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With Natural Kids, Earth Day Is Every Day

Apr 14, 2010

by Sewn Natural

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Jen_bio.jpgJen lives in Ottawa, Canada where she handcrafts natural kids gear and decor for SewnNatural, the shop she shares with her mother. In the fleeting spaces in between mothering, she shares musings, recipes and eco living tips on her blog, the SewnNatural studio.

The artisans of Etsy’s Natural Kids Team are committed to creating all-natural, ecologically sound gear for children as one of the ways we put into practice our ideals about taking care of our planet. We acknowledge that Earth Day is every day when we choose toys, dolls, clothing and accessories for children made from wool, natural woods, organic cotton, upcycled sweaters and other renewable resources. 

Sling it Organic cotton baby wrap by curlymonkey

Our creations are free of chemical-based polyester, toxic PVC, plastics and other chemicals and finishes that touch our children’s skin and eventually leach into our landfills. 

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Custom Knitted Woolie by woolies

Organic cotton dolls and quilts made in an artist’s studio are of a higher quality and provide long-lasting satisfaction in a way that commercial versions cannot compare. At the same time, natural toys can be easily composted and returned to the planet once again. You can buy them on Etsy with a good conscience, as they are also sweatshop free!

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Dolphin Dance Felted Wool Crown by BeneathTheRowanTree

The Natural Kids Team artisans have joined together to offer nurturing and natural tools for play and living — toys that help connect kids to nature and spark their creativity. A child can take a simple wooden stacking toy and use it as a village, play food, and a barter system.

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House Blocks by justhatched

Children need a few simple toys in their world of play and imagination — playthings that help them grow and learn about the world and themselves (what Mister Rogers called “the work of childhood”). Wool-stuffed toys have the amazing property of feeling more alive as the wool holds warmth and familiar smells. Rattles made from sustainable woods are warm and inviting in a way that plastic versions are not.

 Personalized Heirloom Wooden Baby Ball Toy by ElementalHandcrafts

Just as we know and sense differences between synthetics and natural materials, so do babies. Natural playthings respond to a child’s deep need to be connected to living things. Think back to a few favorite childhood memories. Was it caring for a pet? That time the power went out for three days straight? Camping in the wild or BBQs in the backyard? Our memories rooted in the natural world are both evocative and powerful.

 

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Audrey in the Spring Dress by SewnNatural

My daughter loves to ask, “Who made this, mom?” Choosing natural dolls and clothes can help teach kids about making conscious consumer choices and learn about where their “things” come from. How we spend our money impacts the world around us, and teaching the importance of buying handmade at a young age is a wonderful lesson.

All 7 Scents, Complete Play Clay Set (Gluten Free) by MamaKs

The Natural Kids Team is having a team-wide promotion to celebrate Earth Day, with over 55 shops offering discounts, giveaways and sales on natural kids’ gear. You can find the promotion items here or by searching for “naturalkids team earth day.” Be sure to visit the team blog to find out how to pick up a free idea-packed book about connecting kids to nature and making simple toys yourself.

 

Custom Knitted Woolies - Choose your Stuffed Animal - Order NOW for the Holidays - Limited
Custom Knitted Woolies - Choose your Stuffed Animal - Order NOW for the Holidays - Limited
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Dolphin Dance (Felted Wool Crown)
Dolphin Dance (Felted Wool Crown)
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Personalized Heirloom Wooden Baby Ball Toy - Christening/ Baby Naming, Easter Basket
Personalized Heirloom Wooden Baby Ball Toy - Christening/ Baby Naming, Easter Basket
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Girls Dress- As Seen in Dilla Magazine- Retro Style Yellow Gold and Gray with Box Pleats- Kids Fashion- Handmade Indie Kids Ethical
Girls Dress- As Seen in Dilla Magazine- Retro Style Yellow Gold and Gray with Box Pleats- Kids Fashion- Handmade Indie Kids Ethical
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CUSTOM Mini Special Edition Playscape for Big Imaginations
CUSTOM Mini Special Edition Playscape for Big Imaginations
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Orange You Glad It's Not Pink ORGANIC Baby Quilt - Eco Friendly Pumpkin Bedding - Fall Leaves -  Unisex Quilted Blanket
Orange You Glad It's Not Pink ORGANIC Baby Quilt - Eco Friendly Pumpkin Bedding - Fall Leaves - Unisex Quilted Blanket
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House blocks - Earth Day
House blocks - Earth Day
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Modern Baby Gift Blanket - Organic Newborn Noonie- Cocoa Swirls- Earth day
Modern Baby Gift Blanket - Organic Newborn Noonie- Cocoa Swirls- Earth day
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Wooden Toy Helicopter- Blue
Wooden Toy Helicopter- Blue
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Knitted Farm Animals, Farmyard, Merino Yarn
Knitted Farm Animals, Farmyard, Merino Yarn
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Tiny Bear Family with mini playmat
Tiny Bear Family with mini playmat
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All 7 Scents, Complete Play Clay Set  (Gluten Free)
All 7 Scents, Complete Play Clay Set (Gluten Free)
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124 comments

