What better party trick than to turn water into soda within a few minutes?
First and foremost, the SodaStream soda makers are fun and cool. The Jet model (which I am reviewing), is super easy to use. Put in ice cold water, press the top three times to carbonate, add flavor, and shake. Viola -- soda!
For someone who tends to drink lots of soda or fizzy water, SodaStream is a good investment. The Jet model starts at about $99. Flavor prices vary, but most fall around $5, and you can make quite a few bottles of soda with each bottle of flavoring.
As for the greenness of it, it is by far a greener option than buying lots of bottles and cans of soda. Their bottles are reusable and BPA free. The carbonation comes from a recyclable carbon dioxide cannister, not electricity or batteries. ... read more
I really love this toothpaste, it keeps my teeth clean and feeling fresh all day. The fennel flavor has a great taste and gives you a natural clean feeling rather than an artificial clean that comes from brands like Crest or Aquafresh. There is no animal testing which is great! It's similar to Tom's natural toothpastes, which I used to use, but I like this one a little better. Its not full of chemicals that are bad for you and bad for the environment: no fluoride, no saccharin, no lauryl sulfates, no propylene glycol. I definitely recommend it!
The most notable thing about these diapers is that they are much softer than most disposables and it also contains some organic cotton, less ink, and no perfumes. They're not a green alternative to cloth diapers, as they are not biodegradable, but they are definitely better than your average disposable diaper. They're a decent alternative to cloth diapers, for nighttime use, vacations, daycare, etc. They don't leak and hold up very well in all types of diaper situations. ... read more
I had noticed the HAPPYBABY Baby Food pouches before, but I didn't realize that they were baby food. I thought they were juice, because they come in pouches that look a lot like Capri-Sun. While I am an advocate of making your own baby food, I keep a backup stock of pre-made baby food, especially for travel. Recently, I was in the organic baby section at my local Stop & Shop, and I gave these HAPPYBABY pouches a closer look. They were TEN for TEN DOLLARS! Wow! I grabbed one of each flavor.... read more
OK, OK, I admit it. I first bought Butt Paste because of its funny name. Butt Paste says it's all-natural but unfortunately, it's not organic and it is NOT for use with cloth diapers, as it is staining. I bought the cream before our baby was born, and I didn't realize that diaper rash ointment and cloth diapers can sometimes be incompatible. ... read more
This lotion is getting my baby and me through the winter. I bought it for him before he was born when I was stocking up on baby products at Whole Foods because I thought that it was a good price, and I was attracted to the sweet artwork on the bottle. People gave us other baby lotions, but this is by far the best. My baby has very dry skin, especially on his legs, and this would help moisturize without leaving an oily residue. It has a pleasant fragrance, that is mild yet comforting. ... read more
I use Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner all over the house. I clean the kitchen counters with it, I clean the stove with it, I clean the bathroom with it...it really IS for all purposes! It cuts through dirt, grease, dust...you name it.
It doesn't have a scent at all, which some people may or may not like. I like it, though, because I find that many cleaners (even ones that claim to be all natural such as Method) have an overly strong smell. ... read more
I like Tom's of Maine...I really do. But their deodorant just doesn't cut it for me. Every few years, I buy a stick of it only to be disappointed. Within a few hours, I go from smelling like all-natural honeysuckle rose to smelling like a big ol' stinky armpit. I like that they are aluminum-free, and their scents don't have that artificial powdery smelling scent like brands such as Secret have. I also like the other "green" things that Tom's of Maine does.... read more
Insect repellant is something that I didn't "go green" with right away, because I had tried natural bug sprays that just were not very effective. They'd be expensive and they'd smell somewhat pleasant, but I'd still get eaten alive by mosquitoes. However, I'm currently pregnant and during a summer camping trip to a lake in New Hampshire, I knew I couldn't bathe myself in "OFF" like I usually did. I was far too wary of DEET harming my baby, so I went to Whole Foods to see what I could find.
Being a little bit of a cheapskate frugal, I bought Herbal Armor because it was less expensive than some of the alternatives. ... read more