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Get Cookin’ Good Lookin’

tm_wcwbutton.gifEating in season and buying locally is one of the best things you can do for the environment – and your taste buds. However, it’s easier said than done. For one thing, whenever I open a cookbook, the recipes staring back at me are full of ingredients that are not in season and not local. If you have similar challenges finding good recipes with ingredients that are in season, then check out What’s Cooking Weekly – an e-mail subscription service that delivers 5 healthy and seasonal family menus to your inbox each week, plus recipes and grocery lists, nutritional information for meals, and tips to involve children. Eating seasonally has never been easier!

Find It Here: What’s Cooking Weekly

In honor of EcoMoms Act “Meat-Free Challenge” week, we have a yummy sample recipe from What’s Cooking Weekly below – vegetarian, of course, and loaded with seasonal ingredients and tips on how to involve the kids. Buon Appetite!

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Bento Boxes, Baby

I was recently shocked to find out that, on average, each school-age child generates 67 pounds of waste a year just by bringing a disposable lunch to school. Yeah, it’s all those disposable plastic baggies, wax paper and other single-use items that make preparing lunch easier, but also create literally tons of waste every year. If you have a child in school – or if you bring your lunch to work – consider packing a waste-free lunch from now on. It’s as simple as getting a cute little bento box and packing it full of your favorite foods. Each little compartment will hold a serving of fruits, veggies, or even last night’s leftovers. If you like this idea, check out the lead-free bento boxes from Laptop Lunches, made right here in California.

Find It Here: Laptop Lunches

Congrats to Chrissy H. of Vermont, winner of a Laptop Lunch System!

Bonus: Receive a 10% discount on your purchase from Laptop Lunches with code “greenmoms!” (Cannot be combined with other discounts.)

Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good

If you have a daughter, it’s very likely she has asked you (or will ask you) to paint her fingernails. My own daughter regards painted nails as a treat of the highest order. Unfortunately, because it’s so unbelievably toxic, I just can’t bring myself to do it. And honestly, it’s not just nail polish. Nearly all cosmetics contain chemicals known to be dangerous to human health. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is one very special exception. They’re not just special because they are ranked as one of the safest cosmetic lines in America but also because PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is the first cosmetics company to give all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues. PeaceKeeper is also committed to social justice, non-exploitive labor practices, fair wages and does not test on animals. You really need to check out their entire web site. I’m awed at how deeply founder Jody Weiss cares about her fellow human beings and about the world.

Find it Here: PeaceKeeper Cause-metics

Blazing the Trail of Biodegradability

footer_starterkit.jpgRecently featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things, Shaklee’s Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate was one of the very first biodegradable cleaners to hit the market back in 1960. It’s non-toxic, phosphate-free and can be used indoors and out on any washable surface and in virtually hundreds of ways. According to Shaklee, just two ounces of this super-concentrated formula is equal to 728 bottles of Windex (26 oz size). Yowza! At less than $20 for a 16 oz. bottle of Basic H, that’s the best deal I’ve heard of all year!

Find It Here: Shaklee

Congratulations Stephanie O., winner of a 16 oz. bottle of Shaklee Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate and a Get Clean 16 oz. Spray Bottle 3-pack!

Recycle. It’s Good Karma.

earth911-web-logo.pngWhere I live, finding a way to recycle my soda cans is easy enough. But when it comes to recycling things like batteries and cell phones, I’m never sure where to go. So I was happy to find Earth 911 — a great resource for anyone who is looking for a local recycling center. Just go to the homepage and enter your zip code. You can narrow the search to find recycling centers for more than twenty types of items – from antifreeze and asbestos to toys and televisions. And hey, remember that old cell phone your kid dropped in the toilet last year? Now you can finally recycle it!

Find It Here: Earth 911

Seventh Generation: Subscribe & Save

31oxov9xznl_ss500_.jpgIt seems like I’m always running out of one thing or another around the house, even toilet paper – something you should never run out of! Luckily, I think I’ve found a solution that will save me time and money. Amazon.com is now selling earth-friendly Seventh Generation products through their Subscribe and Save Program. You can sign up to have products like recycled toilet paper or all-purpose biodegradable cleaner shipped to you for free every 1, 2, 3 or 6 months. By subscribing to the delivery program, you get the regular Amazon.com discount, plus an extra 15% off the purchase. Plus, you can cancel at any time or go online to change the shipment delivery month whenever you want. I’ve used the program already and had an easy time managing my subscriptions and even canceling a subscription that I no longer needed. And the products arrived quickly. So now, thankfully, I won’t be running out of toilet paper anytime soon.

Find It Here: Seventh Generation Amazon Store

Editor’s Note: Subsequent to this posting, we found out that some Seventh Generation products contain 1,4-Dioxane, which is a carcinogenic ingredient. Due to this new information, we strongly recommend checking the ingredient listings on Seventh Generation products prior to purchasing them. Avoid any products with myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, any other eth, PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol.

Funky Fish Lips

yhst-69872478006310_1984_2692653.gifWhen I was small, my grandmother wrapped all of our birthday presents in newspaper comics. I don’t think she realized that she was doing something good for the environment by reusing the newspaper, but she was. If you don’t want to use your newspaper to wrap your presents, but you do like the idea of recycled wrapping paper, then check out these funky recycled gift wrap designs by Fish Lips Paper Designs. Their gift wrap papers are designed and printed in the USA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and soy-based inks.

Find It Here: Fish Lips Paper Designs

Easy on the Eyes

After finding out that cosmetics aren’t regulated for safety by the federal government, I stopped using most make-up products for a while with one exception — my eyeliner. I just couldn’t part with it. But I did want to make sure I had a good (and safe) eye make-up remover to get it off at night. Enter Aubrey Organics Herbessence Make-up Remover. Made from a special blend of light herbal oils, this stuff works really well and has received a low hazard score in the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, which means it’s safer, in terms of toxicity, than other make-up removers on the market. Also? It’s totally vegan and cruelty-free.

Find it Here: Aubrey Organics

Really Free, Really Clear. Really.

charlies-soap-powder-biodegradable-phosphorus-free-eco-friendly-laundry-powder-80-loads-300.jpgAfter years of using a conventional “free and clear” laundry soap, which was neither “free” nor “clear” (of chemicals anyway), I began looking for a natural alternative. I came across Charlie’s Soap, gave it a try, and never looked back.

Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder “is made with a unique blend of biodegradable coconut-based detergents and high-grade, completely soluble, Green River washing soda.” It’s also hypoallergenic and leaves no residue, making it perfect for babies and people with sensitive skin.

Charlie’s worked really well on all of our clothes, including my son’s diapers and I love that the clothes come out smelling like clothes instead of heavy perfumes. As their saying goes, “Leaves nothing but the good old-fashioned sweet smell of clean. If you want flowers, go pick some.”

Charlie’s Soap also sells a liquid version of their laundry soap.

Find It Here: Charlie’s Soap

Some Green Homework

girl.jpgWe don’t get political too often here at The Green Mom Review. After all, almost everyone agrees that protecting the environment is a good thing. I mean, how could you argue that saving a panda bear this cute from total extinction isn’t worthwhile? Exactly. So, while we’re not going to tell you who to vote for at the ballot box, we are going to suggest a great resource for finding out where the presidential candidates stand on the environment. Check out the League of Conservation Voters’ Presidential Primaries Voter Guide for an at-a-glance comparison chart of the candidates’ positions on carbon emissions, energy efficiency, coal plants, and more. And even if your state has already had it’s Primary election, at least two of those people will be running for President so it’s still worth a look.

Find it Here: League of Conservation Voters Presidential Primaries Voter Guide

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