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    Lovely article & gorgeous picks. Can't imagine a better way to kick off Mother's Day on Etsy!

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful article and such beautiful earth-friendly creations. Blessings and magic!

  • nicework

    nicework said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous items, such a lovely article celebrating motherhood!

  • nicework

    nicework said 6 years ago

    What a great celebration of motherhood. A lovely selection of items too.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    What cute stuff!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    What cute Stuff!

  • positiveflow

    positiveflow said 6 years ago

    Terrific stuff love the wooden toys and the sling it and the dress as well actually it is all great.

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim said 6 years ago

    super article!! Kids deserve a healthy environment to play and live in!!

  • SpacejamHandmade

    SpacejamHandmade said 6 years ago

    oh..this is so sweet)

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    I love her shop and I loved the picks, adorable :)

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 6 years ago

    If only I knew any babies to buy these for...

  • Relydesign

    Relydesign said 6 years ago

    "Children need a few simple toys in their world of play and imagination" playing with imagination is great! And a lot of us on etsy play with it everyday ;) Great post for the earth day ;)

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 6 years ago

    Wonderful, great team!!!!!

  • fairiesnest

    fairiesnest said 6 years ago

    Fabulous article and a great selection of natural toys!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Oooh.. so many wonderful little things here; makes me want to buy presents for my own self. Um, can I get the Audrey in the Spring Dress in a BIG kid size? ;)

  • MuddyFeet

    MuddyFeet said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article, Jen! There are so many wonderful things made by the Natural Kids Team - perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Such cute items! Love that bunny!

  • Imaginationkids

    Imaginationkids said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article Jen!! What a great selection of wholesome natural kids items!

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 6 years ago

    Love the farm animals!

  • ElementalHandcrafts

    ElementalHandcrafts said 6 years ago

    What a wholesome and warm article! Yay NaturalKids team!!

  • birchleafdesigns

    birchleafdesigns said 6 years ago

    Super sweet! Gotta love those naturalkids!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 6 years ago

    3 cheers for natural kids keepin it real!

  • HaleyByHand

    HaleyByHand said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful article, all the items showcased were so sweet. It's also great to see someone from Ottawa doing such great work, I live there too :) Keep it up!

  • woolies

    woolies said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article Jen! I love being a member of this awesome team. Happy Earth day!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    Fantastic finds! Those house blocks from justhatched are so sweet... :-)

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 6 years ago

    I really love the forest mother. My kids loved Elsa Beskow books and I still look at them!

  • StrandRedesign

    StrandRedesign said 6 years ago

    Great eco friendly work! Keep up the good work!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 6 years ago

    Wish I still had a little kid to shop for!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful featured items and great article!

  • seragun

    seragun said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article.

  • BeautifulPhotoProps

    BeautifulPhotoProps said 6 years ago

    Such cute items!!

  • pinkhouse

    pinkhouse said 6 years ago

    Nicely done!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Very sweet picks for kids.

  • andaja

    andaja said 6 years ago

    So sweet creations! Good acticle!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 6 years ago

    good job team.

  • harvestmoonbyhand

    harvestmoonbyhand said 6 years ago

    I always enjoy looking at what the Naturalkids Team members create! Such beautiful, healthy items for children, families, and the home!

