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Jump Start to Green

logo.gifSo, let’s say you’re ready to start making some changes to your lifestyle to be a little more eco-conscious but you’re not quite sure where to start. Fear not, my friend, for Jumpstart to Green has you covered. Their Jumpstart Essential and Jumpstart Complete Kits have everything you need to start making the small but important changes to a greener lifestyle. The Essential Kit comes with four CFLs, a Kleen Kanteen water bottle, a toilet tank bank, shower timer, and three euro sponge cloths. The kit also comes with a 6-page guide to going green (we like that they’ve made it short and sweet), a junk mail reducer kit and more. Upgrade to the Complete Kit and you’ll also receive a Smart Strip power strip, refrigerator thermometer, hot water temperature card, and an extra reusable grocery bag. Now the best part…using their kit actually pays for itself within a month or two! Not only will you be doing something good for the Earth, you’ll be doing something great for your pocketbook. Jumpstart to Green estimates that their customers save over $90/month with their kit. Just think of all the organic fruits and veggies you can buy with that extra money!

Find It Here: Jumpstart to Green

Win It! We’re giving away a $59 Jumpstart Essential kit that includes more than TEN go-green items, including a Kleen Kanteen, shower timer and more! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “JS55” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is one item available in the Jumpstart Complete Kit that is not available in the Jumpstart Essential Kit? U.S. residents eligible. Enter by 10/7/08. Contest closed. Congrats, Karen K.

Fair Trade Finger Puppets

fairtradealpacawoolfingerpuppets.gifTry as I might to avoid battery-operated toys, we still have several of them in our home. Not surprisingly, most of these toys don’t work because I’m notoriously bad at replacing batteries — hence, my love for anything not battery-operated. Plus (and I think this goes without saying) batteries are pretty ungreen and thus when we highlight toys on The Green Mom Review, you’ll pretty much  never see “batteries required” on the packaging. Take these finger puppets available from Best Baby Organics. If you’ve got fingers and an imagination, you’re ready to play! Now, that’s my kind of toy! Hand-knitted by Peruvian Artisans in the Andes Mountains, these fair-trade finger puppets come in over 90 different animal and characters including jungle, farm, domestic, exotic, ocean animals, insects, cartoons and more! You can designate which five puppets you’d like or let Best Baby Organics pick for you and be surprised.

Find It Here: Best Baby Organics

Win It! We’re giving away a $25 gift certificate to Best Baby Organics! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “BB65” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite eco-product available from Best Baby Organics? All readers eligible. Enter by 10/6/08. Contest Closed. Congrats, Susan!

FixYaaaaa

FixYaIs your Tivo acting funny? Is your toaster burning the bread instead of toasting it?  Don’t throw them away — fix them — at home! Check out the FixYa community for help with your fix-it questions and find over 9 million users sharing and connecting over household and tech support tips.  FixYa offers 24/7 network support without the pain of being on hold for ages. Of course, we think FixYa is super cool because repairing and rehabbing stuff instead of tossing it is WAY green. Oh, and for you handy types — sign up to become an expert and earn some green for your wallet, as well!

Find It Here: FixYa

Action Alert: Breast Cancer Fund

BCF action alertHere at Green Mom Finds, we like to share great eco-friendly products but we also like to help raise awareness on serious issues such as the connection between the environment and breast cancer.   October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There is renewed interest in the U.S. Congress to launch a war on cancer headed up by Sens. Ted Kennedy and Kay Bailey Hutchison. One growing area of concern is the effect of toxins and chemicals found in our communities and workplaces.  Make your voice heard by taking a few seconds to send a message to your representatives. The Breast Cancer Fund works for legislative reform and as an advocate for environmental health policies.

Find It Here: Breast Cancer Fund Action Alert

Hip Hippy Hooray!

61-jlmlesol_sl500_aa240_.jpg Calling all veggies, vegans, pescatarians, and really anyone who loves their food and the Planet — we’ve got the cookbook for you! Bruce Brennan, host of the PBS show The Hippy Gourmet, has now published 150 of his recipes in the new cookbook, The Hippy Gourmet’s Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating.  An advocate of CSAs, community gardens and local farmers’ markets, Bruce dedicates the introduction of his book to discussing the importance of eating organically and sustainably grown food as much as possible, eliminating waste, exploring new food cultures, eating less meat, and just plain enjoying food. Learn how to cook your first Vegetarian North African Stew or keep it simple with a Veggie Stir Fry. One thing is for sure, you don’t have to consider yourself a hippy to enjoy this book. Banana Fruit Mania Muffins anyone? Yum-meee!

Find It Here: Amazon.com

For Your Little Honey Bunny

1205708070166-1142242183.jpegToday in our forum, we are giving away this adorable “honey bunny outfit” from Kee-Ka, courtesy of City Living Baby! The outfit is made of 100% organic cotton using low impact dyes. Perfect for boy or girl, size 3-6 months. Click here for details on how to enter.

