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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

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 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

Cloth diapers, disposable diapers, chlorine-free diapers, biodegradable diapers: What's Best?

There's no doubt that disposable diapers are the most convenient.  As for cloth diapers, in recent years I've heard the argument that cloth diapers use up so much water to wash them that they are just as bad for the environment as typical disposables.  I don't buy that.  When you take into account the fact that regular diapers cannot decompose, it seems like cloth is the clear choice in terms of eco-friendliness.  It's pretty horrifying to think that dirty diapers I wore have been sitting in a landfill somewhere for over 25 years.  Disgusting!... read more

According to JilliansDrawers.com, and The Natural Baby, the studies that claim that cloth diapers are just as bad for the environment were actually funded by disposable diaper companies and that recent independent studies have proven that cloth diapers are better for the environment.


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Green Baby Food: Making Your Own Baby Food

If you have a baby, one of the easiest ways to go green is to make your own baby food.

By making your own baby food, you can be sure that the food your baby eats is preservative free, fresh, and high quality.  If you happen to have a garden, you can grow things that can easily be turned into baby food (peas, squash, and carrots to name a few).  This way you know EXACTLY where the baby's food is coming from and it really costs you next to nothing.   Otherwise, buy local and organic food to turn into baby food.  You won't be creating more waste from baby food jars and there's a smaller carbon footprint because of the jars of baby food being shipped. ... read more

Back to School the Green Way

I never had the typical college experience.  Sure, I lived on campus at two separate universities, but they were both primarily commuter colleges.  My sister, however, had your typical college experience at a university where 98% of freshmen and 50% of all undergrads lived on campus and, therefore, had cafeteria meal plans.  My sister frequently mentioned how appalled she was at the sheer wastefulness of the students.

So, apparently, was Andilee Warner at the Southern Illinios University Carbondale, who was been named "Recycler of the Year" in 2007 by the Illinois Recycling Association.  Warner earned this title because of the vermicomposting project she started with the university's cafeteria waste.

Illinois Recycling Association

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What is BPA and why is it bad?

BPA, Bisphenol A, Toxic chemicalBPA, or Bisphenol A,  is a chemical used in polycarbonate plastic food and beverage containers.  It's common in baby bottles and water bottles.  It's also used in compact discs, safety equipment, and medical devices.   There have also been trace amounts in dental sealants and beverage cans.  The toxins can leach into your food and drink.  It's been suspected to b... read more

Recycling Old Toys, Games and Puzzles

You're torn.  You're trying to declutter your home, but you don't know what to do with all those puzzles, toys, and games missing crucial pieces.  You don't want to toss them in the trash to take up precious landfill space for the next few centuries, but who will want them?

You will, that's who!

Remember those popsicle stick picture frames you used to make in Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts/elementary school?  You glued four sticks together, taped a picture on the back, and proudly presented it to a parent or grandparent who smiled kindly and put it away with all the other "special crafts" so it wouldn't get damaged. You can take the same concept and make a frame with the kids that you'll actually want to display.

I've made a few different versions of the popsicle stick frames with the kids I work with.  In one, we've covered the sticks with puzzle pieces.   I recommend doing two layers of puzzle pieces, just so there's more dimension to the frame.  Recycle Old Puzzles, Ideas to Recylce Old Puzzles

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