April 5, 2007

Kee-Ka Organic Baby and Toddler Clothes

OBB-monkey-ptitsinge.jpgRecently got an email from Kristi over at Kee-Ka announcing some new products they're introducing this spring. The Brooklyn-based is known for its organic baby and toddler clothing (including the adorable bib and burp cloth pictured at right).

According to Kristi, they're introducing a bunch of new styles, including towels, blankets, capes and baby bedding. They're also bringing out a line of accessories for "four-legged children." (My mom, whose dog has more toys than my sister and I did, will know exactly what she means.)

The new gear hasn't hit the Kee-Ka website yet, but we hear it's coming soon, and Kristi promises to send pictures and maybe even a sample or two. We'll let you know when we learn more.

Learn more about Kee-Ka organic baby and toddler clothing.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

March 31, 2007

March 2007 Monthly Wrap-Up for Really Natural

lamb.jpgMarch comes in like a lion and goes out before you know it. It's been a busy month here at Really Natural. The days are getting longer and we're filling them with daydreams of spring and summer harvests of fresh local produce.

Since Russ and I are expecting our first child in July, we also spent a lot of time talking to friends about baby stuff. (We're also thankful to get our daily dose of baby gear at our sister site SuperCoolBaby.) Anyway, here's what we were talking about this month:

Gardening

AeroGrow AeroGarden: Grow Veggies in Your Kitchen

Five Favorite Organic Gardening Books

Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants by Carol Steinfeld

Baby Stuff

BabyGanics Non-Toxic Cleaners on SuperCoolBaby

TenderCare Chlorine Free Disposable Diapers

Free Baby Product Samples from Avalon Organics

Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes

Eco-Friendly Fashion

Indigo Handloom: Fashion with a Mission

Spring Fashion in Bamboo and Organic Cotton from Doie Design and Stewart+Brown

Free Sweater Stone - All Natural Way to Remove Fabric Pills


Green Homes (and Eco-Friendly Toilets!)

Eco-Friendly Toilets: Waste Not, Want Not

LED Lamps Infinity Flat Head Floor Lamp

Food: New Organic Food News, Product Reviews and Recipes

Food Fight: Time Magazine on Organic vs. Local

Yogi Organic Bedtime Tea

Adding Oomph to Your Oatmeal

McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal

Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese

Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls: Yum!

Pets

Mmm...Chicken: Dog Treats from Newman's Own Organics


Books (and other Weekend Reading)

Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Five Favorite Organic Gardening Books

Latest Harry Potter Goes Green

Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants by Carol Steinfeld

Paper or Plastic by Daniel Imhoff

Weekend Reading: Fields That Dream by Jenny Kurzweil

Weekend Reading: The Soil and Health

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

March 19, 2007

Eco-Friendly Toilets: Waste Not, Want Not

18green.1901.jpgAmerican flush away nearly 4.8 billion gallons of water every day, accounting for nearly 40% of our total indoor water consumption. Turns out toilets are "a big player" for homeowners interested in going green, according to author Florence Williams.

Writing in this Sunday's New York Times, Williams describes "the latest in eco-friendly elimination" -- from waterless urinals to superlow-flush toilets. She discusses her own experience with the Sun-Mar nonelectric composting toilet.

I didn’t want anything to do with it at first. The idea of human waste sitting in one spot — right next to you — for months at a time is difficult to stomach, but I had little choice. Our solar-powered summer cabin has limited running water and soils that are too shallow for a septic system.
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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 28, 2007

February 2007 Monthly Wrap-Up for Really Natural

necco-conversation-hearts.jpgFebruary's over, and I think there's a reason it's the shortest month. When a broken foot and ice and snow conspired to keep us indoors, we were torn between wanting to roam the world (in an electric car or from our armchair) and wanting to make our own little space in the world a little bit comfier.

With Valentine's Day in the middle of the month and articles aplenty in the mainstream news about "green weddings", we looked at natural and eco-friendly ways to say "I love you," (without necessarily spending a lot of money).

Here's a look at what we covered in February:

Electric Cars

EESUs Make Electric Cars Easier to Own

Green Homes

Bamboo TV Anyone?

Bamboolicious: Fair Trade Bamboo Square Tray

RabbitAir BioGP Air Purifier - Part 2

Don't Be SAD: Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device


Green News

The Urban Environment Report Ranks Greenest Cities

Treehugger: Vegetarianism is the New Prius

Ed Begley vs. Bill Nye the Science Guy

Organic Food News, Product Reviews and Recipes

Treehugger: Vegetarianism is the New Prius

O'Cocos Baked Chocolate Crisps

Product Review: Crispy Pineapples from Crispy Green

Organic Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

Taza Chocolate and Tiny Trapeze Marshmallows

Recipe: Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes

Organic Valentine's Menu

Saying "I Love You": Green Weddings and Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Celebrations

Organic Weddings: Balancing Ecology, Style and Tradition

TerraPass: Make Your Airline Flight "Fuel Efficient"

