Best "Green" Companies in NJ for Moms and Babies
Embrace your child’s inner Bam-Bam and Pebbles! Organic, holistic, eco-friendly...these words appeal to those moms who seek baby products that are all-natural and contain no harmful dyes, sprays, or materials. New Jersey moms are sassy, savvy, and not afraid to do research—and realizing sometimes green is the way to go when purchasing baby products. Below is Part 1 of our series on New Jersey-based companies that are riding the green wave and embracing Mother Nature!
Proponents of cloth diapering feel that cloth diapers prevent diaper rash, are soother on baby’s delicate skin, are better for the planet, facilitate potty-training, and are more cost-effective than traditional diapers. Snooty Booty Diapers, based in Ocean, carries a large selection of all-natural cloth diapers and accessories. “While Snooty Booty Diapers is an online store, I have an office/showroom that is open by appointment,” says owner Michelle Rivenburg. “It's one of the few places in New Jersey where parents can come in and see the different brands of diapers side by side.” Rivenburg also hosts bimonthly workshops and visits natural parenting groups (Dar a Luz, HMH) for workshops as well. “I'm always looking to expand the selection of cloth diapers and natural parenting products,” she says. This summer, Snooty Booty is participating in the CAN Challenge to see which dad in the United States can change a diaper the fastest. “It runs through August 4 and has already been lots of fun,” says Rivenburg. 732-693-6446.
Allenwood Soapworks’ baby-friendly handmade toiletries are created from natural butters and oils, as well as organic ingredients such as fresh herbs, essential oils, and botanicals. Products available from the online store include Baby’s Bum Lotion Stick, made from cocoa and shea butters (no fragrance or unnecessary additives added); Baby Powder with baking soda, arrowroot powder and cornstarch (no fragrance); and Homemade Baby Soap Bars that contain oils of olive, coconut and sunflower. Gift baskets are also available. Box #1, Allenwood, NJ, 08720. 732-223-6310.
Based in Bernardsville, The Organic Nest sells eco-friendly, sustainable and fair-traded products, mostly bedding, for babies and children. Products available include organic pillows, blankets, mattresses and furniture. All wooden furniture is hand-rubbed with a non-toxic finish and all mattresses are chemical-free, toxin-free, contain NO PBDE'S and pass all safety regulations and CPSC guidelines. There’s even dorm-cool bedding available for the “older babies” in your life. 908-204-1988.
New Jammies are different than other pajamas because they’re made with 100% certified organic fabric that is more durable than other brands,” says company founder Nicole Johnson, of Princeton. “Our loyal parent customers tell us that they continue to purchase our pajamas because their children like the feel of the cotton on their skin.” Additionally, New Jammies’ “whimsical prints promote and familiarize children with healthy lifestyles at an early age.” New Jammies supports philanthropic organizations whose “goals are to improve our communities and the lives of our children,” says Johnson. “It is important that we try to reduce the amount of chemicals our children are exposed to in every form.” The online store also sells rompers, footies, and more.
Michael Suozzi runs Hot Head Magic Steam, a mobile business that predominantly travels around Bergen County and specializes in the cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection of hidden germs that gather on children’s items. Suozzi and his staffers use an organic, high-pressure dry vapor system to thoroughly cleanse booster seats, car seats, strollers, and more. “This is truly the greenest, most effective way to a healthy clean and a great way to protect our kids and ourselves from a serious health risk,” says Suozzi, who encourages parents to steam clean their car seats and strollers at least once a month. The spray steam used for cleaning is FDA-approved, planet-friendly and dries completely within a matter of minutes, wiping away dirt, grime, germs and bacteria. Interested in hosting a car seat and stroller cleaning party for yourself and some friends? Hot Head Magic Steam will come to Jersey mommies and offers the party ‘host’ a $5.00 discount on services. For more info, email Michael@HotHeadMagicSteam.com or call 917-273-3255.
Photo credit: Nicole Johnson, New Jammies