Strokes of Genius!
Strokes of Genius!
cool stuff strokes of | by Candace Walsh | photos by Melyssa Holik genius 1 Get back in the swing of school time with this ingenious green gear. Lunch boxes: Each season, I look forward to see- 17 Strokes-161FINAL.indd 68 ing the innovative lunch boxes cooked up by some very creative designers. Three featured here have bento stylings: the 1 Go Green lunch box is designed for kids but cute enough for mom (www.gogreenlunchbox.com). The recycled and recyclable orange 2 Goodbyn lunch box has two parts: the bottom, with five compartments, and the top, which serves as a lid for the entire box and for each of its compartments. And it comes with lots of fun stickers so that your child can customize it (www.goodbyn. com). Like the Go Green, the 3 Alien lunch box has nesting containers in a sturdy insulated bag (www.lap toplunches.com). The 4 Fleurville Lunch Buddy, shown here in the Pink Cocoa Stripe pattern, could pass as a purse (www.fleurville.com). Tired of snack being eaten for lunch and vice versa? The 5 Balanced Day Kitty Kat bag provides clarity with its two equal compartments (www.balanceddaylunchkit.com). Inside the lunch box: Bye-bye, plastic baggies and aluminum foil—the zero-waste lunch movement has innovatively reworked the interiors of lunch boxes. 6 Cloth Lunch Skins are sleeves for sandwiches and snacks that clean up nicely in the dishwasher (www.creativetoyshop.com). 7 Metal LunchBots are way cute, sturdy, and almost indestructible (www.lunchbots.com). 8 Aladdin has just introduced the Do Lunch line of recycled and recyclable snack and lunch containers in fruity colors (www.aladdin-pmi.com). The crafty-chic 9 Abeego Flat is a beeswax-coated blend of hemp and cotton that folds up to hold a sandwich or snacks (www.abeego.ca). 10 Eco Packs are appropriately wee for those dollops of dressing and last bits of blueberries (www.balanceddaylunchkit. com). And you won’t need to go digging for your fork with this tidy set of 11 To-GoWare bamboo utensils in their own microtote (www.to-goware.com). Backpacks to look for: the smart green 12 Milkdot Top Kat (www.milkdot.com), and Ecogear’s very dear, über-smooshable cotton 13 Ecozoo Puppy backpack (www.ecogear-products.com). School-supply stars: 14 Lyra Groove jumbo triangular colored pencils featuring fingertip grip zones, and 15 Ticonderoga Renew Tire Pencils, made from recycled rubber tires (both from www.dixonusa.com); 16 Banana Paper notebooks, made from post-consumer waste and banana-leaf fibers, and 17 Green Apple Highlighter Pencils (both from www.mypumpkindoodle.com). Carolina Pad’s 18 Girls on the Run Dreamsicle notebooks contain positive messages and encouragements (www. carolinapad.com). For naptime, the 19 Willow Store’s organic mini ComfySlumber pillow is eco-wool in a case of supremely soft cotton flannel (www.thewillowstore.com). The 20 Soft Party Dress has concealed seams to keep all children comfortable—especially those with sensoryintegration challenges (www.softclothing.net). New from Scandinavia: the organic-cotton 21 Landscape Green summer shorts set, which can also be used as pajamas when the temperature drops (www.vyssanlull.com). Random acts of genius: 22 Biodegradable Skoy cloths are great reusable substitutes for paper towels— they absorb 15 times their own weight (www.skoycloth. com). 23 Snottykins organic cotton mini-handkerchiefs wipe noses sustainably, and were inspired by Peggy O’Mara’s suggestion, in “A Quiet Place,” that we “bring the handkerchief back” (www.limegreenmonkey.com). 24 Fairytale Wishes Super Hero and Sweet Dreams sprays use aromatherapy to help children feel brave in insecure moments (www.fairytalewishesinc.com). 25 Lined greeting cards encourage snail-mail correspondence and handwriting practice (www.designschooledkids. com). The 26 Packin’ Smart Stack-N-Seal food-storage tower allows for both variety and space efficiency, and it’s free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC (www.innobaby.com). Candace Walsh, mom to Honorée and Nathaniel, is Mothering’s features editor and product reviewer. 6/4/10 4:10:32 PM 4 9 14 2 24 10 7 25 16 3 18 26 12 15 21 8 11 10 22 20 10 19 13 5 23 J u l y – Au g u s t 2 0 1 0 Strokes-161FINAL.indd 69 6 | mothering.com 69 6/4/10 4:12:00 PM