Be Mine: Order Organic Flowers Online

Organic Wedding Flowers

Green Weddings II: Bride's Magazine February-March 2007 Issue

NYTimes on Green Weddings

Valentine's Day Cookies from Dancing Deer

Organic Valentine's Menu

Baby

Until Kara Organic Cotton Baby Blankets and Burp Cloths

Health

Bach's Rescue Remedy

Travel

TerraPass: Make Your Airline Flight "Fuel Efficient"

Sustainable Gifts

Nest Sale: 50% Off All Fall and Winter Items

Bamboolicious: Fair Trade Bamboo Square Tray

Until Kara Organic Cotton Baby Blankets and Burp Cloths

Books (and other Weekend Reading)

Weekend Reading: National Geographic Magazine

Weekend Reading: The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times

Earth From Above Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

EESUs Make Electric Cars Easier to Own

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Ever thought about owning an electric car? For anyone who's nixed the idea because of the 5-6 hours it takes to re-charge batteries on long trips, Texas-based company EEStor has some good news.

The company manufactures the EEStor ultra-capacitor (or EESU), a quicker-to-charge, lightweight battery that is faster to charge and easier to use than regular lithium-ion batteries. And unlike lithium-ion batteries, EESUs can be charged and recharged over and over without losing life.

ArrowContinue reading: "EESUs Make Electric Cars Easier to Own"

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 26, 2007

The Urban Environment Report Ranks Greenest Cities

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Last Thursday, the Earth Day Network released its Urban Environment Report on the country's greenest cities.

The report ranks 72 American cities in seven areas: air quality, quality of life, parks and recreation, toxics and waste, drinking and surface water, human and public health, and global warming climate change. Fargo, ND, Burlington, VT and Portland, OR top the list; our home city of Boston ranks 23rd -- behind Seattle, though ahead of NYC and San Francisco.

Check out the report to see where your city ranks. (Via Grist.)

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 22, 2007

Treehugger: Vegetarianism is the New Prius

veg prius-thumb.jpgHe's not the only one to notice, but Lloyd Alter, writing for Treehugger, says it best, referring to Kathy Freston's article on Alternet about new UN reports on livestock and the environment:

With warnings about global warming reaching feverish levels, many are having second thoughts about all those cars. It seems they should instead be worrying about the chickens.

Read Alter's blurb at Treehugger.

Read Freston's article on Alternet.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 12, 2007

NYTimes on Green Weddings

11green.2.190.jpgMireya Navarro has an article in the Sunday Styles section of yesterday's New York Times on green weddings. She writes:

People in the wedding business say the eco-friendly or "green" wedding has arrived, its appeal having expanded to spur a mini-industry of stores and Web sites offering couples biodegradable plates made of sugar cane fiber and flowers grown according to sustainable farming practices.

The quality and choice of products has so steadily improved that the green concept is spreading to other kinds of parties, allowing hosts to embrace the earth without sacrificing style, party planners and others say.

Read the whole article.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 4, 2007

Ed Begley vs. Bill Nye the Science Guy

edbegley_HLWED_bioimage_d.jpgGot any post-Super Bowl TV viewing plans? Don' t miss the final episode of "Living with Ed" on HGTV.

In this episode, Ed drops by to visit his environmentally conscious neighbor, none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy! (I LOVE that guy!) Evidently, the two get a little competitive over who lives a greener life.

Also in this episode, Ed and his wife Rachelle head to Sundance for the eponymous film festival.

Living with Ed airs on HGTV at 10 p.m. EST tonight, Sunday, February 4th. It'll re-air on Feb 5th and Feb 17th. Check HGTV for TV listing.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

January 31, 2007

January Wrap-Up

January. The start of a brand new year. And this year, if you're living in the Northeast at least, the start of a chilly winter.

Not surprisingly, we spent a lot of time thinking about ways to keep warm -- from eco-friendly fires to heating pads to, well, adding an insulative layer with organic chocolate and fair trade Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

We warded off cold and flu with EO Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizing Hand Wipes, tackled the drying effects of winter heaters with two adorable Crane's humidifiers (in Penguin and Hello Kitty models), and improved our indoor air quality with the RabbitAir BioGP Air Purifier.

We got crafty, checking out ReadyMade, 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt, and Make Magazine.

We looked at ways to improve our minds (reading books like Catherine Ripley'sWhy Ask Why and Michael Pollan's NYTimes piece on nutrition), our bodies (with foods like Newman Organic's Microwave Popcorn, GoGo Rice Bowls, Gnu Bars, and Crispy Pineapple), and our lives (with both energy-efficient fluorescent lighting and daily tips from Ideal Bite). Oh yeah, we thought about working on our tans, organically.

Finally, we did a little navel gazing -- and felt completely justified about it, because it turns out one of us is pregnant! Said navel needed some moisturizing, and we found it with Pond's Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter. Forgive us if our thoughts turn to spring, and with it, Pebbles Organic Cotton Crib Bedding. Look for more baby-related day dreaming as we head in to February.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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