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Eco-friendly Art Supplies for Your Little Artist

I love doing crafts with my little one but I’m always on the lookout for art supplies that I know are safe for me, for my child, and for the environment. Believe it or not, there are a myriad of natural, non-toxic, and planet-friendly alternatives to the chemical-laden markers, paints, and glues we often find on the shelves. Here’s a list of our favorite eco-friendly finds for your little budding artist.

1. Clementine Art: Natural Modeling Dough

source: creativebrainsonline.com

source: creativebrainsonline.com

Clementine Art carries an array of natural and green art supplies for kids – from washable paint colored with Mayan mineral earth pigments to soy crayon rocks, but we love the scented modeling dough. Colored with turmeric, carmine and spinach, the dough comes in fresh flavors like strawberry, lemon, and lime. And moms can rest assured that their little ones are playing safe; Clementine products are certified non-toxic, free of synthetic preservatives, animal byproducts or petroleum bases (just in case your little one decides to sneak a nibble).

2. Eco-finger paint

source: http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/

source: http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/

What kid doesn’t like to get her hands dirty? And what mom doesn’t like the sound of all natural ingredients? We’re liking this powder based finger paint from eco-kids, another great line of eco-friendly art supplies for kids. Ingredients include flour, annatto seed, carrots, spinach, earth clay, red grapeseed, purple sweet potato, gardenia, red cabbage and cornstarch – almost sounds more like a salad than paint! Eco-kids also carries other essential art supplies like eco-glue, eco-crayons, and eco-dough. Not only are we big fans of this brand, but we became friends with the owners of this super nice, family owned business at the NY International Gift Fair!

3. Coccoina Glue

source: www.seejanework.com

source: www.seejanework.com

Whether you’re doing paper crafts, school projects, or scrapbooking, glue sticks are a staple for all sorts of kid’s crafts. We’re digging this Italian-made variety called Coccoina. Made from potato starch, these glue sticks are gluten free, non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. Not to mention, they smell like yummy almond marzipan.

4. Fortune Cookie Crayons

source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns

source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns

And now for the cutest, planet-friendly crayons EVER – check out these adorable fortune cookie crayons from Ivy Lane Design. This Etsy shop owner and mother of two really knows how to upcycle. Her crayons are hand poured and made from broken bits and pieces left over at the end of each school year. She travels around to elementary schools and collects bags and boxes full of old crayons that would otherwise go in the trash. Check out her Etsy shop for other fun crayon shapes.

5. Paper plates and toilet paper rolls

source: http://www.parents.com

source: http://www.parents.com

Some of the best craft supplies are the ones that we already have laying around the house. If you have paper plates, toilet paper rolls, (and just a little bit of imagination) you will never run out of things to make with your kids. Turn a paper plate into a bird nest or a tambourine. Make racecars or binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. The possibilities are endless. Looking for an easy way to turn nothing into something? That’s what we’re all about at Box Play for Kids. Check out our website for custom-designed children’s stickers that (combined with a little imagination) turn toilet paper rolls into rocket ships, egg cartons into pianos, cardboard boxes into cameras, and much more!!

Winner, Winner!

Our first trip to the New York International Gift Fair was a huge success. We received two awards – Bloggers Best Baby & Child New Product Award and The Eco Choice Award in the Most Sellable category. So excited to be available in several new stores. You can check them out here.

We discovered some great companies and made new friends with Grass & Clovers, Lollacup, Good Seeds, Eco-Kids and Wee Gallery to name a few.

Press Release: Three Companies Receive Summer 2012 Eco-Choice Awards

Press Contact:
Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251
cathysteel@cathysteelassociates.com
NYIGF Press Information

THREE COMPANIES RECEIVE SUMMER 2012 ECO-CHOICE AWARDS
Online Voting Determine Best “Green” Products To Be Featured at NYIGF

NEW YORK, NY, August 17, 2012… As a result of popular balloting, three companies – are you?, Box Play for Kids and Iskin – have been named winners of the 6th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards recognizing the most innovative and environmentally responsible gift, home, and lifestyle products at the summer 2012 New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), August 18-22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal’s Piers
92 & 94.

For the first time in the competition’s history, voting took place online for the Eco Choice Awards, co-sponsored by NYIGF and GREENRetailer magazine. According to Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president, “The competition’s first ever online balloting was very well-received and a record number of votes were cast. From among 24 finalists, the three winning products really resonated with voters and were clear winners.”

