Thursday, April 10, 2008
One area where the green initiative has been thoroughly embraced is the market for baby and children's products. Parents are naturally more worried about what toxic products might do to their children and therefore give the items their children wear, use, and play with far higher scrutiny. Many parents have taken it upon themselves not only to find these items, but to help others find them too. Fantastic baby and kids' stores featuring natural, ecofriendly products are popping up all over.
One such store is Natural Pod. Natural Pod was created from a desire to find innovative, natural products and bring them to parents and their kids. Natural Pod carries a wide range of very cool products, from PaperPod rockets featured on ecochick, to squishy soft baby toys to these exquisite, handmade to order quilts. Many items are organic in whole or in part, are fair-trade sourced, made from recycled or recyclable materials, or in other ways are more sustainable for your child and for the planet.
On their website the categories are arranged thoughtfully, giving you options for age range (toddler or baby?), type of play (imaginative play? House play?), or toy type (dolls, bath toys, arts and crafts, and plenty more).
Natural Pod is an online store, but they're located in Vancouver (so Canadian prices and shipping costs - yay!) If you prefer to see before you buy, and if you live in the Vancouver area, you can visit one of their store events. They'll bring their wares to a central location so that you can check them all out - what a great idea! The schedule is posted here.For the rest of us, we'll have to content ourselves with the online experience, but don't worry, they ship across Canada and the U.S.