'Story Time from Space!' Astronauts Read Stories from The International Space Station to Kids Around the World!

by 08/25/14   filed under: books, education, kids entertainment, news, video

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Form an orderly queue, kids. Same goes for you too, parents! It seems that every budding astronaut’s wildest dreams really have come true. With the new Story Time From Space program you can soon have your bedtime stories read by a real astronaut on the International Space Station.

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Swingrest Lets the Whole Family Lounge in a Swaying Nest-Like Perch in Nature

by 08/25/14   filed under: green design, green family

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ALERT: Pregnant Women Should NOT Use Antibacterial Products

by 08/24/14   filed under: green pregnancy, health & body, news, toxins

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Scientists recently reported that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to possible health problems linked to antibacterial products. The research, presented at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), is yet unpublished, but compelling. Specifically, the researchers took a closer look at how exposure to triclosan and triclocarban, two of the most commonly used antibacterials (germ-killers) in soaps and other products are affecting pregnant women and their fetuses. Benny Pycke, Ph.D. says, “We found triclosan in all of the urine samples from the pregnant women that we screened. We also detected it in about half of the umbilical cord blood samples we took, which means it transfers to fetuses. Triclocarban was also in many of the samples.” Because there’s a huge growing body of evidence that shows how these antibacterials often lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals, the researchers are concerned that this means humans are potentially at risk for the same health issues. The bigger problem of antibacterial use, of course, is that they contribute to antibiotic resistance, an actual growing public health problem. Because antibacterial compounds are used in more than 2,000 everyday products, including toothpastes, soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, school supplies and toys, we’re looking at an almost universal exposure rate for humans.

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A Cute & Sustainable Handmade Toddler Bed for Under $200!

by 08/24/14   filed under: eco toddler, kids furniture

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With most eco-beds falling in the WAY OVER $800 range, it’s refreshing to find a piece of inexpensive sustainable furniture for kids. This handmade toddler-sized bed is simple, but still very cute and has great natural style. Made by Skywriter Creations with recycled materials from pallets and from various construction sites and wood shops, this bed is perfect once your little one needs to transition from his crib to a “big kid” bed. The bed has a nice little space included at the foot for books, water, or other “favorite” items while the railings provide additional assistance for kids learning to climb into a bed along with some added safety. The bed also includes your child’s initial inscribed into a separate piece that can be made into a custom shape of your choice, and the wood can be left natural or Skywriter Creations will paint or stain the bed for you. Bonus, if you want to plan ahead, you can order a twin-sized bed for just $30 more or a full-sized bed for $50 – trust us, this is a total steal for an eco-friendly kid’s bed.

+ Recycled Toddler Bed $199.00

+ Skywriter Creations

 

Old-Fashioned Personalized Lunch Boxes Include a Chalkboard Lining to Write a Sweet Mid-Day Note to Your Child

by 08/23/14   filed under: education, food

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Your little one can head to school in eco-style with a Dylbug personalized lunch box. Each old-fashioned lunch box is crafted of lead-free tin with a cute design on both the front and back that includes your child’s name. Inside there’s a unique chalkboard lining where parents can leave love notes for little ones or a reminder about after-school activities. This lunch box can also be used as a sweet bedroom accessory or personalized gift box, with plenty of room to store small treasures.

+ Dylbug Personalized Lunch Boxes $26.00

+ Dylbug

 

6 Eco-Friendly Games and Tools that Make Learning Math Fun!

by 08/22/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, education, green education, green kids, green toys, kids entertainment, parenting

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Why Waldorf Education Is A Great Choice For Environmentally Conscious Parents

by 08/21/14   filed under: education, green education, green education series, green toys

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Finding decent education options for your kids is no doubt one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of being a parent in today’s society; and we’ve spent a lot of time on Inhabitots with our Green Education Series, trying to dissect the best educational options for environmentally-minded parents. We’ve talked about Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Unschooling and other educational options, but we would be remiss not to write a special article focusing on Waldorf Education – one of the greenest and most ‘organic’ educational philosophies out there for parents who value creativity and the natural world.

