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Boycotting BP

According to BoycottBP.org in regards to BP's oil spill cleanup "efforts" --  "BP has been quick to publicize the enormity of its response efforts. By their own estimates, they are spending 6 million dollars per day. Contrast that number with their average daily revenue of 654 million dollars (during 2009). They're spending less than 1% of daily revenue on their cleanup efforts!"  

Come on, BP.  You can do better than that.

This isn't even the first time we've seen BP being careless with our environment.

It's time to find a new place to fill up your tank.  

The following are the brands to avoid:... read more

About the BP Oil Spill & How to Help

Feeling a little helpless about the BP oil spill?   Me too...but there are many ways to help!

There's a lot of information, misinformation, and unanswered questions about the horrifying BP oil spill.  I've compiled a list of resources below to follow what's been going on.   ... read more

Can You Recycle Wax Paper?

A few nights ago, we came across a sheet of wax paper in some food we bought.  My husband asked if it was recyclable.  I didn't think it was, but I decided to do some research to confirm.

The answer:  no, it's not.

Wax paper is considered "mixed paper" because it is paper coated with wax.  Other "mixed paper" products that can't be recycled are: milk and juice cartons, stickers, and plastic laminated paper (the kind of paper that wraps fast food hamburgers and the like.)

So, the question is...what can you do with wax paper?  Can you compost it?  Technically, yes.  It does eventually break down.  But the problem is that wax paper usually has synthetic additives (usually petroleum)...do you want that in your compost pile?  I don't think I do.

There are natural wax paper alternatives, though.  If you need wax paper to do baking, or if you want an eco-friendly solution to disposable sandwich bags,  try out the "If You Care" line of wax paper products.  Their wax is made of soybeans!  It's not recyclable, but it can be composted -- even better!  ... read more

Homemade Baby Food: Getting Started

If you're thinking about making homemade baby food for your little one, it's so easy and cheap cheap cheap.   Here's what you need to do to get started:

- Have your baby try different types of food.  I didn't want to make a huge batch of squash, only to find out that my baby hates squash.  Before making our own baby food, I bought a few jars of different types to get a feel for what my baby likes.    For store-bought baby food, I like Earth's Best the most.  I also like that they come in glass jars, which you can reuse for your own homemade baby food.  Wild Harvest and Beech Nut also still come in glass jars; Gerber Organic comes in plastic containers.

 

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Different Kinds of Cloth Diapers

Do you want to start cloth diapering, but you're finding yourself overwhelmed by all the choices?  There are many different types of cloth diapers these days...and they're not your grandmother's cloth diapers with a big ol' safety pin!  There are lots of choices, and some are almost as easy as disposables!

First off, there is my personal favorite:  One-size pocket diapers.  I love, love, love BumGenius 3.0.   Pocket diapers are made with two layers sewn together to form a pocket.  You stick an absorbent insert into the pocket and viola!  That's your diaper.  They're really easy, and with the velcro on the BumGenius, they are just like putting on a disposable diaper.   The best part about the one-size diapers is that they're adjustable, so they can fit a newborn up until they're potty trained.  You can get years of use out of each diaper, which is great because these diapers are a bit more expensive than some other options.  In cloth diapering communities you'll see people abbreviating "one-size" to "OS."

That's my baby Isaac pictured above in a one-size pocket diaper.   Those aren't the BumGenius, however.  The one he's wearing has snaps instead of velcro, which in my opinion, causes them to leak a little because they can't get quite as snug.  I do know some people who like snap diapers, but these tend to be my back-ups.

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Turn off the dryer and buy a clothesline!

All of a sudden, a Facebook group called "I don't feel like folding my laundry so I just restart the dryer" has gotten extremely popular.  

At first I chuckled and almost joined, because it is just the type of thing I am lazy enough to do.  But then I gave it a second thought.  What a waste of energy it is!  I'm a big fan of line drying clothes.  In the winter, we have a clothesline in the basement with our washer and dryer.  In the warmer months, it's easy to just dry your clothes outside under the sunlight.  

Aside from being a huge waste of energy, it's also a waste of money.  According to MichaelBlueJay.com, you can save almost $200 a year by drying your clothes on a drying rack or clothesline.   I think my desire to be green and my cheapness trumps my laziness.  ;-)  ... read more

"Cool It" by Raffi!

Who doesn't adore beloved children's performer RAFFI?  We recently introduced Raffi to our 5-month old, who loves it as much as I did as a kid.

 

I recently learned that Raffi is an advocate for the environment.  In 2007, Raffi wrote and produced a song about climate change called "Cool It."  Check out the video below!... read more

Nitrates and Homemade Baby Food: How to avoid nitrate poisoning

Homemade baby food is a great way to go green, but you may have heard about the risks of nitrates with homemade baby food.

Beets, carrots, broccoli, spinach, and cabbage are all high in nitrates. 

"Blue Baby Syndrome" can be caused by nitrate poisoning.  However, it's extremely rare and usually caused by contaminated well water, NOT homemade baby food.   It's also treatable, but PLAY IT SAFE!  Here are some tips to avoid nitrate poisoning from homemade babyfood: ... read more

Safely Using Tap Water

Like many other people these days, I think bottled water is unnecessary.  Some people have concerns about the safety of their municipal tap water.   However, there are ways around it so no need to go the bottled water route!  Aside from getting a water filter, there are a few other tips.

First of all, DON'T USE HOT TAP WATER.  This is especially important if you have a baby and you're using tap water to make a bottle of formula.  This is because hot water dissolves contaminants more quickly than cold water and sometimes pipes in homes have lead that can leach into water.   ... read more

Ode to bumGenius 3.0 Cloth Diapers

I just wanted to write a post proclaiming my adoration for bumGenius 3.0 cloth diapers.  They're not only the best cloth diapers I've tried so far, they're the best diapers period.  They simply don't leak!  The best part of them is that they are adjustable and fit babies of all shapes and sizes, from younger babies to toddlers up to 32 pounds!   

isaac in bumgenius diapers.  

That's my Isaac showing off his bumGenius.  ... read more

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