Eco-friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies
30 Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Welcome back to the blog everyone! Today we are super excited to have a guest contributor by the name of Alexandria Winner (from Ecoist) to share her advice on eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies. My school days may be over, but I need all the help I can get with my two children heading off to school in the near future! I love the thought of carefully choosing each and every school supply piece, with not only my children in mind, but with mother earth and the future state of our world in mind.

Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

 

The typical American school uses about 250,000 pieces of paper per year.

This equates to over 35 Billion sheets of paper JUST in the K-12 schools in the United States.

When you add in the school supplies that the children and teens are bringing into their classrooms, these numbers can easily be multiplied by well over 56 million – which is the number of children and teenagers in school this year according to the National Centre for Education Statistics. And this is “just” paper that we are talking about here, folks. Don’t even get me started on the plastic situation. The numbers are staggering and changes need to be made.

If you are looking to fill those school backpacks with responsible, well-made, eco-friendly, and zero waste items, then you have come to the right place!

 

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Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Pens & Pencils

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Before ordering a bunch of pens and pencils for school, take a look around your house in your drawers and pen cups to see if you have a bunch of old ones lying around. Who doesn’t, right?! Use those first.

Once those are all used up, then choose one of the many eco-friendly options:

  • OHTO/JPT Pencil/Ball Pen
    • Natural Wood Pencil Ball Pen – 1.0mm
  • OHTO/JPT Stainless Steel & Ceramic Roller Ball Pen
    • Stainless steel pen with a ceramic roller ball, 0.5mm
  • Sprout World Plantable Pencils
    • The plantable Sprout pencils can grow into plants like luscious flowers, fragrant herbs and fresh vegetables once they’re too short to use.
  • Recycled Newspaper Pencils
    • These exquisite pencils are made from old newspapers and not from cut trees. Newspaper is tightly rolled over graphite. The high-quality graphite is strong and does not break when sharpening. A regular sharpener can be used with these pencils. It’s cool to see shavings of newspaper when sharpening!

The Accessories for your Pens & Pencils

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Crayons & Markers

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Whether you are shopping for the first days of kindergarten or high school, everyone is going to need some color in their lives!

Here is our list of eco-friendly crayons & markers!

  • Vegan & Toxic Free Butterfly Crayons
    • These beautiful butterflies are the larger of our crayon shapes, but still perfectly sized and textured for little hands. Handmade in the UK from Soy wax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter and coloured with natural occurring earth pigments they are suitable for veggies and vegans too (Crayola and other many other crayons contain beef tallow).
  • Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 Crayons
      • The STABILO woody 3 in 1 is perfect for kids to draw and paint and ideal for parents too – it washes off windows and is suitable for many surfaces besides just paper or cardboard.
  • Eco-Friendly Recycled Permanent Markers
    • The tubes of these earth-friendly permanent markers are made with recycled paper, reducing the use of plastic by 60%. The markers feature polyester fiber tips that are filled with non-toxic, alcohol-based ink and contain NO Xylene, Toluene, or other VOCs.
  • Eco Text Marker Highlighter
    • The stock consists mainly of the renewable raw material sugarcane. The bright color is water-based, solvent-free and odorless.
  • Eco White Board Markers
    • Ethanol-based ink, free from aromatic or chlorinated solvents. Marker body made from Recycled Paper & wax instead of aluminium or plastic.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: All the Paper

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Even with the digital world that we live in, paper use in schools is still quite high, especially for the little ones. Choosing 100% recycled paper is a wonderful way to help support Mother Nature while also teaching valuable lessons to our children. Each time they see the recycled paper stamp, you will have left a little stamp of inspiration for their future choices.

Here is our list of eco-friendly paper products!

  • A5 Handcrafted Stapled Recycled Notebooks
    • The covers are made from reclaimed and recycled materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Since each book is personalised, you can pick what type of material your cover can be made from cardboard to PVC.
  • PrintWorks 100% Recycled Copy Paper
    • 100 percent post-consumer recycled printer and copier paper for everyday use at an affordable price
    • Made in the USA from recycled food and beverage containers and other paper-based printed materials
  • Natural & Recycled Drawing Paper
    • Natural Recycled 9″ x 12″ Drawing Paper – 500 Sheets. Crayons, pencils, markers and paints show up brilliantly on this natural unbleached paper.
  • 2-pocket Notebooks by Naked Binder
    • These Folders are sustainable eco-friendly folders made from 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer waste 22-pt. chipboard.
  • 3-Ring Binder by Naked Binder
    • EXTREMELY DURABLE. Made with one solid piece of heavy-duty binders board. The hinge has been tested (opened and closed) 250,000 times and it did not fall apart!
  • Handcrafted A5 Weekly Planner
    • cream 100 % recycled paper (Clairfontaine)
    • 80 gsm plain recycled boards with printed monstera leaves
  • Naked Binder 3-Ring Tab Dividers
    • 100% post-consumer fiber, and FSC certified Neenah Conservation Paper. 100% recyclable.
  • Yamama Memo Pads
    • Four Side Colored Memo Pad.  180 sheets
  • Yamama Metallic Sticky Notes
    • Metallic Sticky Notes. 33 sheets

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Accessories

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All those little accessories add up, don’t they? I gotta tell ya, I have no idea where all those paper clips, staplers, staples, scissors, etc ended up. Well….I think I do…they all ended up in the trash. So, let’s try our best to fix that!

