jillybean green was featured on the very popular Los Angeles morning news program, GOOD DAY LA on December 17th. Celebrity television host, Kym Douglas (best selling author, radio personality, fashion and beauty expert - regularly featured on Ellen) and GOOD DAY LA personaliteis Jillian Barbieri Reynolds and Dorothy Lucey did a segment on Holiday Gifts for Kids and featured the Batman Shirt and Cape we have in our store and directed viewers to our site to check it out! You should check it out too, just an adorable gift for the little caped crusader in your life.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Did you know the average school-age child generates 67 pounds of lunch trash per school year? It seems most thoughtful to pack lunches with as little garbage as possible and that is why metal lunchboxes are a great reusable option. The Center for Environmental Health recommends metal lunchboxes as a good alternative to vinyl. All of these personalized metal lunchboxes are lead free and made in the USA! Tons of boy and girl styles to choose from! Check out our personalized gift section to see all of the fun and funky options.
Also great for storing toys, crayons/school supplies, crafts, trading cards or snacks in your home, car or for play dates. Personalize with the child's name or monogram, it's up to you!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We just love these mobiles that were recently added to jillybean green. They are so modern, chic and best of all...eco-friendly! They make a great modern addition to any child's room. They are laser-cut from sustainably harvested bamboo, an earth-friendly renewable resource. There are 4 different styles to choose from and all available now. Made in the U.S.A. and packaged by a San Francisco non-profit that employs adults with disabilities. What a great gift or addition to your little one's beautiful room.
Friday, September 4, 2009
What fun! These paintable products provide hours of creative fun for the kids. Let their artistic side come out while they decorate their own building. Winner of The Dr. Toy's 2009 Best Green Product Award, Creative Child Magazine's Top Toy of the Year Award and the iParenting Media Award. There is something for every kid's style, boy or girl. They have a country cottage, fire station, schoolhouse and barn. All 100% eco-friendly too. What could be better? So, turn off the TV, put the video games away, and give your kids a few hours of artistic fun. These are also great for birthday party crafts. Available on jillybean green. Grab yours now, they will go fast!
Friday, August 28, 2009
But this year parents have more choices when it comes to eco-friendly options--and some of the biggest retailers are making organic cotton clothing (http://www.naturallysavvy.com/naturally-green/eco-living/beauty-a-fashion/598-wear-your-eco-heart-on-your-sleeve) more affordable than ever before.
Not only has organic cotton clothing hit the mainstream, the biggest brands and retailers are some of its biggest champions. According to the Organic Exchange (http://www.organicexchange.org/), an organization that promotes organic cotton farming, Wal-Mart, Nike, and H&M are among the top 10 worldwide brands or sellers of organic cotton, and the organic cotton market continues to grow, with most planning to expand their organic cotton lines to an average of 33 percent of their product by 2010.
"It is a sign of the times that despite ominous financial forecasts, brands and retailers are standing fast to their commitment to making their product lines more sustainable by increasing their use of organic cotton," says LaRhea Pepper, Organic Exchange senior director.
Choosing to purchase organic cotton clothing for your kids may seem insignificant in the face of global warming or energy use, but the environmental benefits are actually substantial.
Conventional cotton production consumes 25 percent of all insecticides and 10 percent of all pesticides used throughout the world, according to the Organic Exchange (http://www.organicexchange.org/), but cotton is grown on just 2.4 percent of the world's arable land.
In California alone, 5.8 million pounds of chemicals were used on cotton farms in 2005, according to the Sustainable Cotton Project (http://www.sustainablecotton.org/), an organization that brings together farmers, manufacturers and consumers of organic cotton--and the sunshine state is only responsible for 10 to 14 percent of yearly U.S. cotton production (http://www.ccgga.org/cotton_information/calif_cotton.html).
Not only does conventional cotton growing use a disproportionately high amount of chemicals, almost half of the pesticides used in cotton farming are designated hazardous by the World Health Organization, and according to the Environmental Justice Foundation (http://www.ejfoundation.org/page327.html), just one teaspoon of Aldicarb (http://www.pesticide.org/aldicarb.pdf), the number two pesticide used in cotton production, can kill an adult.
These chemicals also cause secondary environmental effects. Many cotton pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are easily absorbed by rainwater and are carried into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Pesticides are also a significant source of greenhouse gases, which is a major cause of global warming (http://www.naturallysavvy.com/naturally-green/climate-change/879-global-warming).
Going organic has two benefits: It eliminates the use of toxic chemicals and promotes biodiversity, which is key to a healthy ecosystem. Many organic farmers rotate crops to keep the soil healthy, and some farmers grow trap crops alongside their cotton fields to divert pests, and others plant a strip of alfalfa because a problem pest, Lygus, actually prefers alfalfa.
