October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween Organic Treats: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops

51scO+-ueOL._SL500_AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_.jpgMade with real fruit extracts and gluten-free sugars, YummyEarth Organic Lollipops are certified organic. These delicious treats are perfect for handing out Halloween eve. The 100% natural colors and flavors make these vegan treats a great solution for the crap most children receive while trick-or-treating. In fact, in my family, we exchange every piece of junky candy for organic treats, in order that my children do not lose out on the fun of trick-or-treating and don't fill their bodies with dyes and additives.

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October 30, 2008

Cool Inventions: iYo Yo-Yo Charges Your iPod or iPhone

Using a yo-yo as an induction charger, Swedish designer Peter Thuvander has developed the iYo. Imagine spinning a yo-yo to charge your Apple iPod touch or iPhone:
The induction technology is based on this..

And of course there is a small onboard LI cell to store the electricity generated. So no need to charge as you yoyo. Yoyo and then charge.

The iYo is the coolest green gadget I've seen in awhile, and it makes me wonder what else we can power from simple toys, like PlayPumps International merry-go-round that uses kid energy to pump water.

Via: Green Upgrader

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October 29, 2008

BPA-Free Laptop Lunch

Laptop Lunches are the big craze at my daughter's school. When her best friend got one for her birthday, my daughter had to have one. As a green parent, I had to make sure the laptop lunch system was safe and eco-friendly. Although I try to avoid plastic, in children's lunches, plastic is a safer alternative than glass, and Laptop Lunches are BPA-free.

The Laptop Lunch System is inspired by the Japanese Bento. The little compartments ensure I pack my daughter a balanced meal with many choices, as well as appropriately-sized servings. The Laptop Lunch can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher; however, do not throw the optional cloth case in the washing machine. When I tried to launder my daughter's, it fell apart.

The Laptop Lunch gang at school has the best the lunches, and I feel sorry for the other kids stuck eating a school lunch. Laptop Lunches make eating fun and, in my experience, ensures your child will eat a healthy, balanced meal. I wish I could buy a Laptop Lunch for every child in my daughter's class.

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October 28, 2008

ikookie Organic Cotton Baby Clothes


Organic cotton is good for your baby and the environment! ikookie features 100% organic cotton baby clothes that "Nuture your baby in nature". The short sleeved lap bodysuit (onesie) and yoga pants are super soft, and I think even babies need yoga pants! I live in organic yoga pants at home, even when not doing yoga, because they are so comfortable. I have always dressed my babes in the most comfortable clothes, and of course, organic grown cotton ensures their skin will be comforted too. ikookie explains:

Natures purest fiber. Organic Cotton is grown and harvested without the use of agrichemicals. Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, heavy metals and pesticides.

By choosing organic cotton you decrease the number of toxic chemicals to you, your infant and the environment. Our babies benefit from the softness and quality that organic cotton provides.

Super soft, good for you baby, and good for the environment, you can't go wrong with ikookie baby clothes.
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October 27, 2008

CG Kidz Stainless Steel Water Bottles: Green Stuff, By Kids, for Kids

image005.jpg Everyone knows bottled water is bad for the environment, and kids like fun water bottles. CG Kidz makes stainless steel water bottles just for kids, by kids. In fact, the CG Kidz water bottle was designed by 11-year-old Riley Hoffer. Riley also manages the website, which is:
A place where kids of all ages can talk about the environment, products that are important to use at home, school and in their communities. Kids can read the latest in news and important facts as well as review a few products that Riley herself has evaluated.
My son loves his CG Kidz stainless steel water bottle, and he gets lots of compliments on it by kids and adults alike. He has abandoned his Klean Kanteen sippy cup for this big boy water bottle. He likes that the lid unscrews like Mommy's water bottle, and the carabiner on the lid makes it easy to latch on to any backpack or lunch bag.
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October 24, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

I recently received Tiger's Milk Nutrition Bar in the mail to review on Really Natural; however, I was disappointed to discover the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, I could not possibly eat or drink another thing with HFCS.  Barbara Kingsolver writes that HFCS consumption is up 1000% since 1975, and did you know the average American consumes 60 pounds of HFCS a year? I haven't consumed any HFCS for about five years, and after trying one Tiger's Milk bar, I felt weird.

