Holidays are such a fun time for kids (and parents too)! Luckily, there are now many natural product options for your holiday party planning needs. If your family celebrates any of the holidays outlined below, check out the tips to make your celebration more eco-friendly and child safe!
For all holidays, EcoPartyTime is a great online retailer that offers a wide range of holiday eco-friendly products that range from tableware to decorations and gifts.
Offering bamboo straws, utensils and a wide variety of biodegradable and recyclable party ware, GreenPartyGoods is a fantastic site for eco-friendly/non-plastic party planning.
Did you know that in 2009, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 10 face paints and found lead in all 10? They also found nickel, cobalt and chromium in 6 of the products. The highest levels of lead were found in a product labeled as “non-toxic” and “hypoallergenic”.
For safe, truly non-toxic face paint options, check out Luna Organics and Terra Firma Cosmetics. You can also make your own non-toxic Halloween makeup with the tips outlined on HealthyStuff.org which also gives recipes for scary face scars, fake blood and glitter in addition to face paint.
I love Green Halloween’s site which lists non-candy treats to give out to Trick or Treaters. They have compiled a very comprehensive list of non-treat “treasures” that can be handed out instead of treats. This is an awesome resource for ideas!
If you do want to give out traditional candy treats, there are healthier candy options that you can choose. NaturalCandyStore.com offers a huge selection of organic candies and they also have Fair Trade, GMO-Free and Made in the USA candy.
Etsy is a great marketplace for handmade, organic goods. Check out the selection of cute felt Thanksgiving decorations on Etsy!
I found this blog a few years ago on making my own felt ball garland. I had seen strands for sale on both Pottery Barn and Anthropologie websites but gave it a shot on my own by ordering the balls from Etsy, buying nylon thread and a needle and it turned out great!
Brushkins by Nature’s Accent ornaments are hand-made in the Phillipines from leaves, seeds and fibers of the Buri palm tree. The Buri palm tree fiber is twisted onto a wire and the resulting round brush is hand cut into the final animal shape. The Brushkins online catalogue is for wholesalers but gives an idea of the scope of their product line. A few online retailers such as oldmillshoppe.com and songbirdgarden.com carry the Brushkins products for consumer purchase.
Origami and felt ornaments are a great eco-friendly and child-safe decoration option. Etsy is a great place to find a large selection and I also found both felt and origami decorations at our local World Market store.
Making your own Valentine’s Day cards out of materials found around the house is a great eco-friendly choice. However, if your kids aren’t old enough to make their own or if they aren’t inclined to make cards for all their classmates/friends, check out sites such as Etsy and minted.com where you can purchase 100% recycled cards.
Egg coloring is such a fun Easter activity and there are natural egg decorating kits that you can use instead of chemical food dyes. The Eco-Kids Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit uses natural plant, fruit and vegetable extracts and is made in the USA.
For more decorating fun at Easter, check out the selection of adorable felt Easter Decorations on Etsy!