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  1. Happy Midsummer!

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    June 16, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

    The Swedish tradition of holding a Midsummer Party is a lovely way of bringing family and friends, young and old together. In Mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Whatever the weather decides to do, the celebration goes ahead all across Sweden on Midsummer Eve which is the Friday closest to the summer solstice, this year it is Friday June 23rd. Swedes love Midsummer, and here we’ll show you how to hold a Midsummer party of your own! Midsummer Pole The essential item, and takes some effort but believe us it is …
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  2. HOW OUR CLOTHING IS MADE

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    January 4, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

    How is a piece of clothing actually created? What is the process beforehand? Designer Susan has the answers to these questions as well as a few more! Everything begins with a discussion regarding which print the garment is to have. Our print designers then draw it. Together the designers consider different color schemes and then decide which ones will be on the prints for the garments. When this has been done, an original is sent to the supplier for a print trial on fabric. Testing is the next step. The supplier sends garments in accordance with the instructions on the garment sketch and measurement list, and we test them at the head office. The design assistant and pattern maker check the fit and make sure …
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  3. Our Initiative for Sustainable Production

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    March 4, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Polarn O. Pyret supports more sustainably produced cotton As we buy large quantities of cotton and consider our corporate responsibility extends beyond our production, we became a member of BCI in September 2013. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) was established in 2005 to help make global cotton production more sustainable. By labeling and promoting “Better Cotton” as a sustainable commodity, the BCI helps make global cotton production better for producers, for the environment where cotton is grown and for the future of the sector/cotton industry. Each year, Polarn O. Pyret aims to increase the amount of Better Cotton we source to contribute to the more sustainable production of cotton. By buying Better Cotton, Polarn O. Pyret helps BCI minimize the damaging effects associated with traditional …
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  4. We Make Clothes for Children.

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    February 16, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Not for girls. Not for boys. We make clothes for children. The bodies of boys and girls are very similar before they reach their teens. We work with clothes for children. So why would we make them different clothes? It may seem obvious, but our belief that both boys and girls need good fit and function makes us unique. We aim to make the world’s best shell jacket, knee sock, t-shirt and sun hat. Who wears what – and what colors – is up to you. But both boys and girls need good looking clothes that are strong and versatile. That’s what unisex means to us. Polarn O.Pyret – unisex since 1976.   “We wanted our children to grow up as people, not boys or …
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  5. Swedish Chocolate Hearts!

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    February 13, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    These Swedish Chocolate Balls (or hearts!), also known as ‘Chokladbollar’ in Swedish, are a fav among our office and friends and are super easy to make! Have fun with the kids and make them into any shape for any occasion! Delish! Swedish Chocolate Hearts One stick unsalted butter (softened) 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cups sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp vanilla sugar 1 1/2 tbsp espresso (cold) 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa Garnish: Coconut flakes or sprinkles Mix all the ingredients together with your hands or in food processor until well combined. Adjust consistency with coffee or oats (it should be a bit sticky but firm). Roll them in to 20 – 25 balls or cut them into heart shapes and garnish. …
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  6. Peo.ple at PO.P

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    February 11, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Say hello to Andy! Meet Andy. One of our brilliant team of creatives. Between them, the team create most of the material you see in stores and online. There is more to this than you can imagine and it is all about being creative in order to produce the best graphic expression. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. What are you working on at the moment? “Right now I am working on our fantastically colorful spring campaign that launches in March. I develop material for our newsletters, ads and display signs in stores. Plus there is a whole load of material we use in social media, Facebook and Instagram, that needs creating. The challenge is that all this material should …
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  7. DIY HOLIDAY DECOR!

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    December 15, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Now the countdown to the holidays has begun. Why not make your own decorations? A Polarn O. Pyret-striped decoration for the tree or Poppy´s Lucia procession. Tree decoration This is how you do it (click on the picture to make it bigger and to print it): You need: Template – print it here Glue Scissors Stapler Lace  Poppy´s Lucia procession This is how you do it (click on the picture to make it bigger and to print it): You need: Templates – print it here Scissors Tape (to tape in the back of the figure)  Do you want some more inspiration? Look here for tips on how you can fold saffron buns into many different shapes.


  8. December 13th is Santa Lucia

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    December 13, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret

    December 13th is St Lucia Day, a time for singing, mulled spiced wine, and saffron buns. Originally a Catholic feast day, Lucia is a special day that is celebrated all around Sweden, especially in schools and nurseries. The day starts with a Lucia procession early in the morning when it is still dark outside. Lucia herself enters the room wearing a long white Lucia dress with a red silk ribbon around her waist and a crown of candles on her head. She is followed by singing flower girls with glitter in their hair, star boys wearing cone hats, and last but not least, mischievous gingerbread men and elves. It is a delightful and much loved tradition with candles and holiday songs that for many people …
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  9. Parents Are Taking Control Of Kid’s Screen Time

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    November 9, 2015 by PO.P Press

    With digital technology taking over our every move, it has become hard to delegate our families screen time and limit it to the 2 hour maximum that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. If you are feeling confused or even guilty over the hours your children log on screens. You are not alone. Polarn O. Pyret UK conducted a small scale poll of parent’s household rules, and The Huffington Post UK reported: The Huffington Post UK | By Amy Packham Many parents have started giving their children digital bans in order to maintain a healthy amount of screen time, according to a new survey. In the small-scale poll of 1,330 parents of children aged 12 and under, 67% said they always remove or ban screens …
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  10. Swedish Day Care Philosophy

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    September 21, 2015 by Jenny Lonnstam

    It’s a crisp November morning in Sweden, the daily song and dance hour has almost come to an end at “Förskolan Solen” (Daycare Sun). 15 children and 3 teachers finish a nutritious fruit snack before heading outside to 20º F and a thin layer of white powdery snow on the ground. Children begin to pair into small groups, while teachers escort kids to their cubbies. Every child has their own little area with hooks, shelves and drawers where they keep all their clothing. Properly hung, folded and name-labeled. Learning to dress for weather is a very important lesson for the day. The first layer of clothing applied is soft, comfortable play clothes, followed by a base layer of Merino Wool. The second layer a set …
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