Rosie & Cooey – An Eco Baby Favourite!

Times are changing. It’s becoming easier and easier to find, and love, eco-baby wear which doesn’t cost us the earth. There is a plethora and range, it’s not all extortionately priced and the quality speaks for itself. We are in love with Rosie & Cooey in our house! They are a UK online baby and kids clothing shop for 0 to 10 years, which has a beautiful hand-picked a collection of fun, colourful, funky, and ethically made children’s clothing sourced from various sustainable brands. Parents can find scores of clothes designed with style, sustainability and social responsibility at heart. Rosie & Cooey have drawn their line by choosing to only work with brands trading ethically and striving to achieve sustainable production. Their brands do this in a number of ways including using non-conventional materials that have a lower impact on both human health and the environment, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Modal®, coupled with their commitment in ethical production.

Picture above: Småfolk’s Eltern Bodysuit with Panda in soft organic cotton.

What does this mean for parents concerned about their babywear? Well, take for example, Designer Småfolk who only use 100% organic cotton and have been OEKO-TEX certified for the last 9 years. Instead of throwing a lot of good clothing with small print mistakes away (a source of great waste in our industry), the brand donates these clothes to children in need. Or stocked brand CarlijnQ, who create products in an environment-friendly, sustainable, and healthy way and without the use of any hazardous chemicals. Their factories in Istanbul, Turkey only use certified organic cotton with approved dyes which are free from hazardous elements such as nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals.  Read more…

Eco and Ethical Baby Brands to be Aware Of

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It seems that our little ones are growing at the speed of light; one moment they’re toddlers and the next thing you know – it’s time for school. Due to this fact, it’s quite difficult to constantly buy replacements for the clothes they cannot fit in anymore. However, just as it’s the case with the fashion for adults, sustainability has also become very popular in the baby brands fashion world. Not only is this super important because of the materials that are used and the lack of harmful chemicals that can affect your baby’s skin, but it’s also an option that means providing only the top-quality for your children. Moreover, ethics are also a top priority. From making sure that workers have fair wages and safe working environment, to the ones who help out different charity organizations, it seems that many baby brands are making a difference. Now, what are the best eco and ethical baby brands that you need to be aware of?

Biodegradable wipes

Just like you’re taking care of the hygiene of your delicate newborn baby, you should be paying attention to the hygiene of our beautiful planet. And there is an option to do both of these tasks at the same time, as there are companies that produce biodegradable baby wipes, which is certainly an amazing option. The best on the market are the Mum & You biodegradable wipes – they are also hypoallergenic and safe for the environment. It will also help the sensitive and eczema-prone skin of your child as they are made using 100% naturally derived wipes. If you have the option of buying such wipes, why not? Buying a 12 pack will bring you 672 baby wipes, which is an amazing number. Read more…

Pink NouNou the ethical baby toy brand…meet the delightful handmade extravangaza for little ones

The best way to describe Pink Nounou? Modern and playful designs for both kids and those young at heart! The gorgeous brand offers a range of textile and paper products designed for little ones but to be admired and appreciated by the kind of parents who appreciate practical and unique pieces. Pink Nounou’s cheery little softie characters in particular present a visual delight, ones easy to become attached to! There are also a ton of eco products to discover! Designer and CEO Ana Carriço creates one-of-a-kind dolls and soft toysbibs with fairy talesbaby rattles, pillows (mini or square), art prints and so much more. I caught up with Ana, the dynamic creative genius, to discuss some of the coolest toys in our play box and find out more about this exciting brand.

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BRAND?

My name is Ana, I’m 42 years old. I LOVE to draw and travel (although I’m really afraid of flying), also I love chocolate, ice-cream & my beautiful daughter (not necessarily in this order!).

I was born in Mozambique lived in Portugal since I was 4 years old. I am currently based in Lisboa with my 10 year old daughter and my husband. I always lived by the sea which is also something I love and feel very connected to! I have a degree in Graphic Design and in these past few years I’ve been fully dedicated to my brand – PinkNounou.

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Pursuing Your Passion While Raising a Family

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It’s 2018, and it’s high time we shake things up. Women are shamed every day, for almost everything. If you’re a mom and you’re not working, you’re judged for not working. If you are a working mom, frowns are thrown around for you not being just a mom. It’s time we put a stop to all of that. Yes, women are superheroes, and we can do multiple things at once. So, if you’re a mom with a dream, a passion that’s been hiding in your heart for a long time and you’ve been reluctant to pursue it, it’s time to put your imaginary superhero cape on, and go for it. Yes, there may be challenges along the way, but you’ll work out the kinks as you go. Here are some simple tips to help you navigate those tricky first steps. 

