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A Dish Set That’s Not Plastic. Finally.

frog_set_large.jpgFinding a children’s dish set that’s not made of plastic is no easy chore. I was almost ready to give up my search when I stumbled upon this fun froggy dish set available from lifewithoutplastic.com. Okay, so the outside of this set is made of plastic, but the insides are made of high-quality stainless steel so your child’s food/drink will not touch plastic when using this set. The set comes with a stainless steel fork and spoon, bowl, plate, and cup. All that, plus a cute froggy design – fun!

Find it Here: Life Without Plastic

Congratulations to Bree T. of Washington, winner of the stainless steel dish set!

The Story of Stuff

int-shopper.gifAdmittedly, this website is about stuff. Because, okay, you do need some stuff to survive. And if you have to buy something, it’s better to buy the fair-trade, organic, hand-made variety than the Wal-Mart special. However, to be truly “green” at heart, we should really be finding ways to stop consuming so much. If you’ve ever wondered how Americans got to be so stuff-obsessed and how our buying habits are affecting ourselves, other nations, and our planet, this documentary is a must-see. Watch online for free and then send the link to everyone you know. I guarantee you will be both entertained and inspired.

Find it Here: The Story of Stuff

We Like Our Juice Chemical-Free

Call me crazy but I don’t like the idea of my child ingesting chemicals with his juice or milk. So when I heard that Bisphenol-A is commonly found in plastic sippy cups and baby bottles, I was more than a bit perturbed. Especially since this nasty chemical has been linked to cancer, early-onset puberty, obesity, and Type II diabetes. If you are worried about your child’s exposure to Bisphenol-A, check out BornFree’s line of bottles and toddler cups, which are totally free of this chemical. We use the toddler cup at home and haven’t had any leaks – hooray! And if you want to avoid plastic altogether, BornFree also sells glass bottles.

Find It Here: BornFree

I’ll Have a PB&J. Hold the Lead Please.

Eating lunch shouldn’t be hazardous to your child’s health and now you know it won’t be. Mimi the Sardine offers cloth lunch bags that are made of safety-tested acrylic-coated fabrics that are eco-friendly and made in the USA. That means no toxic lead leaching from the vinyl in your child’s lunchbox. And not only that – the lunch bags are machine washable and come in all sorts of cool-looking prints that your kids are sure to love. The bags are also great for moms who need to carry snacks for their tikes when they’re on the go. I have one myself and love it!

Find It Here: reusablebags.com

Get Your Toy Safety Tested – For Free!

healthytoys_org.jpg With all the recalls happening lately, I often wonder whether I still own toys that aren’t safe. If you have similar concerns, then check out HealthyToys.org. Developed by the non-profit Ecology Center, this site features new safety data for more than 1,000 popular toys. Items were tested for substances such as lead, mercury, PVC, and arsenic. Concerned about something they haven’t tested? Nominate it to be tested for free! Site visitors will then vote on the nominations to help determine testing priority.

Find it Here: HealthyToys.org

(Check out our Green Directory for more helpful resources.)

Cottony Softness

Looking for a really soft sheet for your baby’s crib? Look no further than this crib sheet from Sage Creek. The sheet is naturally whitened and made of organic cotton interlock. I’ve felt this sheet in a local boutique and it really is very soft. It comes with a matching satchel.

Find It Here: Baby Mine Store

Are Your Child’s Bath Products Safe?

babyproducts.jpgThere’s nothing scarier than learning that your baby’s bubble bath could contain cancer-causing agents. Thankfully, there’s a new resource that makes it easy to find out whether your children’s body products are safe. The Environmental Working Group just created the Safety Guide to Children’s Personal Care Products. This online guide features safe product recommendations in a number of categories — from shampoo to baby wipes. Virtually, every type of product you might put on your child is analyzed — even play make-up! And since the FDA does not regulate the safety of personal care products, this database is hugely beneficial to concerned parents. I know that I, for one, am heaving a huge sigh of relief!

Find It Here: Safety Guide to Children’s Personal Care Products

(Check out our Green Directory for more helpful resources.)

Organic Cotton Velour. ‘Nuff Said.

Winter’s here and it’s about time to take stock of our blanket supply. If you’re in need of a blanket for your little one and want to indulge a little, then check out the Robbie Adrian Luxury Organics line. The blankets are made of 100% certified organic cotton fleece or cotton velour with a silk charmeuse ruffle. And the best part? They’re machine washable.

Find It Here: Robbie Adrian Luxury Organics

Cleaning Little Hands

I’m totally loving this natural hand-sanitizer from CleanWell. Not only does it smell great, but it is non-toxic, safe for kids, and biodegradable. CleanWell uses essential plant oils, rather than alcohol, to kill 99.99% of germs and is the only all-natural antimicrobial that meets EPA and FDA standards for germ-killing efficiency. But the best part? It comes in a spray bottle. So now, instead of carrying wipes with me to the playground, I carry this spray bottle instead. It makes it so easy to clean little hands, and I no longer have wipes littering my backseat. Awesome.

Find It Here: Clean Well (also available at Target)

Sweep Up with a Recycled Broom

00201_hero.jpgWith the holidays around the corner, I’ve been in a crazy, cleaning state of mind. I have a pile of chores that I can’t seem to get done. As luck would have it, my three-year-old used our broom to “chase the bad guys out of his closet” and broke the handle. Instead of buying a plain old wooden replacement, I found this eco-friendly, Precision Angle broom from The Libman Company, which is made from 80% recycled plastic bottles.

Find it Here: The Libman Company (also available at Lowe’s and Target)

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