April 27, 2009

Spry Gum Contains Xylitol to Prevent Dental Cavities

spry gum.jpg I first discovered xylitol when my son was diagnosed with Early Childhood Caries. Xylitol, a sugar substitute, prevents tooth decay.
An overview of studies about xylitol and dental caries suggests potential clinical dental applications for xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring, low-calorie sugar substitute with anticariogenic properties. Data from recent studies indicate that xylitol can reduce the occurrence of dental caries in young children, schoolchildren, and mothers, and in children via their mothers. Xylitol, a sugar alcohol, is derived mainly from birch and other hardwood trees...Commercial xylitol-containing products may be used to help control rampant decay in primary dentition.
My children chew Spry Sugarfree Gum, which contains xylitol. Fortunately, my children have never had a cavity since we started chewing xylitol gum, but I can't say for certain it is the cause of our success. We have also become more vigilant in our toothbrushing and flossing to prevent further decay. Please note, xylitol can be harmful to dogs.
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January 28, 2009

Aurora Naturally Plush Toys Made from Soy and Kapok Win Toy Award

soyotter.jpg Aurora Naturally Plush Toys are eco-friendly stuffed animals.  The exterior of these toys is made from 100% soy fiber, and the stuff comes from kapok seed pods, a sustainable rainforest crop. Recently, Aurora Naturally Plush won 2008 BabyZone.com Amazing Toy Award.
The world's first "green" plush line, more commonly referred to as Eco-Plush, surpassed all award requirements as evaluated by Babyzone.com and its diverse panel of testers. More than 100 manufacturers submitted their newest, most innovative baby and toddler products to Babyzone.com. Products were given to a panel of test moms and their children who evaluated each toy on uniqueness, age-appropriateness, long-term usability, skill development and fun.
Congratulations Aurora! My family loves these eco-stuffed animals, and we have given them for many gifts.
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December 9, 2008

Cool Green Attitude: Organic Clothing with a Positive Message

coolgreenattitude.jpg "I am creative", "I am unique", and "I am infinite potential" are examples of the positive messages on Cool Green Attitude's Learning and Confidence T-shirts. Each shirt comes with a Buddy Bookmark which describes and reinforces positive behavior:
I am kind and caring
WHEN I AM
 friendly and helpful
 to others from what I
 say and do.
WHEN I SHOW
 I care with love and
 understanding when
 someone is sad or
 needs help.
WHEN I AM
 kind to myself and
 my skin, kind to the
environment, and kind
to my friends.
All Cool Green Attitude designs are printed with organic water-based inks on 100% certified organic cotton. The company was started by three mothers, and the line is not just for children. Women and men's designs are also available.
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November 17, 2008

TerraCycle has Done it Again! Eco-Friendly School and Office Supplies

ecobinder.jpg We love TerraCycle! Not only does this company create amazing products from upcycled goods, they also make them available in large retailers making them easily accessible to all consumers. TerraCycle has done it again! Available at Office Max, TerraCycle is offering eco-friendly school and office supplies. From pencil cases made from recycled juice pouches to colored pencils made from used newspapers, these products are of high quality and super eco-friendly (except for the manufacture in China). My favorite TerraCycle office product is Banana Paper.
We're not monkeying around when we tell you that this paper is made from banana peels! Every year, four billion trees are cut down for paper production. With our banana paper, we can begin to lower that number. Now you can be completely eco-friendly without going bananas over quality.
The banana paper is made in the UK, and to my daughter's disappointment, it does not smell like bananas. It is compatible with laser printers, ink jet printers, and copy machines. To think, all I do is compost my banana peels.
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November 14, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Wrap-N-Mat Replaces Plastic Sandwich Bags

wrap-n-mat.jpg I hate plastic sandwich bags. I wash and reuse them until they are full of holes, and my kitchen is always littered with drying bags. I hate recycling them too. The Wrap-N-Mat is an eco-friendly solution for packing sandwiches to work or school. Available from Greenline Paper, a company dedicated to selling environmentally sound school and office products, the Wrap-N-Mat is easy to use, washable, and reusable. I like how it unfolds into a mat, providing a surface to eat your sandwich on avoiding germs from table tops. The Wrap-N-Mat would make a nice gift for an office mate or friend at school.
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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 29, 2008

BPA-Free Laptop Lunch

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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 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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July 9, 2008

Eco Books for Kids: The Green Eaters: A Dream Comes True

The Green Eaters The Green Eaters: A Dream Comes True is simple, rhyming book for children about organic farming by the founder of Chapter One Organics, Jennifer Murphy. This sweet book begins with unhappy farm animals on a conventional farm who soon move to an organic one. Once they move onto the healthier farm, the animals are better cared for, allowed to graze instead of eat bagged grain, and allowed to roam free.
Becoming The Green Eaters is their dream come true, Never again will they be made to feel blue! The Green Eaters live the organic, fresh and natural way, They feel good, they look good, and YES they want to stay!
The Green Eaters: A Dream Comes True is printed using solar and wind power, and it is made from a minimum of 30% recycled paper!
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May 19, 2008

Envirosax Reusable Shopping Bags for Kids

envirosax for kids My carbon footprint is pretty small, considering I live off-the-grid; however, I have sometimes slacked on the little things I could do to help the environment. I often leave my reusable shopping bags in the car, forgetting to take them into the store. Now, that has changed since my daughter got her own Envirosax. The new kids series appeals to little ones with their designs, and my daughter's excitement has transferred to my remembering to bring my bags into every store, not just the grocery store. Envirosax are very compact, which makes them easy to toss into a purse or backpack. Their website also has an extensive list of sustainability education resources.

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