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.
Avocados: Nature’s Perfect Food for Baby, Mom and… You
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Avocados photo by Nate SteinerAvocados are celebrated by raw-foodists the world over. Their bumpy green exterior disguises an internal delight that—once “cracked open”—is the fruit equivalent of butter… the creamiest and dreamiest base to build decadently raw treats upon.

Avocados are also a great staple to carry with you as a parent. They require no tools to prepare other than a spoon to remove the pit and a fork to mash the contents. And, by eating them, your kid will be magically transported to the land of omega 3s. “Happy baby, happy mama,” I like to say. Read on…

 
Pregnant Yoga: Lessons for Life and the Environment
Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Pregnant Yoga photo by Lululemon AthleticaI’ve been a yoga practitioner for about ten years. It’s an on-again, off-again love affair marked by the usual drama found in dysfunctional relationships. I grow in my practice, take a few steps back, grow some more and then kick my mat into the basement for a spell.

I was schooled in ashtanga yoga, which is a fairly vigorous form.  Ashtanga and pregnancy don’t play well together, due to increasing weight gain and the inability to jump in and out of postures with one’s usual ease and grace. Read on…

 
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…

 
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Eco Tip

Become a vegetarian or vegan, or at least eat less meat. Meat is a big waster of water and energy—and generator of greenhouse gasses. It also exacerbates world hunger. One acre of land yields almost 18 times as much usable protein from plant versus animal sources—356 pounds if used to grow soybeans, 20 pounds if used to raise cattle for slaughter. More tips...

Eco Quote

Away, away, from men and towns, / To the wild wood and the downs, — / To the silent wilderness, / Where the soul need not repress / Its music. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, (1792-1822), "To Jane, The Invitation," c.1820  More quotes...