Beth Shea

 

Beth is the writer and founder of Petite Planet, a blog which focuses on eco-friendly living for families and informs parents of the best green choices for their babies and our planet. The birth of her daughter was her inspiration to take baby steps toward changing the world and preserving it for future generations. A former travel and spa writer, Beth swapped airline miles and body wraps for long stroller walks and quick showers. She is living her dream by being a mother and freelance writer.

Beth Shea
Cola Powered Toy Car is Fueled by Sugar

Cola Powered Toy Car is Fueled by Sugar

Not to be outdone by Nokia's Coca-Cola powered concept cell phone, Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy's soda powered radio controlled car races onto the alternative energy scene. Fueled by a literal

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Jump Rope Transforms Kinetic Energy into Light

Jump Rope Transforms Kinetic Energy into Light

Eco-savvy fitness buffs will appreciate this jump rope flashlight concept by designers Hyun Joo Lee and Eu Tteum Lee. The Jumping Light skipping rope would take workouts to the next level by

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Water Tanks Recycled into Kids’ Palaces at India’s Dune Eco Resort

Water Tanks Recycled into Kids’ Palaces at India’s Dune Eco Resort

When one sees a discarded water tank, images of miniature kids' palaces don't typically come to mind. But Katell Gelebart, a very clever, eco-minded designer saw the old water tanks being

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Hill Hut: A Playful Abode Designed for Nature Loving Children

Hill Hut: A Playful Abode Designed for Nature Loving Children

Visiondivision's Hill Hut was designed with storybook flair and boasts opportunities for adventure at every turn. The southern Stockholm abode, built with two lucky children in mind, has an

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Kitchen Table Transforms into Secret Fort!

Kitchen Table Transforms into Secret Fort!

When we spotted this ingenious design by Ingrid Brandth, our unanimous chorus was, “I want one!” The Daily Shelter is an unassuming kitchen table that stealthily transforms into a

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Recycly Robots take the Guesswork out of Recycling

Recycly Robots take the Guesswork out of Recycling

Even the greenest among us sometimes scratch our heads when it comes to knowing how to recycle certain objects. Recycly Robot Waste Containers, conceptualized by Oomy Design, help take the

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Outdoor Fireplace Illuminates Holiday Gatherings

Outdoor Fireplace Illuminates Holiday Gatherings

This radiant outdoor fireplace designed by Oslo-based architects Haugen/Zohar would certainly add a festive glow to upcoming holiday celebrations. Made from leftover materials from a nearby

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Original Sound Track: Toy Train Runs on Musical Rails!

Original Sound Track: Toy Train Runs on Musical Rails!

Musician and designer Ricardo Seola's 'Original Sound Track' is a toy train that is filled with a lot of soul! The train assumes the role of a musician as it plays its track by plucking metal

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Jellio Debuts their Xylophone Coffee Table

Jellio Debuts their Xylophone Coffee Table

The designers at Jellio have added a music table to their kid-friendly interior design collection. This working rainbow hued xylophone coffee table will provide eye candy for just about any

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M112 Pods: Miniature Shipping Container Homes!

M112 Pods: Miniature Shipping Container Homes!

These new M112 Pod Miniatures by Paris Renfroe Design are diminutive counterparts to the life-sized shipping container homes which are rising in popularity as green living space options. These

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LED Motherboard Menorah by Roni Kabessa

LED Motherboard Menorah by Roni Kabessa

Founders of the Green Hanukkah Campaign received criticism for urging Jews to light one less candle during the sacred observance of Hanukkah to help reduce carbon emissions (one completely

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WoodStation is a Clock and a Weather Station in a Hunk of Wood!

WoodStation is a Clock and a Weather Station in a Hunk of Wood!

Green kids and their gadget loving parents will appreciate the time-telling WoodStation, designed by Sebastien Wallet for Inovaxion. Made from recycled wood, this innovative and intuitive clock

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Polar Bear Robots Replace Dead Bears at St. Louis Zoo

Polar Bear Robots Replace Dead Bears at St. Louis Zoo

Officials at the St. Louis Zoo are preparing for their holiday Wild Lights exhibit by installing electronic polar bear proxies in place of the deceased polar bears who died in their captivity.

