Shop Window: Green choices
Early climate consciousness
Global warming comes to the fore in Ivy + Bean: What's the Big Idea?, a remarkable addition to the children's series from award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall and best-selling author Annie Barrows. The story revolves around two girls, Ivy and Bean, who make various out-of-the-box attempts to address climate change, the theme of their school's science fair. Suitable for 6-10 years old. US$9.38 at www.amazon.com.
It's a trike, no, wait ...
One of the most sustainable children's bikes available, the Wishbone Bike-Original 3 in 1, is a versatile, cleverly conceived machine that allows you to take off the wheels, transforming a tricycle into a bicycle as your child gains balance and stability. The New Zealand-designed bike is made of preservative-free, plantation-grown birch or ash wood. HK$1,950 at www.hocusadabra.
Bamboo, a fast-growing plant that does not require applications of fertiliser and pesticide, is favoured by greenies in everything from furniture to paper. Its fibres can also be woven into soft, breathable fabric that's great for baby-wear. Local eco-retailer bebe2be.com offers a comprehensive range of bamboo bodysuits for infants up to 24 months old. Woven from bamboo certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association, the fabric is particularly gentle on sensitive young skins. HK$189 at www.bebe2be.com.
Green nappies on tryout
A great starter nappy pack, the Mio Intro kit from Bambino Mio gives parents an opportunity to try out these earth-friendly versions before committing to more. The reusable, absorbent nappies come with water-resistant nappy covers and nappy liners, making them easy to use. HK$399, Bumps to Babes, 5/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Tel: 2522 7112.
To set out their family schedules, eco-conscious types can consider Paperthinks' notebooks made from recycled paper, with a soft recycled-leather cover and an expandable inner pocket in the back to store small personal belongings. HK$48- 138, from Metrobooks outlets at Sino Plaza in Causeway Bay, Elements Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui and Langham Place in Mong Kok.