The Kids Are Alright: Smiling Planet
6.19.12

We’re in love with this fresh, adorable children’s brand based in Venice, CA.  Smiling Planet creates all-natural goods for baby so sweet and delicate-looking, you can’t help but to envision all the precious little moments they will surely become a part of.

From small plates and bowls to child-sized bedding and apparel, Smiling Planet offers swoon-worthy goods for the entire home. All of the whimsical designs are hand-drawn by the brand’s founder Freddy Deane, who forms half of this husband-and-wife duo. His better half, Olivia Haviland, brings to the plate (quite literally) her 150-year family heritage in fine porcelain!

The sweet and delicate designs will likely become children’s favorites. If your family truly falls in love with the tiny prints, Smiling Planet offers hand-drawn books and coloring books, too!

With the goal of providing families with sustainable and organic choices for the home, all of Smiling Planet tableware is BPE-free and their newly designed bedding collection is made with all organic materials. All goods are 100% recycled and 100% recyclable, including medical-grade, high purity, number #5 polypropylene and CPSIA-compliant. They use non-toxic inks, and are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead.  Just hearing what this children’s line is free from makes you realize what your current products could be full of!

Now available in New York at ABC Home and Carpet and at Lost and Found in LA, business is booming for Smiling Planet and with good reason.  Parents everywhere are becoming more and more savvy about keeping their children’s home environments safe and green and brands like Smiling Planet are making it easy for them to do so in style.

Giveaway!

One lucky TCM mommy will win a Smiling Planet organic quilt and pillow set!  Enter to win the elephant-printed quilt set pictured in our slideshow by leaving your comments below.  What are your top child-friendly green tips or favorite family-friendly eco-brands? We want to hear from you!

 


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  1. I’m not sure if it’s the kind of tip you’re after, but my favorite green and child-friendly thing to do with my little boy is make green smoothies – he loves them and will gulp down spinach, celery, mint and cucumber and ask for more! He’s happy and I know he’s healthy. One of my favorite family eco-brands is Nature Baby from New Zealand – I love their organic cotton and merino clothing, and what they generally stand for.

    Gemma | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  2. I love to make things with the kids out of scraps and recyclables…and nature!
    Early on take your kids shopping at the green market and show them all the great veggies out there!

  3. I’m trying to teach my child to reuse our things as much as possible. We also do a lot of walking, and use our bike trailer whenever possible. Why drive when you can exerise, explore, and help the environment all at the same time?!?

    UclaMom | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  4. I’m teaching my 4 and 2 year olds about recycling by making it fun for them. They love collecting things in the kitchen at the end of the day and taking them out in the garage to sort! It’s like a game to them. Buy fun containers, decorate them, be creative!

    Tanya C. | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  5. My 2 year Old Daughter and I are big fans of Pinterest :) -We are constantly making crafts from recycled materials. Recently we made some rain toys from toilet paper rolls :). We are always consigning her clothes at a local store to get more use out of them. We love books so instead of buying them we borrow them from the library and before we return them we make sure we return them better than what we got them by cleaning them. Over all we like to be green and preserve our world and do anything we can to make that possible :)

    Monica Navarro | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  6. A recent green thing in our home was when my husband involved our 2.5 yr-old daughter in gardening. She poked her fingers in the soil to plant the seeds and when they were done, they made a chart showing where each plant was sown. They put it up on the fridge and when people came over, our daughter would show them “Avi’s Garden” and recite all the plants in it. We also recently subscribed to The Honest Company’s household bundle and we are loving their products!

  7. My son and I love spending time in the vegetable garden. He helps me pick lettuce and herbs for dinner, and apples straight from the tree. His grandparents have a farm with chickens and we collect the eggs each day when we visit. It’s so important our kids know where their food comes from and that it’s not from the supermarket shelf!

    Michael | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  8. I tend to be all for the “little guy” mom and pop organizations that are coming out with some wonderful baby products. From Green Sprouts to my local Farmer’s Market to Etsy.com, I love exploring hand crafted products that leave me guilt free, and my daughter very happy.

    Mariam | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  9. My little ones go through endless napkins/wipes in the course of a day, so long ago we made the switch to a paperless kitchen- we have a nice stash of both pretty and purely functional cloth napkins and wipes. The pretty ones I took the time to sew, the wipes are my hubby’s old shirts cut up with pinking shears. They all get tossed in with the other laundry so it doesn’t add more work.

    Jess | 06.19.2012 | Reply
  10. Congratulations Joanna: you’ve won our Smiling Planet Giveaway! Thank you to all for the lovely comments!

    The Chalkboard | 06.25.2012 | Reply

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