Here is our list of eco-friendly accessories

  • Yamama Bamboo Paper Clips
    • These innovative bamboo paper clips project positive impressions for all of your presentations. And they are beyond eco-friendly, they’re 100% work-friendly!
  • Onyx & Green Scissors
    • These 5″/127 mm scissors have stainless steel blades and a rounded tip. The handles are made from corn plastic.
  • Staple Free Stapler
    • Easy to shred and recycle papers without the worry of staples getting jammed. Without staples just drop in the shredder or recycle bin. It’s environmentally safe.
  • Midori Storage Boxes
    • 11″x7″x5″ ht.  100% Recycled Paper Storage Container
  • Cork Desk Organizer
    • This desk organizer is a simple zero waste product.  It is made of cork and designed to hold cell phones, pens and note pads.
  • Vegan Recycled Felt MacBook Sleeve
    • The colorful felt is made of multi-color fabric. The waste textiles have been cut into tiny pieces and then transformed into a new fabric – colorful felt from recycled textiles.
    • The felt made of vegan fabric is non toxic, health and environmentally friendly (European Union REACH Certificate of Compliance).
  • Cell Phone Covers by Pela Case
    • COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASE: Pela cases are made of a combination of flax straw ‘waste’, plant-based biopolymers and contain organic ingredients that meet rigorous standards for compostability in municipal and industrial composting facilities.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Backpacks

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What better way to finish off the school supplies guide than with the amazing bags to hold all your goodies?! Here are a few of our favorite environmentally friendly backpack options. Just remember, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own. If you already have a backpack, please use it!

Here is our list of eco-friendly backpacks

  • TerraThread Backpacks $
    • The Earth Backpacks are made using heavy-duty 14 oz organic cotton canvas. These fairtrade backpacks are spacious and feature one large exterior pocket, one small interior pocket, and a laptop compartment. The organic backpacks can be used for school, outdoor activities, traveling, and more!
      Each purchase of this backpack contributes 20 MEALS to children, families, and seniors in need in the United States through Feeding America.

      • Made with 100% Organic and Fairtrade Cotton
      • Processed and Manufactured per Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
      • Color dyed using low impact GOTS Certified Dyes
      • Manufactured at a Fair Trade Certified Factory
      • Hang Tags are made using recycled kraft paper
  • United By Blue Backpacks $$
    • 100% recycled polyester with water repellent finish
    • Padded laptop sleeve accommodates up to 17″ laptop
    • Interior zippered pocket and open pockets
    • Exterior flap pocket with magnetic closure, zipper pockets and side pocket
    • Adjustable, padded shoulder straps, haul strap and cross sternum strap
    • Water bottle sleeve fits bottles with a diameter up to 3.75″
    • Equipped with a Lifetime Guarantee
  • Kathmandu Backpacks $$$ (Children to Adult Options)
    • When it’s time for your kid’s first pack or to upgrade their current one, the Cotinga Kids’ Pack will be a welcome surprise. With an ergonomic harness and sizing to specifically fit kids, your growing child won’t want to remove it. There’s also a spacious front area for lunches – because books and bananas don’t mix. Made with 15 recycled plastic bottles.
    • Outer fabric contains REPREVE™ – polyester created from recycled plastic bottles
    • kidsFIT technology – an ergonomic harness with adjustable shoulder straps
    • Elasticated sleeve in the main compartment – for your kid’s books or portable device
    • Grab handle and reflective detail for safety

 

Use what you already have!

After all of our research and digging, I was so shocked by just how many companies are in support of sustainable school supplies. This is such great news!

Like we always say here at WonderMamas, please use what you already have first. Even if you have a drawer full of plastic supplies, I beg you to use those first before buying anything new. If you are on a tight budget and cannot afford the pieces listed above, please check out your local second hand stores, second hand online shops, or even second hand swaps. Join facebook groups in your area for second hand school supplies, yes they exist!

In the end, being a conscious consumer is so much more than buying the latest and greatest eco products. The first step is to evaluate what you got, extend its life, and then replace when necessary. I am so honoured that you have chosen us to help you on this journey. Have a beautiful school year!

 

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Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Simple and Easy At-Home Ideas for Toddler Play!

Got Toddlers at Home? Here is our list of Simple and Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

Welcome back to the blog! Our Instagram page has been blowing up with questions and wonderful input for how we can keep our toddlers creative, inspired, imaginative, and active. With the current shut-down of daycares and preschools around the globe, we are thrilled to share this list with our community.

I absolutely love this stage in my children’s life. They are big balls of energy and activity and soak things up like a sponge! No need for homework, tests or any of that boring stuff. We can literally just play ALL day! Woop Woop!

So, without further blabbing (like always), I’m just gonna get into it because my toddlers are currently destroying my house and I need to get off this computer to avoid permanent damage hahaha.

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Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Sensory Play

Probably one of our all-time favorites from around 6 months of age! All you need is a low dipped bucket/container/washing basin of some sort (not too tall or it’s super uncomfortable for the little ones), a sheet to lay on the floor for all the spills (super easy clean up), the sensory choice (sand, polenta, chia seeds, water, beans, etc), tools to help them play (scoops, cups, bowls, old plastic bottles from whatever, etc), and freedom! Freedom is key here. Let them explore and imagine whatever they wish!

Some great, SIMPLE sensory ideas

  • Polenta (this is a bright yellow and kids love it)
  • Chia seeds with water and food coloring (You can choose any food color you like – or make your own with beet powder/turmeric powder!)
  • Water (Probably the cleanest option and kids always love to play with water. I like to keep water play outside)

Some fun additions

  • Old muffin tins for the kids to fill up
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Toy cars/Hidden toys in the sensory bins for them to find
  • Cookie cutters (only use the ones without the sharp edges)
  • Flowers (I love to add flowers and leaves to our bins)

 

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Building

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

 

Toddlers can build with anything. ANYTHING. My sons use their actual building blocks very rarely and instead like to build with sticks, yoga blocks, cans, old cardboard boxes that I have saved, and whatever else they can get their hands on.