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‘Mons Lavabo’ Sink Helps Kids Save Water When Washing Hands

‘Mons Lavabo’ Sink Helps Kids Save Water When Washing Hands

With flu season upon us, parents can use all the help they can get when it comes to keeping their kid's hands clean and germ free. The bright and cherry 'Mons Lavabo,' a short-listed entry in

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ANDREA Air Filter Purifies Indoor Air with the Help of House Plants

ANDREA Air Filter Purifies Indoor Air with the Help of House Plants

We first reported on the conceptual design of the Bel-Air living air filter back in 2007, and now everyone may breathe a little easier because it came to fruition as the ANDREA Air Filter and

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Inhabit’s Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Wall Art

Inhabit’s Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Wall Art

The eco chic Eames Modern Rocker is the quintessential rocking chair for green, design-savvy parents -- and when we came across Inhabit's Modern Chair collection of pillows and wall art

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KOZ Architects’ Colorful, Green Sports & Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud

KOZ Architects’ Colorful, Green Sports & Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud

KOZ Architects' Sports & Leisure Center is a rainbow colored wonderland for kids in Saint-Cloud, France. Designed for festive celebrations and entertainment and featuring the 'coolest'

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Modern Cabana’s ‘KIDDO Cabana’ Prefab Playhouse

Modern Cabana’s ‘KIDDO Cabana’ Prefab Playhouse

Fans of prefab design can now pass their affinity on to their children via Modern Cabana‘s newest addition to their collection of modern living spaces — the KIDDO Cabana. Dubbed the

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Eco Clothing Origami Sculptures by Bela Borsodi

Eco Clothing Origami Sculptures by Bela Borsodi

Bela Borsodi proves that fashion is an art form by creating faces and animals out of clothing, origami-style. In his 'Wild Life' spread in Italian Vogue he brought creatures including a frog and

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Birdhouse Lamp by Inke Heiland made from Salvaged French Oak

Birdhouse Lamp by Inke Heiland made from Salvaged French Oak

Designed to cast a sweet glow and add a touch of outdoor ambience, we think Inke Heiland's Birdhouse Lamp is a joyful embellishment that would add natural flair to any room of the house.

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Artist Amelia Santiago’s Wool Felt ‘Pet Portrait’ Sculptures

Artist Amelia Santiago’s Wool Felt ‘Pet Portrait’ Sculptures

Since cloning your pet goes against Mother Nature, do the next best thing and have artist Amelia Santiago create a three-dimensional 'Pet Portrait' sculpture as an homage to your best furry

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Manuel Villa’s Habitable Polyhedron – A Family Garden Retreat

Manuel Villa’s Habitable Polyhedron – A Family Garden Retreat

We've seen our fair share of backyard retreats, but Manuel Villa's Habitable Polyhedron shapes up to be one of the most unique dwellings we've come across. Designed as an escape for young

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‘Adoptabot’ Upcycled Robots Await Adoption into Green Homes

‘Adoptabot’ Upcycled Robots Await Adoption into Green Homes

In the case of designer Brian Marshall, playing with toys all day really can culminate in a career. Inspired by a childhood spent building with Legos and Lincoln Logs, Marshall's imagination

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Steven Guarnaccia’s Modern Fairytales for Design Savvy Families

Steven Guarnaccia’s Modern Fairytales for Design Savvy Families

Pass on your penchant for design and architecture to your kids in a language they'll understand -- via the re-telling of classic fairytales by illustrator Steven Guarnaccia, who gives a stylish

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‘Baby in Table’ Furniture Design Evolves as Children Grow

‘Baby in Table’ Furniture Design Evolves as Children Grow

Parents are all too aware of the revolving door of quickly outgrown furniture that goes hand in hand with raising a child. Incessantly purchasing furniture is taxing on both the environment and

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Petting Farm Nominated for 2009 World Architecture Award

Petting Farm Nominated for 2009 World Architecture Award

70F Architecture's Sheep Stable/Petting Farm is nominated for a 2009 World Architecture Award. The building's open facade allows for wind to continuously ventilate the entire farm, and its

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Vinyl-Free, Reusable Fabric Wall Stickers by Mae

Vinyl-Free, Reusable Fabric Wall Stickers by Mae

Blank walls are the canvas of every home -- just waiting to be livened up with thoughtful, personalized decor. However, renters aren't always able to paint or wallpaper their walls, and kids'

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DIY: Photo Puzzle Blocks Uniquely Display Favorite Snapshots

DIY: Photo Puzzle Blocks Uniquely Display Favorite Snapshots

Anyone can frame a photograph; but the design-minded will love these photo puzzle blocks, which offer a creative, interactive way to enjoy a favorite snapshot. By upcycling alphabet blocks and

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GREEN RANT: Having a Baby is NOT Bad for the Earth

GREEN RANT: Having a Baby is NOT Bad for the Earth

Procreating is a basic human instinct and right, but some extreme environmentalists are pioneering efforts such as 'voluntary human extinction' on a global level and undergoing sterilization

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Outdoor Retreat Upcycled from Old Windows

Outdoor Retreat Upcycled from Old Windows

If you'll be replacing the windows in your home to increase indoor energy efficiency anytime soon, get ready to simultaneously up the ante on your outdoor aesthetics. This quaint backyard

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