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Toys, Crafts & Meal Time | Eco-Friendly Products for a Growing Family

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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It’s safe to say, as a parent, you want your kids to have it better than you did growing up. Being a 90s kid, I’m sure my toys were full of nasty things. Plus, we didn’t really think about the plastic, and its impact on the planet. I’m not saying Elliott doesn’t have some plastic toys, but I do try to look out for the toys (& everything he uses throughout the day) which tread a little more lightly on the earth and don’t negatively impact his health.

What I love about EarthHero is they offer an eco-alternative for pretty much anything you need for your kiddo. From dining to school supplies, you will feel confident your purchase is safe for both your little one and the planet.

What Elliott’s Using:

Silicone Mini Bowl by EZPZ: Elliott is starting to feed himself entirely.. doesn’t want my help.. tear.. and I don't have to worry about this bowl flying across the room and breaking. It is made from 100% food-grade silicone that is naturally unbreakable and toxin-free, and suctions to the table to avoid those tip overs. Not saying he hasn’t figured out how to pick the entire thing up and make a mess, but it sure beats other plates and bowls we’ve tried in the past! I’ll definitely be adding more of their products to my wish list.

Beeswax Crayon Sticks by eco-kids: This product is great because Elliott loves to color, but he also likes to dabble in the occasional taste of crayon. While I try to keep up with his habit of putting things in his mouth, at least I don't have to be too concerned with natural wax and mineral pigments. Their colors are beautiful, too. Elliott always goes for that blue one!

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7 Organic and Sustainable Bath Towels for an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

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Under the Canopy

This brand has a strong commitment to a cleaner planet and home goods industry. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model. All products are made ethically with eco-minded materials. hey want everyone included in the movement towards conscious consumerism. Therefore, their products are affordable, accessible & {of course} attractive.

LakeShore Dry Goods

You know a product is a keeper when you aren’t in your own home and miss it. That’s how I am with these towels. I have one at my grandparents where I frequent often because I can’t wash my hair and not have one on hand. I LOVE these towels, and even carry one in my car & handbag for those ‘just in case’ days. Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton with low impact dyes, and washes very well.

Living Fresh

I’ve always thought this brand had a beautiful looking towel! Living Fresh has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality textile industry. Their towels are made with TENCEL™+Plus Lyocell derived from eucalyptus and other botanicals, blended with cotton for a silky smooth, soothing sensation. These fibers are able to absorb more moisture and dry faster than others, and they get softer with each wash.

Grund America

From washcloths to bath mats, these organic essentials are GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified. I’ve been using their 3 Piece Organic Cotton Towel Set in Sage, and love how soft & absorbent they are. I’m going to be snagging one of their bath mats in the future!

SOL Organics

I love my SOL bed sheets so I’m sure their GOTS certified towels are just as wonderful! Like their name, they look quite plush and cozy. SOL Organics live up to these four features: sustainable, organic, fair & transparent. Along with their organic cotton, they also use low-impact dyes!

made trade

One of my favorite online stores for home goods has several different sustainable bath towels from you to choose from. Made Trade carries brands like Coyuchi, Minna and Anatoli. Plus, they make sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product so you know exactly what category it falls under.

ten thousand villages

Okay, maybe this isn’t a towel but these beautiful robes sure do add something special to your eco bathroom. This particular robe is block-printed by Aravali, which is a for-profit company supporting around 150 artisans in the Jaipur area. Block printing has to be one of the most interesting ways of creating design on fabric because it is rather labor intensive and requires great skill!

7 Tips on How to Avoid Microplastics When Washing Your Clothes

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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They say there are more microplastics in the ocean than stars in our sky. Today, there are over 51 trillion microplastic particles polluting our waterways.

While we can’t completely avoid contributing to this number, I do have a few tricks I use when washing my synthetic clothing at home.

So wait, what are microplastics?

Much of your clothing is made up of synthetic fibers. These fibers are essentially made of plastic, and when washed, they can break down to form tiny microfibers which make their way back into the water (& in turn, in the stomachs of animals and even our own drinking water). Of course, microplastics can come from all different sources, like cosmetics, car tires, large sheets of plastic debris.. the list goes on.

Since most of us do laundry - even more so as a parent - I thought this post would be rather helpful!

Wash on Cold

Heat is not good for fabrics. It can easily damage the threads, which then split and release microfibers.

Fill It Up

There is less friction when the entire wash machine is full, so less fibers are likely to break off.

