tag: school

toxic lunch boxes

September 5, 2012

Posted by in simple living

phthalates. they’re a nasty little chemical that is linked to serious health problems, including asthma, adhd, and diabetes and it’s showing up (in staggering quantities) in lunch boxes of all kinds. oh no!

after reading this article by change.org, i was saddened at the information. though the chemicals are tightly regulated in toys, school supplies like lunchboxes aren’t labeled as such, so there is no regulation on the levels of toxic chemicals like phthalates that they can contain.

a recent study from the center for health, environment & justice found that all the children’s lunch boxes tested contained up to 30 times the amount of toxic chemiclas deemed safe by the federal government. (and disney lunch boxes ranked amongst the worst- eep!).

here to the resuce are a plethora of handmade, beautiful lunch boxes, many of them organic!

safe (and beautiful!) lunch boxes

one: lunch bag – $47
two: don’t forget me lunch bag – $20
three: eco-friendly lunch bag – $11.99
four: insulated lunch bag – $26
five: organic insulated lunch bag set – $60
six: waxed canvas lunch bag – $48
seven: screen printed snack bag – $7
eight: organic snack bags – $18

and if you’re up for making one yourself, be sure to check out this tutorial!

*update! thankfully, it has been brought to my attention that oilcloth is not the safest alternative! you may want to consider choosing a different food safe (or organic) fabric, especially if you refer to the tutorial above. :)

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Posted by in christmas

happy friday, friends! today will be the last gift guide, as next week is dedicated to free downloads and christmas diy projects. have a beautiful weekend! xox

school supplies gift guide

if you’re not in school yourself, most all of us have a someone in our lives who is. whether it’s high school or college, here are some handmade gift ideas for the student- rock on education!

row 1: off to college embroidery pattern – $5 | square shaped leather backpack – $150 | yoga mat bag – $19.50

row 2: a.c. slater card – $3.50 | 2012 planner – $30 | bike pannier bags – $120

row 3: natural wood pencil holder – $10 | wood pencil holder – $59 | canvas messenger bag – $65

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valentine’s day diy

February 4, 2011

valentine's day diy
 
valentine’s day card exchange at school. i can still remember the feeling of excitement i would get when it was my turn to hand out my (hand crafted) valentine’s day cards to all my classmates. fast-forward some 6 or 7 (very awkward) years to the days where my high school would sell bouquets of flowers to students to be delivered to their sweethearts. i would get the nervous jitter bugs everytime someone opened the classroom door with a delivery of flowers, only to see them passed to a neighbor (though i think i did receive a bouquet from a ‘secret admirer’ once… creepy?).

my point? i think these diy heart pins from the purl bee would be the perfect project for this year’s valentine’s day exchange at any school. easy to make and suitable for kids- i just love this v-day diy!

valentine's day diy
 
don’t have kids? i think these would be so pretty pinned to your valentine’s day cards or attached to pretty wool jacket. what do you think? i love the array of colors here, i’m not sure i could choose a favorite (but if i had to, it’d probably be that peachy cream or mustard yellow). head on over to the purl bee for the full diy!

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