At Babipur, we’ve been selling fair trade, ethical, eco toys made from sustainable wood and organic cotton since 2007 but we’ve recently been buzzing about Waldorf toys – but just what makes a toy a Waldorf toy?
We love PlanToys at Babipur, and their colourful eco toys have been on our shelves since 2009. For over 30 years, PlanToys have been leading the way in making green and ethical toys that are hits with kids and parents alike. If you’ve not come across the brand before, here’s everything you need to know about PlanToys.
We’re huge fans of wooden marble runs and ball tracks here at Babipur, so we were really excited to film our very own unboxing video and to build and play with the Grimm’s Ball Run.
A video of our Grimm’s ball run un-boxing
As you can see from the video, the Grimm’s Ball Run Assembly Track really is a wonderful toy. Building the ball run involves attaching colourful dowels and panels together and then slotting each piece onto a rod to create a colourful staircase for the balls to role down. We enjoyed building the marble run as much as we enjoyed playing with it. Assembling the marble run is a great way to encourage children to use their concentration and patience skills with their perseaverence being rewarded at the end. We decided to match the colour of the dowels with the panels and to group the cololurs together for a rainbow effect, but it would look just as impressive all jumbled up. The set contains four bells instead of marbles which make a lovely chiming sound as they spiral down before collecting in the wooden plate at the base. Of course, there is no reason why you can’t use different coloured marbles instead of the bells and children will enjoy racing different beads and marbles and guessing which ones will get to the bottom the fastest!
We sell a huge range of Grimm’s wooden toys at Babipur. Each one is made in Europe from alder, lime, beech and maple wood that has been sourced from sustainably managed European forests. Grimm’s toys are made by skilled craftspeople in handpicked workshops across Europe before being painted and dyed with beautiful natural and rich colours by the Grimm’s team in Germany. All of the paints and natural oils used to finish the toys are harmless and enhance the natural beauty of the wood, the toys aren’t finished with laquers so the beautiful grain and natural markings of the wood are visable.
This beautiful toy and many others can be purchased online at babipur.co.uk.
Every year for one week in September this grassroots campaign sets out to raise awareness of the negative effects that the amount of waste we produce each year has on our environment; it also reaches out to empower people to think about their waste production and reduce it.
Here at Babi Pur we are very conscious about the environment and we are always thinking about ways we can reduce our waste and yours!
Reducing waste at Babipur Towers
Here at Babipur we work hard to keep our waste production as low as possible, and one major way we do this is by recycling and re-using the packaging and boxes that come into our warehouse from our suppliers. We don’t buy in any materials that are not recyclable, our packing tape is paper based, we re-use as many boxes as we can, any boxes we do buy in are made from recycled card and our small despatch bags are biodegradable. This is important to us as we sell such a wide range of goodies of all shapes and sizes and this can produce a lot of packaging!
So instead of it all being thrown away and forgotten about we re-use it all to package up your lovely orders and send them off to arrive safely to you!
Our products help YOU to reduce waste
Not only are we conscious about our packaging but we put a lot of thought into our products, we only source ethically produced, fair trade goods made of natural and sustainable materials. This means the products we sell have a considered impact in the environment and many have a positive impact over their lifetime.
Reusable nappies are awesome
Here at Babi Pur we just love cloth nappies! Cloth nappies are fantastic, wash and re-use over and over again and drastically reduce your household waste. Each day around 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away each day in the UK alone and they all go into landfill because disposable nappies are not recyclable or biodegrable. In fact every single disposable nappy ever made hasn’t started to degrade yet which is a pretty gross thought. Landfill and environmental damage isn’t the only problem either, disposable nappies require vasts resources to be produced, oil, water and other chemicals. Even if you only use one washable nappy per day it makes a difference so, if you haven’t already, give the a go!
Each brand has a wide range of beautiful prints and patterns, whether it’s the excellent themes with Tots Bots, the beautiful designs from Milovia, or our very own Babi Pur elephant designs on Close Pop Ins! Switching to cloth nappies is a great way to reduce the amount of harmful waste that is produced every year, it’ll also save you money in the long term and is kinder to your baby’s skin.
Why not check out our range of nappies? There’s so many to choose from, and for #ZeroWasteWeek while stocks last you’ll even get a free elephant bag when you buy one of our elephant Pop Ins!
Reusable menstrual products
Just like disposable nappies are bad for the environment, so too are tampons and disposable sanitary pads. But there is an alternative! CSP (cloth sanitary pads) and menstrual cups are a cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable products. Using CSP can greatly reduce the amount of waste that is produced as a result of using disposable sanitary products.
Not only that but they don’t contain any chemicals that are harmful to the environment and your own health.
