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Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway -- almost halfway there!

It's not too late to enter the Pure Play Kids Giveaway!  The giveaway ends on September 13, so enter and tell your friends!  All you have to do is sign up to be on a mailing list, and your name will be automatically entered in the drawing.  Your child will win one fun, natural, age appropriate toy!... read more

Green Baby Must-Haves

As my baby just past the 9 month mark, I've been thinking of the most important green baby items that have gotten me through the last 9 months.  I wanted to share them with you, and hopefully get some more input to help other moms of babies continue to live the green life.

  • Ergo OrganicFirst and foremost, I can't live without my Ergo organic carrier.  Seriously, this is probably the best baby product I bought -- hands down.  The organic variety is 100% organic, and it only runs a little more than the non-organic Ergo carriers.  It supports your back really well.  I can walk miles upon miles with 18 pounds of baby chub cargo without being in any pain.  I like that it's organic, because Isaac tends to chew on the straps, particularly when he teethes.  Plus, the cotton is super soft.  You can get plenty of use out of this carrier, because as your baby gets heavier, it converts to a backpack carrier.   Perfect for shopping, hiking, you name it.  I have absolutely no complaints about this thing!... read more

Eating Locally at Restaurants

I'm going to Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts for dinner tonight and I'm pretty excited.  Aside from their tasty beer, they serve food featuring local ingredients.  Their menu changes seasonally.  Looking at their menu right now, I'm thinking about linguini with Wellfleet clams or the local steak served with an onion marmalade made at a nearby farm.

As the knowledge spreads about the importance of eating locally, more and more restaurants are making efforts to serve local food.  Even as part of Boston's restaurant week, you can search by restaurants serving local food.  

Luckily, LocalHarvest.org, (already my one stop shop for finding farmers markets, CSAs, and more) has a function where you can search for restaurants by zip code that serve food made from local ingredients.... read more

The Not-Your-Average Recycling Guide

We all know that standard bottles and cans are recyclable. Some items, on the other hand, are less obvious. Some items that you may think are recyclable are actually not. Some things need to be brought to a recycling center. Some things might be partially recyclable. 

Here is your guide to those items. These can vary from city to city and it can also depend on whether or not your city has single-stream recycling, so if you are unsure or have any questions, contact your city’s recycling department.
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National Costume Swap Day: 10/9/10

Halloween Costume SwapHalloween is my favorite holiday.  Last year I wrote a list of tips for how to keep your Halloween eco-friendly.   This year, there's something else you can do.    

Saturday, October 9 is National Costume Swap Day.  According to their website, "swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce landfill waste by 6250, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-size cars."   GROSS!

Instead, attend a swap and find a cute costume for your little one while giving someone else the opportunity to reuse one you previously bought.  

You can find a swap on their website, but right now there aren't very many.  Start your own!  You can register a swap here.  This post might seem premature (even though my local Stop & Stop had Halloween candy out last week!) but if you want to start your own swap, do so soon so people can start making their plans!  ... read more

Hip Hop for the Environment

A few weeks ago, I heard a story on NPR about a California-based rapper called Doo Dat having some songs about the environment.  Check out this YouTube video of his song "The Dream Reborn:  My President is Green."  Some of the lyrics go:  " My President is black, but he's going green..."  His song even caught the attention of the EPA!

Doo Dat isn't the only rapper with songs about the environment.

One of the most famous rappers of today, Drake, (known better to me as Jimmy Brooks from "Degrassi" fame!) has gotten involved with Green the Block, part of The Hip Hop Caucus of Washington DC. (Check out their campaigns and events)  Drake is traveling in biodiesel buses, working with concert venues to encourage recycling, and carbon offsetting. 

Rapping about the environment isn't new.  Another well-known, rapper, Dr. Octagon has a song called "Trees" released back in 2006. Lyrics include:  "Watch your atmosphere and pesticides / Control damaging trees and roots...” 

Hip hop can be an excellent tool to engage younger folks in the importance of saving the earth.... read more

Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway!

You've read all about Pure Play Kids and all of the awesome toys they sell.  Now, here's your chance to win one of their toys!

 

In order to enter, you must sign up to be on a Pure Play Kids mailing list.  To do so, fill out the following questions and email to [email protected].... read more

Fragrance Free Day - Friday the 13th!

This Friday is Friday the 13th!  That's right, unlucky 13, and if Clean+Green by SeaYu has anything to say about it, it  will be one unlucky day for chemical fragrance!

Clean+Green by SeaYu has founded Fragrance Free Day, a social media event where people tell the world on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks that they’ll go "fragrance free" for the day.... read more

Green Company Profile: Pure Play Kids

Why they're Keen:

No more annoying kids toys that light up and play obnoxious music. (...and the parents sigh a breath of relief! I know there are only so many times I can listen to my son’s toys play “When You’re Happy and You Know It!”) The kid-powered toys at Pure Play Kids allow kids use their own imaginations and creativity. The toys are durable, safe, and non-toxic. They also don’t market to kids through advertising, licensed characters, film tie-ins, etc. The products are made in the USA or Europe.

From baby toys such as rattles, to puppets, wagons, and costumes for older kids, there is something for everybody! The toys are truly classic.



Why they're Green:

Since they’re so durable and made of wood, these toys can last for generations as opposed to getting broken and tossed into a landfill. Even better: many of the toys are wooden, recycled or made of other natural products. That way if your little one is in the midst of that “everything must go in the mouth!” phase, like mine is, you don’t have to worry that something toxic is going into the mouth.... read more

Can and Jar Your Own Food: Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Ketchup, Pickles....

The green benefits of canning and jarring your own food are numerous...

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  • It's healthier.  You know exactly what goes into what you're eating.
  • Tastier!
  • Cheaper.  It's particularly cheap if you can things that you grew in your own garden!
  • You can keep eating locally even during off seasons.  If you make jam from raspberries you bought from the farmers market in June, you can enjoy those local raspberries as a jam in December!
  • Cut down on waste.  You can reuse your jars over and over again!

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