Take a seat at the drawing board

Ok, the first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to do. Do you have a passion for fashion? Are you drawn to the idea of sustainable fashion and lifestyle? Are you an amazing cook? Perhaps you want to share your parenting advice? Hey, you might even have a way with words and want to write short stories or a novel. Is your passion in the creative sphere or elsewhere? Whatever it might be, you will need to figure out what it is before anything else. That is the first step – pinpointing exactly what it is you want to do. Read more…

A chat with Wee Gallery #EcoBaby
I had my first child this July and as anyone who follows my work knows, over the years eco-design has become more and more important to me. This summer with the arrival of a new person in my life, my search intensified. As a little background, my experience is in the field of sustainability and environmentalism – I love beautiful design which doesn’t cost (us) the earth. I wanted, and want, to find baby products (toys, clothes, toiletries, you name it) which are suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin, whilst being beautiful designed and cleverly executed with long term durability. Sustainability went without saying, as did affordability because let’s face it, having a baby is expensive. One of the brands I discovered on this journey is US company Wee Gallery, the brainchild of graphic designer Surya Sajnani and her teacher husband Dave Pinto. Founded in 2002, the duo focus on creating simple black & white graphics on children’s toys and homeware, and apparently it’s all down to the science.

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A little baby conversation with Mommy Care

I had first baby this July and anyone who follows my work knows that over the years eco-design has become more and more important to me. As a little background, my experience is in the field of sustainability and environmentalism. I have worked in the area for so long that, where possible, I became interested in putting my baby in eco items as much as possible as the benefits were so outstanding – for the little one, new mums and the environment.

Of course, on a personal level as a new mum,  the usual concerns surrounded my search. I wanted to find maternity products to help prevent stretch marks, reduce swelling, and help my body retain its shape after pregnancy (no biggie!) but finding baby products which were specifically suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin was at the top of my list too. Balancing baby costs goes without saying as affordability is at the front of mind for many new mums too. One of the brands I discovered on this journey was Mommy Care, and quickly fell in love with their Organic Calendula Diaper Cream, Soothing GelLanolin Breastfeeding Ointment and Natural Bottle & Pacifier Detergent (amongst other items). From baby wipes made from 100% natural fabric, without synthetic fibers, to facial creams made with all natural ingredients and rich with Jojoba, Shea Butter, and Calendula, there is a market for it all – you just have to do your research.

I had so many skin reactions during my pregnancy that ingredients have become the most important thing to me, beyond design or even portioning, for me this meant I would rather pay little more for a small pot of goodness. Luckily with Mommy Care, I didn’t have to make that compromise. It can be a scary and intimidating time, navigating with a baby and wanting to do what is best for him/her. What I honestly loved about this brand is that they specialises in the development and production of skin care products for expecting mothers, babies and children and makes a point of developing natural and safe products for use during the time when skin is most sensitive.

So, I had a little conversation with them about their ethos, approach and products. Enjoy!

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Organic pregnancy style with Boob!

So, even though my first trimester was pretty immobile and horrendous, I knew that as soon as I felt better I wanted to be able to work out and get into shape again. Fitness was at the top of my agenda for the new year before I even found out. Having spent 3 months in bed more or less feeling all the stages from sickness to hot flushes to fatigue resuming some form of exercise became near essential to me. On the hunt for sustainable but comfortable work-out gear and generally laid-back maternity every day wear I came across Boob! The brand caters to new mums and mums-to-be with fitness with ready to wear, day to night pieces which feel so incredible, smooth, silky and beyond comfortable. I literally forgot I was even wearing their trousers, that’s how much of a second skin they became. On more than one occasion I have had to pull myself off the bed just to remove them and change into nightwear after a tiring day. I can’t say enough about the quality of these pieces and the level of fit and comfort.

What should you expect? Organic cotton maternity clothes which are fairtrade, sustainable and eco-friendly – ranging from everyday clothes across to office and even including swimwear, ‘Boob’ has it all for minimal, easy maternity style. Think design-led comfort and unquestionable style for you before, during or after you have had your baby. Read more…