I love to show them how they can tear the building down without fear or sadness and then make a really fun game out of it. Then I retreat to the corner with my book and let them go at it for a good 45 minutes haha.

 

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Sing and Dance

 

I have never met a child who does not like to sing and dance. If you have a good amount of energy, put on some fun music and dance with your kids! This is where the most magical memories are made, in my humble opinion. We absolutely sing and dance at LEAST once a day. Sometimes up to 10 times a day. It’s always a wonderful break to take after a meltdown or a sibling fight as well.

I love to sing and dance to kids’ songs. You can simply type in “Super simple songs” or just “Kid Dance Songs” into your Spotify or amazon music. The playlists are great! Try to keep the TV off for this time and just use the music to keep the kids moving and shaking!

 

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Imitate Mom and Dad

 

This is Martin’s favorite thing to do with the boys when he gets home! He asks the boys to come over to him and then says…..

Ok Guys, can you do…..THIS?! (and he kicks his leg or jumps up and down)

And then the boys try to copy daddy!

This goes on for 30 minutes sometimes haha and it’s hilarious.

Some fun things for imitation:

  • Honestly, any workout move. Pushups are always HILARIOUS
  • Pretend you are a bird, dog, cat, mouse, etc
  • Clapping, stomping, jumping, spinning
  • Pretend nap and then make loud alarm songs to get up!
  • Imitate clean up. This works like a charm for littles to learn how to clean a mess of toys up.
  • Balance: Balance on one leg, balance sitting on your butt with one or two legs up, etc.
  • Numbers: Can you copy daddy jumping three times? How about four times?

 

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Tape A Track

 

This is the one we are actually doing today! All you need is some painters tape and your imagination.

Simply tape a carpet or the floor with the painter’s tape to create your very own maze or race track for the little’s cars! You can make walkways, zig-zag race tracks, a simple village, or whatever else you can think of. Have fun!

 

 

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Painting (in the tub!)

 

Tape some large pieces of paper to the bathtub wall (or let them paint the tile, it’s up to you) and place the kiddos in the tub with brushes and paint! They can finger paint, face paint, body paint….honestly it does not matter because you can easily clean them up when they are finished. Woo hoo!

I love finger paints for this activity but any will work. You can also use our favorite Stabilo crayons for this for a mixture of paint and crayons with an easy grip for the kids. Whatever you feel like!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Cloud Gazing

 

I didn’t even realize how much of a hit this was until we were under quarantine for 7 days and the boys kept laying on the balcony and staring at the clouds. It was so sweet and heartwarming. If you are stuck at home with just a balcony, try this out for sure. It’s really fun to make up characters and figures in the clouds with the littles!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Crayon on a string or in a box

This was a super cute idea from one of our amazing followers! Tie a string around a crayon or marker and attach it to a box. The little can then color and you won’t’ have to worry too much about them running to your walls and going nuts while you use the bathroom haha. Another great idea is to get a huge box and then sit you little inside and just let them go wild with a bunch of crayons and markers!! I like to cut out little holes like windows so they can feel like they are in a house built just for them!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Toilet Paper Tunnels

Save all your paper rolls (from wherever) and then make fun tunnels for cars or balls! Simple tape the rolls onto the floor and make a super fun track for the kids to go wild with.

You can even color them and tape them vertically on a wall and make it a color game. Color one red, one blue and one green. Give the babes a bunch of toys/balls in those colors and have them drop the color matches down the chute into a bucket!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Build A Box

 

Take all those boxes from deliveries and create the kid’s favorite spaces!

You can make a car wash, fire station, police station, dollhouse, and whatever else your child’s heart desires! One of our followers built an amazing fire station for her little and we cannot wait to get started on our own!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Gardening

 

My children are obsessed with watering plants and the entire concept behind gardening. Each morning we water something new (even if a fake plant hahaha) and talk about vegetables and fruit. It is truly a wonderful experience and I think your little will love it as well!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Cooking

 

Our children started to help me cook in the kitchen at just 1 year old and I could not recommend it enough! They learn so much about safety, vegetables, spices, herbs and so much more. Leo MUST help me make dinner each night – it’s not even a question anymore haha.

How my children help in the kitchen

  • They add all of my pre-measured spices into the pots for me
  • Mix all of the mixtures (hot or cold) with their large wooden spoons
  • Both kids love to peel the vegetables (carrots and potatoes are their favorites) and help me dice.
  • They collect the vegetable scraps and place them in the compost.

 

Toddler Play at Home: Frozen Prizes!

 

Another idea from our followers! So for this one, you will need to freeze items like candy, little toys, or even leaves/sticks/whatever you got. Freeze them into cubes and then place into a bowl and give the children sea salt and water to melt them down to find the prize! Such a cute idea. Our follower told us that this gives here a solid 20 minutes of time to do her yoga :). I Love it!

Toddler Play at Home: Dress Up!

 

Dress up time! This was probably my favorite activity as a child; I would dress up every single day and play all sorts of imaginary games.

My mother sent over a bunch of fun dress-up outfits for the boys but you can honestly make up whatever you wish with old clothes, some markers, string, and lots of imagination! Have fun!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Any Sort of Drop in a Box

 

Kids will drop rocks or objects down holes forever if you let them haha. This photo was taken yesterday in our driveway and Leo sat here for 30 minutes, just as happy as can be! You can make something like this out of boxes, paper, with old crates….pretty much anything you can think of!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Bubbles

 

I save bubbles only for emergencies haha. My arm seriously gets tired blowing these bubbles because kids will want you to do this for hours before moving on. I keep a little bottle of bubble solution in a secret spot for when we are truly in need.

