Archive for the ‘Kids’ stuff’ Category

Children and babies are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals than adults

Christmas shoppers on their mission to buy presents for family and friends may be bringing home sports and baby clothing that contains poisons. Clothing which claims to be “anti-odor” often contains tiny silver particles which are poisonous for the natural environment. Some tests suggest they could also be harmful for human health.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has conducted tests of sports clothing made of synthetics as well as “anti-odor” clothes for babies. The results of the tests were “worse than we expected,” Anne-Marie Johansson of KEMI told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The watchdog agency randomly bought clothing and textiles in Swedish stores which are marketed as “anti-odor” or claimed to provide “lasting freshness,” “hygenic protection,” or to be “antimicrobial.”

Of the 30 articles tested in a laboratory, 16 were found to contain silver nano-particles and anti-bacterial agent Triclosan. Although the use of silver particles was most common in sports clothing, investigators also found it in children’s pajamas and other types of clothing.

One of the products containing silver was a hair-band from Buff with a Winnie-the-Pooh design.
Three fourths of the silver particles in the hair-band had been leached out after three washings, according to the Swedish study.
“One can really ask questions about usage, especially when it comes to children’s clothing. There are concerns about the effects on health; children may suck on their clothing,” Anne-Marie Johansson of KEMI told DN.




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If you haven’t been to Stockholm’s House of Culture (Kulturhuset) lately, you are in for a big surprise. The library has moved down to the ground floor and undergone a dramatic makeover, and a cute new shop called Remake has opened its doors, opposite the fresh new public toilets. (Its always good to know where to find a public toilet in the Swedish capital).

The Remake label, owned by the private Stockholms Stadsmission charity, is based upon a genial idea. (more…)

Something for the eco-holics among us , Photo: Tina Axelsson


Bonkeli Design, a family-owned firm based in Sweden is offering a limited, numbered edition of what it claims to be “the world’s first cradle-to-cradle clothing for children.”

That sounds impressive, but what exactly is Cradle-to-Cradle clothing? I’ve heard about things lasting from the cradle to the grave, but something enduring from cradle to cradle doesn’t ring any bells for me. A Google search reveals that “Cradle-to-Cradle” (also known as C2C) is basically an especially demanding system for certifying hyper-Green products.

The Cradle-to-Cradle design concept is based upon the idea of making products that fit into the life-cycle of nature. By using only bio-degradable materials like cotton and wool, no poisonous waste materials are produced.
When your kid is finished with his or her limited-edition Bonkeli shirt, you can bury it in your garden or pitchfork it into your compost pile, so it can provide useful nutrients for your petunias or your carrots.

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What will Scandinavian kids be wearing in the Spring? We got a glimpse of the styles to come when Polarn O. Pyret and OneTwoTen staged a children’s show in Stockholm’s House of Culture.

A children’s fashion show, by the way, is a great way to start the week. The small people who took a trek around the circular runway put every adult in the audience in a good mood, even on a grey Monday morning .
Karina Lundel, senior designer at premier children’s label Polarn O. Pyret presented a Spring collection which included a wide variety of inspirations, everything from the minimalism of the 90s to hippie styles of the 1970s. Climbing aboard the unisex bandwagon, Polarn O. Pyret is now offering shirts with flowery patterns for both boys and girls. (more…)

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Polarn O. Pyret, one of Scandinavia’s premium fashion labels for kids, will market its clothing in the Nordstrom department store chain in the United States. In a first stage, Polarn O. Pyret’s clothing will be available in seven Nordstrom stores, but they hope to eventually be represented in the entire chain. (more…)


Annika Lofqvist and Lena Berg are the two Danish designers behind the new label Zilly Banana Kids, targeting children aged 3-10, which was recently introduced in the Little Scandinavian report. They call their designs “a piece of art made with love.”
Each collection is a limited edition and the clothes are handmade in Europe, with embroidery and other details added in Luxemburg. Zilly Banana features “comfortable clothes in high quality with graphic prints and colorful appliqué in a naive expression mixed with happy buttons and fun seams that all together gives Zilly Banana a rather quirky yet urban style for young trendsetters.”
Founded in 2007, Zilly Banana received a warm welcome at the International children’s trade show in Amsterdam, Kleine Fabriek, in July 2010. AW2010 is their second collection. www.zillybanana.com

Biker Boots for Kids

Posted: August 1, 2010 in Danish, Kids' stuff

Who says that children’s boots have to be boring? The Scandinavian Kids website alerted me to some cool new boots from Danish shoe manufacturer Bisgaard. Check out the fresh-looking leopard skin and bright yellow models. Photos from www.houseofkids.dk

Photo: Noa-Noa Miniature

Autumn news from Noa Noa Miniature is about to arrive in stores, and Noa Noa fans will not be disappointed -the collection is even more extensive than ever, available in a wide range of colours, fabrics and cuts, kept in the typical nostalgic slightly bohemian chic style we adore. The brand, which features dresses for girls aged 3-12, was founded in 1981 by Danish brothers Harald and Lars Holstein. Photo: Noa Noa Miniature. www.littlescandinavian.com