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Hi all. My husband and I own a sustainable design firm. After having our first child in 2008, we decided to combine our love of sustainability and design to create Squishy Press (www.squishypress.com), which makes sustainable baby books printed right here in the USA.

Being green parents, we were shocked that we could find wooden toys, nontoxic bedding and clothes, organic soaps, and even nontoxic carpet . . . but not books. Our little guy loved to chew on books as babies like to do, so he was ingesting whatever glues, foils and laminates were on the bindings. So we wanted to create a safe option for babies that also was well-designed.

We engaged with some terrific vendors to create the safest baby books possible. From the inks to the papers to the glues, we've worked every step of the way to make the process as green as can be. For further transparency, we had the books sent out for independent lab testing and we came in way below government standards for safety. All process information and lab results are at www.squishypress.com.

We have two titles available: "Silly Faces" and "Opposites." We plan on expanding into more books at the end of this year. "Opposites" is in three languages: english/french spanish.

Thanks for taking a look at www.squishypress.com!

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We also have a Facebook page, so please join us there as well:

http://www.facebook.com/squishypress

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Wow, this article that came out today really makes the case for our sustainably-made books:

Children's book publishers are deforesting Indonesian forests

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We are going to be exhibiting at the Bebepaluzza Expo in Chicago, Illinois on July 31 and August 1st. Stop by to booth #506 if you'll be around!

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Besides being able to shop for our books on our website at www.squishypress.com, we're now in four stores in Illinois:

Peaceful Parlour
Geneva, Illinois
http://www.peacefulparlour.com/

Healthy Green Goods
Evanston, Illinois
http://www.healthygreengoods.com/

Hazel
Chicago, Illinois
http://store.hazelchicago.com/

Little Green Baby
Chicago, Illinois
http://www.mylittlegreenbaby.com/

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We just got a positive review in Cultural Combo, a new mommy blog about raising multicultural kids.

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Chicago-area moms:

The first 50 moms that arrive at the upcoming Bebe Paluzza show in Schaumburg on July 31st-Aug 1st receive "The Bump" Bebe Swag Bag. This bag is filled with awesome gifts valued at $500.00. Tell all the moms-to-be and new moms you know to come!

http://www.bebepaluzza.com/

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Wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th!

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We are now being carried at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park Chicago. But you can buy online at any time. Our books are only $112.95 each and are made in the USA using all sustainable materials. We even had them lab-tested!

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Squishy Press books were featured on Chicago's WGN TV in a segment about raising a green baby!

http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews...,0,21065.story

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Our books are now being carried by Organic Bug in Edgewater, Florida!

http://www.organicbug.com/

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If you're in Illinois and are planning on going to Bebe Paluzza to see the latest in baby gear, here's how to get free tickets:

For complimentary Passes to Chicago Show:
Head to buy buy Baby located at 580 E. Golf Road Schaumburg, IL on Thursday, July 15 from 10:00am to 12:00pm and Tuesday, July 20 from 2:00pm- 5:00pm. Go to the Baby Registry desk. Each person will be allowed 2 passes.

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We also have a Facebook page, so please join us there as well:

http://www.facebook.com/squishypress

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Bebe Paluzza opens one week from today in the suburbs of Chicago! Please tell your Chicago-mommy friends to come. The first 50 mome each day get a swag bag with over $500 worth of goodies in it.

http://www.bebepaluzza.com/page/chicago

And of course we'll be there selling Squishy Press books.

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Pictures from last weekend's trade show are here:

http://www.facebook.com/squishypress

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Did you know that the US Children's book industry is the #1 reason for deforestation in Indonesia? Read the Rainforest Action Network's report on why we need more oversight on children's book manufacturing.

Squishy Press books are manufactured and printed 100% in the USA using non-toxic methods and materials. Have you ordered your copies of our two titles yet?

www.squishypress.com

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Very nice new article about Squishy Press in a Chicago blog!

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We were interviewed last week by graduate students at Northwester University's Medill School of Journalism. Please check it out! We're very excited that word is spreading about our eco-friendly baby books.

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We have a bunch of upcoming events in Illinois coming up.

This weekend we'll be at Peaceful Parlour in Geneva, IL from 11:00 to 2:00. Stop in to talk with us about our Squishy Press books!

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