• Green Parenting Without The Guilt

    When recently reading a great article in the Sunday Times by a fab writer Jen Gale (@sustainableish), it really made me reflect on taking it all back to basics.  It’s so easy to get caught up in all the eco options on the market and what we ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ be doing to raise our children in a more eco-conscious way, when Jen reminded us it’s always ok to keep repeating the basic concepts.  Babies are always being born, parents are choosing every day to take a more environmental approach to lives and more and more people have become connected and drawn to nature over the last year than society has done for a long time, making us ever more aware of the importance mankind has on looking after our environment.
  • Our top eco holiday essentials for young kids

    The lockdown is easing, campsites and hotels are re-opening and we are all starting to think that some time away this summer may actually be a poss...
  • How acupressure and acupuncture can help us in times of stress and anxiety

    Recent months have been some of the strangest, hardest, most confusing and stressful times of our lives as a global community. Now, more than ever,...
  • World Book Week: Our favourite eco books for young children

    At Green Monkeys, we are passionate about reading to our children and gently talking to them about how to positively care for their world.  With World Book Week being upon us, what better time to share with you our favourite eco books for young children.  Hopefully these books will inspire your little one to join the voices of our youth who are changing the world not just through climate marches and campaigning but very importantly, through their own lifestyle changes.  
  • The true cost of fast fashion – why organic cotton is better for your baby

    Do you know that it takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans? This is equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks in seven years. That’s just one of the many startling facts to emerge from recent environmental research, which show that the cost of staying fashionable is a lot more than just the price tag.
  • The concerns with chemical sun creams for kids

    As a Mum of two young kids, my first instinct when the sun comes out is to grab the sun cream.  Our family’s summer mantra is “Sun cream means sun and fun”, usually said with gritted teeth as we attempt to cover squirming bodies to cries of “NOT IN MY EYES!”  But how safe are these products that we slather on our children every day of the summer months?  The short answer is: it depends which type of sun cream you use. 
  • Could your home be exposing your child to harmful toxins? Five easy switches to clean up your kids' environment

    Having kids makes you worry about things you had never thought about before, doesn’t it? Before having my two, it never crossed my mind that the products I bought for my home could cause long term health problems. The safety of products sold in the shops are rigorously safety checked and regulated by law, right? WRONG.
  • Seven top toys for young kids (18 months – 5 years) this Christmas, for parents who don’t want a house full of plastic!

    Companies are stepping up to the mark and producing toys which are both eco-friendly and great fun.  At Green Monkeys, we have researched this corner of the market extensively and have listed our top five eco-friendly, non-toxic, ethically made toys for 18 month to 5 year olds below
  • 7 Top Toys for Babies this Christmas, for parents who don’t want a home full of plastic!

    As more and more consumers become aware of the wider impact of their purchasing decisions, it’s great to see some brilliant options on the market to keep our little ones entertained. Choosing ethically made, eco-friendly toys doesn’t mean dull, uninspiring or lesser quality toys. On the contrary, non-toxic toys, made to last, are far more fascinating for young minds. Surely it’s never too early to start raising awareness of sustainable living amongst the next generation?
  • The hidden toxins in your child’s bathroom – five changes to make today

    I always remember the first time I opened a bath mat for my baby and was almost bowled over by the stench of PVC. I now know that PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is one of the most toxic plastics around and is linked to childhood allergies, problems with reproductive development and many different types of cancer. Yet PVC bath mats are sold on every high street, meaning children are routinely sat on them in their baths each night.
  • Nappies – to re-use or to dispose? That is the question!

    From the early days after our first baby was born, my husband was really keen for us to go down the re-useable nappy route, but the thought of it absolutely terrified me.

  • Why we've chosen bamboo dinnerware

    Bamboo tableware

    Thank goodness there is another option to plastic and to having your finest crockery smashed on the floor.

    The two tableware sets we have chosen are made of bamboo fibre which is durable and long-lasting but is biodegradable once disposed of. It's free from BPA and phthalates and complies with FDA and EU food safety standards.