Wee Urban’s Top 2 Organic Brands and Stores

ORGANIC EXTRAVAGANZA!

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This was so hard…

Narrowing down so many brands that are all great, was basically impossible. So we did some research and found two brands, that other people agree with us on and decided to highlight those. For the stores, we chose from stores that Wee Urban is featured in and two of our favourites.

BRANDS

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Kate Quinn Organics

Best For | Fair-Trade, Certified Organic Products
Products | Apparel, Bedding, Accessories, Gifts
Price Range | $22-48

Kate Quinn Organics is committed not only to mom and baby, but also to the environment and the earth through their Fair Trade and certified organic products. Their clean lines, fresh look, and beautiful textures make each and every outfit perfect for a mini-fashionista. All aspects of their products are GOTS-certified cotton and dyes with low environmental impact – what more could you ask for?

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Mini Mioche

Best For | Fair-Trade Lifestyle Items
Products | Slippers, Apparel, Swaddle, Toys
Price Range | $15-$45

Mini Mioche is your one-stop shop for all your fair-trade needs, from fashionable harem pants and peplum tops for your baby, to baby jelly and creams for mom. We especially love that every piece created by Mini Mioche is designed and made locally in Canada, with stunning neutral non-toxic dyes and super soft organic cotton. You never knew you needed an eco-friendly organic cotton romper before now.

 

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Baby Joy

One of our newer organic driven stores, Baby Joy has everything you need if you’re interested in an ethical product rather than a price conscience one. They have a large selection, and the ability to buy online which is awesome!

Here’s what they say about themselves: BabyJoy.ca, formerly BabyOrganicJoy.ca, is Canada’s online premier organic and natural baby store (based in Toronto). We provide parents in Canada with the convenience of one-stop organic shopping from the comfort of their home. Organic, natural, non-toxic, chemical-free, and eco-friendly baby products are all we carry in our extensive online store.

Here’s the link to their online store.

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100 Mile Child

100 Mile Child has been a Wee Urban partner since as early as we can remember. They are an amazing group of individuals who are committed to bringing great and safe products into the homes of Canadians!

Here’s what they say about themselves:  We are a Toronto based Canadian company that believes that as consumers we have the power to bring about positive change through conscientious purchasing. Our products have been carefully selected for their educational, environmental, social and safety considerations. We do the research, so you don’t have to! In our range, you will find games that encourage cooperation, clothes made from natural fibres, toys handcrafted from recycled materials and much more!

Here’s their website.

Thanks for reading! Stay green… and don’t forget Earth Day was Friday, April 22nd, but everyday should be Earth Day!

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Ideas for Teaching Your Kids to Recycle

teach kids about recyclingTeaching your kids to recycle is a great starting point for teaching them how to take care of the environment. Recycling is really easy once you create a routine. The more you make recycling fun, the more likely your kids will be to take part.  Here are six ideas for teaching your kids to recycle:

Teach Through Books First

There are tons of great children’s books about recycling (and doing what one can to take care of the Earth). Before you have them recycle, have them read about what it is and why it is right. Ask them questions about recycling to reinforce their learning. One book we recommend is The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Allison Inches.

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The best way to teach your child the benefits of recycling is by showing them the importance of Mother Earth. Buy a few flowers and plant them with your child. Explain how if you use up too many of the Earth’s resources and don’t recycle, plants and animals could suffer.

Teach What Can Be Recycled

After you explain to them what recycling is, make sure to show them what can and cannot be recycled. Teach them the difference between paper, plastic, and metal goods, and how each be turned into something new. You can show them what the recycling symbol looks like and even make a game out of who recycles the most every week!

Arts and Crafts

Another way you can teach your kids to recycle is by using recyclable materials in your next arts and crafts project. This shows them that you can reuse different things in many ways and even create something beautiful. You could use paper scraps to make a mosaic, turn empty jugs and bottles into instruments, or build projects out of scrap materials.

Visit Your Local Recycling Center

Showing your child where recycled items go will help them to see why it can be important to recycle. The better they understand the process, the more they will recycle! If you don’t know where to find your local recycling center try searching on Earth911.

Lead by Example

If you don’t recycle everything that can be recycled, why would your kids? Make sure that you are setting a good example by recycling all the things that can be recycled. Stop throwing out those plastic bottles!

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Be Kind to the Earth with 10 Ideas for Earth Day

how to celebrate earth dayNot only do we have to take care of mother Earth, but we have to protect her. On Earth Day, April 22, you can join together with us and help preserve the Earth. Earth Day was proposed by peace activist John McConnell to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. This is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of preserving our environment. I am strong believer in the need to take care of our Earth. It doesn’t take much; every little difference helps. Use these ten ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your families.

1. Plant something

Most kids love getting dirty, so this is a great one! Whether it’s a seed, a flower or a tree, creating new life is always great for the environment. Once it grows you are left with either yummy food you grew yourself, or a beautiful flower to remind you that you did something great for the Earth.

2. Walk them to school

Walking not only saves you gas, but it decreases the amount of pollutants released into the air. Create a fun game to play on the walk, such as who can spot the most/coolest animals.

3. Make a poster

Make a poster that says “Happy Earth Day” and then have your kids decorate it. This will encourage conversations about the Earth and help your child to learn about how to preserve it. After it’s done, hang it on your front door. Not only will your child have had fun coloring, but your neighbors will be reminded that it is Earth Day.

4. Take pictures

Whip out the digital camera and have the kids go on a walk to find their favorite tree or garden, and then take a picture of it. Once you are back home, have a slideshow with the pictures. Ask the kids why they liked that spot so much, and explain to them how they could preserve it.

5. Decorate a recycling bin

Take your regular old recycling bin and let your children decorate it. While they are having fun painting trees and birds, inform them about the earth and why it is important to take care of it.

6. Visit the aquarium or zoo

Most aquariums or zoos have special Earth Day activities, so they can learn first-hand about the natural environment. Seeing the animals in person will remind them of why it’s important to protect them.

7. Donate

With the kids, go through your house and bag all of the things that your family no longer uses or wears. Once you’re done, take the bags to a local place that accepts donations. This teaches kids about reusing, recycling and giving.

8. Sing

There are many Earth songs on the internet that you and your children could sing along to. Even making up songs about why the earth is so special would be fun and informational.

9. Turn the lights off

Create a game where if someone forgets to turn the lights off when they leave a room, they owe $.25 to the Earth Day jar. This is a good way to teach them how preserving energy can help the environment.

10. Make Promises
Fill a chalkboard, or large paper, up with promises that you and your kids are going to make to the environment.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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