May 28, 2012

Zoo-Wallogy Wall POPS! Oh no! They are Toxic Vinyl!

Decorating your child's room can be a fun adventure, but it also can be toxic. One of the biggest clues for me on toxicity is odor. Wall-Pops is made of very stinky vinyl, sure to give me a headache.

We were sent two Wall POPS! to try from the Zoo-Wallogy collection: Ozzie and Fundango Tree

Step into the wild with ZooWallogy by Wall Pops. ZooWallogy is all about ginormous animals in bright colors and oh so funky vintage retro prints. Even better ZooWallogy is so easy to use. Just peel and stick and you're on your way to creating an amazing safari adventure or a fabulous farm scene in minutes for just about any room in the home.

These vinyl stickers outgas so much! I would never use them in my home, let alone my child's room!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 5, 2012

Aquasana Shower Water Filter: It's like Showering in Natural Springwater!

Many people filter their drinking water, but they forget about the shower. Our skin absorbs toxic chemicals into our bodies just as readily as if we ingested them orally, so filtering shower water is a really good idea.

Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System with Adjustable Showerhead is easy to install and removes chlorine, VOCs, and SOCs. "It's like showering in natural springwater!", which is what I do anyways.

Aquasana ® AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System with Adjustable Showerhead Aquasana AQ-4100 Shower Filter was voted "Product of the Year" by Cosmetology Today Magazine! This unique 2-Stage shower water filter is US Patented, has a high filtering capacity and is easy to install. No tools necessary, although pliers may be helpful. The granular copper/zinc and coconut shell carbon replaceable water filter effectively removes 99% of Chlorine, reduces VOC`s, heavy metals and other chemicals, as well as enhancing pH. Stage 1 removes chlorine and enhances pH balance with a natural copper/ zinc mineral media called KDF-55D. The second water filtration stage uses a carbonized coconut shell media for the removal of synthetic chemicals and VOCs that vaporize and can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin potentially causing adverse health and cosmetic effects. Without the harsh influences of chlorine you'll notice significant cosmetic benefits. Also by removing chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water, you eliminate health risks related to inhalation and skin absorption of these chemicals... now known to be a significant source of exposure to harmful VOCs (volatile organic chemicals). Your shower water will feel better, and be better for you. The Aquasana Shower Water Filter provides minimal pressure loss and no change in showerhead height. It`s like showering in natural spring water! The easily replaceable water filter lasts 10,000 gallons, about 6 months, and installs simply.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 23, 2011

Aroma Naturals: Holiday Candles Made From 100% Pure Plant Scents and Natural Vegetable Waxes

People love to give scented candles as gifts, especially to hosts and hostess. I always view such gifts with trepidation, as I don't trust the candles synthetic, chemical fragrances. A natural alternative exists, thanks to Aroma Naturals:

While most other candle companies are still adding synthetic fragrances to their candles and claiming to be natural, Aroma Naturals® candles are made from 100% pure plant aromas and natural vegetable waxes (VegePure®) that are as good for the environment as they are for you. The pure plant aromas and essential oils are harvested at their peak to ensure freshness. Aroma Naturals® uses environmentally kind, lead-free wicks, and soy and vegetable waxes that burn clean and true.

Aroma Naturals® candles are presented by aroma: each scent evokes a particular mood based on the essential oil combination used. Essential oils are the very heart of every flower, fruit, herb, resin, tree and spice on earth. Highly concentrated and extraordinarily fragrant, they are extracted from the cells of the plants through a process known as steam distillation.

Essential oils register scent in the limbic system-the part of the brain where memories are stored, emotions are processed and moods are stimulated. The fragrances of certain essential oils can automatically encourage relaxation, energy or a calming and comforting effect. Best of all, essential oils have antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial qualities that make them as good for our bodies as they are for our spirits.

"We believe in total transparency - no artificial ingredients and no sneaky marketing jargon to make our candles seem more natural than they really are," says Jeffrey Light, President of Aroma Naturals®. "Each candle is hand-crafted in small batches and we are so proud of the purity of our product that I invite anyone interested in learning more to come make a candle with me at our factory in Irvine!"

We were sent the following holiday scents to try:

I love these products!  They smell beautiful and would make a very nice gift.  The aromas will give your home the holiday spirit!