Toddler Play at Home: House Hold Chores

 

Watering plants, putting clothes away, folding, washing dishes, sorting, drying dishes, sweeping, mopping….you name it and kids can do it. We keep our house free of any harmful chemicals and toxins so they boys can truly help us with every single chore. They love it, we love it, and my semi-clean house is happy!

 

Toddler Play at Home: Bonding with Furry Friends

 

Staying home with children is such a treat for our furry friends. Our cat likes to sleep a lot during the day, but when he is awake he wants all of the attention. The boys help me to feed him, brush him, play with him and they love watching as I clean his kitty litter!

 

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That’s all for today, loves! I hope you are staying healthy and happy out there and that these tips can help you find more joy and sanity at home:).

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Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes
5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love!

5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love and Trust

The amazing list of fair trade, sustainable and ethical children’s brands is fairly long but we do have a few favorites that I would like to share with you today. I highly recommend saving these names for the future if needed. You can always search these brands in the many second-hand shops (digital and walk-in), as well as a bookmark to await the off-season sales that I love!

For tips and tricks to sustainable and eco-friendly shopping for children, check out our latest post here!

5 Sustainable Children's Brands

Hello Jackalo

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The first time the kid’s hello jackalo pants arrived, I knew we found a keeper. These pants and coveralls are made from the EXACT same material as my military coveralls. What does this mean? Welp – as someone who wore flight suits and coveralls every day for 7 years, it means they LAST.

Genius addition to the pants? A reinforced knee. No more holes in the pants when the kids fall (and they always fall, am I right?) so no need to constantly worry about this. Once you own a pair of jackalo pants, you’ll be set.

They also have a longer length than most brands which allows them to last longer for wear – they boys have had their pants for over a year now and I see them lasting a solid two more year. When they grow out of them, I can use the second hand option of sending them back and getting credit. How cool is this?!

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Patagonia

Patagonia
 

Patagonia has to be one of my all-time top favorite sustainable, ethical and innovative brands out there. I cannot even begin to express how much I cherish every single Patagonia item in our home: both second hand and new (on sale, but still new haha). While on the pricier side, the amount is absolutely worth every single penny. These products will last for years and years, and you can trust that your hard-earned money is going to one of the best companies out there.

With a mission statement to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” – Patagonia is a brand to take note of. Patagonia belongs to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet. They reject fast fashion by creating high-quality, long-lasting products and offer a repair and reuse program. You can learn all about this fantastic company here. 

 

 

Wilding Shoes

**They have a GERMAN and ENGLISH selection at the top right corner

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Our family switched over to barefoot shoes about 6 months ago, and we will never look back. The amazing quality of these barefoot shoes created by the Wilding family is just superb. The collection is beautiful, sustainable and there are also fully vegan options for those of us who choose sustainable with zero animal products involved.

I highly recommend adding a pair of these shoes to your children’s closet and allowing their feet to grow as naturally as possible. It is so important for our feet to have the proper room and environment to grow in! “After nearly two years of intensive development work, the goal was reached: a shoe that protects feet from injuries and weather, while restricting as little as possible its natural movement and healthy growth. The Wildling lasts – the basic models for the shoes – are based on an anatomical foot shape with a natural width, orientated towards a strong, healthy foot. It provides feet with space they need to develop healthily”. You can learn all about barefoot shoes here!

P.s. they are great for both warm and cold weather!

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Monty & Co Dungarees

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I have been an Osh Kosh B’Gosh gal since as long as I can remember. This brand clothed me, my brother and all of our cousins and they were passed down from generation to generation. It’s brands like Osh Kosh that parents looked out for: durable, super long-lasting and budget-friendly.

My sons wore second-hand Osh Kosh dungarees for their first two years of life until they spurted up about 3 inches and left me in despair. I had nothing left and started to frantically look for a replacement. I am so excited to let you all know that I found a brand just as amazing as Osh Kosh (maybe even better?!) that I have fallen head over heels for Britain’s Very Own Monty & Co. 

These dungarees are so durable it’s unbelievable. My sons have put their blue and khaki dungarees through hell and they keep coming out looking brand new from the wash or simple spot cleans! I ordered 2 sizes bigger and simply roll the pants and tighten the top for it to fit right now. That is to say, these will have no problem lasting until they are 4 and then I will happily pass them down to their little cousins or friends! You can learn all about Monty & Co here!

 

 

Petit Tembo Sweatshirts and Tees

Sustainable and Organic Children's Clothing by Petit Tembo
 

Hands down, the softest sweatshirts my children own. These organic, fair trade and highly durable sweatshirts (and tees!) are perfect for any child’s closet. The Petit Tembo sweatshirts run a bit wide, so they are perfect to last much longer than regular-sized clothing!

100% organic cotton + sustainable + ethically made.

Above all, 20% of their net profits are divided equally and donated to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust + Kisumu Hope Restoration.

You can check out our full-featured blog post on this amazing company here!

 

 

+ One Extra! MyMayu Boots

MyMayu Boots
 

These magical adventure boots by MyMayu are made for EVERY single season and are perfect for our adventures little ones. They have a cinch at the top of the foot and the top of the boot to stop the feet from sliding out. This also helps with water/mud/rocks from sneaking in through the top of the boot. Why is every boot not made like this?!

