Adorable Hedgehog and Beautiful Butterfly Join Skip Hop's Zoo Crew of BPA-Free Backpacks & Lunch Gear

by 09/10/14   filed under: green kids

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Skip Hop has been steadily adding to their fun-filled Zoo collection over the years, and we’re very impressed with this season’s adorable additions to the Zoo crew: a sweet hedgehog and a smiling butterfly. Fantastic whimsical details and kid-durable materials make the new Zoo crew backpacks (shown above) perfect for the playground, the schoolyard, and every adventure in between! Each backpack easily holds all the supplies your preschool or kindergarten student will need for a busy day of “work” and play. Bonus, the mesh side pocket is handy, as it adjusts to fit a juice box, sippy cup or reusable water bottle. The front pouch holds small snacks and includes extra pockets for pencils and other travel necessities. Additionally, the comfy padded straps are soft and easy on little shoulders and a write-on name tag is included inside. The backpacks are made of BPA-free, phthalate-free materials and are safe for kids three-years and up. Keep reading to learn about additional cute new butterfly and hedgehog lunch gear.

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Messy Play Ideas for Babies That Will Encourage Their Love of Discovery & Exploration

by 09/10/14   filed under: baby gadgets, eco play, green baby

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Annie's Sells Out to General Mills for $820 Million

by 09/09/14   filed under: food, news

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It’s a sad week for many bunny fans as news of Annie’s acquisition by General Mills makes waves. According to an Annie’s press release, General Mills has swooped in and bought up the self-proclaimed “natural and organic food company” for $46.00 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of approximately $820 million. In a statement, John Foraker, Chief Executive Officer of Annie’s, notes, “We are excited about this strategic combination, which will enable Annie’s to expand the reach and breadth of our high quality, great tasting organic and natural products, provide new opportunities for our employees, realize greater efficiencies in our operations, and maximize value for our stockholders.” Foraker claims Annie’s products will fundamentally stay the same and that the company’s values won’t be compromised saying, “Annie’s will remain dedicated to our mission: to cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the planet. Authentic roots, great tasting products, high quality organic and natural ingredients, and sustainable business practices will continue to be the cornerstones of the Annie’s brand.” However, if Annie’s Facebook page is any indication, many consumers are skeptical, and in some ways they have a right to be. While both Annie’s and General Mills carry 100% certified organic products, they’re not on the same page regarding GMOs. Annie’s has been a stout supporter of GMO labeling initiative prop 37 in California while General Mills supports Monsanto and gave about $1,135,300 (as of 2012) to the anti-GMO-labeling propaganda in California alone. Still, if you’re a consumer who is bummed about Annie’s selling out, what can you do?

Will You Buy Annie's Products Now that They're Owned by General Mills

  • 125 Votes No.
  • 10 Votes Yes.
  • 79 Votes Maybe - if the products remain the same.

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The Dollhouse Book Features Blank Pages for Kids to Design a Dream Abode

by 09/09/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco play

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Budding artists and interior designers will adore The Dollhouse Book from the innovative Rock & Pebble. The Dollhouse Book is a 15 room dollhouse contained in book form. 30 full pages allow kids plenty of room to create, design, paint, collage and doodle to their heart’s content. Each crafty DIY dollhouse is handmade in the UK with FSC mixed sources certified paper from a Swedish mill, and manufactured without any addition of optical brightening agents — but instead bleached using both elemental chlorine free (ECF) and totally chlorine free (TCF) processes. The savvy dollhouse cardboard cover is screen printed by hand with water based inks.

+ Dollhouse Book $35.00

+ Rock & Pebble

 

Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

by 09/09/14   filed under: health & body, prenatal

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New research out of Oregon State University (OSU) shows that moms who live in greener neighborhoods may have better birth outcomes. The OSU researchers, who also worked on this study with researchers at the University of British Columbia, found that mothers living in neighborhoods with plenty of grass, trees or other green vegetation (collectively known as “green spaces”) were more likely to deliver at full term and have babies born with higher birth weights, as compared to mothers who lived in predominantly less green, urban areas. Amazingly, these new findings held up even when results were adjusted for factors such as neighborhood income, exposure to air pollution, noise, and neighborhood walkability, which goes to show you just how important green spaces are for healthy humans. Perry Hystad, an environmental epidemiologist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State and lead author of the study was surprised by the study, noting, “We expected the association between greenness and birth outcomes to disappear once we accounted for other environmental exposures such as air pollution and noise. The research really suggests that greenness affects birth outcomes in other ways, such as psychologically or socially.”

