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Extra Butter, Hold the Poison

41yn6dmffdl_ss260_.jpgButtery, salty, crunchy popcorn…mmmmm. I love the stuff and I used to really love the convenience of microwave popcorn — until I learned that it had Teflon inside the bag. Unfortunately, microwave popcorn is now regarded by toxicologists as a major source of PFOC, the toxic chemical found in traditional “non-stick” cookware. After giving up the bags, I searched high and low for a non-plastic microwave popcorn popper and I thought I’d never find one until a friend sent me a Silicone Zone Microware glass popcorn popper as a gift. It contains no plastic or Teflon and makes some really awesome popcorn, complete with butter, and takes no longer than it does to nuke a bag of microwave poison popcorn.

Find It Here: Silicone Zone Microware Popcorn Popper

This Week at the Green Mom Network

In case you haven’t seen what’s going on over at the The Green Mom Network this week…

Giveaway!

phyllis2.pngEnter to win some great reusable produce bags from Bag Green! Wouldn’t it be great never to have to use plastic bags to bag your produce again?! Click here to enter! U.S. residents eligible. Enter by 8/6/08.

 

 

 

In the Forum…

  • Discussion of the Week: One out of every three American children has allergies, asthma, ADHD or autism. What impact does our environment play in this? As parents of children with one or more of these health issues, what can we do? Join the discussion…
  • Member Question of the Week: “My husband and I are ready to replace our bed pillows. We use basic polyester-filled pillows (the cheapo $5-10 type ones) and tend to replace them about once a year (due to them loosing their fluffiness) …We started to realize that this is a totally ungreen thing to be doing. That’s a whole lot of pillows ending up in a landfill due to us! Any suggestions on alternative replacements? Pillows that last a long time? Pillows that are better environmentally to manufacture? Or some other suggestion that I’m not thinking about?” – Molly. Got a suggestion? Share it here…
  • Video of the Week: Hear what one dentist has to say about the health implications of water fluoridation. View the video here.

O for Organic, S for Smart

todshortsleeve-n.pngDo you know what a biome is? Don’t feel bad — I didn’t either until my son got a super soft 100% organic, unbleached cotton t-shirt from the bioME 5 Animal Alphabet Project. Made in the USA using low-impact screenprinting dyes, the shirts are festooned with a bright, bold alphabet letter and corresponding type of animal (N for Newt!) and most interestingly, the name of the featured animal is upside down so the wearer can actually see/read the name when they look down, which, if you think about it, makes perfect sense! This genius idea comes from the creators of bioMe 5 — two architectural designers who are inspired by the visual learning processes inherent in all children, all the while encouraging their environmental awareness. And just so you can feel extra brainy should the question ever come up again, biomes are communities of organisms (as featured on their shirts) adapted to a particular environment, such as deserts, grasslands, aquatics, forests, and tundras. Smart stuff, that bioME 5!

Find it Here: BioME 5

Deal: Enter code “GREENMOMS” at checkout for $5 off and free U.S. shipping on all orders over $25! Offer expires on 8/30/08.

Win It! We’re giving away a toddler tee OR onesie in winner’s choice of size and letter! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “BM5” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite tee-shirt design from bioME 5? U.S. residents eligible. This contest is closed. Congrats to Suzie G!

We’re Lovin’ This Lovey

lu2.jpgWhen I was a small child, you wouldn’t see me go anywhere without my blankie. I cuddled with it for more years than I’d like to admit and I still keep it tucked away as a memento of my childhood. Now that I have kids, I’ve been looking for that perfect blankie for them, and I think I’ve found it. The little lu by ja*lu is exactly what a lovely should be. Made of 100% certified organic cotton velour, it’s the perfect size for little hands to hold onto. And it’s soft — the kind of soft that you hold against your cheek and feel instantly comforted. Something else that will make you feel good? Ja*lu also gives back 5% of its profits to selected charities, including Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, the International Breastmilk Project and The Mary House. And finally, the little lu is machine washable so when it gets dirty— and it will — it’s easy to clean. Mama and baby are gonna be resting sooo much easier.

Find It Here: ja*lu

Win It! We’re giving away a little lu to one lucky winner! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “JL49” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is one other organic cotton baby item sold from ja*lu? U.S. and Canadian residents eligible. Contest closed. Congratulations Teresa!

Action Alert: Ban Phthalates in Toys

action.pngThe Breast Cancer Fund needs your help to urge House members to include a ban on phthalates in toys in the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act. Phthalates make plastic toys soft and flexible, but when kids put them in their mouths, phthalates can leach from toy to child. And since phthalates have been linked to birth defects, early puberty (a risk factor for breast cancer) and testicular cancer, they have no place in our kids’ toys, as far as these green moms are concerned! If you don’t like the idea of phthalates in your kids’ toys either, then please write to the four members of the committee who are currently undecided or blocking the inclusion of the ban on phthalates in the CPSC Reform Act, and urge them to protect the health of America’s kids by voting yes on this amendment.