Summer 2012 Eco Choice Awards winners and finalists are:

Most Innovative: Iskin, (Buenos Aires, Argentina) for its “Flora” flower vase cover made of 100% organic wool.
Finalist: Europe2 You (Roswell, GA) for its mirror sieve.
Finalist: Tesoros (Austin, TX) for its woven paper ribbon.

Most Sensitive Use of Materials: are you? (Robbinsville, NJ) for its 100% tree free cotton note cards.
Finalist: Alegria (Cupertino, CA) for its golden grass handbag.
Finalist: Woolbuddy (San Rafael, CA) for its felting giraffe.

Most Sellable: Box Play for Kids (Phoenix, AZ) for its sticker sets which transform cartons into playthings.
Finalist: Article 22 (Brooklyn, NY) for its exterior story triple bracelet set.
Finalist: Sea Stones (Windham, NH) for its drink chillers.

NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+
exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com.

Press Release: “Blogger’s Best Award” NYIGF 2012

Press Contact:
Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251
cathysteel@cathysteelassociates.com
NYIGF Press Information

 

FIVE BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS PRESENTED AT NYIGF’S BABY & CHILD

“Bloggers’ Best” Award Presented to Box Play for Kids® Stickers

 

NEW YORK, NY, August 21, 2012… Five companies were presented with Baby & ChildBest New Product Awards” today, with Box Play for Kids® receiving the “Blogger’s Best” distinction for Box Play for Kids Stickers. Baby & Child, one of 10 divisions in the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), runs through Wednesday, August 22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

In addition to the semi-annual “Blogger’s Best” award, Baby & ChildBest New Product Award” winners are recognized for excellence in four categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of eight editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites selected products which exemplified innovation, design and style.

The summer 2012 winners and finalists, selected from 116 products, are:

BLOGGER’S BEST:

Box Play for Kids® (Phoenix, AZ) for Box Play for Kids Stickers, eco friendly stickers made of 100 percent recycled paper that turn old boxes into new toys.

TOY:
Winner: PlanToys, Inc.
(Mountain View, CA) for Play House, a three-story rubberwood and PlanWood doll house with a handle to carry and a rooftop that becomes a garden.

Finalist: Fat Brain Toy Co. (Elkhorn, NE) for Tobbles Neo stacking toy.
Finalist: Juratoys US Corp
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) for Magnetibook Crazy Face.

DÉCOR:
Winner: HABA® USA
(Skaneateles, NY) for Teepee Play Tent, a portable personal space for little explorers to take exciting and creative adventures.

Finalist: Magicforest, LTD (Portsmouth, NH) for Fly With Me Hot Air Balloon Music Box.

Finalist: Milk Moon Kids (Cincinnati, OH) for Growth Charts.

GEAR:
Winner: aden + anais®
(Brooklyn, NY) for Serenity Star, a 5-in-1 electronic sleep and feeding system for mom and baby.

Finalist: MadPax (Phoenix, AZ) for BUBBLE nibbler.

Finalist: Love Mae (Stokers Siding, Australia) for Tableware – Melamine Dinnerware.

 APPAREL:
Winner: Pipopipo™
(Los Angeles, CA) for Pipopipo friends socks, which come in a reusable bamboo package with three pairs of socks designed either for boys or girls.

Finalist: Cutey Booty
(Mount Pleasant, SC) for Girl & Boy Outfit.
Finalist: Keepsake Threads (Fort Wayne, IN) for Upcycled T-Shirt Baby Bibs.

“Across the board, Baby & Child showcases innovation and new design directions,” said Randi Mohr, Baby & Child Sales Manager. “These products in particular stand apart in their inspired excellence.”

The Best New Product Award judges were: Joanna Dreifus, MyMomShops.com; Joann Fallon, Baby & Kids; Lynda M. Johnson, KidsStyleSource.com; Caroline Kennedy, Playthings; Jane Kitchen, Kids Today; Nancy Lombardi, Toys & Family Entertainment; Leesa Valentino, TheGiggleGuide.com; and Angela Velasquez, Earnshaw’s.

Baby & Child features 150 companies offering sophisticated and purpose-driven products for children 0-10 years. NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+ exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware.

The winter 2013 NYIGF edition will take place Saturday, January 26, through Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com.