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7 cool and sustainable kids (and baby) brands

Practicing sustainability is definitely a daily effort, a hard one in the age of consumerism. The importance of embedding sustainability in our children’s life is like a second chance after we had all messed up protecting our world. But practicing sustainability and teaching sustainable values lays our children’s foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood. Fortunately,  and thanks to the efforts of all of us, it’s never been easier to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that remove harmful chemicals and toxins from our homes, while helping the planet, too. We chose 7 cool sustainable products, so you can give your little one a healthy and eco-friendly start. 1. MALUORGANIC Maluorganic is a sustainable brand for all kids regardless of gender or race, made of soft 100% organic durable fabrics, ensuring your child’s comfort and wellbeing. This kid and earth-friendly clothing brand from California has a minimal style for super cool kids. Our favorites: Twirl Mulholland Dress in Black and the Mulholland dress in dusty lilac.     2. MAMUCONCEPT Minimalism and an imperishable Classic, modernity, and tradition: products that could stay with your …

Palorosa Bags

«Palorosa has a social impact determined by the desire to keep alive local craft techniques, enhancing them through a contemporary vision.»   Palorosa’s vision is to create a sophisticated and minimalist, recognizable aesthetic. An aesthetic born from the union of two cultures, Italian and Guatemalan, architectural and industrial, artisanal and rural. Starting from the origins of a product, a market basket, we wanted to abstract it from its context, without losing its nature and functionality. The basic line of products accompanies you into your journeys and discoveries: you can go everywhere with a basket. The brand uses with care and attention colors and shades, with local materials, mostly the plastic threads, from primarily recycled plastic. Color becomes material which is kindly interwoven into the Palorosa objects and accessories. Since the beginning of the project, the aim has been to study a technique strongly linked to its history, to learn the details and improve them, through a gradual approach on the creation. Palorosa started at my home with an artisan, and since then, we built a …

Grid by Willem van Hooff

«In this project, I show the metal grid in order to highlight its aesthetics. Together these pieces of furniture represent a city landscape. Celebrating the invention of reinforced concrete 150 years ago.»   My inspiration comes from the contrast of a construction site. Reinforced concrete is still the main contact of nowadays architecture. The technique is based on concrete cast around a metal grid. This connection gave humans the ability to work in an impressive big scale, it changed the world of architecture and, hereby our surroundings. Nevertheless, there is one always hidden: The metal grid. It has only been used for its strength inside the concrete. After experimenting, I found a way to let the metal outgrow the concrete, in the casting process. And it turned the composite inside out. Bringing the metal grid to the surface, and giving it a complementary aesthetic function. In this project, I show the metal grid in order to highlight its aesthetics. Together these pieces of furniture represent a city landscape. Celebrating the invention of reinforced concrete 150 …

Cuco Handmade Furniture

«The Collections are composed around the primitive elements (like the themes of NEST and EARTH) that compose the natural world and reflect the patterns of construction that inspire us.»   Cuco Handmade Furniture is a new concept for objects inspiring a closer relationship between human and nature. It was the reflex of a desire to create furniture and objects defining our living space atmosphere. It started 3 years ago with a partnership between two architects who wanted to explore common references. I have an architectural education with a more sensorial approach, passing through experiences with “landart” and architectural practices. Our approach was guided from the beginning by a strong sense of experiencing the pieces, not only in a functional but also in an emotional way. In that sense, it was essential the contact with local crafts and materials from the Portuguese countryside transformed with care by skilled artisans. Other interesting point of view was that imagining the construction of these pieces allowed us to think in a simple assemblage process without any mechanical fixing, just …

Pappmoebel Design

«We’re not a new brand – we started with the first products in 1979, the brand was established in 1985. But the questions that affected us back then are still relevant or becoming even more relevant now: we have to find ways to create products that fit our lifestyle but are also sustainable.»   The concept was basically to make Products from a material that is sustainable as it is recycled and recyclable and that is used in a new way by folding it to give it stability and good shape. Quote from 1979, when the first product, the stool MAKS, was developed: Hans-Peter Stange: “When presenting the stool, most people tended to mistrust the cardboard. The material cardboard is mostly associated with packaging, it is something inferior that will be thrown away. The goal was to use form and a new aesthetics to give the material a new value, a worthiness.“ The technical and formal work is what kept us going, the ambition to prove that it works, to fold and fold until the …