Take Action: Support the Ban on Phthalates in Kids’ Toys

Hasta La Vista, Baggies!

web3tier.JPGPacking a waste-free lunch for the office or for your child’s lunch is an easy way to reduce your landfill waste. One of my favorite new items for carrying my own lunch to work is this Three-Tier Stainless Steel Lunch Carrier. Non-toxic, super easy to clean, and easily portable, this shiny silver lunch carrier is the perfect size for packing a medium- to large-size lunch. Each container is separate, which means that you don’t have to worry about your sandwich running into your salad running into your cookies carrot sticks. And there’s more good news — pack your lunch every day for a year and you’ll save about 67 pounds of waste from the landfill, as well as a ton of money! Just throw in a cloth napkin and some silverware and you’re good to go. Bon appétit!

Find It Here: Healthy Kitchenware

Congrats to Tisha, winner of a three-tier stainless steel lunch carrier! 

Forum Giveaway & Other Coolness

This week over at the The Green Mom Network

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Giveaway!

Enter to win a Klean Kanteen 12oz Stainless Steel Sippy Cup courtesy of Non-Toxic Tots! Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups and bottles are durable, non-reactive and BPA-free. Click here to enter – it’s easy! U.S. and Canadian residents eligible. Enter by 7/29/08.

 

In the Forum…

  • Discussion of the Week: What are your favorite green cleaning products? Learn what others have said and share your own favorites. Join the discussion…
  • Member Question of the Week: “My garden is full of slugs and earwigs. How do I get them to go elsewhere?” – Lori. Got a tip to suggest? Share it here…
  • Video of the Week: Find out how to create a natural, non-toxic weed killer with three common items that you probably already have at home. View the video here.

Baby Diapers + Eco-Mom = No Problem!

z1-size2.jpgAhhh, the joys of becoming a new mom. You had heard of “mommy guilt” but didn’t realize it would hit quite so hard on your first sleep-deprived trip to the store when faced with which diapers to buy…regrettably knowing in your head all about those diapers on the shelf and the ugly nature of their plastickyness. But then you spot them, your beacon box of hope on the third shelf — Nature BabyCare Diapers! YES! The 1st award winning biodegradable* disposable diaper! Manufactured in Sweden, they are breathable, chlorine-free, gentle to wear and made of natural materials (no oil-based plastics) that may cause irritation OR diaper rash. The best part, and we think this bears repeating, is that these disposable diapers are almost 100% biodegradable. Nice! You toss them in your cart, now guilt free. The endorphins have kicked in, thus allowing you to reach for dark chocolate, trendy magazines and the like so you will be fully stocked for the inevitable 3 am wake up call. What a rush!

*The tabs and leg/waist elastic of these diapers are not biodegradable – but everything else is – even the package they come in. The wipes are also 100% compostable.

Find It Here: Cooler Choices

Congrats to Donna Y., winner of a package of diapers and a pack of biodegradable wipes! 

A big shout out to the moms at Cool Mom Picks for finding these first and tipping us off to their eco-fabulousness.

You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!

veganIt’s been widely reported that allergies are on the rise and even my own daughter seems to have an abundance of food sensitivities. To address them, we began to consider some alternative ways of eating and thus have read Sher and Doherty’s book, You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan! With over 200 recipes in this book, variety abounds with everything from warm gooey cinnamon buns and tofu scramble for breakfast to baked samosas for dinner and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Additionally, you’ll find tips for converting your favorite recipes to vegan dishes, a chapter devoted to kid-friendly foods, essentials for basic kitchen equipment, a list of pantry items and their definitions (what’s Umeboshi paste again?) and conversion ideas such as using soy milk mixed with lemon juice in place of buttermilk. If you ever thought eating a vegan diet would be dull and uninteresting or just too hard, this is the book that will change your mind!

Find It Here: You Won’t Believe it’s Vegan!

On The Ball Food Preservation

51g3y8pre3l_sl500_aa240_.jpgFood prices, like everything else, are on the rise. As the prices of coffee, sugar, grain, and other basics go up and up, it gets harder and harder to keep up and in stock. Canning and preserving are a cost-effective alternative that seems to be gaining momentum again. The results are usually tastier, more healthy and possibly even safer than what you’d buy in the supermarket. Consider fresh strawberry jam, brandied peaches, home-made ketchup, dill pickles and a delicious vegetable stock for soup. It does take time and effort but is well worth it. For a couple hours work you’ll have a supply that lasts a couple of months to a year or so. There are several sites that offer tips and advice on preserving and canning: the National Center For Home Food Preservation, Canning Basics For Preserving Food, and this fabulous book will help get you started with all the information you need, including recipes, what jars to use for what and different methods of cooking. I’ll be trying my hand at applesauce and peach butter in the coming weeks. We’ll see how it turns out!

Find It Here: Ball Complete Home Canning Book

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