Use a Cora Ball

This little contraption is just the coolest ever. I got this from EarthHero & I highly suggest you trying one out for yourself. You can use my code natalie10 for 10% off. Made from 100% recycled plastic (which is also recyclable), the Cora Ball works by trapping and securing threads in its "spindles" that can be easily cleaned as microfibers collect. They start to look like lent after several washes. Pull them off and throw them in the trash.

Use Liquid Detergent

Powder detergents act as scrubs, and can scrub off fibers.

Hang Dry or Dry on Low

Of course, hang drying would be the best option, but if you live in a small space, that can be difficult to do with every load. The low setting helps lessen the friction between clothes.

Wash Less

I think this is a no brainer, and maybe too obvious to mention. However, I can be quick to throw something in the hamper which could probably be worn a few more times.

Buy Natural Fibers

Clothing made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, hemp and wool, aren’t going to shed microplastics into the wash. Check the content on the tag before purchasing. Your skin prefers these natural guys better anyway!

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You may already do a few of these anyway just to prolong your clothing, but I hope you may have learned a couple more tricks <3

Fair-Trade Totes & Pouches with Inspiring Prints Empowering Survivors of human Trafficking

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the tote project

You may remember seeing The Tote Project on the blog in my 25 Ethical Brands that Give Back post. It’s a pretty popular list, and I can’t think of a brand more deserving to be on the cover!

reasons to love the tote project

Giving Back: This is the reason Fay Grant & Michelle Chavez founded the project! Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and there are currently over 20 millions victims worldwide (a number too hard to fathom). The Tote Project donates 10% of gross profits to Two Wings to support survivors of human trafficking in the US. Plus, they partner with factories who support women survivors.

Ethically-Made: Every tote is handmade by Oasis Bags in a sustainable factory in India from fair-trade certified cotton. These factories are dedicated to empowering women in the city of Kolkata. The pouches are made by Freeset, a fair trade freedom business offering employment to women escaping West Bengal’s sex trade.

Inspiring Illustrations: It’s always difficult to pick a favorite from their collections. They have so many beautiful prints, and they seem to get sweeter with each collection. Each come complete with a inspirational tag line such as ‘free to love’.

what i’m using

Free to Grow Veggies Tote: This is my new grocery bag, and it makes for a great on-the-go shopping list ;) I love the size of their new totes. You can fit a few days worth of groceries in here. The weather hasn’t been great for our last few farmer’s markets, but I’ll be taking this sweet thing with me next time!

Free to Dream Palm Trees Pouch: It’s hard to pass any image up with palm trees. Elliott and I have been going to the beach for at least 30 minutes a day to get outdoors and dig our toes into the sand. This pouch is keeping all our little beach essentials sand-free for us :D

where to purchase

You can find the entire collection from The Tote Project - here - and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all new products & prints!

You Asked for a Skirt & MATTER has Answered, The Wrap Skirt Will be the Newest Timeless Design Added to Your Wardrobe!

FashionNatalie Kay
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The Wrap Skirt by MATTER

After wearing my two pair of MATTER pants over the last few years, I did not hesitate when I heard they added a skirt to their collection. They make such comfortable clothing, and I knew this piece would make a great addition to my closet.

If you are interested in seeing my other pieces from MATTER check here and here!

Reasons to Love The Wrap Skirt

The Fit: I’m always nervous when it comes to fit on skirts below my knee. I’m quite short (5’2’’), and that length can sometimes be tricky. However, the way this skirt wrapped around my hips with an uneven hem line, I instantly fell in love. I can see this silhouette fitting well on many different body types.

Super Comfortable & Practical: The Wrap Skirt has a 3 button closure option for more flexibility, a hidden tie closure at the knee to secure the wrap, a wrap tie closure on the side and the best, it comes complete with pockets!! It’s made from a medium weight cotton dyed by hand with azo-free dyes. The ikat fabric is completely hand loomed so no skirt is ever exactly alike. It feels so good on and it’s one of those styles you can take from work to travel. It’s both timeless and elegant!

A little more about ikat…

This particular ikat is woven by their partners in Pochampally, India. It is an artisan craft passed down from generation to generation. The tie and dye technique used is where yarns are resist dyed to create a final textile woven pattern. It’s probably one of my favorite techniques, and you can tell a lot of love and talent went into creating this textile. To date, MATTER has ordered over 14,300 meters of fabric from 3 artisan communities making up 427 individuals!

The Wrap Skirt comes in two different patterns…

Zalya Jungle & Iching Charcoal

 
 

Find MATTER’s entire collection - here -

& don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all things MATTER on Instagram!

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