4-way Snack Cup Set by Mother’s Corn

October 24, 2012 by  
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4-way Snack Cup Set by Mother’s Corn

Brand: Mother’s Corn

Attributes: Biodegradable, Non-Toxic

Description: Mother’s Corn 4-way Snack Cup Set is made of extracted corn starch, also known as Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), which is stronger than plastics and yet biodegradable. The cute design using non-toxic ink is safe for your children. Can be used as a soup bowl, feeding bowl, or drinking cup, and also comes with a feeding spoon.

Capacity is 240ml and is microwave-safe.

Mother’s Corn is a Korea-based company manufacturing biodegradable plastics using extracted corn starch that are safe to use and also harmless to the environment.

Mother’s Corn products are carried by i-vml, and you can buy the product by visiting their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 5 points in the following 4 criteria (updated on 21 Oct 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Mother’s Corn is committed to produce eating containers and utensils made of naturally derived ingredients such as extracted corn starch which are biodegradable in soil, and therefore less harmful towards the environment compared to conventional plastic products.

Energy and Climate Change

6. Is the product or service energy efficient or helps to conserve energy or reduce carbon emissions?

The product helps to reduce carbon emissions as it is made of corn, which takes in carbon dioxide, and does not use conventional plastics.

Materials and Waste

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

This product is made of extracted corn starch and is biodegradable in soil.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

This product is made of extracted corn starch and uses non-toxic ink for its text and design.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company uses extracted corn starch to produce its products in an attempt to replace conventional plastic products which contain more chemicals and more harmful towards the environment. Mother’s Corn products are free from hazardous ingredients such as carcinogenic substance and heavy metals.

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Ickie Bag by Tinydipity

August 29, 2012 by  
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Ickie Bag by Tinydipity

Brand: Tinydipity

Attributes: Waste Reduction

Description: Tinydipity Ickie Bag serves as a replacement of your plastic bag! Handmade with unique cotton fabric and waterproof ProCare lining, this wet bag can safely and easily be used to carry both wet and dry items, including food.

Machine washable and dryable.

Tinydipity hopes to help mothers in Singapore find safe yet unique products for their babies and children. Most of the products are handpicked from the UK, US, and Scandinavia, in addition to its own creation of quirky and practical products.

You can buy the Ickie Bag by Tinydipity by visiting their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 2 stars based on 4 points in the following 4 criteria (updated on 15 August 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Tinydipity has put in efforts to be environmentally responsible by handpicking products that are eco-friendly, organic, handmade, or contains no toxic chemicals.

Materials and Waste

12. Does the product or service help to reduce, reuse or recycle waste?

Yes. Tinydipity Ickie Bag is safe and waterproof, can be used as a replacement of plastic bags in carrying wet items or even dry ones, and therefore reducing the need of plastic bags.

Chemicals and Health

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The product uses a waterproof ProCare lining, which is a fabric that is machine washable and dryable. Procare has no DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate), phthalates, BPA (Bisphenol A) strengtheners or lead.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Tinydipity has put in efforts to be socially responsible by handpicking products that are handmade by mothers or from manufacturers supporting green and fair labour (non-sweatshop) practices.

“This lovely little bag is nice and soft. I used it to store wet towels (replacing disposable wet wipes) while out and about with my family. The bag was waterproof throughout the 6 hr outing and there was no wicking. I was also pleased that it is washable!”

Agy

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Placemat Ocean by Mimi the Sardine

August 15, 2012 by  
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Brand: Mimi the Sardine

Attributes: Non-Toxic, Organic

Description: Mimi the Sardine Placemat Ocean is a spill-resistant eco-coated placemat. With its cute and unique design, it will bring more joy to your kid’s meal time.

Made with organic fabric with no harmful chemicals, this placemat is also easy to clean and machine washable.

Mimi the Sardine specializes in making eco-coated textile products for kids and home. Using organic and chemical-free textiles, their products are safer for both humans and the environment. Mimi the Sardine’s products are designed in Sweden and manufactured in the United States.

Mimi the Sardine products are distributed by Tinydipity, and you can buy the products by visiting their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 7 points in the following 4 criteria (updated on 30 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to manage its environmental impacts, which also requires the company to have an environmental policy.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

Mimi the Sardine’s fabric factories have achieved the ISO 14001 certification.

ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System standard created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company has implemented the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, which requires the company to manage and reduce its environmental impacts.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

The company has implemented the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, which requires the company to manage and reduce its environmental impacts. The company is monitoring its energy consumption and air pollution.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The product is made from organic cotton, which is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

This product is made of organic cotton with acrylic coating. The fabrics meet the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard and are made free from harmful chemicals. The fabric also meets the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Oeko-Tex 100 Standard is a standard of textiles for the safety of humans and the ecology. Although there are benefits for the environment through the compliance, the emphasis of the standard is on human health.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Mimi the Sardine is using fabrics that are free from harmful chemicals in the production.

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Reversible Blanket by Organics for Kids

April 24, 2012 by  
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Brand: Organics for Kids

Attributes: Fair Trade, Non-Toxic, Organic

Description: Organics for Kids Reversible Blanket for babies and kids has dog prints on one side and stripes on the other. The blanket is made from organic cotton, and the size is 70cm by 70cm.

The organic cotton is certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Soil Association, and the dyes used does not include harmful substances.

Organics for Kids carries a range of organic clothes and gifts for babies, made exclusively from fairly traded textiles and manufactured in the UK.

Organics for Kids products are distributed by Eccogekko. You can buy from their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 13 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 24 Apr 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

The company is certified according to the Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres, and defines environmental criteria along the supply chain and social criteria as well.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

In the GOTS, one of the environmental criteria is to have a written environmental policy.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

The company was a winner of the Natural and Organic Awards 2011 for the category “Best Organic Textile Product“.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

In the GOTS, one of the environmental criteria is to have data on energy consumption, target goals and procedures to reduce energy consumption per kg of textile output.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

In the GOTS, one of the environmental criteria is to have data on energy consumption, target goals and procedures to reduce energy consumption per kg of textile output.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

In the GOTS, one of the environmental criteria is to have data on energy consumption, target goals and procedures to reduce energy consumption per kg of textile output.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

In the GOTS, one of the environmental criteria is to have procedures to minimise waste and discharges.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

In the GOTS, one of the environmental criteria is to have target goals and procedures to reduce water consumption per kg of textile output.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

Based on the GOTS criteria for fibre production, a textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.

The GOTS criteria for processing and manufacturing also includes the prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, and genetically modified organisms.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The company is certified organic according to the Soil Association and the GOTS.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Based on the GOTS criteria, all chemical inputs must be evaluated and meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability.

The GOTS criteria for processing and manufacturing also includes the prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, and genetically modified organisms.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

In the GOTS, one of the social criteria is to have a policy for social accountability to ensure that the social criteria can be met.

The company also uses certified Fairtrade cotton when it is available, and when it is not available, they ensure that the cotton is fairly traded (meaning that farmers are paid a reasonable and normally premium price for their cotton, and are not exploited in the process).

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

In the GOTS, the social criteria includes child labour must not be used, and no discrimination is practised.

“My little boy is not so little anymore (he’s going on 7) but he loves this little blankie and enjoys having it over his tummy when he’s in bed – just nice for sleeping with the fan on.  The doggy print is not sticky and the general texture of the blanket is soft and remains so even after washing.”

Agy

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