The boots have a waterproof coating and extra liners that you can add for colder weather. The boys have tested these boots in rivers, muddy puddles, and tons of hikes! I cannot say enough about these. I snagged these during their off-season sale for about half off and I ordered 1 full size up (worked like a charm!). You can learn all about MyMayu here!

 

What are some of your favorite brands for the little ones?

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Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes: A Full Guide!

A Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

For the past 365 days, our followers and friends have witnessed our family go through the beautiful transition to a sustainable, mindful and minimal way of living. This transition started with one crazy and chaotic place: MY CLOSET. Before having children, and maybe even that first year while dealing with postpartum depression, I had a serious shopping addiction.

Mix a shopping addiction with zero knowledge into the horrific conditions of the fast fashion industry, and you got yourself a pretty ugly situation.

The research into sustainable, fair trade and mindful consumerism started about 18 months ago, and I have been absolutely hooked ever since. As a result, I took my time learning and understanding how much of the system works and took these tips and tricks to my own closet.

I swear…once I tackled that monster, everything else seemed to fall into place. Our kitchen, pantry, and even living room followed suit. One particular place that I have really come to love is the bedroom of my twin toddlers which features an open closet. Their closet is exactly what a child’s closet should look like:

Sweet, Simple and Easy to Work With.

By choosing each piece carefully and mindfully, I was able to create a sort of capsule wardrobe for my children without much work. It’s interesting how taking our time with selection, taking into account how many times the child will wear each piece, and sizing up for longer use can really transform any closet into a fully “usable” sustainable closet. So many times, we forget that clothes are meant to be worn over and over again until their life cycle has ended and not just a trend to toss away. Choosing wisely can mean the difference between a closet that works for you or against you.

If you are ready to explore the magical world of sustainable, second hand, fair trade (and more!) fashion for kids, look no further than this Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes!

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Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Second-Hand Finds: From their heads to their toes!

First of all, what some of you may (or may not) know about our family is that we shop primarily second hand. Our sons clothes are 100% from my grandmother and mother’s garage sale finds since birth, and we did not start to introduce “new” clothing until every single last piece of their amazing finds had reached the end of their cycle with the boys. This simply means that my sons grew out of them all quite fast – as most children do.

This is something that we all need to keep in mind as parents. Children grow quickly.

Too quickly for new clothes to have any chance of sustainability in a child’s closet. 

The most sustainable and eco-friendly thing that you can do as a consumer of children’s fashion is to shop second hand, vintage, rentals or any other means to help the clothes reach the end of their life cycles. Our goal here is to use and wear these materials as many times as possible before recycling or upcycling. We are talking about sustainability here and this is the facts: Nothing is more sustainable than what has already been made.

I am in no way saying that you shouldn’t feel free to support the many fair trade, ethical, eco-friendly and even upcycled brands out there. Just keep in mind that adding second-hand items to your children’s closets will genuinely help a pretty big crisis that we are facing in the world today.

Second Hand Shopping Guide

 

Second Hand Online Shops

 

ThredUP: The Largest Kids‘ Consignment and Thrift Store Online

Kid’s Dress Smart: Where 60% of proceeds of every sale sent directly to Children’s Charities

Kidizen: Kidizen is your resale marketplace to buy, sell, and swap your kid’s clothing, gear, toys, decor and more.

Little Luxuries: Gently worn, preloved, secondhand designer children and baby clothing brands

Baby Outfitter: Everything listed on Baby Outfitter is “like new” and they are very picky about selections and what they will sell!

Loopster UK: Where quality kid’s clothes live on

Facebook MarketPlace: A gem that has saved us a ton of money on everything from wooden toys to emergency shoes when our kids both shot up 2 sizes in under a month!

 

Second Hand Shops Nearest You (Physical Stores)

The Thrift Shopper Website: Simply type in your zip code and a huge directory of nearest consignment shops, goodwill shops and so forth will come up for you to check out!

Thriftigo APP: Download this app to keep second-hand store information readily available on your phone wherever you are!

Thrift Store Listings: Another helpful directory of local thrift stores based on your location.

 

Rental Companies for Sustainable Children’s Clothes

 

Renting clothes is such a fantastic way to stay sustainable but also have fun! From birthday parties to photoshoots, you can have exactly what you want and return back to the company for the item to make another child (and parent) happy!

Rainey’s Closet: Just one look at this gorgeous website and you will know that you can find just about any precious and gorgeous piece for any occasion. From fairy dresses, formal dresses and adorable bow and ties….you cannot go wrong with this rental service for any special occasion.

The Borrowed Boutique: Another gorgeous rental service that has a bit more clothing for boys as I noticed. I even saw a top hat!

Sylette Co: Another great rental company located in sunny Los Angelos!

Magical Clothing Rental Canada: A gorgeous rental store for our Canadian friends! Thousands to choose from and easy return service.

Bundlee UK: A very cool and more laid back version of the rental service for our UK friends. You can find pretty much everything on this rental site!

Circos Rental for Kids and Maternity: This rental is for kids up to 2 years old and new mamas in Europe!

 

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Shopping For New Clothes: Tips & Tricks

 

While second hand will forever have a special place in my heart, I will say that there is something quite special about finding that *perfect* piece of clothing that just meets every single one of your needs without having to go through countless shops and racks. Sometimes, no matter how long you look, you will not find that particular item that you need second hand. Do not fear; these tips will help you to keep your sustainable goals in check while also saving money and a few headaches along the way.

 

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Alessandro in a brand new Petit Tembo sweatshirt that just exceeded all of our expectations. 

