Written by Raquel
Welcome to the new year and the very first Green Guide for the year – we hope you find some inspiration among our first round-up of eco-friendly picks!
The Green Guide is published on the second Friday of each month. Read previous ‘The Green Guide’ posts here.
- Yes. This set from NZ label, Broken Tricycle, is chock full of loveliness. And yes, you probably were going to nab it even before you learned about the gorgeously soft organic cotton it’s made from. Or how 100% of profits from the tee and leggings gift box—size 00, 3 & 6 months—will be donated to Oxfam in support of the East African famine appeal. Now that you know all that, go ahead and get it here.
- Books are awesome. So is this organic Parachute Library Bag from local label Apple & Bee. Surely the two are a perfect team for inspiring little readers when the new school year kicks off.
- Aww, littlies will have a real hoot with this nifty kids’ lunch box – Woddlers PVC free sandwich keeper boasts an insulated interior, name tag, carry handle and six different embroidered pals to tickle the kidlet’s fancy.
- US label Finn + Emma make fun stuff. Really. Super. Cute. Handmade, organic cotton, fair trade, fun stuff. A whole, wonderful caboodle of goodness awaits at their store, where you’ll come over all mushy for their adorable Cat Booties and Doll Blankies, and other goodies—clothes, bedding—to go mushy for.
- This Cargo Snack Box is for kids on the go. Kids will dig it ’cause it has a handle for toting and neat little compartments for all their yummy snacks. The big people who put their lunches together will love it ’cause it’s BPA free and there’s no need to waste money on plastic baggies, which also happens to be a pretty good thing for the planet.
- Move over Bart, it’s time to make way for something altogether cooler in the daks department—in more ways than one. You see, Thunderpant’s Boys Tank & Underpants are not only rocking some pretty ace graphics, they’re also made from skin friendly, super breathable organic cotton.
- What are clothes good for? Well, just take a gander at this multi-tasking organic Monkey Bridge Tee. You see, it’s not just a tee to make the kiddo look good—though it does that very well—but a social initiative to teach consumers about climate change whilst providing educational support to the very children whose art features on each design – all of which makes this one garment worth getting dressed for.
- Darling is a sweet word. One that should be reserved for especially sweet things. Like these darling baby shoes. See how pretty they are? And how a later shoe obsession could very possibly be traced all the way back to those very first steps .. made in a pair of pretty, handmade booties? South Californian eco designers, bink & boo, hunt and gather super sunny vintage fabrics and repurpose them into shoes, bibs and pants for nippers and—in a fabulously pleasing discovery—these retro-cool clutch purses for bigger gals.
- Good design ought to be useful. It’s also very nice if it happens to be fun. Like this Fairy Wet Pack Bag from Ellen G. Waterproofed with chlorine-free PVC alternative, EVA, there’s multiple uses for a canvas handy pack such as this; the fact that it’s a cute as can be—not dull or too grown up—just adds that bit of extra sweetness to its utility.
- We can all agree that heads look far better on the animal, however, if you do fancy adding something wild—and altogether more whimsical than a hunting trophy—to walls, then these cruelty free animal heads from Dwell Studio are just the ticket. Handmade by a non-profit Haitian organisation from repurposed cement bags and vintage French book pages, the colourful tribute to our four legged friends makes a mighty fine décor addition.