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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February 28, 2011

Clean + Green Furniture Refresher Cleans and Eliminates Pet Odors Naturally

We have some very stinky dog beds on our deck.   I sometimes sprinkle them with baking soda to eliminate odors. Clean + Green Furniture Refresher Odor Eliminator for Dogs offers another solution:

Powerful and Effective
Professional strength. Used by pet and cleaning professionals. Exclusive Patented Encapsulation Technology and Advanced Eliminator Formula.

All Natural Ingredients:
Cane sugar derivatives, proprietary botanical extracts and hydrated cellulose (cleaning agents), purified water and nitrogen propellant (non-flammable & eco friendly.)

Quick and Easy
Works on contact. Just spray - no need to soak, scrub or rinse.

Safe and Eco Friendly
Safe on all water-safe surfaces. Environmentally Responsible Formulation: non-toxic, non-flammable, non-corrosive, non-carcinogenic, biodegradable and natural propellant.

This product is even suppose to eliminate skunk odor, but I don't think it is safe to spray directly on dog fur.

I sprayed our stinky dog beds, and Clean + Green Furniture Refresher Odor Eliminator for Dogs did seem to help. I am wary of aerosol cans though, even though the National Aerosol Association assures us they do not deplete the ozone layer. Even so, they can be trickier to recycle, so I would prefer to see this product in a pump spray.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 11, 2009

Green, Eco-Friendly Non-Stick, Non-Scratch Extreme Temperature Ceramic Cookware

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Finally, there is a safe, green alternative in non-stick, non-scratch cookware. Cermacor's Xtrema cookware is amazing! From saucepans to tea kettles, "Xtrema is healthier than any other cookware and we have documented scientific and laboratory testing to prove it." There are many, many benefits to Xtrema, beside avoiding teflon or aluminum:

  • Xtreme High Temperature: Cookware can withstand 2,700 F, Steel can melt at 2,200 F

  • Xtremely Easy to Clean: Non-Scratch, Non-Toxic Ceramic Glaze Surface

  • Xtremely Attractive: High Gloss Black Finish

  • Xtremely Versatile: Oven, Stovetop, Broiler, Freezer, Barbeque Grill, Microwave Oven, Dishwasher and Dining Room Table

  • Xtremely Healthy Cooking: No Trace Metals or Chemicals Leaching from the Cooking Surface

  • Xtremely Practical: Reduces Cooking Time and Uses Less Energy, Foods Stay Hotter Longer

  • Xtremely Tasty: Ceramic Far Infrared Cooking Enhances the Food Flavor and the Entire Cooking Experience

  • Xtremely Durable: Cooking Surface can not be Scratched, even by Metal Utensils and Industrial Steel Wool

Extrema cookware is handcrafted in China, taking 22 days from start to finish:
The Chinese artisans have been handcrafting ceramics for over 5,000 years and we believe in providing the consumer with the very best in product quality and that is why we decided to have our product made where the finest ceramics in the world are made and that is in mainland China.

My family tested out a Three Piece 20 Oz Retro Tea Set and pie plate. We love Xtrema. It is the best green cookware on the market, and I highly recommend it! It's super easy to clean, and I am assured my family is not being poisoned by the very cookware our food is prepared in.

Disclosure: I was given the tea set and pie plate in order to test the products to write this review. There were no advance assurances given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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June 3, 2009

Durable, Beautiful, Eco-Friendly, 100% Organic Bamboo Rugs

bamboorug.jpg Are you looking for a unique, eco-friendly rug for your home? A bamboo rug may be just what you are looking for to add to your home decor. Simple, durable, and beautiful, these moso bamboo rugs have a non-slip pad on the bottom that works on any floor surface (concrete, wood, tile, carpet, etc.). Bamboo rugs are also easy to clean and an be used outdoors, as well as high traffic areas.

