo game combined with a camera feature. While your baby watches colorful animals dance onto the screen the app will capture your baby’s reactions to the music and animals in an unexpected photo. Geez. Let’s just stop for a moment and remember that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that babies and tots under 2 years of age should have ZERO screen time and instead be exposed to development-building playtime and quality time with their parents. Beyond expert recommendations against screens by the AAP and other health organizations, research shows that screen time addiction is a very real phenomenon and there are a host of heath problems connected to excessive screen use. To each parent their own, and it’s not like I haven’t made screen mistakes with my own kiddo, but seriously, I recommend you skip apps like this. And while you’re at it, skip items like the iPad baby seat and iPotty. Screens aren’t necessary for babies. Want to entertain a young tot? Put down the cell phone and try these ideas instead:

Measles Outbreaks in NYC and California Attributed to Parents Who Refuse to Vaccinate

by 03/16/14   filed under: health & body, news, parenting

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There has been another rash of recent measles outbreaks in New York City and California. Now with 19 known cases in NYC and 32 cases in California, you may be thinking, “Outbreak, huh?!” But consider that there were just three measles cases reported in California over the same period in 2013. More importantly, consider that by the year 2000 measles was actually considered to be an eradicated disease in the United States. In fact, from 2001 to 2010 there were just 60 U.S. measles cases reported each year on average, but last year The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that 189 U.S. people (that the CDC knows of), came down with measles, resulting in the second largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. So, while some 50 cases of measles in just two states seems slight, it’s actually a HUGE increase from previous years, and experts blame parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids.

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The World's First 'Fairy Tales' Architecture Storytelling Competition Announces Winners

by 03/16/14   filed under: architecture, news

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Petit Collage's Colorful Mix And Match Sets Encourage Creativity and Imagination

by 03/16/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green gifts, kid friendly

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Playing with perennially hip art and décor company Petit Collage’s new “Mix + Match” sets is a convenient and colorful way to encourage little ones to be creative practically anywhere. Available in three themed sets (robot, animal, or a dress-up girl), each pack contains 24 cards: 8 each of heads, bodies, and legs. With a total of 512 matches possible per set, kids will have a ton of fun with these cards, which are printed on recycled stock with vegetable inks. And should your tot combine several of the sets to make some type of animal/robot/girl hybrid, she may be responsible for creating the newest breed of superhero… or perhaps simply the most stylish intergalactic machine in town.

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San Francisco is One Step Closer to Banning Bottled Water

by 03/15/14   filed under: news, toxins

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Bottled water is undeniably bad for the environment and for human health thanks to chemicals that leach out of those shimmery plastic containers. Now, at least one U.S. city is a step closer to banning the monstrosity that is bottled water, once and for all. The SF Gate reports that this week, the Board of Supervisors approved a measure that would ban the sale of bottled water at events held on San Francisco city property. This ordinance, approved unanimously, is a huge deal and will essentially completely ban any sales of single-use bottled drinking water (21 ounces or less) on San Francisco city property. If passed, the ordinance will kick off on October 1st for indoor events and in 2016 for outdoor events. Apparently, the ban will have some exemptions, including footraces and other athletic events, and officials are giving food trucks and larger nonprofits, such as the annual Gay Pride Parade, until 2018 to comply. Other ordinance specifics include waivers that some groups may apply for (in order to still serve bottled water) and the city would like to further increase the number of water refilling stations in public spaces. This isn’t law yet, but if it’s approved by the board once more, the potential ordinance will be sent to Mayor Ed Lee for consideration.

Is banning bottled water a realistic idea?

  • 155 Votes Yes, I think it's awesome!
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HOW TO: Craft a St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap

HOW TO: Craft a St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap

What you will need: - an empty box (large enough to fit a Leprechaun) - a piece of cardboard (the same length as your empty box) - multiple pieces of colorful paper - cutting tool -…

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According to Green America, “Seventy-five percent of the world’s population owns a cell phone, billions of which are made in China.” No surprise there. However, what may…

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TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. Both recipes slightly adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. For the cake: 1 cup non-dairy milk 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1…

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HOW TO: Spring Clean Your House When You Can't Trust Most Cleaning Products on the Market

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Photo by Shutterstock Make Homemade Cleaners The best and most logical solution to toxic and/or mislabeled cleaners is to go homemade. Homemade green cleaners aren’t that tough to…

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HOW TO: Make a Loaded Jacket Sweet Potato as Healthy Comfort Food

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TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients sweet potato red aduki beans black olives red onion avocado parsley Red sauce: red aduki beans red onion olive oil salt and…

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Firefly Infant Phototherapy Device Treats Jaundice & Saves Infants Lives in Developing Nations

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Nearly 3 in 5 babies (or 60%) are born with jaundice, a condition that leaves their skin and eyes with a yellowish tint due to excess bilirubin in their blood. In most cases, newborns…

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Riga Roo Rocker is a Funky, Minimalist Ride-on Toy for Modern Tots

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Baby nurseries can get a bad rap for being a little too cutesy. While some of us can’t get enough of floppy bunny loveys and wallpaper featuring adorable woodland creatures,…

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HOW TO: Make Hearty, Savory Vegan Irish Stew

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TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. 5 Tbsp olive oil, divided 1 Tbsp tamari 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 – 3/4 lb mushrooms, chopped into…

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Study Finds that Playing with Barbie Dolls Could Limit Girls’ Career Choices

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Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock.com In one of the first experiments designed to explore the influence of fashion dolls on children, an Oregon State University researcher has found that…

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