WeeGo Wow!

bottlesintro.jpgThere’s a good chance that by now you’ve heard of the dangers associated with certain plastics that contain BPA (bisphenol-A). Unfortunately, there are still many name-brand companies out there that manufacture baby bottles containing BPA and really, the safest and greenest (because plastics are made from petroleum) solution for avoiding it altogether is to simply use glass bottles. I know, I know. Glass and babies don’t sound like they’d go together very well, right? But when it’s a WeeGo bottle, with it’s clever, attractive, dishwasher-safe and 100% non-toxic silicone sleeve that helps prevent breakage, you can stop fretting about using glass. The WeeGo also sports a silicone nipple that is latex-free and non-toxic and the plastic ring, plug and cap contain no polycarbonates and are food grade, FDA approved and recyclable. Wow, six yummy colors to choose from, totally non-toxic and recyclable, too… Color us impressed!

Find It Here:  BabyLife

Take Action: Consider signing this petition to call on the CEOs of the leading manufacturers of baby bottles to stop the use of the toxic chemical BPA (bisphenol-A).

Bummas for Lil’ Bums

bummas1.jpgKeep diaper rash at bay, the Bummas way! So what are Bummas you ask? Well, they are soft little cloth wipes made of 100% cotton – woven velour terry cloth to be exact. Now doesn’t that sound like something baby deserves to be cleaned with? Who wants to use those harsh, disposable wipes anyway? If my one-year-old could talk, I know he’d be saying…”choose the terry cloth!” So we know baby’s vote, but I’m all for ditching the disposable wipes anyway… if only for all the money it will save me. With a baby in diapers I spend a ton on disposable wipes that will eventually end up in landfills (ugh!). Switching to cloth wipes seems like a win-win all around. I save money, we all save landfill space, and my baby’s bum has never been happier!

Find It Here: Bummas

Green Collar Veterans

With Veteran’s Day fast approaching, I wondered what might be a good way to offer my own salute to veterans—veterans like my father (Army) and father-in-law (Navy)—and to those of you who are (or have a  loved one) serving in our armed forces.

That’s when I discovered Bio Liberty, a group working out of the Louisiana area that seeks to train returning veterans in the creation of biofuels. After receiving training, vets who can then go out and share that knowledge with the community.

Under a flag of “make levees, not war,” Bio Liberty founder Gordon Soderberg designed this social network not only to market his veteran-owned and veteran-run business in terms of biofuels and other alternative energies, but to “demonstrate a sustainable business model” and employ veterans in much-ballyhooed (and with good reason) green-collar jobs.

Love ’em or hate ’em, biofuels are a critical component in achieving the intertwined goals of achieving energy independence, halting the break-neck pace of climate change, and preserving the Earth’s waters, air, and lands for future generations—and if Bio Liberty has anything to say about it, it may well become 100% natural to associate military members with saving the world’s natural resources.

Check out the social network at Bio Liberty’s home base, which includes links to videos and a radio interview with founder Gordon Soderberg.

If you are a veteran in the Washington area, the Veterans Conservation Corps might also be able to provide information on volunteering to preserve northwestern streams and wetlands.

Also check out the wealth of information found at Veterans Green-Jobs Alliance.

Finally, don’t forget to give a big, green thank-you to a veteran or currently serving military member on Nov. 11.

BabyLegs Giveaway!

bl150x150organic.gifWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. BabyLegs are just about the most stylish way to dress up baby’s legs. And with colder weather here already, it’s not just about looking good, it’s about keeping warm too!

That’s why we think it’s perfect timing to give away a pair of BabyLegs to THREE lucky winners. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “BL38” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite BabyLegs pattern? U.S. residents eligible. Winner’s choice of his/her favorite Organic or Seasonal BabyLegs pattern. Enter by 11/17/08. Contest closed. Congrats Heather, Heather S., and Vanessa C.!

Good Stuff: BabyLegs gives 10% of all proceeds from the sale of their Pink Ribbon BabyLegs to the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation to support breast cancer awareness.