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Artist Transforms Her Two-Year Old's Sketches into Fantastical Watercolor Paintings

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Limited Edition Go Big gPants and Legwarmers Have Sporty Retro Flair

by 09/08/14   filed under: green diapers

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If you like old-school style, you’ll love gDiapers’ new limited edition Go Big gPants and legwarmers. The adorable retro surfer-inspired gPants are perfect for fun in the sun or anytime and coordinate perfectly with the hyper cute rainbow legwarmers. Like all gPants, Go Big cotton reusable gPants are designed to let baby’s skin breathe, while the gDiapers disposable inserts are Cradle To Cradle Certified (cm) Silver, flushable and break down in home compost (wet ones only). Go Big gPants come with one waterproof pouch that snaps in and out for added convenience and less laundry, and they come in sizes from newborn to extra large to fit your child perfectly. The Go Big legwarmers are produced by BabyLegs, exclusively for gDiapers and keep little legs warm. You can pull ‘em up high on chilly mornings than scrunch ‘em down low as the sun rises high. Get your hands on both the Go Big gPants and legwarmers before these sporty vertical striped goodies sell out.

+ Go Big gPants $21.99

+ Go Big Legwarmers $12.99

+ gDiapers

 

Help Eco Conscious Kids Clothing Line Kallio Open a Retail & Design Studio in Brooklyn

by 09/08/14   filed under: eco baby clothing, eco toddler, green kids, kids clothing

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Last summer we introduced you to Kallio vintage kids clothing designer Karina Kallio — connoisseur of upcycling pre-loved men’s shirts into one-of-a-kind frocks for babies and tots. With over two-years of success and a proliferating clientele, the Brooklyn-based company hopes to open an all-inclusive brick and mortar design studio, designer pop-up shop and workSHOP-in-one. To realize the space that will serve as a hub for design, community and stylish kiddie apparel, Kallio is raising funds to transform a tattered shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn into a suitable haven for creativity to ignite. Click through to see Kallio’s Kickstarter Campaign in action and find out how you can play a part in helping the company reach its goal!

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See a Georgia Family's Stunning Transformation of an Old Tool Shed into a Multipurpose Playhouse

See a Georgia Family's Stunning Transformation of an Old Tool Shed into a Multipurpose Playhouse

TweetEmail Joni recalls that her father built a playhouse from scratch for herself and her sister when they were young, so she knew what special memories of childhood they…

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Bloom's Retro Crib is Mid-Century Modern Design Inspired

Bloom's Retro Crib is Mid-Century Modern Design Inspired

TweetEmailThis beautiful solid wood Retro crib by Bloom is inspired by mid-century modern design, boasting unique curvatures and rounded elements. Eco-friendly touches like NO…

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This Cardboard Play Castle Kingdom Has Enough Space for Multiple Kids to Reign!

This Cardboard Play Castle Kingdom Has Enough Space for Multiple Kids to Reign!

Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all kings and queens! This lovely little castle is a super fun playhouse for a whole kingdom of kiddos with plenty of play space for multiple kids, including…

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"Falling Fruit" Online Map Directs You to Fruit Trees You Can Forage in Your Neighborhood!

"Falling Fruit" Online Map Directs You to Fruit Trees You Can Forage in Your Neighborhood!

TweetEmail Are you starting to get a little low on the idea-o-meter for end of summer vacation activities for the kids? Well, with harvest season at full throttle, this…

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HOW TO: Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Using Chickpeas (Really!)

HOW TO: Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Using Chickpeas (Really!)

1. Gather the ingredients. 1 16oz can cooked chickpeas, drained and well-rinsed 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut sugar 4 Tbsp nut butter (I used a combo of almond and…

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15 Terrifically Creative Button Crafts for Kids

15 Terrifically Creative Button Crafts for Kids

TweetEmailButton 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,…

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Are Pepperidge Farm's Pink Princess Goldfish Crackers Sexist?

Are Pepperidge Farm's Pink Princess Goldfish Crackers Sexist?

In 2012, Reel Girl wrote about the glaring gender inequalities featured on Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cracker packaging. Cut to present-day, and now Reel Girl notes that Pepperidge Farm…

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SPONSORED: CVS Health Makes a New Promise for Your Health

SPONSORED: CVS Health Makes a New Promise for Your Health

Brought to you by CVS Health What’s the one wish people wish above all others? Find out how CVS Health helps make those wishes come true. CVS Health is proving it’s not just a…

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HOW TO: Make Organic Apple Cider Served In Apple Cups

HOW TO: Make Organic Apple Cider Served In Apple Cups

TweetEmail Apple Cider In Apple Cups Ingredients & Tools variety of organic apples (10 apples will yield about 32 oz of cider) apple corer fruit peeler pumpkin carving…

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HOW TO: Make a Recycled Rain Stick and Baby Rattle

HOW TO: Make a Recycled Rain Stick and Baby Rattle

1. Gather your supplies. A cardboard tube (paper towel roll, wrapping paper core, shipping tube) Aluminum foil Rice and/or dry beans (approximately ¼-½ cup) Duct tape Items for…

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