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Super Safe, Super Soft

103.jpgFinding a lotion for children, babies in particular, that is safe and effective is easier said than done, especially since so many lotions out there contain carcinogenic ingredients. But I’m happy to report that I’ve found a lotion that I feel great about using on my boys – Natural Baby and Kids Body Lotion by Aubrey Organics . Made without the use of any synthetics, this lotion smells great and has ingredients that you will actually recognize. The lotion also gets a good safety rating from the Environmental Working Group. Another good sign? The Aubrey Organics Baby and Kids Shampoo, which we also use, received a safe rating from The Organic Consumers Association’s recent study on 1,4-Dioxane in body care and household products. The bottom line? The Aubrey Organics lotion is a safe choice compared to many of the alternatives on the market and it leaves my children’s skin super soft; softer than any other lotion we’ve tried, and it makes my skin feel pretty darn good, too.

Find It Here: Aubrey Organics Natural Baby and Kids Body Lotion

Where the Rubber Meets the Duck

natural-rubber-duck-big.jpgIt may be yellow. It may be cute. But is that rubber ducky in the tub actually rubber? Or some icky PVC facsimile covered in lead paint? I know it’s distressing to think that even the beloved rubber duck has not escaped being tainted by cheap, greedy manufacturers but there’s good news — actual rubber duckies are not yet extinct! Crafted in Spain of sustainable latex rubber and devoid of any toxic paints or phthalates, the Natural Rubber Duck is soft and safe for babies to chew on and even gives a little squeak when squeezed. I’ve already ordered one to replace the not-rubber duck that my daughter used to love to play with before it accidentally disappeared from our bathroom. Not that I would know anything about that. Ahem.

Find it Here: Parenting by Nature

Tees and Trees for Change

Tees for ChangeFeaturing positive messages like “Choose Happiness,” “Live Mindfully,” and “Today Matters,” Tees for Change t-shirts are a wonderful way to inspire yourself and those around you to live with purpose and passion. These shirts are super soft, made from 100% organic cotton or organic bamboo, colored with low impact dyes and screen-printed with water-based inks. Cute, eco-friendly and inspirational — oh, and they’ll plant a tree when you buy a tee. What more could you possibly ask for in a tee shirt?

Find It Here: Tees For Change

Congratulations to Annette T., winner of a “Chase Dreams” Organic Cotton Jersey from Tees for Change!

Alert! 1,4-Dioxane Exposed

testtube.jpgFinding safe household and body care products is not always an easy task, especially when one of the toxic ingredients you are trying to avoid doesn’t even have to be listed in the ingredients. That’s the case for 1,4-Dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product of the cancer-causing petrochemical ethylene oxide. Researchers have known for a while that 1,4-Dioxane can be found in conventional products, but now we know that it can also be found in some so-called “natural” and “organic” products as well. A new study released by The Organic Consumers Association found 1,4-Dioxane in products made by several well-known “natural” and “organic” brands, such as JASON, Kiss My Face, Giovanni Organic Cosmetics, and Nature’s Gate Organics. On the bright side, there were some products by natural/organic brands that were found to be free of 1,4-Dioxane.

So, how can you avoid purchasing products with 1,4-Dioxane if it’s not even listed as an ingredient? Try these tips: 1) Look for products that bear the “USDA Organic” seal or that are German Natural “BDIH” Certified. These products are not allowed to contain 1,4-Dioxane. 2) Avoid buying products with the following ingredients: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, any other eth, PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol.

Want more info?

Find It Here: Organic Consumers Association Results of Testing for 1,4 Dioxane

We realize that news alerts like this are anything BUT fabulous but in the continued interest of helping you green your world and keep your family safe, we feel it’s important to post them if they are relevant to our readers. We will resume our regularly scheduled eco-fabulousness tomorrow. Over and out!

Props to Dropps

store_image_20ct-blue.jpgTired of lugging around those plastic behemoths of detergent? Hate dealing with the messy powdered stuff? Then you’re going to love these tidy little detergent packets called Dropps that aren’t just amazingly convenient but earth-friendly, as well. Simply drop the pre-measured packet of liquid detergent right into the washer — one for small loads and two for large loads. No measuring, no mess and best of all they’re free of chlorine, phosphates, NPE’s and completely biodegradable. Additionally, thanks to their 6x concentrated form, they will help save tons of water every year, as compared to liquid detergents. And hello? No more ginormous plastic bottles!