DINA lamp by MOAK Studio

«This product is part of a conceptual collection together with other two products, in which we want to emphasize on the multiple physical interactions we have forgotten in this digital era.»   We have become light dependents and without it, we would have long, sad and in-officious nights, but we have forgotten that it is a resource that we must pay for and we even misspend. What if a lamp helps us to be aware of the value of light, energy, and money? DINA needs money to activate, coins are the ones who transmit power to let it shine. It is more than just a lamp; it is a different way to light up our consciousness. When the coin is inserted, the electrical circuit is activated and the bulbs light up, but not all coins can turn it on. To stand out the concept of the value of light, it only works with large and medium size coins, which usually represent the highest denomination in most currencies. Small ones do not manage to make the …

Atomy Store Bags

«Objects that surround us gain in importance and serve us much longer if they become our personal value.»   Our brand stands for ethical practices and sustainable production. The brand’s philosophy is based on the concept of Lean Manufacturing or the method of effective production management. We wanted to focus on a management model that relies on resource efficiency and guarantees high quality. We do not generate waste. All products have been designed in the most ergonomic way. Each smallest piece of leather that remains after cutting the patch is being reused to produce smaller parts: straps, loops, accessories. We base our production on local crafts, use only services of regional producers and suppliers, trying to implant the idea of making more aware purchasing decisions among our clients. We believe that supporting regional creativity is not only an investment in the community, but it’s also shaping an even stronger consumer awareness. All ATOMS are sewn by hand and produced at a local workshop. According to the latest reports, the negative effects of the textile industry are …

WIRE COLLECTION by VIU EYEWEAR

«Each individual pair is then handcrafted at a manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites or on Honshū Island in Japan in more than 80 manual steps.»   Designed in Switzerland with great attention to detail. VIU prescription glasses and sunglasses unite brilliant design with a transparent manufacturing process and fair prices. Our collections are designed in Switzerland by Fabrice Aeberhard, VIU’s Creative Director. Each individual pair is then handcrafted at a manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites or on Honshū Island in Japan in more than 80 manual steps. With its new materials, The WIRE COLLECTION constitutes a natural extension of VIU. The four new models are comprised of refined stainless steel, delicately rounded and slightly angular, creating a minimalistic and effortless look. The design of The BRIGHT and The VIBRANT follows a more angular form line whereas The VIVID and The SPIRITED offer soft round curves. With especially small hinges, the frames are also very narrow and thus featherlight. The different sizes and metallic colours of the light frames gently shape the face, and yet leave …

Zerezes Sunglasses

«We believe that creating products that last for years and can be repaired is one of the most responsible things we can do as a company to the world»   Zerezes started in Rio in 2012, while we were still studying design. We found an American wooden glasses brand and tried to buy a frame at the time. Unfortunately, they did not ship to Brazil, and with that we decided to try to make our own. This happened when we were at our firsts internships, and we realized that we wanted to chart our own ways, rather than following a path traced by others. Along with this, Rio de Janeiro was “under construction” because of the World Cup, Olympics, and port area revitalization. A lot of old buildings turned into new, and a lot of materials (including woods full of history, with great physical properties and at a zero cost of acquisition), began to appear to us. At that moment we just joined one thing to another and saw the opportunity to turn a simple …

Canoa Lab – Part I

«We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have.» CANOA started as an idea around October 2015 but it wasn’t until May 2016 when it became a label at an official presentation in an open studio taking place two yearly in Russafa (Valencia). To set the project up we brought to the table our main curiosity and worries. We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have. And we need it to follow our INQUISITIVENESS, the second inexhaustible and infinite key element of our project. We had just learned two new trades (new for us, old for humanity), and we found out that most crafts require slow and precise ability in order to be developed. From that moment we needed a …