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The Importance of Chemical-Free Toys and Where to Buy Them

By Fredrica Syren: In past years, there have been many toy recalls because of high amounts of chemicals and heavy metals found in them. Sadly, there are very few guidelines or regulations regarding chemicals in toys in the U.S. However, the good news is that, thanks to recalls, more attention …

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Talking to Children About Climate Change

By Larraine Roulston: Replying to my environmental email, a friend added that her father-in-law always used to say, “Life was the making of good and the breaking of bad habits!” Regarding climate change, his motto speaks volumes. Man’s folly has always been to buy the latest and most convenient innovations, only to realize that when …

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Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art. …

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Chemical Free Arts & Crafts–Natural Earth Paint Giveaway

By Fredrica Syren: If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my kids and I love painting and doing all kinds of arts and crafts. Unfortunately, lots of children’s arts and crafts materials contain harmful chemicals, preservatives and synthetics. Children put art materials on their skin, and some …

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Free Range Kids — Nature’s Calling

 By Fredrica Syren Sometimes when people come over to my house, they are a little horrified to run into my wild kids, who love being outdoors all day long and like to make mud cakes, spray each other with water, and get down and dirty. For me, this is just …

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Carbon Footprint — Eco-activity for Kids

By Larraine Roulston : It’s never too early to begin teaching your youngsters about our shared ecosystem. When taught by example with knowledge and eco-activities, our children will become the trailblazers for new innovations to nurture a healthier planet. Nature hikes are popular eco-activities for families. Elementary school teachers embrace crafts constructed from discarded articles. …

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How to Reduce Disposable Items During the Baby Years

By Fredrica Syren: When I had my first baby, I was horrified at how much waste I was suddenly producing. Between the disposable diapers, wipes, baby creams, baby food jars and containers, papers towels and — of course, let’s never forget the endless number of tissues it takes to wipes …

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Teaching the Zero Waste Generation

By Larraine Roulston : At no other time in history has it been more important than now to be green. In classrooms across the world, it has become the era when environmental stewardship is taught by encouraging waste-free lunches and emphasizing the 3Rs. At many schools, composting is on the agenda as …

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Planting a School Garden To Grow a Future

By Larraine Roulston: Gardeners, as well as most children, love digging their hands into soil, finding worms and picking nutritious foods grown in backyard gardens. Interest has been growing, particularly in urban areas, in creating nature and vegetable gardens at schools. Recent studies suggest that, in addition to the many …

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How to Raise an Environmentalist

By Fredrica Syren: The other day my 3-year-old Liam home came with a box of plastic toys from Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and told me we need to recycle them because plastic is bad for planet. I think many people assume that my husband and I are drilling our kids …

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