Posts Tagged ‘green’
We at Paper Culture are all about raising our children green from Day 1. Whether by choosing eco diapers or finding innovative cribs that grow with our children, we love finding products that make it easy. But what about once your child finally outgrows that crib? Our friends over at Lil Sugar have put together a collection of repurposed cribs from creative mothers and scavengers.
The London Design Museum Awards, known in the industry as fashion’s Oscar awards, honors the best of the best in the world of style. This year’s competition was fierce, with judges having to choose among contestants like Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge and French label Céline’s sleek car-inspired fall collection. But when it came to awarding pure innovation, nothing could top Issey Miyake’s 132.5 collection.
A slew of startups, from Birchbox to TestTube are allowing ladies to sample new beauty products monthly. You sign up for a subscription (anywhere from $10-$50) and get a surprise box with a selection of miniature or fullsize samples to try out monthly or quarterly. We tried out Birchbox, and were disappointed by the small size of the samples. (Why pay for free samples?) Although most people don’t need more toiletries to fill their beauty kits, it’s a fun service that feels like getting a surprise present in the mail every few weeks.
Having just made a major move, I spent the last two months getting rid of most of my belongings, selling stuff, giving stuff away. It was a big realization for me of just how much I had accumulated in such a short amount of time. I had the space, so naturally I filled it. While it was very therapeutic to unload physical stuff, it was also very cumbersome. I made a decision to really start really thinking about my future purchases. Before buying anything new I would ask myself, is this going to take up a lot of space? Will I really use this? And is it worth the money? Buying for my new life, I hope to keep things pretty trim.
From maternity clothes to baby toys, unless you have a repeat pregnancy, it’s often difficult to reuse the many things necessary to purchase when having a child. One company, Gro Furniture, is trying to reverse that, at least when it comes to baby furniture. They’ve developed two special cribs designed to be used for generations, which many uses in-between.
Why so much outrage over a lightbulb? The Department of Energy recently awarded a $10 million “L-Prize” to Philips for creating an “affordable” $50 green lightbulb, as a step in its effort to ban traditional incandescent lightbulbs. The new 30-year bulb, available now, sweeps any top CFL bulb under the table. But many are up in arms over why the government would help fund a product that has such a high initial price tag.
Last weekend we were at Todlerbaloo, the most fantastic toddler festival in West Los Angeles. In addition to the hay maze; a whimsical garden where kids could decorate crowns; face painting; an art-teepee; bouncy houses; games; yoga for kids (this is West LA after all!), etc., there were all sorts of booths with people promoting their eco-friendly kid products and services. [read more]