Kids

Green Your Halloween!

2018 Doherty Family Halloween

2018 Doherty Family Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Not only is it fun to hear about your kid’s costume ideas and to watch halloween movie marathons, but I see it as the beginning of the holiday season and cooler weather!

But with most holidays comes some additional waste, so I wanted to put together a few tips to reduce some of the extra plastic waste this All Hallow’s Eve.

Halloween Candy

It is sad to say, but the days of making your own treats for trick or treaters is gone. With nut allergies and creepy people with bad intentions, a lot of parents don’t trust a non-packaged candy for their children. The good news is that there is a variety of candy wrapped in paper and cardboard out there for a less toxic and more widely-recyclable alternative to plastic candy wrappers. Here are a few that I’ve thought of.

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Please comment with any others you can think of!

Costumes

There are several options for getting the perfect Halloween costume that are better than buying new costumes every year. Halloween costumes are primarily made of plastic-based materials and often get worn once before ending up in a landfill! Let’s think of other options…

Buy Used or Shop Vintage

This year I have been all about Poshmark for our Halloween costumes! Wil is going to be a vampire, Joseph a fire truck and Isabel a little lamb… all from Poshmark! There are also many Facebook groups with great pre-loved costumes. Going to a vintage or thrift store and creating your own costume from cool finds makes for an awesome and unique costume!

Sewing Your Own

For the crafty people out there (not me!). I have serious respect for those who can get materials and sew together a cool Halloween outfit for their kids. I would really love to be able to sew together costumes with more natural and breathable fabrics for my children. In Houston especially, I feel like my kids are dripping sweat inside of these polyester nightmare of costumes! Ce’st la Vie (I guess) & Tis the Season!

Most importantly, have a wonderful, fun, and safe Halloween!

xo, Amy

One more throwback… our first Halloween with Wil!

One more throwback… our first Halloween with Wil!

 
 

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Back to School: Sustainable Clothing

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Here we go… finally part 2 to my back to school posts. I apologize for the delay. Things have been busy and crazy to say the least with a cross-country move and two vacations in 3 weeks. We finally got all of our furniture and boxes back into our house in Houston. Boy does it feel good to be home and settled! We broke up our time in Houston during the month of August with two trips to California: one to Lake Tahoe with the kids and one to Los Angeles just me and my husband. David didn’t start work until September so we took advantage of his rare time off and escaped the Houston heat while we could.

School has finally started for all of our Kids. I am so looking forward to the fall and the fun festivities (and clothing styles) that accompany it.

WHAT YOU BUY MATTERS The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. It uses more water than any other, apart from agriculture, and is responsible for the unfair working conditions of millions of people. With that knowledge, what I look for in sustainable clothing brands are organic materials (nothing plastic-based), ethical production and superior quality. When shopping, I try and first find things second hand via Facebook groups, Poshmark, or local resell shops. I have also found some super cute brands that prioritize sustainability. Take a look at some of my favorite sustainable children’s clothing lines!

Art & Eden

Art & Eden clothing is made with sustainable fabrics - organic cotton and up-cycled or recycled polyester that is certified by Global Organic Textile Standard. They use low impact dyes and recycled, up-cycled or biodegradable packaging. They strive for a cradle to cradle operation, where what they make can be re-used, recycled or can decompose. Read more about their sustainability here

Soor Ploom

Soory Ploom consciously makes an effort to reduce their ecological footprint in everything they do. Their fabrics are dyed using low-impact dyes. Their garments come bulk packaged from their factories. Shipping materials are 100% paper and recyclable, they also recycle their unused fabric scraps with FabScrap. They strive to cultivate an appreciate for quality over quantity, live in a world where less is more, and teach our children that slow fashion is more sustainable.