 

Go For the Basics

While the flashing shoes and tasselled shirts may intrigue your child at the shop, I urge you to get the basics down first before thinking of going with any trends. Basics include solid and durable t-shirts, long sleeves, sweaters, zip-ups, leggings, thermals, dungarees, rain suits/all-weather suits, rain boots, barefoot shoes, all-weather breathable hats, gloves, circular scarves, durable and warm socks, and any imperative weather gear for where you are living.
Each one of these basics should come in a solid or easy to clean print. While I always recommend going second hand with most of any child’s closet, some superb brands offer these basics. One brand that I always check out sale season (late summer and late winter) is Patagonia. They have, by far, the best layering pieces that I have encountered. I stock up during sale season, and I always keep on eye out for them when second-hand shopping.

Size Up 1-2 Sizes

One of the easiest things that you can do to help your child’s clothes have a longer (and happier!) life is to have them worn as much as possible!

One easy way to do this is by sizing up 1-2 sizes, depending on your child. I personally size up 2 sizes for the boys and it has worked beautifully. This year we’ve only had to purchase 2 pairs of pants and 2 extra sweatshirts for the chilly weather. By sizing up, I saved a significant amount of money!
While my sons currently fit in a size 2T, I only search for 4T and even have all of our collaborations send over the larger sizes. Any parent can easily roll up or hem the clothes to fit the child at the time and let them out over the years. You do not have to be any sort of professional tailor here, I promise you! I do the simple roll-up method, and it works like a charm.

Ask The Question: How Many Times Will This Be Worn?

While we will be asking many questions along the way, this first question will help you to steer clear of any items that you should save for the RENTAL category. If you hold up an item and cannot guarantee that your child will hit at least 30 wears, then simply put it down and step away from the item (this is a wonderful trick to work for parents too!).
If you can guarantee that the item will be work 30+ times, then you can move on to the following questions…

 

Two Key Follow Up Questions

Here are two key questions to ask before adding the item to your little one’s closet for the most sustainable and ethical approach:

  • Who made this and under what conditions? A simple question that should be asked before purchasing any item. Most importantly, a sustainable company will have this information readily available to you without any trouble whatsoever. In fact, the good guys want to share this information with you more than anything!
  • What is this made of? Take a look at the tag and check out the fabrics. Is it organic? Synthetic? Does it contain flame retardants? All very good questions to answer before allowing the item into your home and opening your wallet to support the brand.

 

Always Choose Natural Fibers over Synthetic

 

Linen, Organic Cotton, and hemp are some of the best materials for children’s clothing. Synthetic materials do have a place in fashion for durable swimsuits and even winter jackets, but try your best to keep these purchases for the second-hand category. We want to aim to decrease the use of plastic in the fashion industry and your money truly does make a huge difference.

Natural fibers are best for the environment and your children for so many reasons:

  • Natural fibers cause much less (or zero) irritation to skin.
  • Natura fibers are much less resource-intensive to produce and manufacture.
  • Synthetic materials “shed” microplastics that have been found sneaking their way into our very own drinking water.
  • Many synthetic materials use toxic production processes that are harmful to the waterways, the garment workers and the person who wears the item.

 

Learn How to Mend, Repair and Upcycle

One of the best ways to help to reduce waste your very own home is to learn just a few simple tricks of the trade. This can be as simple as learning how to sew, hem, patch and upcycle old clothes and broken items around the house. Like we always say, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own!

You can find a local sewing class, take a few online lessons via youtube or even host a little “trade” party! I have actually been to a few fun coffee dates where my friend’s mother and grandmother would come and they would teach us something fun like knitting, baking an epic cake or even tips & tricks to help with the little ones. These are marvelous gifts to learn from the hand of an expert and I cannot tell you how much I cherished learning these skills from these amazing women.

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There you have it! Just a few helpful ways to shop with a more mindful and sustainable approach. I promise you; once you start you will be absolutely amazed at how GREAT it feels to be part of the sustainable movement. We need you. The World needs us to be much more mindful and conscious of our consumer decisions. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I would love to hear your own tips and tricks to sustainable living!

p.s. Check out our top 5 sustainable and ethical children’s brands here!

 

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Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

I first heard about this recipe while researching Waldorf and Montessori ideas for toddlers and then it just seemed to follow me around everywhere. Just a few days ago I had one of my favorite Instagram Zero Waste Gals @PlantedInTheWoods post photos of her making playdoh with beetroot and turmeric powder and I thought to myself…ok…It’s time we do this!!

I do hope you all enjoy this recipe; it was so much fun!

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

We like to keep our waste low by using things that we already have around the house to play with the playdoh. The boys love to use their knives, forks, and spoons from the kitchen as well as various seeds, dried fruit, rocks, sticks and even feathers from their nature table.

With just 20 minutes set aside (and enough food coloring or powders to go around), you can very well make an entire rainbow of playdoh for your children to enjoy! The dough will last about 3 months if stored properly.

 

What are the Benefits of Playdoh??

  • Enhances Fine Motor Skills! The constant rolling, squishing, flattening and molding of the playdoh strengthens and develops the child’s hands.
  • Improves Pre-Writing Skills by improving the pincer grip.
  • Imagination and Creativity with the unlimited possibilities that await them!
  • Soothes and Calms the child; Allows for concentration and a new way to express emotions.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Increases Curiosity; by blending colors and building whatever their heart desires!
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric

Homemade Turmeric Powder Playdoh

This is such a short and sweet treat for your kiddos; just mix together the ingredients, knead and you have your very own homemade (and natural!) playdoh 🙂
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large ball
Cost: A few dollars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder Less or more; depending on the color you want
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, citric acid, oil and turmeric powder. Mix well and adjust the turmeric powder as needed for your color choice. Feel free to swap the powder out for some food coloring; just use as much as you wish for the color of choice.
  • Once well mixed, add in the 3/4 cup of boiling water. The water will take right to the mixture and seem like not enough but it is perfect; just begin to mix together until dough forms. I like to use my hands in the bowl and then transfer the playdoh to the countertop to knead.
  • Knead and knead until the dough is nice and smooth. Store in a wax wrap or an airtight container to keep. It will last about 3 months if properly taken care of!

