8 dangerous excuses parents make for not using enough sunscreen

by 05/21/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body

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Kutikai fashions playful, modern furniture for kids

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TOMS partners with World Wildlife Fund to support endangered rhinos

by 05/21/15   filed under: humanitarian design

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Philanthropic business TOMS has donated shoes to those in need, helped provide sight-saving surgeries, glasses, and medicine, supported safe water systems in developing countries, and has helped provide training and supplies to birth attendants. The latest creatures benefiting from the company’s philanthropic mission will never be able to fit into a pair of TOMS, however. The company’s Animal Initiative is currently giving financial support to the World Wildlife Fund and its efforts to help endangered rhinos. Available for women and children, the rhino print shoes are colorful yet classic TOMS, featuring an easy slip-on style and comprised of vegan materials. The rhinos are creatively printed in patterned wine, blue, and orange. As always, TOMS will provide a new pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of shoes purchased.

+ TOMS Rhino Shoes $36.00-$59.00

 

Six largest school districts in the U.S. are ditching polystyrene trays for eco-friendly, compostable plates

by 05/20/15   filed under: education, food, green education, green kids, news

school lunch, eco-friendly schools, compostable plates, compostable plate, polystyrene trays, compostable cafeteria items, recycled plates, recycled cafeteria items, recycled cutlery, compostable cutlery, largest school districts, schools environmental responsibilityToday, the nation’s six largest school districts made a stunning step forward for eco-friendly student dining. The Urban School Food Alliance—a coalition of school districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando—announced that they will phase out the use of polystyrene trays and replace them with round, compostable plates.

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HOW TO: Make nut-free sesame & cauliflower crackers

by 05/20/15   filed under: cooking, healthy recipe, how-to, recipes, vegan cooking

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British toy company debuts 'Dolls with Disabilities' so differently-abled kids can 3D print customized dolls in their likeness

by 05/20/15   filed under: green toys

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British toy company Makies is changing the way dolls are sold, with their new Toy Like Me campaign that allows children with disabilities to custom-create dolls that look like them. Spurred by a grassroots social media campaign started by parents across the UK, the British company responded to their #ToyLikeMe hashtag by introducing dolls that include children with disabilities. With 3D printing, children can customize their dolls to include features like birthmarks, hearing aids, wheelchairs and even seeing eye dogs.

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'The Garden Ape' is a magical short film created to inspire people to grow wilder gardens

by 05/19/15   filed under: green family, video

Gardens are not only the birthplace of physical nourishment and sustenance, they are also the backdrop for relaxation, inspiration, adventure and meditation. For these reasons, ‘Miraculously Wild,’ a magical short film featuring an endearing woolen ape really resonates with us. Created by filmmakers Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels of Marc & Emma, ‘The Garden Ape’ was made as a campaign for Natuurepunt to “stimulate people into cultivating more natural and ‘wilder’ gardens.” Wondering how to start fashioning your own garden? See these 8 themed children’s gardens that teach kids how to grow food and revel in nature, and learn how to start a family vegetable garden.

+ The Garden Ape

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Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

by 05/19/15   filed under: birth, green pregnancy, prenatal

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Most moms-to-be have likely heard about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in terms of keeping their own weight in check and avoiding birth complications, but now a new study shows that prenatal exercise affects the weight of the baby-to-be. The new research, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that mothers who exercise regularly throughout their pregnancy reduce their chance of having a C-section by 20%. Plus, this study offers growing evidence that mothers who exercise have babies who weigh less. Exercise decreasing baby weight is an important finding because babies who are born heavier may weigh more throughout their lives than babies who start life out at a average weight. As defined by the The Center for Disease Control (CDC), a normal birth weight is between 5.5 lbs. and 8.8 lbs., which is a good goal to aim for because research shows that babies who weigh more than 9 pounds at birth may face an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even neurological problems over their lifetime. If you’d like to incorporate exercise into your pregnancy, see 7 safe exercises for pregnancy to get started.

RELATED | HOW TO: Exercise with baby in tow as a busy, exhausted parent!

+ Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section, too-big baby

+ The Effect of Supervised Prenatal Exercise on Fetal Growth: A Meta-analysis

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10 enchanting gardens around the world

10 enchanting gardens around the world

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK While the “Lost Gardens” sound mysterious, the reason for their fall into disrepair for much of the 20th century is sadly…

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Beyond wheat: A guide to gluten-free flours (and what to make with them)

Beyond wheat: A guide to gluten-free flours (and what to make with them)

1. Buckwheat Despite its name, buckwheat is not actually wheat or even a grain at all. It’s a plant, and its grain-like seeds are eaten (some call it a pseudocereal). Rich in…

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Oeuf's space-saving River twin bed features a bench & an optional trundle bed

Oeuf's space-saving River twin bed features a bench & an optional trundle bed

The River Twin Bed by Oeuf features clean lines and an awesome space-saving design. Kids will adore the little bench perched at the foot of the bed which offers a place to read, relax…

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Star Wars Death Star is reimagined with the creative use of LEGO Friends sets

Star Wars Death Star is reimagined with the creative use of LEGO Friends sets

Death Star Control Room This Death Star features girls at the helm (and everywhere else). RELATED | Girl Ditches LEGO Juice Bar Instructions to Build This Mighty Robot Death Star…

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GUIDE: How to shop for non-GMO food

GUIDE: How to shop for non-GMO food

Image courtesy of Organic Trade Association Go Organic It’s estimated that 70% of all processed food at your supermarket contains GMOs, but because not all GMO foods are labeled,…

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15 terrifically creative button crafts for kids

15 terrifically creative button crafts for kids

Button Owl Art Of course we had to share this ADORABLE owl button craft project. Seriously, who doesn’t adore cute little owls! We sure do here at Inhabitots, especially when…

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Where do the world's happiest children live?

Where do the world's happiest children live?

Where do the happiest children in the world live? It depends on how you define happiness, according to Children’s Worlds International Survey of Children’s Well-Being. The…

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10 kid-friendly vegan dishes for backyard BBQs

10 kid-friendly vegan dishes for backyard BBQs

1. Watermelonade Hot summer days demand cool refreshing beverages. Soda, juice and lemonade mixes have a lot of extra sugar. Provide a treat without all the sweet by making this Mint…

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9 ways to declutter your home & keep it tidy (even if you have kids)

9 ways to declutter your home & keep it tidy (even if you have kids)

Photo by Shutterstock Before I had kids, I fit all my junk inside a tiny bedroom in an apartment (it wasn’t even supposed to BE a bedroom, but welcome to New York City). I may have…

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Woodly crafts gorgeous cradles & Montessori floor beds for green babies & kids

Woodly crafts gorgeous cradles & Montessori floor beds for green babies & kids

Choosing the perfect crib for your baby can be a challenge given all of the options now available, from hammocks and co-sleepers to cribs galore. Since a newborn will be spending a…

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