San Francisco wants to mandate that health warnings be placed on soda ads

by 06/15/15   filed under: health & body, news

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Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed first of its kind anti-soda pop legislation. The new legislation targets pro-soda pop advertising, bans soda ads, plus requires health warnings be placed on soda advertisements. The health warning posted on soda ads would read as follows:

“WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.”

Finally, the new legislation prohibits use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. In order for this proposal to officially pass, it must first pass one more vote via the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Then the proposal goes before Mayor Ed Lee, who has yet to officially comment on the ban idea. It’s unclear if Lee will sign, decline to sign or veto the legislation.

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8 ways for toddlers to venture outdoors, even on warm summer days

by 06/13/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, kids entertainment, parenting

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Kids can make their own puppets or stuffed animals with Cate and Levi's eco-friendly kits

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The long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for kids to be creative: Cate and Levi‘s make-your-own puppets or stuffed animal kits are an awesome, eco-friendly activity from a company with a conscience. Cate and Levi’s products are handmade in Toronto with materials being sourced as close as possible to the owner’s studio. The toys and puppets themselves are made from reclaimed wool, and each kit also comes with a needle and thread and instructions. Cate and Levi’s maker kits proudly support a zero-waste policy: the tube or box that the materials come in transforms into a display or a home when your child is finished. Kids can choose from a dog, monkey, unicorn, or giraffe puppet kit or a dog stuffed animal kit. These colorful, cuddly, one-of-a-kind creatures will make appearances in puppet shows, bedtime stories, and perhaps as dinner guests for years to come.

+ Make Your Own Puppets $20.00

+ Make Your Own Stuffed Animals $30.00

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Natural ways to prevent & treat bug bites and stings

by 06/12/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, how-to, kids health

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HOW TO: Make gooey & delicious vegan, gluten-free sweet potato brownies

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Solar roofs in New York City schools become part of the curriculum

by 06/12/15   filed under: education, green kids, news

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One New York City public school is paving the way for teachers to share hands-on learning opportunities with students, using beautiful green-topped roofs and a collection of solar panels. PS 41, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, has sported a green roof since 2003 and added a solar array in 2013 after years of planning and design. By next summer, 24 other New York schools will have a similar solar setup, allowing teachers to demonstrate in real life some of the lessons students are learning in the classroom.

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gDiapers will donate 50% of sales from limited edition Gentle Giants gPants to Every Mother Counts

by 06/11/15   filed under: green diapers

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To help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for every mama, gDiapers has teamed up with Every Mother Counts — a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother by supporting programs such as doula services, birth attendant training in Haiti, solar-powered health care clinics, prenatal care for low income moms and so much more. gDiaper notes that their cute mama and baby elephant print is the perfect way to showcase the special bond between mother and child, while creating more awareness about maternal health issues around the world. Best of all, gDiapers will donate a whopping 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of gentle giants gPants to this awesome organization. Get yours now before they’re gone!

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Richard Branson offers employees a year of fully paid maternity and paternity leave

by 06/11/15   filed under: green family, green maternity, news, parenting

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Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has built his empire by being a trailblazer via a variety of bold and unexpected endeavors (music, tech that benefits the environment, and space travel are among his investment interests), and he’s taking the lead on another issue that we hope more companies pay attention to and follow: parental leave. Branson cites his own experience as a father and grandfather as a huge reason behind his company’s new generous, paid parental leave policy saying, “I know how magical the first year of a child’s life is but also how much hard work it takes.” Branson’s Virgin Management group (which deals with investments and brand licensing) unveiled the new benefit which grants moms and dads up to one year of fully paid paternity or maternity leave. Only about 140 employees are reportedly able to take advantage of the 100% fully paid leave at this time, with those who have been working less than four years of service getting less paid leave proportionately. For example, those who have worked for the group for less than two years will receive pay at a rate of 25% (which is still 25% more than most companies)!

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The Brutalist Playground recreates concrete playgrounds of the 1950s in soft foam

The Brutalist Playground recreates concrete playgrounds of the 1950s in soft foam

The Brutalist Playground takes over the Architecture Gallery, creating a landscape of simplistic architectural forms that stretch from one end of the gallery to the other. Forms like…

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Why you should think twice about your child's mattress

Why you should think twice about your child's mattress

Photo by Shutterstock The chemical makeup of traditional mattresses In recent years, mattresses have usually been made with metal springs sandwiched between layers of polyurethane…

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Thousands of people visit Moscow museum to create DIY landscapes using cardboard rings

Thousands of people visit Moscow museum to create DIY landscapes using cardboard rings

The Rotterdam-based Collective Paper Aesthetics employs recyclable and easy to use cardboard as inspiration for sculptural projects, DIY activities and other design feats. Sponsored by…

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Hundreds protest against the circumcision of 4 year-old Chase, scheduled for this Thursday

Hundreds protest against the circumcision of 4 year-old Chase, scheduled for this Thursday

We previously reported that a young boy’s mother was forced by a Florida judge to consent to her son’s circumcision against her will. Public outcry in defense of the boy,…

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Detergents linked to genital defects in babies

Detergents linked to genital defects in babies

Need another reason to drop chemical detergents and pesticides from your list of household products? Pregnant women who are exposed to a wide range of solvents, pesticides and…

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Awesome dad designs & builds wheelchair-accessible swing for his daughter who has spinal muscular atrophy

Awesome dad designs & builds wheelchair-accessible swing for his daughter who has spinal muscular atrophy

Ryan Nelson, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and dad from Alabama recently completed a DIY construction project that definitely puts him into the running for father of the year.…

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100 year-old chalkboard drawings hidden in the walls of an Oklahoma school illustrate lessons from yesteryear

100 year-old chalkboard drawings hidden in the walls of an Oklahoma school illustrate lessons from yesteryear

Emerson High School in Oklahoma City is the home of this interesting history lesson. The school district ordered the chalkboards be removed to make way for the installation of…

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Messy play ideas for babies that will encourage their love of discovery & exploration

Messy play ideas for babies that will encourage their love of discovery & exploration

We love messy play in our house and you know what, it doesn’t have to be that messy – don’t picture carpet cleaning bills and hours of scrubbing. Messy play offers children the…

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Handprint of 8 year-old boy reveals beautiful flourishes of bacteria and fungi

Handprint of 8 year-old boy reveals beautiful flourishes of bacteria and fungi

Beautifully terrifying, the handprint of Tasha Sturm’s eight year-old son is making waves around the microbe world. Sturm captured the swirls of bacteria and microorganisms on her…

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Kids can have their very own Star Wars droid 'BB-8' come this Christmas

Kids can have their very own Star Wars droid 'BB-8' come this Christmas

Move over, R2D2 and C-3PO, there’s a new droid in town! We’re all for sharing Inhabitots news with your kids, but you might want to keep this information about the BB-8…

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