"Gentle on your family. Gentle on the earth." That's the motto at Kai Kids, an online store that carries nothing but environmentally friendly, fairly traded baby and maternity products, from bedding and toys to skincare and clothes. Looking for a one-stop eco-shop? This might just be it.
One of the things we love about Kai Kids is that, in addition to the usual product information, they also clearly state where each item is manufactured and remind you that every item is sweatshop-free.
A roundup of some of our favorites...
We're big believers in swaddling. Our kids are past swaddling age now, but if they weren't, we'd be tempted by the Bamboosa Newborn Swaddle Blanket ($23.99). Made of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, each cable-knit blanket is soft, lightweight, and just stretchy enough to let you get a nice snug swaddle.
Plastic seems to abound in children's mealtime goods. If you want to give it a miss, bamboo is a lightweight, durable, sustainable alternative. We like the Bambu Baby Fork & Spoon Set ($14.99 for a set of two forks and two spoons). It purports to be "stronger than wood, heat and stain resistant, and won't absorb flavours." If you want to complete the look, these Mini Me Bamboo Bowls ($17.99) are suitable for hot and cold foods.
When you start looking into re-usable bum wipes, you know you're getting serious about going green. Treat these cotton bum wipes by Bare Organic ($12 for a pack of six) the same way you do dirty cloth diapers: soak them in the diaper pail and wash every few days.
We love all-in-one skincare products, and if the product is also reportedly effective even on eczema, we're definitely intrigued. Bare Organic All-in-One Cleanser ($12.99) is a blend of liquid castile soap, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, olive oil, jojoba oil, rosemary extract, and aloe vera. According to the website, you can even use it to wash your dishes. Now there's a bathtime project for the kiddos.
All we have to hear is the word "bonbon" and we're 90% sold. Each organic cotton Teething Bonbon ($11.99 each) from Dress Me Up is "made from certified organic cotton flannel, sweetly stitched with delicious colours, stuffed with clean, carded wool and finished off with two knots." To use, soak the knotted ends in water and freeze until needed.
What's not to love about this set of Bok handmade wooden blocks ($52 for a set of 12)? They're handmade by an artist/mom... check. They're made of reclaimed wood... also check. Their generous dimensions and beautiful designs make them fun for all ages... triple check!
We tend to be minimalists when it comes to diaper bags, which is why the Purse-nickity Hipster Eco-bag ($45) is so appealing. Its sleek proportions make it just right for a couple of diapers, some wipes, and your own small sundries. Made from rescued upholstery remnants and discarded fabric samples, each bag is unique. (More colors are available.)
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