"Runs With The Wild" organic cotton t-shirt from Wolf Pup Threads
Getting outside and getting active - even in the snow and rain and cold - is important all year long. This winter, exchange hours spent on the game system for hours spent outside doing things kids will love. Promoting an active lifestyle keeps kids healthy and chances are, they will maintain this lifestyle into adulthood.
Here are five fantastically fun outdoor winter activities for kids to do this winter. And parents are urged to join in!
1. Go to an Indoor Water Park
If you’re still getting use to the idea of snow and cold, take a long weekend to play in the water at an indoor water park resort. The kids won’t technically be outside, but they will get lots and lots of exercise swimming and sliding. And you can take a break in the outdoor Jacuzzi where the snow is only a beautiful view.
2. Ice Skating
Go into the basement and pull out the ice skates because it is that time of year when people tend to fall down. Whether shoveling snow or ice skating, nothing will get you and the kids laughing like flying - and falling - on ice. If this is your first time, think about getting lessons first.
Find the biggest, snowiest hill in your town and put on your hat. It’s time to go sledding! This is one of the most physically rewarding of outdoor activities for kids because it takes so much work to trudge up that hill!
Hiking after a snowfall on a marked trail is an experience everyone needs to have. The quiet stillness of a white forest and the fresh, cool air in your lungs is something everyone in the family can appreciate.
5. Winter Camping
Whatever your style of camping, whether renting a cabin with a wood stove or roughing it survival style in a tent, camping in the wilderness will get you and the kids outdoors building snowmen, snow mobiling, ice fishing, sledding, making snow angels, chopping wood, cross country skiing, and more. Tip: Dress in layers of organic clothing when being active outdoors. This way you can help to regulate your body temperature and have fun!
"I Aim To Misbehave" organic cotton t-shirt from Wolf Pup Threads
How Buying Cheap Clothes Perpetuates Poverty
How cheap really are those cheap clothes that you love to buy? What is the real human cost of them? In places like China, Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar, people who work in mass clothing manufacturing plants make on average $2 dollars a day. Think about that for a minute. How can you afford to send your children to college when you can barely afford to eat? As a result of such cheap wages, it keeps poor people perpetually in poverty since their children are unable to afford an education and thus their only employment opportunities remain in unskilled labor like garment manufacturing. Because of this, there is a growing need for ethical clothing manufacturing practices.
The working conditions are also horrible for such workers and many of you may be aware of the disaster in Bangladesh back in 2013 when a clothing manufacturing plant that was making cheap clothing collapsed and over 1,000 people died. The situation in Bangladesh has not improved since then and has only gotten worse. Many of the workers suffer from malnutrition and their health collapses by age 40 or 50 due to the poor working conditions and low wages. International corporations are responsible for this because they will go with whichever manufacturer produces the cheapest clothing.
There is also the issue of environmental pollution which affects not just the locals but everyone on the planet. It requires a massive amount of water to produce cheap clothing and afterwards the polluted water goes right back into the environment. By buying organic clothing you are not only helping workers in poor countries but also helping save the environment too.
Most consumers who buy clothing made in sweat shops in places like Bangladesh, China, India, or Myanmar have no idea of the horrible working conditions. This is why education regarding this issue is required so that we can wake up the common person and get them to boycott corporations that exploit workers in poor countries and instead buy ethical clothing.
And we are proud to announce that we offer organic, ethical clothing at our website: https://wolfpupthreads.com/ Our organic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free clothing is trendy and available for everyone, from babies to Mom and Dad. Browse our site for clothing that will make you look and feel good.
Healthy Raspberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Recipe
Who doesn’t love to cool down with a delicious frozen treat? Now you can do it guilt-free with this super easy healthy frozen yogurt recipe! I can’t seem to make enough of this for the kids. They love to help make it and I love knowing all the ingredients in their favourite summer treat. Give it a try and let us know how it goes! You can get creative with the fruit you add to change the flavour.
Let us know the combo you made in the comments below!
"Buy Me Ice Cream" organic cotton tank from Wolf Pup Threads
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp honey
- Add all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth.
- Add to a shallow container and freeze. Stir mixture every 30 minutes until firm (about 3 hours).
- Scoop and enjoy!
**frozen yogurt will be rock solid and very difficult to scoop. Take out of freezer about 10 minutes before serving to soften it up a bit**
5 ways to raise eco-conscious kids
Teaching kids to respect the environment and take action to help protect it is a valuable lesson to instill early on. Showing them how to care for the earth teaches them kindness for something we all share and benefit from. Here are 5 simple ways to teach kids how to care for our planet.