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Help Build a School in India with Every Purchase of Keep Leaf Litterless Lunch Gear

by 08/21/14   filed under: education, food, green family, green kids

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Keep Leaf is a newer eco-minded company offering a range of products for babies, kids and adults, including an attractive range of “litterless” lunch gear. Keep Leaf has a few styles of lunch bags and boxes, both made from fully insulated and soft, 100% organic cotton canvas. The Lunch Bag features an interior ID card holder for special messages for your little one or contact info. The bag also has a simple and secure hook and loop closure plus a gusseted bottom that expands as you fill the bag, while allowing the bag to lay flat when empty for easy carrying and storage. The Keep Leaf Lunch Box has an exterior zippered pocket and one interior mesh pocket, great for extra storage for reusable napkins or silverware.  Keep Leaf also offers some Reusable Food Wraps that double as placemats as well as some Reusable Snack Baggies – all of which are free from lead, phthalates, and BPA. There are many fabric styles to choose from that coordinate well with other products in the line. Though, it does appear that Keep Leaf needs some more male-friendly styles. I honestly only saw two fabric styles my 13 year-old son would use, but the company is newer, so hopefully they’ll expand their collection.

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10 Kid-Friendly DIY Projects for the Home and Yard

10 Kid-Friendly DIY Projects for the Home and Yard

TweetEmail 1. Container Gardening If you’re planning an herb garden or just want to spruce up a window, invite your kids to help you plant. They can help choose what to…

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8 Organic School Lunchbox Meals That Can Be Prepared The Night Before

8 Organic School Lunchbox Meals That Can Be Prepared The Night Before

#1: Roll it Up Wraps are great for kids because they are highly customizable and are perfect for kids of all ages. Whether it is a whole-wheat or vegetable based tortilla – adding…

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Cindy Crawford Pulls Her Two Kids Out of Malibu High School Due to Concerns Over Toxic Chemicals in the Classrooms

Cindy Crawford Pulls Her Two Kids Out of Malibu High School Due to Concerns Over Toxic Chemicals in the Classrooms

As we recently reported in a previous post, a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, experts, public figures and environmental groups from across the…

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How Parents Can Help Change and Improve Toxic Schools

How Parents Can Help Change and Improve Toxic Schools

Educate Yourself About Non-Toxic Schools Do you actually know what constitutes a green and healthy school environment? For example, is mold worse than lead-based paint? Do green…

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New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

According to Quartz, millions of Indians have limited to zero access to hospitals or clinical laboratories. Clearly this poses a huge problem for the population, but women especially,…

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Parenting Dreams vs. Parenting Realities: Why It's OK to Cave in Sometimes

Parenting Dreams vs. Parenting Realities: Why It's OK to Cave in Sometimes

TweetEmailphoto by Lars Ploughmann Dream #1: Sneaking Veggies Two of my top dashed dreams on this list are food-related. I’m a cookbook author and write about cooking and…

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Transform a Hat Box into a Quaint Dollhouse!

Transform a Hat Box into a Quaint Dollhouse!

TweetEmailTalk about adorable! This sweet handmade dollhouse is the perfect rainy day project for crafty parents and kids. Made with a recycled hat box, there aren’t any…

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RaFa-kids Hip & Sustainable Furniture Collection Launched by Two Architects Turned Parents

RaFa-kids Hip & Sustainable Furniture Collection Launched by Two Architects Turned Parents

TweetEmailPlay & Function RaFa-kids designs products that inspire creativity and growth. The designers note, “We see a child’s bed not only as a place to sleep…

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Second Graders Start 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' Campaign to Raise Money for their School Library

Second Graders Start 'Dr. Seuss Wants You!' Campaign to Raise Money for their School Library

TweetEmailWhen Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, lost its library last year due changes in the school district, two of the plucky second graders who attend the…

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Goodbye Baggies, Hello Kinderville Silicone Snack & Sandwich Pouches

Goodbye Baggies, Hello Kinderville Silicone Snack & Sandwich Pouches

Go waste-free when you pack your child’s school lunch with Kinderville silicone pouches. All of these pouches are free of BPA, phthalates, and lead, plus they’re super easy…

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