Notes

**Do not dispose of the playdoh when it has reached the end of its life. Instead, check out these awesome tips from WonderBrains for old playdoh!

 

Check out these other amazing plastic-free parenting tips:

 

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

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Sustainable and Organic Children’s Clothing by Petit Tembo

Sustainable and Organic Children’s Clothing by Petit Tembo

Our children’s clothes are 90% second-hand goods passed down from generation to generation, but we do enjoy finding new companies to work with to promote sustainable children’s clothing via organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and even upcycling of materials.

I am honored to feature Petit Tembo, the gorgeous Canadian brand, in today’s sustainable children’s fashion feature. I cannot speak highly enough of this company and the softness of their fabrics. The boys have hit their #30wears within just a couple of short months!

I am a big believer in the words of Ms. Westwood…

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

// Vivienne Westwood //

 

Sustainable and Organic Children's Clothing by Petit Tembo
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I remember the day my sons were born clear as day. The first scream cracked my entire foundation. The second scream followed about 10 seconds later and my entire world was shattered. A mother of twins was born! Everything that seemed important to me before was hazy and so far in the past. The present moment was all that mattered. This very moment of holding my sons to my chest and providing my breast milk for the first time in my life. It was surreal.

 

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20 healthy popsicle recipes for kids and adults
20 Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Kids and Adults!

The weather is heating up (good golly, miss molly) and it is officially ice cream and popsicle season!! Skip the ice cream stands and save your money because today on the blog we have 20 Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Kids and Adults! These are absolutely amazing (and easy!) recipes for you and your little ones. Enjoy! 

What you need to make our amazing Healthy Popsicle Recipes:

20 veggie and fruit popsicle recipes
 

Silicone or Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

High-Speed Blender or….: Most of the recipes just need a blender, but some have a carrot or beet juice. If you do not have a high-speed blender (Think Vitamix or Blendtec ) to blend some of these items into juice, then you can opt to steam the veggies first before blending OR use a juicer. I repeat, a good quality high-speed blender can turn FULL veggies into a juice (I’m still shocked about it!)

Clear space in your freezer: Popsicle molds need to stand up straight

Extra Popsicle Sticks (if needed)

Plenty of fruits, veggies, nut/seed butter, superfoods and more to play around with!

 

**This post may contain affiliate links, meaning we gain a commission with any sales through the links clicked (thanks!). I just wanted to let you all know that we only add the links to products that we actually own/use ourselves. I would never link to anything that I do not trust and love. As always, thank you for being here and choosing Wonder Mamas for your plant-based journey!**

 

 

The Silicone Mold

Silicone popsicle moulds
I went back and forth for far too long on whether to get the silicone or stainless steel molds. I ended up going with the silicone for two mommy reasons: first off, my children have access to the freezer and the silicone is much safer in case one of them decides to throw it at the other (Obviously I do not think this would ever happen, BUT I can never be too careful with two 2-year-old boys haha) and secondly, there were more slots so that I could make 10 popsicles vs 6. Turns out the second reason is null because I found out they make a 10 slot stainless steel holder as well here!

If my freezer was out of reach of my children (who are, by the way, addicted to these popsicles!), then I would have chosen the stainless steel 100%.

About the Silicone molds: These molds are made from food-grade silicone, BPA free, super easy to clean and dishwasher safe. If they ever break (which I do not see happening for quite a long time), you can easily slice these up and use them all around the kitchen for random things (I love to use them as heat protectors). You want to boil these in a large pot of water for a good 10 minutes before using.

Tips: To get the popsicles out without any hassle, simply run under lukewarm water for about 10 seconds. They slide right out after! These popsicles are quite large so the boys will have half and then we will simply put them back into the mold. You can also make these half the size by just filling halfway and then pushing the popsicle stick all the way down 🙂 

 

 

The Stainless Steel Mold

stainless steel popsicle molds
Aren’t these beautiful!? I have to say, the stainless steel molds are just stunning. The stainless steel molds have more parts than the silicone molds and require a bit of organization on your part (if you find yourself losing small pieces easily, just come join me on the silicone mold side hehe).

The stainless steel molds are made of BPA free 304 food grade stainless steel. I have heard that these popsicles freeze much quicker than the silicone molds (our molds take a good 3-4 hours to freeze in the silicone molds). I have also heard that the rack for the popsicles is MUCH more stable than the silicone molds. If I do not have the silicone molds perfectly stable and upright in my freezer, they will spill out. These seem to not have that issue because of the heavy-duty stand!

Tips: Just like with the silicone mold, simply run some lukewarm water over the mold to pop out the popsicles 🙂 

 

 The Ingredients

The main reason that I went overboard with recipes is that I want to really make one thing clear: ANYTHING goes in popsicles. If you can make it into a smoothie, you can make it into a popsicle. If you can blend it, you can lick it haha!

Each Healthy Popsicle Recipe can be adjusted to your personal needs such as:

 

Allergies: If you are allergic to any ingredient listed, simply swap out! Do not fear the unknown here, it is so fun to learn new things in the kitchen.

