A Mom on a Mission

KIWI MAGAZINE

When a Portland, Oregon, mom of four learned that a contractor had exposed her children to poisonous lead dust by using unsafe paint-removal methods in 2005, she vowed not to let that happen to any other kids. Six years later, Tamara Rubin’s tireless work has helped preserve the health of millions of kids—and earned her the title of 2011 Mom …

An Eco-Prettier Petal

KIWI staff

A bouquet of fresh flowers? You shouldn’t have!—especially since the floral industry is one of the heaviest pesticide users, wreaking health havoc for the people who pick them and the environment. Next time, forgo conventional blooms in favor of ones certified sustainable by VeriFlora, an eco-labeling program for the floriculture and horticulture industries. You can locate some greener flowers near you …

Turn Your Trash Into Cash

Dana Wilkosz

As February winds down and we head into the home stretch of winter, you may want to get a jump-start on your spring cleaning. But what to do with all that stuff? Here are three companies who will not only recycle your things, they’ll pay you for them! thredUP As a parent, you know better than anyone how quickly your …

Crafting For a Cause

Marcy Franklin

Handmade bears travel around the world to brighten kids’ lives. There aren’t many things more comforting than curling up with a cozy blanket or stuffed bear. Now, knitters and crafters are helping thousands of children in need of something to snuggle. Here are two organizations creating comfort—one stitch at a time. Mother Bear Project Nine years ago, Amy Berman, a …

Connected Through Cancer

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Annual retreats bring together Kids Konnected youth leaders. When Jon Wagner-Holtz was 11 years old, he learned that his mom had breast cancer. He felt isolated and alone; he wanted to talk about his feelings, but none of his friends understood what it was like to have a parent with cancer. And then he had a realization: There must be …

Help Kids Help the Planet

Dana Wilkosz

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” These are the parting words of the Once-ler—the environmentally destructive character in Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s story The Lorax, which tells the story of the Lorax, who “speaks for the trees” against the greedy Once-ler and his environmentally-destructive business. Though written more than …