Posts Tagged ‘ green solutions ’ 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 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, 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. 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. 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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Eco-Packaging: The Latest from YoBaby

Friday, October 15th, 2010

It’s almost five o’clock, but before we head out for a weekend of apple picking and haunted hayrides, we wanted to make sure we left you with a little food for thought to tide you over until Monday.

Earlier this week, Stonyfield Farm, the organic yogurt manufacturer that whips up YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids, became the most recent company to hop on the sustainable-packaging bandwagon when it debuted the first yogurt cup made from plant-based plastic.

“Moms trust us to do the right thing and that’s something we take very seriously,” explained Gary Hirshberg, the company’s president and CE-Yo.” We’ve worked hard to produce a plant-based cup that’s an easy way for moms to ‘pay it forward’ to their kids.”

The cups look and feel just like the old ones (unlike attempts from Sun Chips, whose noisy biodegradable bag has been pulled from shelves), cut carbon emissions by 48 percent, and – the best part – are available in multipacks without any price increase.

We want to know what you think about sustainable packaging: Do products like these inspire the way you shop, or are they just another gimmick? Let us know in the comments!

For more information about this project, check out Made from Plants, a short film about sustainability, here.

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