Archive for February, 2011

Taking something old and making it new is recycling, right?  Now, upcycling is something TOTALLY different.  What do I mean? Well, upcycling is taking something old and transforming it into something with a greater purpose! We are SUPER HUGE fans of upcycling – but you know that already!  Tired of me saying it? Well then, let Tristin and Tyler show you!

In the next episode of “Tristin & Tyler’s Tales from the City!” meet Ashok Kamal, co-founder of the company Bennu.

Tyler, Tristin and Ashok Kamal

Tristin and Ashok

Bennu is taking huge steps to help the environment by making products out of trash.  In this episode, Tristin and Tyler learn the SUPER DUPER, TOP SECRET, ULTRA COOL, GREENER THAN THE COLOR GREEN, way to turn trash into something totally useful – and they had a BLAST doing it!

One of the things I like most about Bennu is their committment to support kids and education.  They recently launched a GREEN MY BAG online community design contest.  Students can design a “green-themed” logo and the winning design will be on Bennu backpacks and the winner will receive other prizes too! Soooo cool!  Check out the contest here.

And check out the episode THIS WEEK!  Yes, I said this week! I know you’re excited, I can feel you trembling!  So make sure and grab the kiddies and check out some smart, green fun with Tristin and Tyler!



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Did You Catch These?

So you saw Tristin & Tyler’s green-themed photo shoot in Babiekins Magazine, right?  Did you catch these cool duds from these earth-lovin’ brands?  If not, check them out here and then re-visit the photo shoot and see Tristin, Tyler and friends make them look super cool!

Kaos Recycled Rolling Stones Tee –  Kaos Recycled‘s pieces are so rock n’ roll.  Definitely got to get the boys some more! This one we got from Green Edge Kids, a fabulous online retailer of green gear! Check ’em out!

Beatrix Eco Pacs: I love eco-friendly accessories.  These eco-packs are “constructed with nylon made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles and trimmed with naturally biodegradable canvas. Each pack removes four 16oz. plastic bottles from the environment.”  Yay! We love it!

Little Recycle

SHirinNYC: Why is this brand so hot? First, because it’s a New York City-based brand 😉 Second, and more importantly, SHirinNYC produces delicate, organic pieces with superb detail.  Who knew little one’s could have such a slice of organic heaven! My niece Madison wore this top in the photo shoot! She was so comfortable in it — I love my little Maddie!

Green Edge Kids Eco Denim – When I contacted Green Edge Kids, I had no idea they made their own line of recycled denim. GreenEdge is the first USA-made premium eco-denim for children.  With 7 years old boys, there aren’t many eco-friendly options when it comes to jeans.  But these jeans fit absolutely perfectly and look hot! Check out Tristin and Tyler below sporting the skinny version of the jean!

Keen Sneakers and Rainboots – Tristin and Tyler adore their Keen footwear! The sneakers and boots below feature recycled aluminum eyelets and an adhesive-free vulcanized rubber and the boys just look cool, who doesn’t love that?

H&M – Who knew H&M made organic clothing? Guess the folks at H&M knew, but I was surprised and even more surprised when I found out they made organic clothing for kiddies! Check out Tristin’s “Chomp” t-shirt – totally organic from H&M – Ahhhmazing!


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So, I’ve talked about it, and talked about it but I really can’t say enough amazing things about socialsklz tools for the modern world! The boys had an amazing time working with founder, Faye Rogaski and her oh, so fab crew.

Tyler, Tristin and Faye

What is socialsklz?  A company dedicated to teaching kids how to make it in this crazy world, using manners, etiquette and overall tips and tricks to move ahead in life!

Confidence is so important in this social media age.  As we know, these days kids will post anything on a public forum just to humiliate a peer.  I love that socialsklz instills confidence in the kids so that if a child is humiliated or disrespected they have the wherewithal to handle it. Our youth really needs this sort of program, now more than ever.

What I noticed when I left the workshops with the boys is that they LOVE to use what they’ve learned.  They would say “Mom, you didn’t look me in the eye when you shook my hand!” or “Mom, your cup should be over here when you set the table.”

Tyler set the table correctly after the first try!

Oops! Faye caught Tristin eating w/ his hands!

My favorite tool that the boys learned (and consistently implement) is covering the phone receiver when they yell “MOMMY, THE PHONE!!” instead of yelling in the ear of the person on the other end. HOW CUTE AND POLITE IS THAT??!!

Stay tuned for the episode and in the meantime, check out socialsklz!


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