Here at Babi Pur we have a great range pf csp, breast pads and menstrual cups and we stock everything you’ll need to make the transfer from disposable sanitary products to reusable, or expand your collection.
Making small changes in the products you use on a regular basis from disposable to reusable alternatives will make a great difference to your life, bank balance and the environment! Every little bit helps, you don’t have to dive in and use them fill time straight away. Our advice would be to try a couple of brands and see which ones you like before buying enough for your period.
Klean Kenteen is all about a more reusable and healthier lifestyle, check out their range of drinks bottles, coffee cups, food containers & more all made from quality stainless steel and available at Babipur.
Disposable coffee cups have recently been highlighted on a recent BBC programme by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall as being a major recycling problem; just imagine all of those cups with their plastic lids being thrown away after people finish their morning coffee on their way to work every day. Did you know that paper disposable coffee cups are NOT recycled by most councils in the UK and so guess where they end up… yup, landfill.
That’s why we are proud to stock the Klean Kanteen range! These beauties are made of stainless steel and are perfectly insulated so your drinks will stay piping hot/ freezing cold for longer! These containers come in a range of colours and sizes and are perfect to take with you to work, picnics, festivals, beaches- anywhere! Bring your own cup to the coffee shop and some even offer a small discount too.
With these fantastic containers you’ll no longer have to worry about having to use those environmentally damaging disposable cups… or cold coffee for that matter! Klean Kanteen also make a wide range of water bottles, cups and containers, great for days out and helps reduce to reduce those purchases of plastic water and drinks bottles. Loads of spares and replaceable parts are available so your Klean Kanteen will pretty much last a life time.
So whether you’re an eco warrior already or thinking about making some small changes to get started now is the time to do it. Head over to Babipur today and get involved in a more reusable, less wasteful lifestyle.
My youngest daughter and I both have blue eyes and fair skin that burns very easily in the sun. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, People with a darker complexion have more natural sun protection, while fair-skinned individuals like ourselves are more susceptible to sun burn, skin cancer and photodamage. I’ve actually had growths removed from the side of my face due to sun damage which was pretty scary! No sun lotion can offer full protection so it is very important that we take other precautions such as wearing tight waved clothing, wide brimmed hats, sunglasses when out in the sun and try our best to keep out of the direct sunlight between the hours of Midday and 3pm.
We decided to stock the Green People range of Sun protection here at Babi Pur after using it ourselves on the whole family. We did a lot of research into different types of sun protection and came to the conclusion that a natural and organic sun lotion was much better for our skin.
The Green People sun lotion is very easy to apply, it rubs in easily and you don’t look like a ghost when you have it on! Our whole family uses the Organic Children sun lotion as it works well for all of us, I can even get away with putting it on my face without breaking out in spots, which is what usually happens when I apply sun lotion to my face.
Is SPF 30 high enough?
This is a question we’re often asked by our customers here at Babi Pur. It would be reasonable to assume that a Factor 50 offers nearly double the protection of a SPF25 or SPF30, however an SPF30 lotion offers 97% protection against UVB rays, while SPF50 offers just 1% more at 98%
Applying an SPF50 could actually give a false sense of security, Green People say that some people have a tendency to re-apply less often and stay in the sun longer when they use higher factors. This can significantly increase your risk of sun damage because you need to reapply regularly to protect from UVA damage no matter what factor you use.
What about UVA Rays?
It is the UVA rays that cause long term damage in the deep layers of your skin. The SPF factor refers to the UVB rays and not the UVA. To protect your skin from the UVA rays it is very important that you wear enough sun lotion and re-apply often. Look out for broad spectrum sun lotions that carry the UVA seal, this is a logo with ‘UVA’ inside a circle which indicates that a sun cream meets the EU recommendation and offers UVA protection factor equivalent to at least a third of their SPF. Some broad spectrum sun lotions display the Boots star rating instead of the UVA seal.
UV rays will reflect from sand, water and snow and can damage your skin even when you are in the shade. Also, it is worth remembering that UVA rays are present all year round, and 80% of UVA light can penetrate through thin layers of cloud.
Why Green People natural sun lotions?
Green people sun lotions contain a blend of minerals, the mountain flower Edelweiss and a filter derived from Cinnamon which is very effective and provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green People organic skincare choose only the gentle filters to help protect yours and your children’s skin from sun damage. Their range of sun lotions are therefore suitable for people with very sensitive skin and allergies. They protect your skin without blocking pores (which is excellent for my skin type) and it allows your skin to breathe and won’t cause irritation. It is even suitable for those who suffer prickly heat. Also, Green People sun lotions were submitted for independent testing which confirmed that their lotions were offering high protection against both UVA and UVB rays. According to Which, not all sun lotions do what they say on the tube. Five sun creams have failed their SPF testing and Which recommend you stay clear of them. They are: Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml); Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30 (180ml); Hawaiian Topic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 (200ml); Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Tough Sun Fluid SPF30 (150ml); Malibu Protective Lotion SPF30 (200ml).
