General Cuteness

Ever wonder what it's like at a Nawi Kids shoot? Watch our latest video and get ready to overload on cute. And it seems that something about our dinosaurs just makes kids want to jump for joy.

Thank you so much for all our little model dinos, we had a blast!

Moms and dads, make sure you order you tanks + unders in time for the holidays, we tend to sell out rather quickly! 

Catch them before the go extinct! 

How important is the journey of your products to you?

Today, I was asked to talk about why I care about where, and how Nawi Kids products are made, and more than defend our practices, I was compelled to think about where everything I own comes from and how that impacts me.

Once you stop and think about what it takes to get something from design to a tangible thing you can hold and sometimes come to love, the journey of that product really begins to matter. Next time you look at your child holding a stuffed animal that she just can't sleep without, try to figure out exactly how that toy was born: 

Someone designed it, maybe thinking of something they had as a child... or it was just one of hundreds of designs he created that week while thinking about rushing off to his own kids.

The fabrics, likely polyester, passed through A LOT of hands... all the way from sourcing the petroleum, turning it to thread, then fabric, to fabric dyeing. Then eventually into someone's hand as just a few pieces of cloth, eventually being stuffed with some material that went through its own journey.

Add to that the shipping processes from factory to warehouse to store, and you can probably count on dozens of people being involved in that little toy which brings you child so much joy. 

In thinking of these journeys all our products make, we here at Nawi Kids, decided that we wanted to know more of the people who play a role in bringing our dinosaurs to life. And by getting to know them and thinking about their well being, we can proudly label all out products with a MADE IN USA BY HAPPY PEOPLE label.

 

Can Beauty Generate Awareness?

Alejandro Durán ©  Derrame (Spill), 2010

Alejandro Durán ©  Derrame (Spill), 2010

Artist Alejandro Durán has found an awesome way to bring awareness to our plastic pollution problem.

In the same way that I decided to create something out of recycled plastics that would make children happy, Durán has created beauty out of plastics washed up the shores of Sian Ka’an, Mexico. With his series titled Washed Up, according to his statement, Durán aims to: 

raise awareness and change our relationship to consumption and waste

I really like the idea of this project because in the same way that Nawi Kids is helping bring awareness to our plastic pollution problem by turning recycled plastic into toys and things that bring joy, Alexandro Durán is creating beauty out of it. 

Alejandro Durán ©  Brotes (Shoots), 2014

Alejandro Durán ©  Brotes (Shoots), 2014

Why you should say NO to straws!

Summer is officially here and there's nothing we here at Nawi love more than hitting the beach! But do you know that plastic pollution is threatening our Summer fun?   The extent of our plastic pollution problem is so vast that we couldn't sit by and not do something. 

So while we chose to take action but stuffing our plushies with recycled plastic bottles, there are many ways you can help too.

In this is a repost from PLASTIC PARADISE you can learn how you too, can help with the plastic problem.

REFUSE disposable plastic. There are actually 4 R’s-REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Don't let your beaches look like this

Don't let your beaches look like this

1) When you go to the coffee shop–bring your own mug, or if you are staying there for some time, ask for it in a “for here” mug. Baristas are so quick to automatically make your drink in a single disposable plastic cup.

2) Bring your own bag to the market or store. How many times have you got to the check out and they put it in a plastic bag before you even pay for it! We associate grocery bags as something easy to bring, but how about when you go shopping at the mall? If you are like me, I often forget. Solution? Keep a foldable bag in your purse–they are small and compact. and you can to put all those fabulous deals in it instead of adding to your collection of tote bags that are piled up in your closet. oh wait. that’s my closet.

3) Carry a reusable stainless steel or aluminum water bottle instead of buying bottled water and install a filter at home. Have you ever tasted bottled water after its been in your car, under the sun? You can practically taste the plastic. Not only is it gross, but if you carry your own bottle, you wont be drinking water with harmful toxins like Bisphenol-A (it leaches out from the plastic into the water). If you dont know what this means, watch the documentary…again.

4) Say no to straws. Plastic straws make up over 33% of trash found on beaches.

There are so many little ways that will make an impactful change. Join the conversation and add to this list! comment below!

4 Steps To Turn Your School Into a Plastic Free School! So Cool!

I know Summer has just began, but this is the perfect time to make this your Summer Project.

Last week, we talked about the causes of plastic pollution and how it affects us. Today, we want to focus on how we can begin to solve this problem. So, what it a Plastic Free School?

These are schools and campuses committed to reducing their plastic footprint.

According to The Plastic Pollution Coalition "The goal of the project is to measurably reduce plastic pollution on campuses around the world, with a special focus on the reduction and ultimately the elimination of plastic bottles, plastic straws and utensils, and plastic food packaging. Plastic Free Schools have identified plastic pollution as a key concern and are taking action to confront the issue. This means different things for different schools, from hosting a plastic free sporting event, to ending bottled water sales across the campus. Any school or student group with the intention of fighting plastic pollution is eligible to join ."

Again, from The Plastic Pollution Coalition, here are the steps to turn your school into a Plastic Free School:

STEP ONE: EDUCATION

Learn in the classroom, conduct a peer education campaign, or bring in outside presenters. A brief summary of plastic pollution, myths and common misconceptions could be found here on this site. More in-depth information, including news stories and peer reviewed articles can be found at the Plastic Free Times website.

Understand exactly what items contribute to plastic pollution – Before you get the student body involved, educate yourself on what are the greatest contributors to plastic pollution. Many items in your backpack or in the classroom are made of plastic  and are disposable. These items are the real problem, and the greatest contributors to plastic pollution. A short list of such items is: plastic straws, plastic bottles, plastic utensils, plastic cups, plastic wrapping for your sandwiches. These are some of the most common items. For a great list of alternatives, click here.

 

STEP TWO: COLLABORATION

Get a team together, including peers, educators, and administrators, To really address the problem, you’ll need peers to help spread the word, teachers to provide help along the way, and campus administrators that are willing to listen and ready to make change.

Share the Knowledge  – share what you have learned. A great start is the one-sheet you can download.

 

STEP THREE: INVESTIGATION

Find out how much and what kind of disposable plastic your school uses, in a year, a month, or a day. This is your school’s plastic footprint. Understanding your campuses plastic program is the key to change, because it will help focus your efforts on the biggest problems, and you may be surprised by what you find.

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The plastic footprint should include items that are regularly thrown into the garbage or recycling bin, including plastic bottles and cups, polystyrene trays and cups, plastic straws, plastic utensils, plastic baggies and food wrap, and other food packaging.Finding out how much plastic your campus goes through can be hard, but you may be able to measure it through surveys, trash audits, or working with the people who purchase the disposable plastic stuff on campus to find out what they buy

We will be scouring the globe for the best tools for this difficult job, and posting them here. In the mean time, give it a try and let us know what you did by registering as a plastic free campus, or emailing ben (at) plasticpollutioncoalition.org


STEP FOUR: ACTION

Take on the biggest contributors to your campuses plastic footprint, and set a goal for reduction.

Create a plan that includes the following areas:

  • The problem:the most common sources of plastic pollution on campuses, including approximate quantities consumed per week;
  • The path to education:Distribute outreach materials to the student body; and a plan to expand the advocacy of alternatives;
  • The solution:specific delineation of reduction targets, including a timeline, a strategy for community engagement, and description of tools for measurement and assessment of goals.
  • Future plans:expansion of target reductions beyond the original plan, year over year and including the entire student body