- Grow a garden
Kids naturally love digging in dirt, watering plants and harvesting. Growing a vegetable garden together is a fun way to teach kids about what plants need to grow. With this understanding they will gain a greater respect for nature and a sense of responsibility. The great thing is you don’t need a large yard to do this. You can use a container with good drainage to grow your own organic (no nasty pesticides added!) vegetables all summer long. Start with easy to grow veggies like tomatoes, carrots, and leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach. Kids love to see things grow and knowing that they helped in the process may even encourage them to try more vegetables!
- Conserve water and energy
Save energy in your house by turning off electronics when they are not in use. Turn off the lights when you leave the room and try to use natural light for as long as possible. Conserve water by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, hands, and dishes. Try to use less water for baths and showers. Another way to conserve water is to collect rainwater to use on your garden and indoor plants. Get the kids involved by checking and measuring how much water they collected after a rainstorm.
- Waste less
We produce way too much waste. It all ends up in landfills, increasing greenhouse gases, contaminating the groundwater and soil – all very bad for our environment! Here are some easy ways to create less waste that kids can get involved in:
- Use reusable lunch containers and water bottles for school, work and outings.
- Remember your reusable grocery bags. Reusable bags are not just for groceries, use them for all kinds of shopping!
- Create fun crafts using recyclables such as egg cartons, paper rolls, and yogurt containers. Click here to check out our Pinterest page for craft ideas!
- Donate old clothes and toys. This is also a great way to teach generosity.
Get kids involved in sorting through recyclables early on. Talk about how recyclables are used to make new things. Teach them where paper comes from and how recycling it helps save trees. They will quickly learn the difference between what can be recycled and what cannot, teaching them to be mindful of waste. Use a compost for food scraps then add it to your garden for extra nutrients to help it grow.
- Play outside. Go on an adventure!
Children are naturally drawn to outdoor adventures. By encouraging this love and curiosity for nature they will grow up to respect all living things. Playing outside and going on outdoor family adventures is a great way to inspire kids to respect the earth. Talk about the plants and animals you see, teach them about the different seasons, go on nature scavenger hunts, hikes, bike rides, the options are endless. Nature resets our minds, boosts our spirits, making us all happier. Add a daily dose of Mother Nature to your schedule!
These tips are a great start to raising eco-friendly kids. Being mindful of our actions and how it impacts the planet now and for future generations is the first step. Lead by example because kids watch everything we do and mimic us more than we think. They are already naturally drawn to nature so getting them involved will create a greater understanding and love for the environment. Be aware of these tips and over time it will be second nature for you and your kids.
What are some ways you teach your kids about the environment? Share them in the comments below!
"Love the Planet" and "Hug a Tree, Kiss the Sea" organic cotton t-shirts from Wolf Pup Threads.
Ethically and sustainably made clothing for a better future
Do you ever think about how our clothes are made, who made them, and how these workers are treated? Not many of us do. Not many of us know that these working conditions are not always safe or ethical. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, it’s time we become aware of how our choices are affecting others and our future. Just because we are not directly affected by these working conditions does not mean it won’t impact us and our children in the long run.
Buying cheap clothes is very tempting, especially when shopping for kids clothing since they outgrow everything so fast. But there is always a greater price to pay when we buy that $5 t-shirt, even though we may not see the impact we are creating.
In recent years, the fashion industry and how they manufacture clothing has gotten more attention. Sadly, it took a deadly factory collapse, toxic chemical spills into waterways and reports of unethical working conditions for people to evaluate the severity and long-lasting effects of cheap, unethical garment production. Unfair wages, child labor, and serious long-term health disorders due to poor working conditions are all realities of garment workers that we so easily turn a blind eye to when we go shopping for our cheap clothes. The good news is that these unfortunate events and conditions are avoidable if we start supporting sustainable fashion.
At Wolf Pup Threads, we care about who makes our clothing and strive to elevate the global standard for textile production. We say that our products are “ethically made” so let’s take a look at what this means to us.
Sustainable and ethical clothing refers to the entire production of the garment - from how the eco-friendly fabric is farmed, manufactured, and sold. Our ethical clothing uses eco-friendly fabrics that are grown using practices that minimizes the impact on the environment and provides safe farming conditions. The clothing is manufactured in a sweatshop free environment by adults (no child labor!) who are working by choice in safe and healthy working conditions. They are given fair wages and treated well. By supporting ethical garment production, we are improving the lives of farmers, garment workers and the communities they live in. Sustainable clothing is made with care by people who are treated with respect.
