March 19, 2007

Free Baby Product Samples from Avalon Organics

avalon organics.jpgAvalon Organics is offering free samples from its line of baby products.

These gentle formulations are made with soothing, organic botanicals and nutrient-rich, organic plant emollients providing a healthier alternative for your happy, growing baby.

To get your free samples, go to Avalon Organics and type "Samples" in the comments box.

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March 8, 2007

Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes

We blogged a while back about Seventh Generation chlorine-free diapers.

Well, what goes hand-in-hand with the diapers? Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes, of course. Take our advice and buy 'em in bulk.

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February 5, 2007

Until Kara Organic Cotton Baby Blankets and Burp Cloths

burpcloth.jpgWhen Michelle Savin's son was sensitive to chemicals and allergens we're exposed to in daily life, she was inspired to create a natural and organic nursery for him. In 2006, she founded a company that would allow her to share her findings with other parents interested in organic living. She named the company Until Kara, after her youngest daughter.

Until Kara makes organic cotton baby blankets, burp cloths and cotton and wool mattresses, as well as simple wooden baby rattles. The products are intentionally minimalist and natural, like the values they are meant to embody.

Available at Until Kara.

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January 25, 2007

Pebbles Crib Bedding - Organic Cotton

Are you and/or a loved one getting ready to welcome a new baby to your lives? The "Pebbles" bedding collection from Nest combines stylish design with eco-friendly materials.
Vibrant colors and a playful geometric print are featured on extra soft, 100% certified organic cotton. The quilt and bumper are stuffed with post-consumer recycled soda bottles, that offers cuddly warm comfort to your little one.

Pebbles Crib Bedding Set is available in pink or green.

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January 23, 2007

Humidify Me: Hello Kitty Kid's Humidifier

B000E5VJLU.01-A23NLORBGXOLEO._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_V62177565_.jpgLiked our review of Crane's Penguin Humidifier but penguins aren't your style? Perhaps you're looking for something in a Hello Kitty variety? You're in luck.

Available from Wachsmuth and Krogmann.

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January 18, 2007

Rub My Tummy: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter

B000GHDPF4.01-A3HDDZD5V5HUQV._AA220_SCLZZZZZZZ_V65892629_.jpgSo, what soothes itchy pregnant skin, helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks (never too soon to start fighting them!), and smells so good your husband will come up behind you and give you kisses?

Well, if you're me, it's Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks.

The packaging is decidedly unappealing - especially compared to all those $30 body butters being marketed to the pre-mommy set. But I'll tell you, once you get past it and dig your hands into the sweet smelling balm, you'll be totally sold on it.

Available at drugstores and from Palmers.

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November 22, 2006

Green Baby Top Tomato Romper

More eco-friendly baby gear. Can you tell one of us has a baby shower to go to next weekend? Green Babies' "Eat Your Veggies" line puts the crunch into organic cotton baby wear. Ring spun cotton with natural snaps on the crotch. Made in the USA.

green babies hat.jpgAdd a red veggies hat and it's a perfect holiday gift set. Or baby shower present. Whichever comes first.

Available at Green Babies.

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November 21, 2006

Luna Lou Recycled Cotton Baby Blankets

lunalou.jpgWhat can we say, we're in a baby state-of-mind this week.... And if we were shopping for someone's little someone-on-the-way, we'd buy them a Luna Lou recycled cotton baby blanket.

Designed by Lizabeth Sorensen, a writer, and her husband Dan, a drummer, and inspired by their daughter, the blankets are eco-friendly and heirloom quality, with vintage inspired owls and cupcakes. According to Sorensen and company:

Luna Lou Silly Scrumptious Blankets are a blend of technology and ecological responsibility. Our yarns are manufactured using a patented process that conserves our natural resources, land, water and energy. Cotton fibers and clippings normally disposed of in the country’s landfills are sorted by color, and blended before spinning so that no harmful chemicals are needed in the dyeing process. By selecting our products, you have helped preserve the environment for future generations and you can rest assured that your child is sleeping under a safe product.

The Retro Owl blanket (pictured above) reads "Up all night, Silly all day" and comes in fun colors like Zippy Yellow, Pinky Prep, Orange Crush and Pinky Punch.

The Cupcakes design (pictured at left) comes in Chocolate or Vanilla, and reads "I dream of cupcakes." Honestly, baby, don't we all?

Available at Luna Lou.

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November 20, 2006

Fuzzi Bunz Microfleece Re-usable Diapers

fuzzi buns.jpg
Okay, you know you're in trouble when your husband starts sending you links to products like Fuzzi Bunz microfleece re-usable diapers. "But I saw them in Wired," he protests, "And they fit with your whole earth-friendly, reduce, reuse, recycle ethic." Whatever, man. You're sending me links about diapers.

That said, Fuzzi Buns do look pretty snappy (pun intended). They come with durable snaps that let you adjust the size to fit your baby's legs and waist. They're made with microfleece, which according to the site, "gently touches your baby’s skin, pulling away moisture and keeping your baby rash-free, dry, and comfortable." The outside layer is waterproof. And they come with a "patented, pocket-style opening" that acts as, well, a pocket, so you can stuff it with inserts or towels to increase the diapers' absorbency.

fuzzi buns2.jpgAccording to groups like the Institute for Lifecycle Environmental Assessment, the jury's still out on whether cloth diapers are better for the environment than disposables. They use more energy to clean, but take less energy to produce and create a lot less solid waste. And of course there are the parents who suggest that if less is more, none is best - and therefore advocate going the diaper-less route.