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great article.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 6 years ago

    I Love Everything, Especially that little dress!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

    I am thrilled to see all these wonderful, all-natural, ecologically sound gear for children on Etsy.

  • lalaspequenos

    lalaspequenos said 6 years ago

    So sweet!

  • Iovelycrochet

    Iovelycrochet said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful article !!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Love the eco-ideas and all the great pics!

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, beautiful photos, terrific Earth Day offerings! Thank you!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Bravo , What a wonderful article and such beautiful earth-friendly creations.

  • oritdotandolls

    oritdotandolls said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for this beautiful article, I am feeling lucky to be a part of the Naturalkids team

  • polarity

    polarity said 6 years ago

    YAY Jen- what a great article and what wonderful work from this team!

  • ThingsOldeAndNew

    ThingsOldeAndNew said 6 years ago

    Oh how I love children although I could never have them, I find myself wanting so many of these items on Etsy that are for children. Must be the inner child that has never grown up :D I think this is a wonderful article, thank you SewnNatural

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 6 years ago

    Fabulous article,lovely items.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 6 years ago

    love those blocks! so many cute kid goodies here :)

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 6 years ago

    lovely handmade toys and clothes - so much better than mass-produced rubbish!

  • SHAbang

    SHAbang said 6 years ago

    I've been looking for clay for my daughter. Going to check that shop out.

  • craftypagan

    craftypagan said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful article:)

  • MeganAlisa

    MeganAlisa said 6 years ago

    I love all the natural children's products that are available to us through these great etsy sellers!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    Such an inspirational article.//

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Adorable!

  • EcoStudio

    EcoStudio said 6 years ago

    lovely! your shop is really wonderful....

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 6 years ago

    Fabulous items! Live green every day, but especially Earth Day!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    What sweet finds, love the little bunny!!! Great article!!!

  • germandolls

    germandolls said 6 years ago

    I love my team! =)

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 6 years ago

    Eco Friendly Items Rule!!! xoxoxo

  • NeedSomeBling

    NeedSomeBling said 6 years ago

    Thanks for taking the extra care to make earth friendly products!

  • VirtuoSew

    VirtuoSew said 6 years ago

    Great article and beautiful finds!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    okay, i am in love with the raglan sweater. why didn't i have it growing up?!

  • merrydaledolls

    merrydaledolls said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! I am so glad to be on this team!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 6 years ago

    Great article. GIMME some play clay MamaK!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    reduce reuse recycle lets teach the kids!!!!!

  • MoonpathDesigns

    MoonpathDesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovely article--I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing team.

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 6 years ago

    this is wonderful! what a great reminder that it is never to early to impart these values to the next generation.

  • curlymonkey

    curlymonkey said 6 years ago

    Great article!!! Go Natural Kids!

  • OwlNaturals

    OwlNaturals said 6 years ago

    Those house blocks are wonderful! Great article.:)

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 6 years ago

    I'm due in the next couple weeks. I can't wait to purchase these kinds of items for my baby!

  • TuttiDolce

    TuttiDolce said 6 years ago

    It's articles like this one that make me anticipate having a family one day : ) great stuff!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    I love the farm yard animals!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    there is something so inviting about natural, eco friendly products. they have a certain look and feel like no other.

  • DanceInMyGarden

    DanceInMyGarden said 6 years ago

    feel very priveleged to be part of this team!

  • janssendesigns

    janssendesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article Jen! And what a great Earth-friendly team!

  • ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES

    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES said 6 years ago

    WOW!!!! Great finds!!! Recycling ROCKS!!!!

  • thesittingtree

    thesittingtree said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article Jen! Thanks to everyone for all their hard work!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    such a beautiful article...makes you smile the whole time. Thank you for sharing- Emily at EL Vintage Twitter for the latest news: http://twitter.com/ELVintage Blog for Style tips: http://styleforlifelosangeles.blogspot.com/

  • handfull

    handfull said 6 years ago

    beautiful job!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 6 years ago

    it's amizing how children make us eco:) lovely selection, thanks for sharing!

  • cityroad

    cityroad said 6 years ago

    Fantastic - thank you & well done Jen ;-)

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 6 years ago

    It is great that more and more people are realizing the importance of renewable materials that are plant or animal based. They provide a much better tactile experience for our children than anything petroleum based! Way to go!

