November 1, 2007

Blirt Kids Shirts and Pants Available at Barneys

Kathleen Tracy from Blirt just wrote to let us know that starting today Barneys New York (and Chicago and Los Angeles) will be carrying Blirt's infant and toddler shirts and pants.

We're big fans of Blirt's wordplay designs - available in t-shirts and longsleeve t's - designed to introduce kids to the playfulness of the English language. (Check out our Blirt t-shirt review from last May.)

And, we like it that Blirt shirts are made of 100% organic cotton, using non-toxic dyes and are water-base silk-screened (a more environmentally friendly process). According to Tracy, the decision to go organic wasn't part of the original business plan until Blirt ran into some delays sourcing the shirts:

During the delays, we learned about conventional cotton farming and were dismayed to find that it is actually one of agriculture’s most environmentally destructive activities. So the decision to go organic was really a no-brainer.

We're glad to hear it, and glad to hear that that Barneys will be carrying Blirt's kids shirts and pants. Sounds like there's a market for "organic without the crunch" baby wear. Hallelujah!

Available at Blirt and in-store at Barneys.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 29, 2007

Sheryl Crow's Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

eco-baby shower.jpegThinking about throwing an eco-friendly baby shower? Get tips from Wee Generation, a collaboration between Seventh Generation, Baby Style and Healthy World Healthy Child.

The site features a video of party planner Traci Phillips talking about how she planned a green baby shower for Sheryl Crow's son Wyatt. Among the tips:

- Use local foods
- Avoid paper products or use recycled, recyclable tableware
- Wrap presents in reusable grocery bags or cloth diapers tied with a bow
- Have guests sign an organic baby t-shirt instead of a guestbook

Get more tips and check out the video at Wee Generation.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 24, 2007

Hotter than I Should Be T-Shirts from WWF

hotter-than-i-should.jpgThe World Wildlife Federation (WWF) is concerned about climate change. And they should be -- global warming from greenhouse gas emissions is the single largest threat to our environment today.

Let folks know you care about the planet with a cheeky "Hotter than I Should Be" t-shirt, available for a $50 donation to WWF's global warming site.

This would make a gift for that "Hotter than I Should Be" animal lover on your list. You can let them know you've noticed, and that you care about the planet.

Available at World Wildlife Fund.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 10, 2007

Kee-Ka Launches New Website - Baby Bedding and More!

Kristi at Kee-Ka wrote in last month to let us know they've launched their new website.

We're big fans of the Brooklyn-based company's organic cotton baby clothing and accessories (totally cute graphics and sooo soft!). The new site features Kee-Ka's new organic cotton crib bedding collection, hooded towels and even cute little tank tops for your pet! (We saw a sneak preview of the pet gear over the summer, and it's adorable!)

Check it out at Kee-Ka.

Read our reviews of Kee-Ka baby clothes and accessories:

Bodysuit, Bib and Burpcloth Gift Set

Organic Cotton Baby Blanket

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 7, 2007

Erbaorganics Review Coming Soon!

The folks at Erbaorganics just sent along a care package containing samples of their mommy-to-be and baby skincare products. The company's products are worth checking out because they're free of parabens, pesticides, artificial colorings and fragrances and many are USDA-certified organic. Look for our reviews in the next week or so!

Get more info at Erbaorganics.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

May 22, 2007

Blirt Organic Cotton Baby Clothes - Review

Kathleen from Blirt sent along a sample of her fabulously hip organic cotton baby clothes. Holy moly - how adorable!

We got a long-sleeve tee with a design based on the expression "Fish Out of Water." The clothes come wrapped in neat brown paper bag packaging with a rope cord and the Blirt logo -- kind of like the kind used for whole coffee beans, but way hipper. The shirt is super-soft cotton, with the "Fish Out of Water" graphic and the expression written out on a stitched label underneath. It comes with a little booklet explaining the meaning of figure of speech.

As we mentioned, this is a shirt you'll feel great wrapped your baby in and snuggling up to. The cotton feels great against your skin and Blirt's non-toxic dyeing and screening process ensures that the only thing touching your baby or toddler's skin is soft organic fabric.

Maybe partly because of the dyeing process, the shirts come in a more natural range of colors than your typical baby gear. "Fish Out of Water" is olive green with baby blue design; other shirts in the collection are brown, light blue, granite - hip, natural colors for hip, natural kids.

As we mentioned in our earlier Blirt post, the shirts are made of 100% organic cotton, using fair trade labor practices. So you can feel good about your purchase while your kid looks good. Super cute, and a nice gift for eco-conscious parents-to-be. As an added bonus, shipping is free!

Available at Blirt.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

May 17, 2007

Blirt Shirt - Organic Cotton Baby T-Shirts with a Message

Kathleen Tracy just sent in an email about her fledgling t-shirt company, Blirt . Her concept is to introduce infants and toddlers to wordplay, taking English-language figures of speech - e.g. "bull in a china shop" or "good egg" - and illustrating them with fun, lighthearted designs. Talk about a fashion statement.

But Blirt's statements don't end there. They're also concerned with the environment and fair trade manufacturing processes. The company's website includes an environmental and fair trade mission statement that lays out the costs of unsustainable, un-fair manufacturing processes, and then explains how Blirt makes sure its processes are eco-friendly, fair and just.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 24, 2007

Sckoon Organic Cotton Happy Lion

Rowr! Love this organic cotton lion plush toy from Sckoon Organics.

Made of 100% Certified Organic Egyptian Cotton and metal-free dyes, he's a perfect gift for babies. Plus, he's machine washable, and the more you wash him, the softer he gets.

At $12, he's also a steal.

Buy a Sckoon Organics Cotton Happy Lion for the expectant mom on your shopping list. Or buy one for yourself and you'll be happy, too.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 18, 2007

Kee-Ka Bodysuit, Bib and Burp Organic Gift Set


More Kee-Ka cuteness. The last piece in the care package Kee-Ka sent over was this adorable organic bodysuit, bib and burp cloth gift set. Like all Kee-Ka baby clothing, the organic baby gift set is made of 100% certified super-soft organic cotton. The snaps on the bodysuit are nickel-free. And the whole set is so soft you want to bury your face in it.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 12, 2007

Kee-Ka Organic Cotton Baby Blanket: Sweet!

Okay, what baby wouldn't want to swaddle up in this adorable Sweet Pea baby blankie from Kee-Ka? And what Really Natural mom wouldn't feel good knowing that her baby was cuddled up in 100% certified super-soft organic cotton, dyed using certified low-impact dyes.

The Sweet Pea Baby Blanket was included in the care package that Kristi from Kee-Ka sent over last week. Russ and I ooh'ed and ah'ed over the cute packaging (recycled, of course!), and I couldn't stop cooing over the softness of the blankie itself.

Our own little baby isn't due until July, but friends with kids have told us that a well-swaddled baby is a happy baby. And baby swaddled in the Kee-Ka baby blankie? I have to imagine s/he'd be happy indeed.

Get a Kee-Ka Organic Cotton Baby Blanket.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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