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Green Tones Eco-Friendly Wooden Musical Instruments

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Amazing toys for kids of all ages. High quality and FUN!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Sustainable product and sustainable packaging
Value: 
5
Expensive but will last a really long time!
Overall Rating: 
5

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

greentones toy instruments

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

These instruments are amazing!!  They are great for toddlers, prescholers, and elementary school aged kids.  They're durable wood, and they have a nice sound - not annoying sounds like cheap toy instruments.  

Plus, they're adorable looking!  Look at those bears. So cute!

They're definitely eco-friendly, too!  All Green Tones instruments are made with chemical free Rubberwood or Mangowood, non-toxic glue, and water-based VOC free paint.  They're good for the environment and safe for kids!

Additionally, Green Tones is a member of One Percent for the Planet!  ... read more

Good Earth Beauty's Bentonite Clay Detox

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Smells great and moisturizes, too!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Non-toxic ingredients, soap comes cardboard recyclable box.
Value: 
5
Pricier than other soaps, but high quality soap in eco-friendly packaging
Overall Rating: 
4

good earth beauty soapMy whole family really loves this soap!  It has a mild, fresh, smell, instead of being overly fragrant.   The essential oils include avender, litsea, and patchouli, making for a really pleasant and clean smell.

The soap isn't drying and does a good job moisturizing - even during winter months where my skin usually gets dry.  The bentonite clay is detoxing and great for you skin!... read more

Bodifresh

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Better for your plumbing than flushable wipes
Greenness Rating: 
5
Greener than flushable wipes
Value: 
5
A little goes a long way!
Overall Rating: 
5

bodifreshLots of us, especially those of us with little kids, rely on flushable wet wipes.   When I was potty training my son, I went and bought some flushable wet wipes from CVS, only to find out that they're not so flushable after all.   I learned that wet wipes don't break down the way that toilet paper does.   Not only does it clog toilets, they can also damage plumbing and sewage systems.    Not so good for the environment.

When I found out about Bodifresh, I was excited to find out about a safer, greener option than the not-so-flushable wet wipes.  It comes in a little recyclable pump, which is good for 120 wipes.   They come in a variety of scents.  My son much prefers BodiFresh over wet wipes...I wish I knew about these sooner because this would even work in place of baby wipes!... read more

Good Earth Beauty's Exfoliating Shower Whip Coconut Lime

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Smells great, exfoliates, and feels good on my skin
Greenness Rating: 
5
No synthetic scents, short ingredient list
Value: 
5
A little goes a long way
Overall Rating: 
5

Good Earth beauty shower whipI love the shower whip from Good Earth Beauty!  It smells fresh, without being overly strong.  It exfoliates, but gently so my dry and sensitive skin doesn't feel irritated afterwards.  I even use it on my 3 year old's little feet after he plays in the dirt because he likes the way it feels and it cleans his feet better than regular soap!... read more

TreeSmart Pencils

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Really great pencils!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Made from recycled newspaper
Value: 
5
Reasonable prices
Overall Rating: 
5

eco-friendly pencils from treesmart

With back-to-school time here, replenish your pencil (and colored pencil) supply with eco-friendly pencils made from recycled newspapers!

These reasonably priced pencils look and feel like the "regular" pencils you've used for years, but they're green as can be!... read more

Brush with Bamboo: An Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
A toothbrush made from bamboo
Greenness Rating: 
5
Made from untreated bamboo, not plastic
Value: 
4
2-pack for $11/99
Overall Rating: 
4

bamboo toothbrushI recently had the opportunity to try a bamboo toothbrush made by Brush with Bamboo.  Previously, I never really gave much thought to my toothbrush, but did you know that each toothbrush will take over 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill?   With over 2 billion toothbrushes thrown out every year worldwide, that is a lot of toothbrushes sitting in a landfill.   Plus, the plastic packaging for most toothbrushes will contribute to even MORE waste.

In comes Brush with Bamboo.  Brush with Bamboo makes quality bamboo toothbrushes using 100% compostable bamboo packaging.  The bristles are BPA-free.... read more

Zuke's G-Zees Cat Treats Review

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
My cat loves them!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Zuke's is a pet treat company devoted to the environment
Value: 
5
Comparable to other pet treats.
Overall Rating: 
5

As you can see from the photo, my cat loves to chow down on Zuke's G-Zees cat treats.   No matter where he is in the house, if I start shaking that bag of treats, he comes running over immediately!   

These cat treats are grain-free, contain glucosamine for joint support, and cranberry for urinary tract health.  All of Zuke's treats are produced in the United States.

Not only are the treats great, but Zuke's is a truly green company.  Their employees are paid to leave their cars at home and ride their bikes or scooters to work..   The offices are powered with 100% green electricity, using LED lightbulbs in their main office, and using 100% recycled paper products.... read more

Green Works Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Works really well, convenient
Greenness Rating: 
5
99% natural plant fiber-based, natural wipes, no animal testing
Value: 
5
Inexpensive
Overall Rating: 
5

I had been on the lookout for biodegradable cleaning wipes for quite some time.  I try not to use cleaning wipes too often, but sometimes they are just so convenient.

Green Works Wipes are really great.   I've been using them for over a month now and they are the perfect choice for a quick wipe down.   No awful smells, my hands don't get irritated by the chemicals, and it does a really thorough job.  It works on most hard surfaces, so it's a good choice for both bathrooms and kitchens.  ... read more

Andalou Naturals Clementine Toner

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Works great on my combination skin
Greenness Rating: 
5
70% organic, company has a commitment to sustainability
Value: 
5
$12.95 for 6 oz, but the bottle will last you a long time.
Overall Rating: 
5

all natural skin tonerI love the Clementine + C Toner from Andalou Naturals.  I have acne-prone combination skin, and this toner works well on both dry and greasy patches on my face without overdoing it or irritating my skin.  It also gives my skin a much needed "boost" and helps it look fresher and clearer.

I love the clementine scent.  It reminds me of one of my favorite fruits (who doesn't love a clementine?) and it's not artifical or too heavy smelling.... read more

Litter-Free Lunch Kit

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
All you need for a waste-free lunch
Greenness Rating: 
4
Reduces waste with reusable containers
Value: 
5
Good deal, especially because it comes with 4 food containers and a beverage bottle
Overall Rating: 
5

My family loves the Litter Free Lunch Kit by New Wave Enviro Products.  For just over  twenty dollars, you get an insulated lunch box, a beverage container, two small snack containers, one medium-sized container, and a larger container which is good for sandwiches, small salads, etc.    It's great for packing a school lunch for kids, a work lunch for adults, or just a picnic for an afternoon at the park!   The bottle can also be filled with ice and used as an ice pack.  ... read more