Find It Here: Dropps

Congratulations Kevin K, lucky winner of a year supply of Dropps Laundry Detergent!

Save Money, Save Water, Save Money

niagara_waterkit_usa_front.jpgWould you like to help the USA save over a trillion gallons of water? How about saving some green on your water bill? Niagara Conservation is offering for a limited time their “I Save Water” kit for $25. The kit includes their trademarked massage shower head, 1 kitchen swivel aerator, 2 bathroom aerators, a toilet water saver, toilet leak detection tablets and more. The individual components easily total more than $25 and will ultimately help you save hundreds, while practicing painless water conservation. These would actually make great gifts and people will think you spent way more than 25 bucks. You sly fox, you 🙂

Find It Here: Niagara Conservation

Easter Eggs Au Naturale

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Dying Easter eggs this year? Consider skipping on the artificial coloring and make some natural dyes! All you need to make dye are some chopped fruits and vegetables, water and white vinegar. Oh – and a few eggs, preferably the cage-free, local, organic variety if available. After all, why use artificial food coloring when you can use pomegranate juice for red, spinach for green, blueberries for blue, or lemon peels for yellow. Find the exact recipe, along with decorating tips at The Green Guide.

Find It Here: The Green Guide

(Tipped off by Eco Child’s Play )

(Image courtesy of Mary Jane’s Farm.)

Yum! Is An Understatement

27.jpgWhen it comes to chocolate, I don’t usually need an excuse to eat some but now I have even more reason to indulge because I’ve found a green mom’s dream cookie company – Liz Lovely’s Online Bakery and Chocolate Shop. This socially responsible company specializes in fair-trade, non-GMO, organic, vegan chocolates, cookies, fruits, nuts and all kinds of other yummy and totally guiltless goodies. Almost every product is made from scratch in their very own bakery in Vermont. These are true artisan goods, made by real people instead of machines and free of preservatives and artificial flavorings. Their packaging is pretty darn eco-conscious, too, right down to the biodegradable ribbon and the compostable, “corn-tainers”, which biodegrade within 90 days. Check out their gift samplers, which give you a little taste of everything. As for myself, I think I see an Easter Treat-ster sampler with my name my kids’ names on it.

Find It Here: Liz Lovely

Congratulations to Julianne, winner of a $40 “Easter Treat-ster” sampler from Liz Lovely! 

We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands

1978-06_08_07-large_cover.jpgReading books with my son is one of my favorite pastimes – especially now that I’ve found Barefoot Books’ collection of children’s books celebrating nature and the environment. Of particular note is their popular title Whole World, a brightly colored, beautifully illustrated book that focuses on inspiring young children to live green. Recently featured as one of Oprah’s faves, Whole World features eco-tips and a sing-a-long CD — plus, a portion of the sales is donated to some great environmental organizations. As a company, Barefoot Books gets extra kudos for taking a number of steps to lessen their impact on the environment, including printing their books on recycled or ancient forest-friendly paper. They’ve even got some great online resources for eco-minded kids and parents, which are completely paper-free and 100% FUN!

Find It Here: Barefoot Books

Congratulations to Pixie, Greg and Mae lucky winners of a copy of the Whole World Mini Edition!

Got Trash? Leaves? Doggie Poop?

biobags.jpgWhen you’re hauling your trash to the curb, do you ever find yourself feeling lousy about sending yet another totally not-biodegradable-ever bag to the landfill? Yeah, me too. But now we don’t have to because BioBag has developed an alternative to the standard polyethylene/polypropylene plastic bags most of us use. You see, BioBag products are 100% biodegradable, compostible and “shelf stable.” This means you don’t have to worry that BioBags will start to break down before you use them or while you’re using them. In fact, they don’t actually decompose until they are introduced to the earth’s elements or micro-organisms in the soil. Oh, and for all you considerate poop scoopers out there, they make biodegradable dog waste bags, too, which means you no longer have to use those not-so-green plastic bags from the grocery store. Bow WOW!

Find It Here: BioBag

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