Piggy Paint

ppaint.pngIf you have a little girl, there’s a very good chance she’s already asked to have her nails painted—and if she hasn’t, you can bet she probably will at some point. The problem is that conventional nail polish is full of nasty toxic chemicals that can and DO find their way into the human body. Yuck! There’s nothing cute or glam about THAT! But rest assured that we’ve found an awesome alternative that’s water-based, non-flammable, odor-free and completely safe for your wee ones to wear on their nails. It’s Piggy Paint non-toxic, kid-friendly nail polish and it’s 100% free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone. As the Piggy Paint folks like to say…it’s as natural as mud (but comes in way better colors!)

Find It Here:  Piggy Paint

Furniture or Art? It’s Both!

il_430xn24370479.jpgAh, Etsy, what did I ever do without you? That’s what I’ve been thinking lately because I’m literally finding the coolest stuff there all the time—like this recycled kids’ furniture. Made in the Miami design district by owner/designer Jennifer Sanchez, each piece is re-vamped and then hand-painted with low to no VOC paints. The result? A one-of-a-kind usable piece of furniture that is also a work of art! Also check out her lovely mugs, plates and bowls, which are hand-painted with non-toxic and food safe paints and glazes. A good cup of tea or coffee really deserves a mug like this. Don’t you agree?

Find It Here: Jen-n-Ale

Planet Earth Gets Well

planet-earth-gets-well-book-cover-polar-bears-cub-happy-planet-bird-butterfly-sun-illustration-madeline-kaplan-author-image.jpg The Earth is sneezing and running a fever. This can’t be good! Read all about it in Madeline Kaplan’s children’s book Planet Earth Gets Well, a tale about Planet Earth and all the reasons why he isn’t feeling well. The book is a great tool to teach young children about what makes the Earth sick (like pollution) and how we can all make the Earth feel better – drive less often, recycle, carpool, use less paper and plastic. Nobody likes to be sick especially children, who will relate easily to this metaphor. By the end of the story, kids will be asking how they can help keep the Earth healthy. A teachable moment guaranteed!

Find It Here: Amazon.com 

Win It: Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “PE58” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is one way that you teach your children to help keep the Earth healthy? U.S. residents eligible. Enter by 11/11/08. Contest closed. Congrats, Arianna H.!

Good Stuff: Eco-Libris plants a tree for every copy sold (with the exception of on-line sales).

Organic Grocery Scorecard

I hit my local grocery store recently to see how organic prices fared against the regular products.

Here’s the price difference for my bill:

Organic Food
Oranges $2.69 lb.
Blueberries $3.99 (6 oz.)
Apples $2.99 lb.
Carrots $1.99 (16 oz.)
Vidalia Onion $1.29 each
Chicken Cutlets $5.59 lb.
Chicken Broth $2.99 (32 oz.)
12 Large Eggs $2.00

Non-Organic Food
Oranges $1.99 lb.
Blueberries $2.99 (6 oz.)
Apples $2.49 lb.
Carrots $1.69 (16 oz.)
Vidalia Onion $1.29 each
Chicken Cutlets $3.99 lb.
Chicken Broth $2.59 (32 oz.)
12 Large Eggs $1.69

Difference in Cost: $4.81

Who says that organic food is so much more expensive than regular food?

Author Patricia Wooster is the founder of the Project Organic Eating blog, where healthy eating meets affordability!

Mama Bite for Eco-Moms

idealmamaDelivered each weekday to your inbox, Ideal Bite shares delicious bites of information for everyone interested in eco-friendly food, travel, and products. Here at The Green Mom Review, we obviously have a special interest in eco-finds and info for moms, so we’re especially psyched that Ideal Bite is also hitting the mommytrack and introducing a new edition called Mama Bite. By subscribing, you will enjoy FREE daily weekday emails that will cover a range of 100% green-centric topics just for moms. We can’t think of an easier way to get your daily inspiration as a green mama eco-warrior!

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