One of the first and most important life lessons we teach our kids is to treat others with love, kindness and respect – to treat others the way we want to be treated. Let’s not forget that moral standpoint when we shop for our clothes. In order to change the world for the better, we have to put empathy into action. When we buy sustainable, ethically made clothing, we are showing that we care about the people that make our clothes, how it’s made and how it impacts the future for our children. The choices we make today shape the future of the fashion industry. Let’s choose wisely.
When we shop for apparel, one of the first things we look for is the texture of the fabric. How soft is it? Is it comfortable? The type of fabric often determines how well a product will be loved and how often it will be worn. When it comes to kids and baby clothing, we want it to be extra soft and safe for their sensitive skins. That is why we are very careful about the fabric we choose for all our products. When we decided to add slouchy beanies to the Wolf Pup Threads collection, we wanted it to be the softest, most eco-friendly, versatile beanies out there, so we meticulously looked over several fabrics before we made our final choice.
All Wolf Pup Threads slouchy beanies are handmade from a combination of bamboo and organic cotton fabric. This soft, light-weight fabric makes these beanies one of our favourite items. In our previous blog post we discussed the benefits of organic cotton, but what about bamboo? What’s so special about it?
Bamboo fabric is a 100% biodegradable textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and thrives naturally without the use of any pesticides or fertilizers, making the fabric non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin. Clothing made from bamboo fabric is extra soft, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, antifungal, and has natural protection against UV rays. Bamboo fabric absorbs moisture away from your skin, and has natural temperature control properties, keeping you drier and more comfortable in all types of weather.
That’s a lot of awesome in one fabric!
A look at cotton farming and its impact on our planet and health
At Wolf Pup Threads we aim to be as eco-friendly as possible. All our t-shirts are made of 100% USDA Certified Organic, pesticide-free cotton and our slouchy beanies are made of bamboo and organic cotton. All these fabrics are sustainable and ethically made.
Ok, that sounds great but what does that even mean and who really cares?? We’ve all heard that eating organic food is better for us because it’s grown without any harmful pesticides. But how is wearing an organic cotton t-shirt going to benefit my kids and the environment?
Let’s start with some interesting information about how cotton is grown…
Did you know that conventionally grown cotton is considered the world's dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides? Cotton covers 2.4% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 24% of the world's insecticide and 11% of the world’s pesticides (WWF) - more than any other single crop! Pesticides are used to kill, reduce or repel weeds, insects and other organisms that can threaten crops. These chemicals are doused on cotton crops, wreaking havoc on our environment - getting into our soil, air and water, resulting in serious health problems for people and animals in the direct vicinity of these farms and beyond. These synthetic pesticides leach into the groundwater, flow into natural waterways and into our drinking water. Thousands of farmers and workers are poisoned each year from direct contact with these strong chemicals that are applied to the crops. According to the World Health Organization, 20,000 to 40,000 people die each year from pesticide poisoning and millions more suffer severe health complications.
Considering the sheer size of the apparel industry, reducing these harmful environmental and health impacts on our clothing production should be taken seriously.
So, what’s the alternative? There must be a way to make clothes without causing serious damage to the planet. Let’s take a look at a more sustainable way of producing clothing.
Organically grown cotton does not depend on chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically engineered ingredients. Organic farmers use natural methods to maintain soil fertility and help control weeds and pests, such as crop rotation. These natural farming practices support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil, and use less water and energy. Natural cultivation processes create strong and healthy crops, nutrient rich soils, and a safer environment for farmers due to the lack of chemical exposure.
It goes beyond cotton farming. When producing the fabric used to make an organic cotton t-shirt, no harsh chemicals or toxic dyes are used, making it a healthier alternative for your little ones health and delicate skin since they are more sensitive to external toxins.
The good news is we have a choice and a chance to change the way our clothes are made. More and more clothing brands are adding sustainable clothing to their collections. The more we continue to support the growth of the organic cotton industry, the more demand we will create for safer, healthier farming practices, resulting in a better environment and chemical-free clothing for our kids. When we choose to buy organic cotton clothing, we support organic farmers, ethical clothing production and we help keep our environment clean and safe for future generations.
And that’s totally worth it.
In our next blog post, we will focus on bamboo - another sustainable, eco-friendly fabric that we use to make our top-selling slouchy beanies with.