  • JesseMosher

    JesseMosher said 6 years ago

    great - I love it . Thanks again for a great article !

  • willowbaus

    willowbaus said 6 years ago

    so sweet!

  • HillTribeCulture

    HillTribeCulture said 6 years ago

    WOW!!!super fun & cool love this article ,Thank you.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great article always looking out for potential gifts for little ones! Love those animal playsets.

  • mazuli83

    mazuli83 said 6 years ago

    Super sweet!

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth said 6 years ago

    Just stunning, what a lovely article!

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 6 years ago

    Very cute picks~

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 6 years ago

    It is an honor to be part of this team. Such beautiful, natural creations.

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 6 years ago

    Great feature! I love seeing Canadians like myself in the storque as well as earth friendly features :)

  • MadeMary

    MadeMary said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article and great Etsy items! Thanks for the great list of shops for children's items -- like the lovely dress by SewnNatural!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    so so sweet!

  • lilbowpeepcreations

    lilbowpeepcreations said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful article and images. I can't wait to check out all these shops!!!

  • justhatched

    justhatched said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! I'm so glad to be a part of this awesome team!

  • vanrobmac

    vanrobmac said 6 years ago

    How sweet! I just love the house blocks!

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items! I wouldn´t mind having ALL of them.

  • sqrlbee

    sqrlbee said 6 years ago

    Yay! For Earth Day and Natural Kids!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 6 years ago

    Yes lovely article Jen :) Good to see such a nice and wide selection of natural products :)

  • mobina1122

    mobina1122 said 6 years ago

    Just WOW! It makes me want to redo my kids' whole wardrobe and make it myself, move to the ocean and build recycled wooden block towers with them all day long! To dream ...

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    such a sweet entry- love the kiddos and the woolie bunny too

  • prettymejigs

    prettymejigs said 6 years ago

    Just found this site tonight . Im soooooo happy. What inspirational human beings you are. Got my creative juices flowing. Thank you everyone of you for sharing your blessed artistic expressions with the world and not keeping them inside yourself selfishly. Your minds are gorgeous yummy and unique!!.

  • sophiecls

    sophiecls said 6 years ago

    I love the look and feel of handmade toys. Such a great selection. The house blocks are adorable!

  • OliveandFern

    OliveandFern said 6 years ago

    Yeah!! I love when eco-friendly gets recognized...so cute too...

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    What adorable finds! And such a variety.

  • BeneathTheRowanTree

    BeneathTheRowanTree said 6 years ago

    Beautifully written, Jen, thank you for expressing our passion for play so well!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring for mothers!

  • shecological

    shecological said 6 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous, creative items! what a great team! Those kids are so lucky! I especially love the house blocks from Just Hatched!

  • mewk

    mewk said 6 years ago

    :) I love this article. It gives me the warm and fuzzies. Parents taking such care to ensure their kids safety is such an amazing thing.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Love that SewnNatural's daughter wants to know who made what. We have lost this connection in most of the products we buy and it is so lovely and important that Etsy is helping renew this sense of community.

  • bostonbeanies

    bostonbeanies said 6 years ago

    What a fantastic article, love the selected items!

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful selection!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 6 years ago

    Yes, we should use natural products for our children's future Wonderful!

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 6 years ago

    adorable items, great article - way to go members of Natural Kids!

  • greentrunkclothing

    greentrunkclothing said 6 years ago

    Love Green! Such adorable "green" itmes here--Love that bunny!

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article and terrific artisans! Thank you Jen! :)

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 6 years ago

    Jen, Thank you for such a great article and all of your hard work. I am so happy to be part of such a talented team.

  • MamaKs

    MamaKs said 6 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Jtrescott

    Jtrescott said 6 years ago

    this is a beatifully written peice, thanks jen! Go naturalkids!

  • ruprecht

    ruprecht said 6 years ago

    Thank You so much!

  • WaterHorseStudios

    WaterHorseStudios said 6 years ago

    Love the MuddyFeet, Tiny Bears... so cute. Makes me wish I didn't have to grow up. I love that people are making earth friendly childrens products and creating earth friendly awareness...

  • weaverwood

    weaverwood said 5 years ago

    cool stuff!!

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