Sweetness: We generally stick to bananas, Medjool dates, maple syrup or berries for the added sweetness in our popsicles. You can mix this up with whatever sweetener you prefer as well.

Butters: If your children are having friends over and you are worried about nut allergies, go ahead and stick with sunflower butter. You may need to add more sweetener additions to the mix but just taste test and adjust as needed.

Added Fats: I love to add extra fats to any of these popsicle creations. You can sub out 1/2 of the plant milk for canned coconut milk, you can toss in some avocado, or even soaked and rinsed cashew nuts.

Supplements / Powders / Superfoods: As I said before, if you can blend it, you can lick it! Do not be afraid to add your favorite daily superfoods to these popsicles. I love to add spirulina, chia seeds, hemp seeds, moringa, and more to my popsicle creations! If you are making these for children, just be sure to know exactly what you are putting into their popsicles. I do not give the boys moringa, but I do give them a small portion of spirulina. Chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and more are always added to their mixes. Adult tip: Don’t forget to check out the last two recipes, JUST for adults!

The Healthy Popsicle Recipes

 

Refreshing Lemonade

lemondade popsicle

  • 3 cups non-dairy yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk (I enjoy almond milk)
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup, Medjool dates or your preference for sweetener
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

The Sweet P

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 medium/large, cooked sweet potato
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Bake/boil your sweet potato first. Let cool. Remove skin.

Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and add topper/sticks. Freeze overnight.

 

The Green Monster

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 1 small knob ginger, grated
  • 1 cup spinach or your favorite salad greens
  • 1/4 cup parsley (lightly packed)
  • 2-3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large banana (ripe, please!)
  • 2 Medjool dates or 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp spirulina

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend. You can make this a smooth blend or a chunky blend! Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

Beets by Mom

  • 1 beet, medium/large in size, juiced
  • 1 sweet apple, sliced
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 2-3 carrots, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

If you have a high-speed blender, toss in the beets and carrots and blend up! Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, add the topper/sticks and freezer overnight.

If you do not have a high-speed blender, you can juice them!

 

Berry Bomb

  • 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 heaping cup frozen raspberries
  • 1.5 cups baby spinach (lightly packed)
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1/2 cup fresh water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or chunky (your preference). Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

The Picky Eater

  • 1 sweet apple, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup kale, stem removed
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice OR any fresh squeeze juice (Beet juice was shockingly amazing in this)

Add the kale, orange juice, and celery first. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

Strawberry Banana

  • 1 large banana or 2 small bananas, ripe and frozen
  • 15 fresh strawberries, trimmed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Minty Fresh

  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (taste and adjust as needed)

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until well mixed. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

Creamsicle

  • 1.5 cups of orange juice
  • 1.5 cups vanilla non-dairy yogurt

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

Lavender Infusion

  • 3/4 cup Oat or Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender
  • 1.5 cups non-dairy yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 3 Medjool dates or 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • For Adults: I find that adding Chai tea spice to this is amazing as well!

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Chocolate Addict

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I really enjoyed vanilla soy and almond milk)
  • 2 ripe and frozen bananas (the more ripe, the better)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 5-6 Medjool dates
  • 1-2 tbsp of any seed or nut works here

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

PB&J

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy plant milk (I enjoyed vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup all-natural peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3 Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (you can also use a ripe banana!)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or chunky (your preference). Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

Peachy Keen

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy plant milk
  • 1 cup non-dairy yogurt, plain
  • 3-4 fresh peaches (1.5 cups amount when diced)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp flax meal

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until well mixed. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

 

Raspberry Cocoa

  • 1.5 cups non-dairy plant milk
  • 2 cups Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1-2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Pineapple Express

  • 3/4 cups coconut water or fresh water
  • 1/4 cup kale (stems removed)
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 large or 2 small ripe bananas, frozen
  • 2 cups diced pineapple
  • 1 tsp spirulina or favorite supplement

I like to blend the kale/spinach/coconut water first. Once blended, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Orange Carrot

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 small knob ginger, grated
  • 1 cup diced pineapple or mango

If you have a high-speed blender, you can just add the carrot in first and blend until smooth. Then go ahead and add in the orange juice, grated ginger, and pineapple/mango. Blend until smooth and pour into popsicle molds.

If you do not have a high-speed blender, you will need to juice the carrots first OR you can steam them and then blend them!

Lime & Coconut H2O

  • 1 lime, freshly squeeze
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1.5 cups diced pineapple
  • 1/2 banana, very ripe
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 heaping cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp chia, flax or hemp seeds

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or chunky (your preference). Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Cucumber Surprise

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1.5 cups diced honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Add the cucumber, honeydew melon and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth. Toss in the mint leaves and do a quick blend so that the leaves are just broken down. Pour into popsicle molds, add topper/popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

ADULTS ONLY

 

If you are craving some caffeine in your popsicle treats, be sure to try these out! I like to blend up a small batch of these and add to the mold with my sons veggie popsicles :). Martin adores these!

 

Mocha Baby

  • 2 cups of coffee
  • 3/4 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (adjust as needed)
  • An option that I never skip: 1-2 tbsp vegan chocolate chips 🙂

Brew your coffee and then let it cool (You can just make a big batch and store it in the fridge for the week if you like). Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Coconut Coffee

  • 1 can coconut milk (I like full fat but feel free to use reduced)
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coffee, brewed and chilled

Brew your coffee and then let it cool (You can just make a big batch and store it in the fridge for the week if you like). Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Share your Popsicles!

If you would like to share your Healthy Popsicle creations with us on Instagram or Facebook, please tag us with the hashtag:

#WMPopsicles

I’m so excited to see all that you create and play around with!

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