Eco Parenting
Explores the myriad issues facing eco-conscious parents in today's world—from choosing children's food and clothing to teaching them environmental responsibility.
DIY Birdfeeder: An Eco-Ninja Project for Kids
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Pinecone Bird Feeder by spierzchalaI love to do environmental projects around my neighborhood to better it. And I always try to make them into fun and educational activities that include all of the children in the family. In this regard, I’ve devised an ongoing ritual known to many as “Eco Ninja.” These are stealth projects that are undertaken by only the bravest and craftiest among us… usually the children. They’re fearless. Being small and quick doesn't hurt either. Read on…

 
Growing Plants from Seeds—A Fun Way for Kids to Learn About the Earth
Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:00  |  Written by Dawn Marshallsay | Blog Entry

Boy Watering Plants photo by whgradAs a child, I used to plant everything from pepper seeds to ash keys (winged seeds from ash trees) in pots in the disused greenhouse at the end of our garden. I’d water them every day, waiting for the thrill of spotting the first green shoots pushing up through the soil. Any failures were part of the experimentation—the unpredictability fascinated me. Do children have the time, space and patience to plant seeds in the technological age? If we want future generations to care about the environment and look after it, we must involve them in its creation. Read on…

 
Babies Go Diaper-Free With 'Elimination Communication'
Friday, 13 July 2012 10:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Diaperless Baby vintage photo by Beverly Kahuna “What's the deal with this potty training before she is even one?”

A dear friend of mine responded with this question when I emailed her pictures of my daughter, Asa. Included in the set were shots of her sitting on the potty reading a book. I figured people would comment on Asa reading, not on the fact that she was using a potty at what I’ve since learned is a controversial age for potty training in the United States.

Before my daughter was born, I decided without question that I would use cloth diapers. I believed it was the environmentally responsible choice, and being well aware of the toxic lifespan of the disposable diaper, I went ahead and stocked up on cotton pre-folds and Velcro diaper covers that I would wash at home myself. Read on…

 
'Take Me to the Box of Bugs!'—On Children, Composting and the Future of the Planet
Sunday, 01 July 2012 00:00  |  Written by Rick Theis | Blog Entry

Compost Heap photo by Alan LevineOne summer afternoon, when my nephew Michael was 3 or 4, he came for a visit. We were going to camp out in the backyard that night, but had made no plans for earlier in the day.

I lived in a huge house with a mini TV studio, office, organic vegetable garden, flower garden, an attic full of stuff left by the previous owner, as well as piano, cat, old silent films, antique car, oil paints and canvases, etc., so there was plenty of fun to be had. When he arrived, I reminded him that he'd been there before and knew most of the options. "So, what do you want to do?," I asked. Read on…

 
Environmentally Friendly Baby-Shower Gifts for the Green Mother-to-Be
Friday, 01 June 2012 10:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Baby on Patemm Pad photo by Jessica DallasOne of my favorite things to do is incorporate old and new into baby shower gifts. I like to inspire new parents with existing green products that are on the market (new) while at the same time tucking in some of my favorite homemade baby-food recipes. I also tend to add something into the package that’s for mom and dad exclusively to chronicle their birth journey. Read on…

 
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Eco Tip

Stop requesting ATM receipts. Why destroy trees and add to the ATM tumbleweeds blowing around bank machines? Instead, check your balance on screen and write down that number and your withdrawal amount. More tips...

Eco Quote

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. — Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732  More quotes...