So you’ve decided to start using cloth nappies and you have a look on the internet to see what’s available. But there are just so many to choose from and what is this new language of nappy that you have to learn, what is an AIO nappy? and what is a nappy booster? Why isn’t it just simple?
Well it is simple really and to help you out we’ve put together a list of various cloth nappy jargon and abbreviations commonly used to describe different types and bits of washable nappies. All in plain and simple English so that any cloth novice can get the hand of it. If you think we’ve missed any out please add them to the comments at the bottom and we’ll edit the post to include them. Don’t forget we’re always at the other end of the phone if you need any extra help and advice.
Cloth nappy, Real nappy, Washable nappy, Cloth:
A nappy made of fabric that you wash and then re-use instead of throwing in the bin
AIO, All-in-one nappy:
A nappy that is all in one piece, both the waterproof outer and absorbent inner are stuck together as one unit. Examples of the all-in-one would be the new TotsBots Easyfit Star, GroVia All-in-one, GroVia ONE, Tickle Tots and Real Easy
A pocket nappy consists of a waterproof shell with a fleece layer attached to the inside and in between the two layers is a pocket into which you stuff an absorbent insert. An example of this would be a Milovia Pocket Nappy, Fuzzibunz, Charlie Banana and Wonderoos
AI2, All-in-two nappy, Hybrid Nappy:
All in two nappies are made of two parts, absorbent inner and waterproof outer, that can be fastened together usually with poppers. Once these two parts are stuck together the nappy then resembles and all-in-one but the ability to pull the two pieces apart can speed up drying times. An example of a all-in-two nappy would be Totsbots Peenut, Pop-in nappy by Close and GroVia Hybid Nappy
Two part nappy:
Simply a nappy made of 2 parts, absorbent nappy and waterproof cover. The two parts don’t fix together like an all-in-two. Examples are Tots Bots Peenut, Tots Bots Bamboozles and Milovia cover & inserts
These are a rectangular piece of toweling fabric which is folded into the shape of a pad or nappy and then needs a waterproof cover on top. These are the kind of nappies that have been around for a long time and you would picture a baby wearing with a safety pin, although we don’t use pins anymore. Sometimes referred to as Flat Nappies
An absorbent cloth nappy that “fits” around your baby with a fastening at the front and will then need a waterproof cover on top. Tots Bots Bamboozle is a perfect example
This is usually the absorbent fabric you place inside a nappy to absorb the wee. Depending on the brand these vary in size and shape.
A nappy absorbs wee and you don’t want this wee to escape and soak into your baby’s clothes so you use a waterproof “cover” or “wrap”. This covers the absorbent part of the nappy and contains the poop and wee. Examples of these are the Totsbots Peenut, Blueberry Coveralls and Milovia Covers.
As babies get bigger and do bigger wee then you might need to “boost” your nappies. A booster is an extra layer or absorbent fabric you put in the nappy to absorb extra liquid. Some babies needs boosting early on and some only need a booster at night time. Example, Close Parent boosters
A nappy liner is a thin piece of paper that you place on top of the nappy before you put it on your baby. This then catches the baby poo and are designed to they can simply throw it down the toilet (drains dependent) or in the bin. Here at Babi Pur, we would strongly discourage anyone from flushing liners down the toilet as recent experiments have shown that they take longer than expected to biodegrade. Paper liners can make life a bit easier and are usually made of natural materials. Examples Close nappy liners, ImseVimse nappy liners and Totsbots nappy liners.
Made from microfleece material fleece liners are placed on the nappy before you place it on your baby. This material wicks moisture from baby’s skin keeping them feeling dry. Fleece liners are re-usable and will need to be rinsed and washed after each use. Example Tots Bots fleece liners
Aplix, Velcro, Hook & Loop:
Commonly known as Velcro but as Velcro is a branded version it’s not always the term used. This is the fastening used to close the front of the nappy.
Snaps are like little plastic buttons which are used to close the nappy, adjust the size of a nappy and sometimes stick different parts together
B2P, Birth to Potty:
Some people say that they’re going to use disposables for the first few weeks and then switch to resuables, but we say “cloth from day 1″! Where as one size nappies are great for use from birth to potty, they can sometimes be a little big for newborn babies. Newborn Cloth nappies are great size for babies from 5lb to 12lbs.