Today we have the chance to change the way we shop for kids. From toys to clothes to educational materials, we can try to purchase things that are good for the environment, made in sustainable ways, and are ultimately easy to repurpose or recycle. Avoiding plastic whenever possible is a kindness we can give to the earth.

Choosing products that can inspire a love of nature in children, who will one day be the custodians of the earth, is another thing that can help in the future fight against climate change. Gifts that stimulate their curiosity and offer learning opportunities may contribute to their development into insightful, involved, compassionate adults.

Finally, when considering what gift to give a child, it may be time to turn away from the endless stream of unwanted toys and instead give a child an experience. One child psychotherapist claims that a walk in the woods, a day at the beach, or a weekend road trip exploring new places can be an investment in your child’s brain development, in addition to creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Our children are going to inherit a world filled with climate challenges. It is their generation that will have the opportunity to make a world of difference.

Henry and Etta

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Sprout Plantable Pencil

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Sprout is the Danish company behind the original plantable pencil. Each Sprout pencil is equipped with a biodegradable seed capsule containing a coveted seed variety. When the pencil is too short to write, simply turn…
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Chipper Handmade Rattles

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Small is beautiful! And supporting local craftspeople is a great way to find unique items, and to be kind to the environment. Individual handmade items don’t require the scale of large manufacturing, and don’t use…
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Established in 2015, Parkland Design & Manufacturing creates bags and accessories for everyday life. The exterior fabric of all Parkland products is made from 100% recycled water bottles. Their mission is to inspire others to…
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4M’s Green Science Kits can teach young science enthusiasts how to harness the power of wind and convert it into electricity, desalinate water, harness the light of the sun to power a solar rover using…
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The Green Toys EcoSaucer™ Flying Disc is made in California from 100% recycled plastic milk bottles. The saucer has no BPA, phthalates or PVC. The packaging is made from recycled and recyclable materials, and printed…
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