The word is out that HFCS is bad for you; even the FDA considers it not natural. The industry has responded with advertisements:

Personally, I like this response:

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October 23, 2008

If You Live in Japan, You Can be Buried in a Cardboard Coffin

index-2.jpg All aspects of life can be greened, including death. I have heard of plain pine boxes and even "weave your own" basket coffins, but the Japanese can be buried in a cardboard box. Made from Tri-Wall cardboard, 2,000 "ecoffins" were sold in 2007. According to Japan for Sustainability:
As compared to plywood coffins, "ecoffins" consume half the energy, requiring about 10 minutes for combustion. They also release less than one-third the amount of toxic gases, such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and CO2, because no chemical adhesives are used.
These eco cardboard coffins are lined with natural fabrics, and the company plants 10 trees for each coffin sold.
Via: Lohas
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October 22, 2008

Eco Touch: Conscious, Eco-Friendly Car Care

411nnbVxMWL._SS400_.jpg The green market is full of eco-friendly cleaning products for the home; however, Eco Touch is the first specific green product I have come across for the car. It's ironic that I will only clean my home with eco-friendly products, but when it comes to my car's interior, I've been known to use Armor All. Non-toxic, biodegradable, and phosphate-free, Eco Touch products keep your car clean without a nauseating brew of toxic fumes.
  • Eco Touch Dashboard + Trim: Keep your car's interior shining without a greasy residue! Just spray on and wipe off with a reusable, washable microfiber towel. This product even cleans the major layer of dust off my dashboard from living on a dirt road.
  • Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash Starter Kit: Who needs water to wash their car? A typical home car wash uses between 80-140 gallons of water! Just spray this product on your car and wipe off with a microfiber towel. One bottle saves 800 gallons of water and cleans six cars!
  • Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery: The description of this product cracks me up: "removes wine, coffee, and more". Why are there wine stains in your car? Well, it does work...the wine coffee stains are gone from my driver's seat.
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October 21, 2008

Self-Powered Progress for Third World Countries: The Free Play Foundation

cleantechforeveryone.jpg The Free Play Foundation is an "internationally acclaimed humanitarian organisation enabling vulnerable people to transform their lives using sustainable, self-sufficient and environmentally friendly technologies." Free Play recognizes that clean power and technology is the solution to lifting many people out of poverty. By focusing on lighting and radios, Free Play is able to change lives:
A farmer listens to the radio for news of the incoming cyclone, ready to spread the alarm to her neighbours.

A child, orphaned by conflict and caretaker of his younger brothers, is soothed by voices on the radio as they fall asleep at a refugee camp.

With safe, renewable lighting, a midwife assists a night-time birth with no fear of fumes from hazardous kerosene or firewood.

With a bright LED light, a girl studies after sundown, when her long day of chores has finally come to an end.

Since 2003, more than 160,000 wind-up and solar-powered Freeplay Lifeline radios have been distributed worldwide, mostly in Africa. In addition, Free Play has developed the Weza foot-powered generator that can power cell phones and other low energy devices
Via: ecogeek
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October 20, 2008

Want to Save Toilet Paper? Install a Brondell Swash Ecoseat

31TSGHAil4L._SS400_.jpgWe don't often think of the resources used our making toilet paper, but 100,000 rolls of toilet paper are used everyday worldwide. That translates to 55 million trees cut down each year just for U.S. toilet paper production. Also, 37 gallons of water is used to make just one roll of TP. There is a solution we can learn from old Europe: the bidet. The Brondell Swash 250-RW Ecoseat Bidet Toilet Seat reduces your toilet paper use by 75%! It is relatively easy to install, but it takes four AA batteries, which detracts from its eco-friendliness. It takes a little getting used to washing your derriere after a lifetime of toilet paper; however, I do believe it is more hygenic.  If you would like to read an interesting post on Which is Greener: Toilet Paper or a Bidet, please visit Lighter Footstep.
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October 17, 2008

Eco Food Friday: World of Grains All Natural Whole Grain Snacks

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World of Grains' motto is "One World Many Grains". The package also reads, "Legends from many world cultures say that grain was a gift from Heaven from which all life sprang." These all natural whole grain cookie snacks are wholesome and delicious. I think calling them a cookie is misleading, as they are so packed full of goodness, I don't mind if my children eat a whole pack. Made from eight different whole grains and available in six different flavors, World of Grains snacks are convenient for lunches and snacks on the go. My only wish is that they were made from organic ingredients.