Since these bamboo rugs are 100% organic, you probably don't have to worry about the controversy surrounding the eco-friendliness of bamboo or hardwood forests being clearcut to grow it. Bamboo & Tikis co-founder and lifelong surfer Jamie Kocher explains the benefits of bamboo:

Bamboo is a wonderful plant as it requires little or no chemicals and grows very fast. In fact, it is the fastest growing plant (grass) in the world. The more you cut it the faster it grows as it has a rhizome root system that spreads rapidly. And it regenerates 25 times faster than a conventional hardwood forest. Another upside is that it fights CO2 emissions as it grows by releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Each and every acre of bamboo "eats up" 9,600 pounds of carbon dioxide.
We love our bamboo rug, and because of its neutral color, it matches any room in our home.
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April 15, 2009

EcoSMART Organic Insecticide

ecosmart.jpg Organic insecticides may sound like an oxymoron, but EcoSMART has done it. By using organic plant oils, EcoSMART products kill insects naturally which makes them safe to use around children and pets. I personally don't like to kill insects, but my bee allergy and joy of camping necessitates the need for the occasional use of a repellent or insecticide.
  • EcoSMART Wasp & Hornet Killer: EcoSMART Wasp & Hornet Killer formula kills and controls wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and spiders. This easy-to-use formula includes such organic plant oils as peppermint oil, wintergreen oil, canola oil and more. For use outdoors as well as in non-living areas such as in attics, crawl spaces and other areas where stinging insects nest.
  • EcoSMART Flying Insect Killer: EcoSMART Flying Insect Killer formula kills and controls flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, wasps and other flying insects. Direct spray at flying insects, contacting as many as possible. Spray in short 2-3 second bursts.
  • EcoSMART Ant & Roach Killer: EcoSMART Ant & Roach Killer formula kills and controls ants, carpenter ants, cockroaches, crickets, pill bugs, silverfish, spiders, and other crawling insects on contact. Spray on insects to kill on contact. Also, treat areas where insects are commonly found, including around sinks and plumbing, near appliances, behind cabinets and around waste containers. When treating ants, spray around the entry points and trails.
  • EcoSMART Insect Repellent DEET Free!: This powerful, all natural, and nontoxic formula is made from organic plant oils, and repels mosquitoes, gnats and other annoying pest for hours. EcoSMART Insect Repellent dries quickly and has a fresh and natural scent. It is safe to use on the entire family, including small children and infants.
All EcoSMART products are made in the USA.

Even though these products are "organic plant based", caution must be used, especially around children. For example, it is better to put insect repellent on infant and young children's clothing rather than their skin. Many plant oils can have a negative effect on both our environment and health if overused. Just because something is naturally derived does not mean that safety precautions should not be followed.

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December 15, 2008

Upcycled Food Barrel Becomes an Environmentally Friendly Rain Barrel

rainbarrel.jpg Every house should be equipped with rain barrels off of its gutters. It's free water that most likely would just run off into the sewer, so why not save it for irrigation? The Deluxe Rain Barrel with Screen Lid - 55-Gallon is made from a UV protected food-grade barrel that was previously used and has been upcycled into a rain collection barrel. You could probably do this yourself from any food-grade barrel. This one comes with two spigots for easy hook up and a screen to keep out debris.
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September 24, 2008

Do Not Buy This Product: Clorox Greenworks Dishwashing Liquid

detail_prod_ndl.jpg I do not care if Greenworks products are endorsed by the Sierra Club, I have suspected Clorox's "natural" line from their introduction. I finally have tried one of their products, the natural dishwashing liquid, and my family hates it! It smells exactly like unnatural products and has a green color that I find suspect. Dishes require serious rinsing to remove the soap residue and smell, and my daughter complained her water bottle tasted like dish soap after I used it. Greenworks natural dishwashing liquid claims to be made of:
biodegradable ingredients like plants and minerals that remove grease and baked-on food, leaving your dishes clean and shiny. Now you can have it all: extraordinary cleaning power without harsh chemical residue (when used as directed).
Perhaps the directions should say rinse your dishes 20 times to remove residue, which would defeat the whole eco-friendly aspect by wasting water. Perhaps the Greenworks Free and Clear version is better than the natural dishwashing liquid, but I will stick to my Ecover from now on!
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September 17, 2008