Bobo Choses

Bobo Choses believes that at a time when environmental protection is no longer an option, but rather the key to our future, sharing this commitment with our children becomes an obligation. They are a Spanish brand that replaces conventional materials with sustainable ones like organic cotton and recycled polyester… plus its super cute!! Read more about their sustainability here

Mini Rodini

Mini Rodini is born and raised with the vision to make clothes that children love to wear, without compromising social and environmental aspects of the production. Mini Rodini carries one of the most sustainable ranges on the market – their collections include over 99 % products made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Modal®. They also have a selection of upcycled products where they reuse leftover fabric from earlier collections. Read more about their sustainability here

Thanks for checking this out! I am excited for Fall and hopefully some cooler weather soon!

Amy


Other Sustainable Stores & Sites I Love

Mabo

Misha & Puff

Millk

Patagonia

Vivo Barefoot

Back To School: Sustainable Accessories

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It is hard to believe that the time to start planning for our kids to go back to school is here. Along with the school-required shopping list, a lot of us are also thinking about what lunch box, backpack, snack containers, water bottles, and clothing items will be best for our kids’ return to school.

While using what you already have is the first priority, we are always researching the most sustainable options out there for purchase. To cut down on the length of the post, we are doing back-to-school as a multi-part series. Here, we are focusing on backpacks and lunchboxes and have rounded up our favorites here!

Backpacks

Fjall Raven

With the Swedish mantra in mind, “Straight backs are happy backs,” Fjällräven created the first Kånken in 1978 to spare the backs of school children, as back problems had begun to appear in increasingly younger age groups. Fjall Raven also considers sustainability from its design and materials to its production. These bags are intended to stand the test of time. Their designs are simple but come in a wide variety of colors. I made the mistake of asking Wil which color he wanted, so he might be sporting a black backpack this year (sigh!). I am hoping that adding a few colorful patches will liven it up!

*They are currently having issues with counterfeit bags so only purchase through their website or a certified retailer (a list of these is available on their website).

SHOP FJALL RAVEN KANKEN BACKPACKS HERE

Parkland

Parkland has the cutest, most vibrant prints! They carry many different sizes of backpacks, lunch sacks and even fanny packs! The exterior fabric of all Parkland products is made from 100% recycled water bottles. The vegan leather diamonds on their bags are made from apples. The recycled polyester they use is supplied by a partner in Shanghai, China, who is a global leader in producing recycled fabric. They are committed to ensuring our factories follow international standards regarding labor, wages and safety practices. They believe in being very hands-on with our manufacturing process and work very closely with our factories.

SHOP PARKLAND HERE

Lunch Boxes

For lunchboxes, the most sustainable options are ones that have promote the least amount of packaging inside. Here are a few of our favorite reusable snack bins, lunch boxes and bento boxes… all fabulously green options!

Planet Box

We love PlanetBox for our kids because of their simplicity for both the kids and for Mama (the one who packs lunch). With three kids, its so nice to already have the containers built into the lunchbox so I don’t have to worry about what is washed and what isn’t. As a former preschool teacher, I can also attest to it being nice to open only one item versus multiple containers or snack packages. Don’t even get me started on Gogurt Packs or those Danimals drinks that would both inevitably spill all over my hands (or even my clothes) when helping the students with their lunches!

We decided to get the Rover version for its many compartments but they also have two other sizes depending on what your child prefers. They are all very durable and dishwasher safe! I purchased the accompanying lunchbox to solve the problems of where I would put the silverware, napkin and drink! They have so many cute options!

SHOP PLANETBOX HERE

ECOlunchbox

Another favorite! The lunch bins are probably better for older kids lunches but the snack bins are perfect for any kid or adult’s snack time. If I packed a lunch, it would be in one of these since I am not going to carry a lunchbox around, and it would fit nicely in a purse or backpack. I often carry one of these out to dinner for takeout!

SHOP ECOLUNCHBOX HERE

Getting ready to go back to school is such an exciting time. I miss the routine that school provides as a parent and seeing my child meet new friends and learn new things warms my heart. This year, I am especially excited since we will be returning home to Houston from a year away in North Carolina. The kids will meet the children they will become lifelong friends with! My husband grew up in Houston and we still regularly hang out with the friends he met in preschool and elementary school!

Happy Back to School!

x, Amy