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Organic Brands: Who Owns What?

I was always a big fan of Tom's of Maine.  From their deodorant to their toothpaste, I've bought many of their products.  Aside from the fact that they offered widely available products without all the garbage in typical personal care stuff, I also liked that they were not a major corporation. In 2006, I was a little disheartened when the Colgate-Palmolive company purchased Tom's of Maine.

It made me think a bit about some of the other big brands of natural and organic products, and who owns what. ... read more

Reusable Baby Wipes

Before having my baby, I did a lot of research about cloth diapers but I never really thought much about reusable baby wipes.  But, it's very easy to make, WAY cheaper, better for the environment, and super easy to just toss in the laundry with your cloth diapers.  Some cloth diaper websites sell reusable baby wipes, but it's simple to make them.

If you're not sure what to do with all of those receiving blankets people gave you, they're perfect for baby wipes.  Same with baby washcloths.  You can also use old t-shirts or go to the fabric store and buy some fabric.  If you're sewing savvy, stitch the ends in a zigzag stitch so they don't unravel.  We also use the newborn inserts for our BumGenius diapers as wipes because our baby is too big for those now.  

You can just spray the wipes with water OR you can make a solution to spray on the cloths.  You can buy a premade solution but I think it's easier to make your own, especially because most of the recipes are filled with items you probably already have around the house!... read more

Children's Orchard Greenest Mom Contest

One of my favorite ways to be green and thrifty at the same time is buying used baby items.  Before my baby was born, my husband and I went to Children's Orchard, a franchise that has used baby and kid stuff.   We wound up getting our bassinet there.  

Children's Orchard is currently running a "Greenest Mom Contest."  You can learn more information and enter at their Facebook page.   The winner receives a $500 gift card to Children's Orchard!  The contest runs until April 5.  ... read more

Green Bag Tag at CVS

Another store giving an incentive to bring your own bags!  While running errands today, I discovered that  CVS now has the "Green Bag Tag" program.  It's a little tag you put around your reusable shopping bag.  The tag costs 99 cents, and they scan it along with the Extra Care Card when you make a purchase.  You get a $1 "Extra Buck" every 4 purchases when you bring your bag.  The tag itself is made of corn, instead of plastic.... read more

Yikes! Lead in Target's "Green" Baby Clothes?!

I'm a very new mom, and this tidbit of news absolutely horrified me.  Back in November, it was revealed that not only was there lead in baby clothes at Target, but it happened to be in the onesies labeled as GREEN.  Tests on the onesies revealed that the tags on these onesies contained FOUR TIMES THE LEGAL LEVEL of lead.  These onesies are the Target "Circo" brand, and they have the words "green baby" on them (see a picture here).... read more

Green New Year's Resolutions

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. Can you believe that 2009 is almost over?

Whether you've been a friend of the environment for a long time, or you're just starting to "green" your life, the year end is a good opportunity to think about new ways to go green or to make some resolutions to make your life a little greener.

Here are some green New Year's resolution ideas which are all just little attainable goals which anyone can do...and these itsy bitsy goals can make a larger impact on the environment! ... read more

Green Baby

I just had a baby in November (that's my son Isaac in the picture!), and with bringing a new baby into this world, I've been working even harder to remain "green."  I've compiled some go green tips to help those with new babies or those expecting new babies.... read more

The Lowdown on Takeout Containers

When it comes time to order some takeout, obviously, the greenest option is to bring your own containers...but, let's face it, that's not always realistic, especially if you order delivery or aren't planning ahead.  takeout containers green

So, what are the most common types of takeout containers and how can you dispose of them?

The worst is Styrofoam.  It baffles me that some places still use it, since it's both environmentally unfriendly and dangerous.  But if you get some food that comes in Styrofoam, don't throw it in the trash.  It can sometimes be recycled, but you'll have to take it to a recycling center.  Visit to find a recycling center that takes Styrofoam.

The most common is plastic containers.  They're better than Styrofoam, but they're still pretty bad.  If you get takeout from these types of containers, don't microwave the food, as chemicals can get into your food.  As far as recycling these containers, not all municipalities will take this type of plastic, so check with your city.... read more

Greenwashing Alert! Holy Cow Cleaning Products...I was DUPED!

Caveat emptor!

 holy cow cleaning

Not too long ago, I was at the supermarket and I saw a cleaning product with a cute cartoon cow on it.  It also lead me to believe that it was an organic product.  It was on sale, so I grabbed it.  I'm a sucker for personified cartoon animals. Upon further inspection when I got home, I saw that it was not organic at all.  In fact, it had a "knock off" of the USDA organic seal.   ... read more

Make Your Own Cleaning Wipes

I admit it:  sometimes I like to use those disposable cleaning wipes.  I mostly use dishtowels to clean up in the kitchen, but sometimes it's just easier for me to grab a pre-moistened wipe to quickly wipe down the kitchen table and counters.  I feel guilty when I do it, because besides being wasteful, those wipes are often filled with toxic chemicals.  They're also expensive, and they come in plastic containers that ultimately need to be recycled.

One way to make it less wasteful is to make your own cleaning wipes.  ... read more

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