It can be so hard for parents to keep on top of all the harmful chemicals in our kids’ products.
It sometimes feel we need to have a PhD in chemistry to be able to understand the contents of the everyday products in our homes.
To help narrow it down, here is my list of top 5 “bad guys” often lurking in our kids’ rooms
Polyester is made from petrochemical phthalates that attacks hormones. It mimics the female hormone estrogen, and exposure to phthalates has been linked to low fertility in men, early onset of...
I was honoured to have been asked to present at EcoParent Magazine’s EcoParent Village at the Green Living Show in Toronto this past April. The panel “Greening Your Nursery and Playroom” was organized by Green Moms Collective, a fantastic new resource and community for green-minded moms in Toronto and beyond.
Sara Vartanian, Green Moms Collective:
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your business and what you believe is important about creating a Green Nursery and Playroom for children.
Shelley Smith, Dream...
The ins and outs of a “green” birthday party.
For my daughter Jade’s fifth birthday I tried my best at doing her birthday a bit more “green”.
To me that meant trying to produce less waste, and use less plastic, junky stuff.
While there were a few misses along the way, here are some tips for a fantastic birthday party with an added eco-friendly (mostly) element.
There’s no place like home
Initially I proposed going out somewhere for Jade’s birthday party. The thought of not having to clean...
Earth Day weekend and there’s no better place to celebrate it then a day at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. It was their Earth Mudder weekend with lots of fun stuff on for the kids, hikes, bike workshops, guided hikes, etc.
We hit Chimney Court, the hands-on kid zone for some serious get your hands dirty fun.
Zoe loved all the fun buildings to explore. I think the yurt was her favourite.
Or maybe the clay house with the cool round windows.
There must be something about these round windows that...
While rummaging through my older daughter’s closet in prep for our trip to Mexico (more on this trip later), I realized that about 90% of her clothes are either hand-me downs or second-hand. And she’s a pretty styling kid. And her little sister gets the benefit of all these amazing hand-me-downs.
Here’s the thing – I love cute clothes on my kids. Who doesn’t? Who says I can’t love fashion AND be green? Not me.
Here are some tips for being eco-minded while keeping your kids in fun, cute clothes.
I’m making a list, I’m checking it twice. I want to find gifts that are eco-friendly, locally-made, experiential, and nice. Eco-Santa is coming to town.
It can be really hard to be eco-friendly at Christmas time with all the glittery temptations out there. But once you look beyond the plastic, and make a little effort, it can be a green world.
Here are my tips for a green Christmas.
Say “No!” to plastic toys
I do this by avoiding mainstream toy stores altogether. I mean forget about the big box ones (I have, long ago, and will...
This time of year means one thing for folks like me that love all things local and handmade: the One of a Kind Christmas Show in Toronto.
I’m planning on skipping all big box stores this xmas so this one-stop-shop makes life easy. It’s great to not have to check labels (too closely) because everything is Made in Canada or the USA. And it’s all handmade by artisans, so that means no sweatshops.
I loaded up on all kinds of yummy things to make food baskets for my brothers. Creams and pretty smelling things for my mom. And...
Yes, it’s true, I can be pretty stubborn.
You see, I could have gone an easier route and had Dream Child duvet covers made in China. But it seems everything is made in China these days. How would I know they weren’t made in a sweatshop?
No, I wanted to do things differently – to make sure that the entire production cycle is sustainable and socially and environmentally responsible.
A friend of mine put me in touch with Sistering. She had hired Sistering for the creation of her baby playmats called Shniggles. Our own Shniggle had...
First, it’s really hard to find organic cotton duvet covers for kids.
It shouldn’t be so hard. It’s relatively easy to find organic baby bedding: crib sheets and blankets aplenty. But it’s a different story for our growing kids.
Lots of parents demand organic cotton for our babies. Shouldn’t we also demand toxin-free cotton in the bedding of our growing kids? I mean what – now that they are toddlers (and beyond) it is ok for them to absorb all the nasty stuff in conventional cotton?
This is NOT OK for my kid.
I’ve been there, wondering about organic cotton options. Does it really matter if I buy organic cotton?
Here are three good reasons to choose organic cotton for your kids’ bedding.
First, organic cotton is grown without the really nasty chemicals that are used in conventional cotton. Second, the production process doesn’t destroy the soil and pollute water. Last, organic cotton just feels SO GOOD.
The full scoop on organic cotton vs. the conventional stuff …
Conventional cotton growers use a large amount of pesticides...