To put pesticide use in perspective, it takes about one-quarter to one-third of a pound of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to produce just one t-shirt. Purchasing four organic cotton t-shirts means a pound of chemicals did not enter the ecosystem.
Choosing organic cotton clothing for your kids also affords the opportunity to teach your kids how to make eco-friendly, sustainable (http://www.naturallysavvy.com/naturally-green/climate-change/1032-toward-sustainability-make-a-difference-in-the-push-for-a-sustainable-future) choices that work for them and won't cost you an arm and a leg.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
If you are thinking about your baby shower, an exciting new trend is having/hosting green baby showers. Here are some great tips on how to have your own Green Shower.
A baby shower is a celebration of life and it should be as clean, safe, and healthy as possible. Make your theme green and natural to help create a healthy world for healthy babies.
Send out evites to all of your guests. Using email invitations is a great way to quickly get the word out and track RSVPs and it’s also better for the environment (no paper, no waste, no fuel emissions from sending invites out, etc). Evite has dozens of baby shower invitations to choose from, or you can design your own.
Make it easy for your guests to find the perfect green gift by having the mom-to-be register at on-line stores such as jillybean green.
Some hostesses like to organize games and activities during the shower. If you are planning something make sure your guest of honor is comfortable with the idea (guests may get a good chuckle out of games like “Guess Her Girth,” but it can really be humiliating for mom). Also, choose something that creates little or no waste and provide green prizes like natural personal care products or soy candles. Here are some activities that could work with small or large groups:
- Guess Who - Instruct guests to bring a baby photo of themselves to the shower. Place all photos on a bulletin board or use magnets and put them on the fridge, and have guests try to match each baby photo to the guest they belong to. The winner is the person with most correct guesses.
- I Remember - Have guests share special memories from their childhood, or of their own children. These may be written and kept, or shared out loud.
- Onesie Painting - Supply organic baby t-shirts or onesies (plain white works best) and non-toxic paints or natural dyes for your guests. Have them decorate a shirt any way they want as a keepsake for baby to wear.
- Write a Letter to Baby - Have guests write a letter to the baby and save them in a scrapbook or decorative box for baby to read later in life.
- Advice - Have guests write their best baby advice and suggestions for the mother-to-be to keep and read after baby is born.
Make your nosh as nutritious and safe as possible by using local, organically grown ingredients. Serve it all up on your good china to really make the day feel special (and reduce an enormous amount of waste). Or go second best by using environmentally friendly disposables if washing a lot of dishes is unrealistic.
Keep the natural theme apparent by using potted plants as decorations. Your guests can take them home with them for a cheerful reminder of the special day.
Artfully arranged twigs, rocks and shells are another beautiful option. Even crystal bowls filled with seasonal fruit (a la Martha Stewart) can make a lovely, natural decoration.
Remember, before you decorate, clean the house using non-toxic cleansers, vacuum with a HEPA filter, and open the windows for some fresh air. It will significantly improve your indoor air quality, which is always better for baby.
Most of all, have fun!
Tips by: Janelle Sorensen
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wow, we are so happy to be featuring one of the most unique new jewelry collections called RĂNE. Talk about a conversation starter! These pieces are just exquisite and I find myself getting stopped all day when I wear my new Daisy Oro necklace or Autumn Dog Tag (shown here). All of their jewelery is made of solid 925 Sterling Silver and a big portion of which is recycled. All stones are picked and set by hand. Every piece of RĂNE jewelry arrives in a handmade bag using natural materials of burlap and 100% organic cotton. We hear that a trendy celebrity will be wearing a ring from their collection soon! We're sure it will be the first of many. Check out some of their pieces on jillybeangreen.com.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
My best friend turned me on to these bags and I LOVE THEM. They are so cute and have such great images for the kids. The best part, they are PVC & PHTHALATE FREE! I'm so thrilled to have them featured on www.jillybeangreen.com. Tons of cute styles to choose from including backpacks, toddler backpacks, lunch bags and supply boxes. Great for back-to-school. Check them out and take advantage of our 15% off sale which is still going on until August 11th (type facebook fan in the promo code section). Happy shopping.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
If you are reading this, which I hope a lot of you are, then you know about my new online boutique, jillybean green. I am so excited about it! I've been wanting to bring a store to other moms/dads who wanted to buy products for their babies/kids that are not only good for them, but the planet as well. I'm not a tree hugger (not that there is anything wrong with that) or totally green in my lifestyle, but I am trying to become greener and the start of jillybean green is moving me in the right direction. I just love the products I am featuring.
To celebrate the launch of jillybean green, I am offering 15% off your entire purchase until August 11th. What a deal. Just go to the facebook fan page for jillybean green for details or enter facebook fan in coupon code at check out. We would love for you to join our fan page!