At Really Natural, we think it's up to you as a parent to decide what's right for you and your child. But if you're thinking about going the cloth or re-usable diaper route, Fuzzi Bunz deserves a top to bottom look.

Available at Fuzzi Bunz.

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November 13, 2006

Really Natural Holiday Gift Guide - Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift for Everyone

It's better to give than to receive. - Paul
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Churchill
Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to me. - Supertramp

Yep. Deck the halls with boughs of evergreen, and potted holly plants. It's time for our holiday gift guides. Really Natural editors have scoured the Web (not to mention past and present gift guides posted by our fellow greenies over at The Green Guide, Treehugger, Grist, Co-op America, and the National Resources Defense Council) to come up with wish lists and holiday gift guides that will make your heart sing and help make the world a better place.

We'll be adding to these lists as the season progresses, so check back early and often. Happy Holidays!

For Her:

Green-knitwit-big.jpgKnitting Needle Bracelet from Australian artist and designer Liana Kabel. Made of recycled plastic knitting needles. $25. Ships from the Land Down Under and takes 1-3 weeks to get to the U.S. so order early.

Cashere Split Mittens (pictured above). Stewart+Brown cashmere is purchased and crafted in Mongolia by herders and weavers who continue to practice their centuries-old way of life. Available at Pangaya.

Recycled Magazine Evening Bag. Made in Brazil of recycled magazines. Looks a little bit like the Ecoist bags all the cool celebrity girls are wearing. Only it's even cooler. $72 at Wonders of the World.

Vintage Cotton and Hemp Lingerie. We're suckers for underpants. Honestly, who isn't?

Sugar Cane Jeans by Toyo. Vintage Japanese denim made with sugar cane fibers. Sweet! Don't like sugar cane in your denim? How about bamboo?

Green Toe Shoes by Simple. Know her shoe size? Green Toe shoes will tickle her feet. And the fact that they're designed for minimal environmental impact, using ingredients such as water-based cement, cork, jute, bamboo and crepe latex will tickle her heart.

Just about anything from Nest. This nifty little nonprofit web shop makes micro-loans to women artists and designers across the world, buys their goods and sells them to you, and uses the proceeds to make more micro-loans. Virtuous circle, indeed.

Tree-cycle Seatbelt Bags. Made of recycled seatbelts. I love you, baby. So buckle up.

For Him:

Solar Voltaic Backpack. Charge cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, GPSs & MP3 players with this waterproof solar voltaic backpack.

Zia for Men Shaving Products. The man in my life raves about them. I like it that they're made using whole foods products and therapeutic-grade essential oils & herbal extracts, and that they're eco-friendly and cruelty-free (not tested on animals). The men's line is supposedly fragrance-free, but I think they smell terrific.

ductTri.jpgHow about a duct tape wallet? Buy one at the National Building Museum for $18. Or, make your own using the instructions on this site.

NoWet Green & Clean Car Wash, Wax and Sealant. According to their website, NoWet Green & Clean allows you to completely wash, wax, polish and seal any vehicle inside and out without water, saving 2,000 gallons of water with each 32 oz bottle. Because there's no rinsing, there's no run off of dirty contaminated water that pollutes our surface water tables. Plus, the product is bio-degradeable, VOC compliant and contains no petroleum-based products.

Cardboard Speakers by Muji. The name "MUJI" is derived from the Japanese phrase "Mujirushi Ryohin," meaning "No Brand Goods." Over the last 20 years, they have developed a worldwide following with a guiding philosophy that emphasizes innovative and simple materials, processes, and packaging. The resulting products are streamlined, environmentally friendly, and beautiful in their simplicity. Made of cardboard and electronic components. Available at the MoMA store.

Envirocycle Backyard Composter. Me strong man. Me make compost. The Envirocycle composter is the perfect urban composter. It produces quality compost quicker and easier than conventional composters by its rolling and mixing action which keeps the ingredients well mixed and aerated. The Envirocycle makes compost tea, a rich organic liquid plant food appreciated by gardeners everywhere.

For Baby:

Cheeky Baby and Mama's Belly shea butter creme and body oil. Available at Joli Bebe Boutique.

And for moms- and dads-to-be, allow us to recommendThe Complete Organic Pregnancy by Deirdre Dolan and Lexi Zissu. Great tips on how to make your home (and your pregnancy) safer by two journalists who were pregnant and figured it out for themselves.

Snuggly Organic Cotton Turtle. Take a 100% organic cotton shell, fill it with unbleached cotton clippings, embroider eyes for safety, and you have one of the most environmentally safe toys made in the world today. Hand crafted in Vermont, these animals are super-soft, adorable and best of all, machine washable and safe for all ages.

For Kids:

Organic Soul Rocker Kids Tees from JoMamaCo. For all those future punk rockers in the house.

A book about the child that you write and illustrate yourself. The joys from storebought toys and games can be fleeting. A gift like this is something your child will treasure and save forever.

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser. The author of Fast Food Nation dishes it up for kids. Read it together.

For Pets:

Recycled Cashmere Dog Sweaters from Deborah Lindquist. Spot deserves to be sexy. Woof. (Be sure to pick up one of Lindquist's matching sweaters or scarves for mom!)

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