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Our expertise is connecting brands with new audiences and socially conscious consumers, resulting in better conversions.
- Our highly curated marketplace for ethical products makes it easy to discover, engage with and shop your brand.
- Our unique “cash back for causes” motivates consumers to buy more and return to ziggie more often.
- Our platform includes an expert blog on sustainability called ziggieimpact.com. ziggieimpact and our newsletter gives us the opportunity to go deeper on the issues, conversations and trends that are important to our customers.
Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day by supporting one of ziggie’s social impact partners, Women’s Prison Association. As the nation's first organization for systems-involved women, WPA has invented the nation’s most innovative programs, been at the forefront of groundbreaking advocacy efforts, and promoted forward-thinking strategies that always ask, “what about women?” As the need for WPA remains and even grows, they remain steadfast in their commitment to empower women as they redefine their lives in the face of injustice and incarceration. WPA’s mission is an example of why this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge.” In the face of the challenge of inequality, IWD is focused on how challenges lead to positive changes.
Today we’re celebrating UN World Wildlife Day by supporting one of ziggie’s social impact partners, Vital Ground Foundation. Vital Ground’s purpose and mission is an example of why this year’s theme for World Wildlife Day is "Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet." The preservation of forested habitats and the survival of “umbrella species” like the grizzly bear is Vital Ground’s focus.
Play is a child’s work. It is essential for the development of the human brain, which is only twenty-five percent complete at birth.
Play helps children’s nervous systems develop, and drives emergence of individual cognition, social skills, and imagination. It is so central to childhood development that inability to play signals that something is wrong, perhaps a diagnosable problem.
One factor that may be limiting our children’s full play potential is our dependence on screens. The sophistication of today’s video content, games and apps is a double-edged sword, in some cases helping our kids with distance learning and extra-curricular learning, and in other cases leading to a diminished connection to the real world and the transformative power of play.
Healthy play needs to be nurtured and prioritized for our kids. By contrast, online games, YouTube, and TV have limited benefit beyond superficial engagement. It is almost a misnomer to say that a child is “playing” a video game, as the experience is a largely cognitive experience with no muscular and kinesthetic energy being used, like offline forms of play.
In fact, research shows that screen time leads to fatigue and mood swings in many children due to designs that use rapidity of imagery, collapsed frame times and constant bombardment of stimuli, leaving kids too tired to play. Many parents have experienced this phenomenon during the global pandemic, as kids struggle to stay focused and happy during long online school days.
Many video games offer little for imagination and what I call “coefficient of resistance.” If a child plays at constructing a castle in the dirt or sand, for instance, her imagination is engaged with digging in the ground, combining mental, muscular and kinesthetic activity. It is a full experience, not a cognitive process alone.
Toys and Play Value
The child’s imagination transforms the most basic of items into a universe for play. Your bed becomes a “trampoline park” in the imagination of a child at play; or a broom becomes a speedracer and old sheets hung over a cardboard box, a palace for imagined characters and stuffies to come to life.
Despite these opportunities to let imagination lead, Americans are buying more than $20 billion worth of toys annually, 90 percent of which are made of plastic. Almost 40 percent of toys gifted to kids during the holiday season are broken by spring. To make matters worse, most toys are destined for landfill as the plastics used to make them are often blended with other materials that are hard to recycle.
If you’re looking for more sustainable options, you can find toy brands such as Green Toys that are made from recycled or natural materials that are non-toxic and you can look for high “play value” toys, that engage your child’s imagination. Sustainable options for toys will also give you the assurance that harmful chemicals such as phthalates are not being used to make them. Look for toys made from materials like silicone, bamboo, wood, organic cotton and phthalate-free recycled plastics.
The best guidance, however, in buying toys is to consider their play value; asking yourself how a particular toy can engage and develop your child’s imagination, or their natural tendencies to play. Toys that stretch the imagination, like building blocks, arts and craft supplies, clay, balls, and cards have the highest play value.
When buying for infants and toddlers, consider their physical development and their relative vulnerability to toxins, given their tendency to put everything in their mouths. Art cards, cloth books and lovies that are graphically colored or black and white are stimulating for babies’ eyes and brains, and highly tactile and interactive toys or ones that encourage movement, such as the zeki learning Sea Habitat Activity Mat, are also great for their physical and cognitive development.
Single use plastics are one of the biggest waste issues we face today. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. Plastic pollution endangers the marine ecosystem and is a direct outcome of human consumption behaviors.
Many of us have already taken steps to reducing single use plastics through the choices we make. Here are a few ideas for upping your game!
- Replace plastic food wrap and baggies. Convenience often wins the day in the choices we make but using plastic wrap and baggies in the kitchen is a costly habit, and recycling soft plastics can be difficult, as many local programs don’t accept these items for recycling. The good news is that sustainable alternatives to plastics often save you money and don’t leave you holding the bag! One of our favorite products is food wrap made from beeswax. This product can be reused for up to year, is washable and it seals really well, unlike plastic wraps that are ineffective for saving half an avocado, for example. BEE’s WRAPS featured on ziggie also come in beautiful bright colors and prints, adding some serious fun to your kitchen. Another alternative to plastic wrap is recycled aluminum foil, like this one from the brand If You Care. There are also great alternatives for plastic baggies, including paper, mesh and silicone baggies for everything from veggie shopping to snacks for the kids. Although it may take a little extra effort to bring reusable bags for shopping, you’ll save money by doing it. I also reuse the compostable produce bags from stores like Whole Foods as compost bin liners at home.
- If you have to buy bottled water, choose large/refill size bottles. Eliminating the single use of plastics is the goal, so pour yourself a glass of water or refill your reusable bottle instead of reaching for a single serve plastic bottle.
- Say no to plastic straws and disposable cutlery. Using stainless steel or paper straws at home is a great start and foregoing a straw altogether when you’re out is healthy habit to form. Also remember to let the restaurant or delivery service you’re using know that you don’t need disposable cutlery with your order.
- Buy products made from recycled plastics. From Green Toys made from recycled milk jugs to Preserve’s toothbrushes made from yogurt cups, there are recycled materials being used across a wide range of items for the family. And consuming recycled plastic is the epitome of reducing our single use footprint.
The Endangered Species Coalition uses grassroots mobilization, education, and targeted campaigns to enable every American to participate in actions that help strengthen protection for some of the most at-risk animal species in North America. Together with their national network of over 150,000 individual activists and supporters – Endangered Species Coalition is a force for good, dedicated to protecting our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.
One of the organization’s most inspiring campaigns is the Annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. Created by children in grades K-12, these works of art beautifully depict endangered and recovered species of animals, insects, and plants that live or migrate through the United States. Since 2018, ziggie has been honored to sell Giclee prints, cards and other giftable items featuring the winning artwork to support the Endangered Species Coalition.
Find the perfect gift featuring this year’s winning artwork here.
There are so many healthy and good for the planet foods and brands to choose from, and ziggie is offering stock up options and special pricing on everything from cases of line and pole caught Italian style tuna to KIND bars and Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal.
Save yourself a shopping trip, money and shipping costs by stocking up today. Shop here.
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