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October 16, 2008

SporiCLEAN Green Enzyme Cleaner Kills Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, and Germs

31YDerY-KZL._AA280_.jpg SporiCLEAN is a medical-grade enzyme cleaner that safely cleans all washable surfaces, including pets. It is highly effective at killing mold, mildew, viruses, germs, and bacteria. It is a non-chemical, all-natural plant-based cleaner that breaks down or destroys microorganisms. It is concentrated, so you can mix up the solution you need, between two to four ounces per gallon of water, depending on your needs. SporiCLEAN is much safer than bleach for your health and the environment.
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October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day: Is Poverty Good for the Environment?

blog action day.jpgToday is Blog Action Day, and this year's theme is poverty. The subject of poverty begs the question: Is poverty good for the environment? Certainly people living with less means have a smaller carbon footprint. They aren't jet-setting across the world in airplanes, driving Hummers, or buying expensive clothes they do not need.

I know several families that live below the official US poverty level by choice, and I have been there myself. They grow and store their own food, shop thrift stores for their clothes, and earn little money but are very self-sufficient. Of course, these content people are not the target of Blog Action Day. Their basic needs are met, they are not being taken advantage of by corporations, and they live in a healthy environment.

No one should live in hunger or without needed health care, but I also don't think the goal should be to raise all world citizens to the natural resource abusing level of middle and upper class Americans. Workers should be paid living wages so that they never have to wonder where their next meal is coming from, or if they will be evicted because they can't pay the rent.

Of course, the environment and poverty go hand in hand, as many people of low socio-economic status live in environmentally degraded, toxic, and polluted neighborhoods. Furthermore, environmentalism has been accused of being an elitist movement, as impoverished families cannot afford organic food or fashion. Poverty is a complex issue, and the environment should be considered in every discussion and resolution on the subject.

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October 14, 2008

Women Have the Power to Change the World: Donate Bridesmaid and Party Dresses

e3sro99y.jpg Summer is officially over, and if you were a bridesmaid, you may have a dress in you closet you will never wear again. One solution for that party dress is to donate it to a charity. Bridesmaid Party's Donate Your Dress program gives your dress to HopeCraft or Rubia, non-profit organizations:
dedicated to promote self empowerment and financial security for the poverty stricken, abused women and children in both Lea Toto, Africa and Darra-i-Nur, Afghanistan.
The donated dresses are upcycled by these organizations, and Bridesmaid Party will give you a $25 gift certificate in exchange for your donation. Upcycling and supporting impoverished women is the socially responsible and eco-friendly way to clean out your closet of gently used party dresses you'll never wear again.
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October 13, 2008

Keep Plastic Out of Your Food: Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Tiered Lunch Box

web3tier.jpg Did you know that some vinyl lunch boxes contain lead? Plastic containers are no safer, as from pthalates to BPA, we are only just discovering the negative effects of plastics on our bodies.   Stainless steel provides a healthier option for carrying food to work or school, especially where food comes into contact with the container. The unique 3-tier Stainless Steel Lunch Carrier available from Healthy Kitchenware combines lunch box and containers. You can toss the tupperware and the vinyl lunch box with this product. The three stainless steel bowls can be used for reheating food, and each separate container measures 4 1/2" diameter x 2" depth. My son loves putting together the 3-tier Stainless Steel Lunch Carrier and carrying it by its handle. Each layer fits neatly together and is securely held together by the handle. 
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October 10, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Rapunzel's Rize Organic Baking Yeast

rize.jpg I've always been a fan of Rapunzel's organic products, so I was pleasantly surprised to find organic baking yeast made by the company. Rapunzel's Rize organic active-dry yeast is the world's first certified organic yeast, and it is processed without any chemicals and is completely GMO-free. It only makes sense to use organic yeast for making organic breads at home, so get baking and fill your house with the lovely aromas of fresh bread!
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October 9, 2008

