When I was a kid, on a family car trip my favorite place to ride was in the back window. That’s right, the back window. Remember those? It was a tiny ledge above the back seat, the stereo speakers were underneath it? Man, I would cram a pillow in there, drag up a blanket and ride for hours in “comfort”. Reflecting on this sweet memory makes me think my parents were not exactly, um, safety conscious. One slam of the brakes and I would have been a dashboard rocket! Today I won’t back down our driveway without making sure my kids are strapped down like astronauts.
Safety concerns aren’t the only difference between my childhood and my kids’. Raising children in the 21st century comes with it’s own set of problems. Like environmental concerns. Are we using too much waste? How many chemicals are used to make my child’s clothes? Can there be carcinogens in plastic sippy cups? If you want to take a big step in the right direction environmentally, plan a visit to Verde Kids- 27 S. Old Orchard Ave 63119. This is a children’s boutique for today’s kids and tomorrow’s planet! Owner Jessica Kester has ensured that her products include 100% organic clothing and eco-friendly toys. She stocks names like Kate Quinn, Frugi, Baby Talk and Toto Knits. These designers are not only making adorable clothing, they are producing it in a way that won’t damage our environment. Many are made locally here in St. Louis! Here’s a sample of what Verde Kids has in store:
– Pfft! Forget the plain, boring onesies! For your next baby shower gift, give a onesie that makes a statement!
– Verde Kids carries children’s clothing in sizes 0-8 years. They have a wide selection of well made, darling styles for boys and girls, like these by Frugi!
Not only is Verde Kids kinder to the planet, it’s kinder to your bank account! Multiple sales were taking place, plus the store has a 50% off Sale Room! Check out these bargains!
– All jackets and hats by Tuff Cookie are 50% off!
– Your child spends typically 10-12 hours a day in their pajamas. Verde Kids says organic cotton pj sets are a great first step towards reducing their exposure to harmful chemicals that some pajamas may contain. Select styles from Frugi are 30% off AND so cute!!
Heading to the Sale Room, I found lots of choices at HANTASTIC prices! The room had everything from organic lotions to baby shoes!
-An important part of Verde Kid’s merchandise is toys! How can a toy be organic? These Rubbabu balls are one example, they are hand made from natural rubber foam.
-Another fun line is by Green Toys, their play sets are crafted from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs!
A big lesson here is that just because you want to “go green” it doesn’t mean you have to forgo a sense of style! Verde Kids makes being more aware of clothing or toy choices a pleasant experience. Their friendly and helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Stop by the store in Webster Groves or visit them online at http://www.verdestl.com.