Fashion Friday: Earth Day Shines a Light on Eco-Friendly Baby Essentials

 

Birthdays, Mother’s Day, National Grilled Cheese Day—there are days on the calendar designated to celebrate special events, people and comforts. Monday, April 22, 2013 is no exception, as we mark the 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day. You and your baby can get an early start with eco-friendly apparel, gear and toys that you will want to use 365 days a year. And with designs as cool as these, you might even find a solution to global warming. By Angela Velasquez

 

 

OrganicClothing

BabyLegs Chromatic socks, Hanna Andersson pajamas, Kee Ka Organic yoga pants

Inside the Closet

The stats: Organic cotton is cotton cultivated from seeds that are not genetically modified and have grown without pesticides.

The benefits: Organic cotton doesn’t require as many harsh chemical treatments and pesticides as conventionally produced cotton, meaning your baby’s precious skin will less likely be exposed to harmful synthetic fertilizers, bleaching, artificial dyes and softeners. The au natural fabric also makes garments perfect hand-me-downs as it is less likely to break down as fast as regular cotton—helping you make the most of your earned green—and cutting down on waste.

The look: Gone are the days when the word “organic” meant baby one-pieces in sobering shades of oatmeal. From greens as bright as grass to blues as clear as skies, advancements in organic apparel have introduces a kaleidoscope of colors and prints to the category.

 *Go green tip: Use natural laundry detergent to scrub babies’ clothes clean. Detergents from The Honest Company and GreenShield Organic use ingredients that don’t irritate skin but guard color and rinse as thoroughly as standard detergents.

Eco on the go

Moby organic cotton wrap, Bummis organic wet bag, Fleurville diaper bag

 

Eco On the Go

The stats: Going green is a lifestyle and thanks to baby gear manufacturers incorporating more eco-friendly materials, moms can channel their inner Mother Nature.

The benefits: From blankets to carriers, babies are bundled in fabric from the moment they are born. Organic cotton wraps and swaddling blankets offer the same perks of organic apparel, while diaper bags made with natural cotton canvas and even from recycled plastic bottles let parents walk the eco talk and create good (green) habits for their family.

The look: Modern geo prints and chic, wardrobe-friendly slate and chocolate hues result in looks that say “cool mama”— and that’s a good thing!

 

Play Safe

HaPe racecar, Zoë B Organic beach toys, Yellow Label Kids rattles

The stats: Wood toys are classic, but toys made with bamboo wood—which grows in three years—offers sustainability and a blank canvas for water-based, non-toxic paints. Other materials, including organic knits, natural rubber and plastic made from corn (yes, corn!) keep kids connected to nature.

 The benefits: Toys are bound for baby’s mouth—and the landfill as soon as they outgrow the fun. Natural materials and non-toxic paints and glues make the toy box safer. Plus, organic toys are more likely to have a timeless design and be passed on to other siblings and family members, making the trinkets instant heirlooms.

The look: The most eye-catching organic toys take cues from the sleek, Scandinavian-inspired designs that nurture children’s imaginations and stay relevant with bold colors and whimsical touches.

*Go green tip: Hypoallergenic Natural Nursery & Toy Cleaner by Seventh Generation cleans plastic, painted and wood toys and removes odors.

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

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