Court Overules Federal Removal of Great Lakes Wolf From Endangered Species List

wolf1.jpg In response to lawsuits filed by environmental groups, a federal court overruled the Bush administration's 2007 removal of the Gray Wolf from the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region. Under protection of the endangered species act, the Great Lakes wolf population has risen to 4000. This ruling has stopped the slaughter of wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Via: Center for Biological Diversity
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October 8, 2008

Stay Dry with Recycled Monsoon Umbrellas

umbrellas_in_snow.jpg The rainy season is upon us and staying dry just got eco-friendly with Monsoon Vermont Recycled Trashion Umbrellas. The recycled umbrella is uniquely hand-made. The handle and tip are made from Indonesian native wood, and the edges are lined with silk. The rest of the umbrella is made from recycled trash that is collected by scavengers, triple washed, then "artfully collaged" together.
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October 7, 2008

Solar Stik Portable Solar Array Cheaper than a Generator to Run

solarstik4-small.jpg If you ever have the need for green, portable power, Solar Stik is the "new generator". For example, Solar Stiks were sent to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. What is a Solar Stik? It is portable solar system that weighs about 100 pounds and can be set up in about 10 minutes. You can chain units together, as well as add accessories such as a wind turbine. Solar Stiks can be used in an emergency, for recreation, on boats, for humanitarian missions, and by the military. In fact, it is classified as a Tactical Quiet Generator (TQG) and been given the name "TESS" (Tactical Electric Solar System) by the U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force and the Testing & Evaluation Command (USATEC). Solar Stik claims it can "can completely replace a small gasoline generator in many applications".
Via: Red Ferret
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October 6, 2008

Great Big Plants: Organic Liquid Compost

I am pretty good about keeping my garden and ornamentals fertilized with local manures, but my houseplants suffer from neglect. In the past when I have tried to fertilize them, my family complains of the foul odor. When I discovered Great Big Plants organic liquid compost, I decided to do a sneaky test on my family. I knew that Great Big Plants would invigorate the soil and result in healthier plant growth, but I was concerned when I read on the label "strong odor". Would my family notice? Would Great Big Plants be banished to outside fertilizing only?

When I opened the bottle of liquid compost, well, it smelled like my compost pile. I don't find that offensive, but I don't want my house to smell that earthy. I mixed the concentrate with water and poured it on my houseplants. When my family came inside, they never even noticed; however, my houseplants did! After one application, my neglected house plants have perked up, and they are as happy as can be!

Great Big Plants can be used inside and out, and convert your soil into a rich and healthy environment.  It can be used for new plants and those in old soil, like my houseplants.  It works great invigoratin fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals naturally!

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October 3, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Organic Blackstrap Molasses

4178YXZwOPL._SL500_AA280_.jpg Cornbread made with molasses is one of my favorite treats, and of course, I cook only with organic ingredients. Plantation Organic Blackstrap Molasses is delicious and lasts a long time in the refrigerator for a small investment. This organic molasses is rich in flavor, unsulphured, and high in nutrients. Unlike refined sugars, blackstrap molasses contains significant amounts of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Just one tablespoon provides up to 20 percent of the daily recommended value of these nutrients, making blackstrap molasses an important ingredient in vegan and vegetarian diets.
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October 2, 2008

ZENN: Zero Emission No Noise Neighborhood Electric Car

Snapshot 2008-09-27 09-37-31.jpg More and more electric cars are popping up on the market, including neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV). As the name implies, a NEV is capable of driving at speeds up to 25 MPH for neighborhood driving. ZENN is a "Zero Emission No Noise" NEV.
The ZENN can be recharged anywhere by simply plugging into a standard electrical outlet and can be ready to go in as little as 4 hours.  At only pennies per mile to operate and with minimal maintenance requirements, the ZENN is the ideal choice for consumers and businesses alike.
ZENN cars start at a price of $14,995.
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October 1, 2008

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