Improve your Indoor Air Quality with Therapure Hepa, Ion, UV Purifier

41xG7+aqcWL._SL500_AA280_.jpg It's been a summer full of smoke here in northern California, and we could not have remained in our home without Therapure air purifiers. We have purchased six of these air filters this summer for our home and the classrooms at the school where I teach. The Therapure air purifier is versatile, in that it is a HEPA filter, ionizer, and has a photocatalyst filter that removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new paint and carpets, as well as kills germs. The filter never needs replacing, as it can be cleaned, and there are four speeds you can use on the Therapure. This filter purifies the air in rooms up to 16 x 17 feet, and its Triple Action Purification system maintains a CADR level of 180. I am so thankful these filters allowed my family to remain home during this summer of unhealthy smoke-filled air.
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May 20, 2008

Recycline Preserve 100% Recycled Plastic Kitchen and Green BBQ Products

recycline preserve plastic plates We've long been a fan of Recycline Preserve toothbrushes and razors, now we have recently tried out a multitude of Preserve products. All of these products are made from 100% recycled plastic in the USA. This is number 5 plastic, so you don't have to worry about BPA, and everything is dishwasher safe. I try to avoid plastics altogether, but if you need the convenience of plastics, Preserve is the most eco-friendly option I have found. These products will green your Memorial Day BBQ!
  • Preserve Plateware: Perfect for your BBQs or picnics, these plates are reusable and sturdy, taking the disposable out of outdoor gatherings.
  • Preserve Cutlery: Made from recycled Stoneyfield yogurt containers, this cutlery is also perfect for outdoor eating and reusing. You'll just have to inform your guests not to toss the cutlery in the trash.
  • Preserve Colander: Although I prefer my stainless steel colander, the Preserve Colander is nice, especially with the handles and pouring spout. I can see this turning into a fun beach or sandbox toy for my children.
  • Preserve mixing bowls: These recycled mixing bowls are brand new from Preserve. They are stackable, colorful, and great for involving children in the kitchen.
  • Preserve Cutting Board: This cutting board has a unique handle on one side and is knife friendly.
  • Preserve Paperstone Cutting Board: This is my favorite Preserve product! Made from with Forest Stewardship Council certified Paperstone™, it is knife-friendly, non-porous. The petroleum-free coating that makes for easy cleaning, and it is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and natural resins.
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April 15, 2008

Literally Make Your Apartment Green

wall-plant-holder.png Ever wanted to have plants growing on your walls? Lifehacker suggests DIYers can create a plant wall from the above diagram, as the retail indoor wall plant hanger sells for $250. House plants are known for improving indoor air quality. I'd much rather grow plants to clean air than rely on an energy using air purifier.  Besides, the plant wall is very cool for your green home decor.
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April 14, 2008

Radiant City: A Look at the Late Suburan Age

Radiant City is a new documentary about the cookie cutter life that has emerged from suburban sprawl in North America. Farm land is being converted into massive enclaves of identical homes, where people live closely to their neighbors but in complete isolation as a community. The layout of suburbia requires dependence upon cars, as families shuttle children around and drive to big box stores. Suburbs create monocultures that will not be supported as the energy crisis manifests.

I grew up in a suburb, as my parents purchased a new home when I was a toddler. The difference between my suburb and the one featured in Radiant City is that we could walk to our school, church, grocery store, bank, post office, etc. We did know our neighbors and block parties occurred every summer. Now, this sense of community has been lost in my suburb, as the children have grown up and left the neighborhood and schools have closed. This is the fate typical of "communities" in the Late Suburban Age. It is not a sustainable model for communal life.

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February 4, 2008

Fire and Light Handmade Recycled Glass Bowl

218G8T7RGEL._AA250_.jpg The Fire and Light Recycled Glass Bowl is made from 91% recycled glass in the USA, specifically Humboldt County, California. This hand-poured, colored glass bowl is beautiful and available in nine colors: celery, cobalt, grape, olive, citrus, lavender, plum, aqua, and copper. Fire and Light began making recycled glass dinnerware in 1995 through a partnership with the Arcata Community Recycling Center. According to the company:
The enlightened practices that gave rise to the company continue to inform everything we do. Fire & Light still strives to find new ways to incorporate recycling into our production process, like using recycled beer kegs from local microbreweries as vats to cool our ladles.Fire & Light colored glassware is a product whose history is a kind of future, where age-old craftsmanship meets innovative manufacturing, utilizing post consumer glass as a resource.
The Fire and Light Recycled Glass Bowl is incredibly durable, beautiful, and unique. It makes a wonderful wedding present or gift!
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