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Momz Love Momzelle

product_31_opening.jpgAs a self-proclaimed “lactivist”, I’m all for breastfeeding in public, whenever and wherever needed. In fact, I don’t even mind whipping my breast out uncovered if need be (really!).  Typically, though, I use a nursing cover.  But now I have an even better option — Momzelle’s breastfeeding apparel. Made in Canada of 100% organic cotton, Momzelle’s simple black nursingwear pieces make breastfeeding convenient and stylish. And when I read that they are “designed to flatter the postpartum figure,” I was like SOLD!!! Plus, they are made for moms by a mom (bonus points) and they are eco-friendly and made ethically. Above all, no one will ever guess that you’re wearing a nursing top  —  that is, until you pull down that flap 🙂

Find It Here: Momzelle

Win It! We’re giving away an organic v-neck nursing top by Momzelle. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “MZ55” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite product available from Momzelle? U.S. and Canadian residents eligible. Enter by 9/29/08. Contest closed. Congrats Lisa!

Green Mom Discount! $5 off every purchase when the code “WGMF” is entered. Code valid until 10/22/08.

Green Vacay!

picture-1.pngImagine taking a beach vacation somewhere. Mmmm, nice. Now imagine having the peace of mind that your accommodations are not only designed with eco-awareness, but also designed to vastly decrease your exposure to the chemicals and toxins typically found in furniture, flooring, paint, water, linens etc. which is especially ideal for people who suffer from chemical sensitivities. At CleanStay Non-Toxic Vacation Rentals on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, you don’t need to use your imagination — all of the beds and furniture have been treated and off gassed to protect you from harmful chemicals and formaldehyde, all quilts, blankets, linens, and towels are 100% cotton and all cookware is safe and non-leaching. Other eco and health friendly features include:

  • Tile & Hardwood Throughout
  • Whole House H20 Filtration System
  • Air Filtration System
  • Non-Toxic Water Based VOC Free Paint & Sealers
  • Grocery store nearby with organic & gluten-free products

Additionally, guests are asked to please refrain from the use of tobacco, toxic fragrances, chemicals or harmful cleaning products while at CleanStay. Now, we haven’t actually patronized CleanStay but we still think it sounds pretty awesome, especially for folks who really need to stay away from nasty chemicals and of course, we’d totally love to visit for purposes of, you know, doing an in-depth review. Subtle, aren’t I?  😉

Find It Here: CleanStay Non-Toxic Vacation Rentals

Scoot Over to Scooterbees

z1-img_2942.JPG There’s only one thing cuter than baby feet and that’s baby feet in little booties (chemical-free and earth-friendly booties, that is!) If you’re in the market for shoes to adorn your 0-24 month old, then check out Scooterbees. Designed and manufactured in San Francisco, California, Scooterbees are made of Sensuede, which is 100% post-consumer and post-industrial polyester that is certified for OekoTex and ISO 14001. Translation: You aren’t getting loads of nasty chemicals with these shoes. In fact, they are PVC-free, latex-free, chloride-free, dioxin-free, and phthalate-free, making them pretty worry-free as well! Lined with super soft and naturally antibacterial bamboo velour, these machine-washable little booties are as kind to the Earth as they are your wee one’s precious little piggies, which makes you wonder — why can’t all shoes be this awesome?

Find It Here: Cooler Choices

Green Mom Discount! Receive 20% off any purchase from Cooler Choices (excluding diapers and wipes). Use code “greenmom” at checkout. Expires 10/31/08.

Bulk Bin Buying Just Got Sexier

il_430xn32797794.jpgI’m like a kid in a candy store when perusing the bulk food bins at my local natural foods store. But I always cringe when I scoop my beans, rice or nuts into a plastic or paper bag —  so NOT green… Fortunately, I have found the perfect way to buy in bulk without having to use a disposable bag – thanks to the Etsy shop Plum Creek Mercantile. Their 100% cotton bulk food bags are made with the cutest fabrics and they are all hand sewn. The genius part is that they are sized to fit a gallon jar or a quart jar, which means that when you get home, you will have the perfect quantity for your storage container. No more guessing and no more waste! The bags even come with a grease pen so you can mark the bin number on the bag.

Find It Here: Plum Creek Mercantile

Deal! Receive 15% off your purchase at Plum Creek Mercantile with code “GMF15”. Coupon will be in the form of a paypal refund within 2 days. Expires 10/1/08.

Win It! We’re giving away one large and one small hand sewn bulk food bags and grease pencil and a set of four hand sewn snack bags, perfect for packed lunches and travel snacks. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “PCM66” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite product available from Plum Creek Mercantile? All readers eligible. Enter by 9/23/08. Contest closed. Congrats, Christy H.!

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