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What to Do About Books Linked to Rainforest Destruction

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

RainforestLooking to buy your kids some new books for Christmas? You may want to check out the publishing company’s environmental policies before you purchase.

Last week, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) accused HarperCollins publishing company of using fiber from Indonesia’s endangered rainforests for some of their children’s books, including one of their bestsellers, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas. RAN is calling on HarperCollins to boycott the Indonesian paper firms that supply them with these materials. But HarperCollins is firing back, saying that they stopped using the fiber last February. RAN however, doesn’t believe the publisher: “This is the second time that HarperCollins has claimed it has stopped using controversial Indonesian fiber,” says Robin Averbeck, a Forest Campaigner with RAN. “While RAN is encouraged by HarperCollins’ latest public statement, we see it as a statement of intention without the teeth of verification and transparency that a truly robust policy requires to credibly ensure controversial fiber is no longer entering its supply chains.” While RAN’s campaign just focused on the top ten U.S. children’s book publishers, it is also possible that other smaller publishers printing overseas may be using the fiber as well.

So what should you do if your daughter loves Fancy Nancy? RAN recommends contacting HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray to tell him you don’t want books linked to rainforest destruction. In addition, kids and parents can write to their favorite authors and urge them to advocate directly with HarperCollins. “I am sure that no author wants paper from rainforest destruction in their book, and authors, encouraged by their readers, can help by becoming internal advocates with HarperCollins,” Averbeck says. And if you aren’t sure what materials went into making a book by a smaller publishing company, you can ask publishers if they have an environmentally-friendly paper policy in place (and if they don’t, encourage them to adopt one!).

Image: Mangrove Forest Conservation Area via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Update Urged on Children’s Online Privacy
Aiming to catch up with fast-churning technology that touches children’s lives every day, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday proposed long-awaited changes to regulations covering online privacy for children.

Number of Kids Poisoned by Household Medications Up 28 Percent
Every year, half a million kids age 5 and younger get into household medications and are poisoned.

White House Details Plans for More Digital Learning
The White House will unveil plans Friday for a research center that aims to infuse more digital learning into the nation’s classrooms. The center, dubbed “Digital Promise,” will aid the rapid development of new learning software, educational games and other technologies, in part through helping educators vet what works and what doesn’t.

Colleges Moving Away from Plastic Water Bottles
According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), 14 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have campus-wide bans on the sale of plain bottled water, while another dozen or so have bans that cover a portion of campus.

Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated
Joshua and Jacob Spates, who spent their first seven months outside the womb as conjoined twins, are recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit of a Memphis hospital after a successful 13-hour surgery to separate them.

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Have Fun Going Green! Join the Recycle-Bowl Competition

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Recycle-BowlIt’s the beginning of a new school year, which means lots of brown bags, plastic baggies, and other recyclable materials are being thrown away each day. We found a fun way to not only teach your children the importance of recycling, but also help out their entire school.

Keep America Beautiful is running a nationwide recycling competition, Recycle-Bowl, for elementary, middle, and high school students. The competition runs from October 17 through November 12, but registration is now open on the event’s website. Register your school for the competition and find lots of helpful resources about recycling. Schools participating in the competition division will record the amount of material they recycle each week. At the end of the contest, one school from every state will win $1,000, based on the most recycled material per person per school. An additional $2,500 will be awarded to the top school in the country.

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Gardening Fun for Kids: Windowsill Peas

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Screen shot 2011-03-22 at 10.56.33 AMYou might not associate temperatures in the 40s with gardening, but mid-March is actually the perfect time to plant peas, according to gardening expert Rebecca P. Cohen, author of the new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. She recommends planting them in containers outside or, if it feels too nippy to be digging in your garden, on a windowsill. It’s an easy project for little ones to help out with—and peas are one of the most exciting vegetables to grow (add a stake to each container, and your kids will enjoy watching the peas vine up the sticks over the coming weeks). If you don’t want to deal with soil, you can even use wet newspaper with the seed pressed up against the glass, Cohen notes. Within seven days, your seed will sprout!

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Get Outside: It’s National Wildlife Week!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

After this year’s extra cold winter, your kids are probably itching to get outside now that temperatures are warming up. Here’s one more reason to do it right now: It’s National Wildlife Week!

In order to connect families and communities to nature, help us raise healthier children, and instill in future generations a life-long appreciation for the environment, the National Wildlife Federation is offering up a slew of awesome outdoor activity ideas for families (everything from looking for animal tracks to creating a nature journal), plus some great online games and printables for kids.

So go on and celebrate nature!

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ThredUp.com Launches Holiday Toy Swap

Monday, December 6th, 2010

save-with-thredup-2Has your kid outgrown a board game? Or is there a stuffed animal collecting dust in the corner?  Instead of throwing them away or holding a garage sale, swap them this year or all year round on ThredUp.com.

ThredUp.com is an online exchange marketplace where parents can conveniently trade gently-used clothes with each other to save money on items their children no longer need or want.  This holiday season, ThredUp.com is encouraging parents to swap gently-used toys along with clothes–this way, parents can save time on shopping, reduce their shopping expenditures, and go green by cutting back on wasteful spending.

Members of the website browse for a box of toys and/or clothes they would like from another parent, then pay a flat fee of $5 plus shipping to receive that box.  ThredUp.com then provides a shipping label and schedules an home pick-up of the box to be sent.  Or the box can also be mailed at the local post office.  ThredUp.com wants to help budget-conscious parents save $500,000 this year through the toy and clothing swap.

Finally, you can get rid of that fire truck with the annoying siren and find a more unique (and, perhaps, quieter) gift to give your kids this year.

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Earth Day Craft Extravaganza

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Crafty Crow is doing a great series of posts asking the question “What can you make with ______?”. These are the perfect eco-crafts for, you guessed it, Earth Day! (That’s tomorrow if you forgot!) Now go root through your recycling bin and get crafty!

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Beautiful bottle cap crafts.

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Egg-celent egg carton crafts.

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Precious plastic crafts.

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Whimsical wine cork crafts.

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Goody Green: Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

51y1rnmWKsL._SS500_ I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Alan Greene (a pediatrician and spokesperson for the green baby movement) and hearing first hand his expert advice on raising a child who loves nutritious foods like fruits and veggies from his new book, Feeding Baby Green. 

Dr. Greene's program isn't simply about buying organically grown produce and staying away from fast food. It's about the bigger picture when it comes to passing on healthy eating habits to your kids and keeping them safe. I personally loved learning about what Dr. Greene calls "nutritional intelligence" and the simple steps that parents can take to teach babies and kids to not just eat well, but love those healthy foods from the start.

Get a taste of Dr. Greene's helpful tips by checking out the Make Your Baby a Veggie Lover story, on page 38, in Parents November issue (on stands now!).

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