We at beijingkids love trailing spouses who make something of their time while abroad. This mother has been an expat for many years and has decided to create customized teepees. Nadia Werlinich noticed that kids would try to build forts and tents with sheets, so she decided to take teepee building to a new level. She created Little Eco One (WeChat ID: Littleecoone), which produces high-quality designer teepees handmade with the best sustainable materials. Werlinich uses 100 percent natural cotton, while the teepees come with bamboo or wooden poles.
Often called the “fabric of our lives,” cotton is one of the most common materials used for many items we come in contact every day, from clothes to sheets, and even some foods contain cotton. Growing non-organic cotton requires many pesticides. The risks of exposure to these chemicals are unhealthy to say the least. Organic cotton companies work according to the guidelines set by the Organic Trade Organization.
It might seem like an impossible deed to make our lives 100 percent organic, but we can start with gifts and special items for our children. These products are organic, and can be treasured and passed on to future generations.
Little Eco One also designs and creates bean bags, crib bumpers, and bed canopies. Despite being a newcomer in Beijing, Werlinich has hit the ground running as her teepees are being used in five-star hotels like the Ritz Carlton in the Middle East. She has also been featured in Vogue UK.
Little Eco One takes custom orders, and the fabric choices she has are extensive. Werlinich usually does not hold stock but creates the teepees to order. Organic fabrics are sourced from the US and Thailand, while natural fibers are from China.
Photo: Nadia Werlinich
This article appeared on p24 of beijingkids December 2017 issue.