Happy Green New Year Giveaway!

gift_wrap.pngIt’s a brand new year and to help you go even greener in 2009, we’re giving away a box of great green goodies!

1  CoolTote Non-Toxic Lunch Bag: A lead and PVC-free, reusable, insulated replacement for the old brown bag. Comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and handy inside net pocket. 8 oz. Freezer Pack is included. Made in USA.

1 Baby Blend “Surf Chick” Long-Sleeve Onesie: Made of 100% organic cotton and  eco-friendly water-based inks & dyes, Baby Blend’s babywear and tees are embellished with kid-friendly yet cool designs that don’t scream “My parents are hipsters!”

2 Showertime  Shower Timers: 20% of your home’s water usage comes from the shower. A 3-minute reduction in shower time, from the average 8 minutes down to 5 minutes, could save 6-15 gallons of water per shower per person per day. The cute little Showertime timer gently reminds you after five minutes, that well, you’ve been in there for five minutes already. Very handy!

1 YES to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter: Made with all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil, C Me Smile lip butter is paraben, petroleum and phthalate-free, as well as certified organic and not tested on animals!

1 copy of Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet: Seven Wonders is a fascinating little book that uses everyday items, from the bicycle to the ceiling fan, the clothesline to the library book, to illustrate that we need to look no farther than our own backyards to find ways to change the world.

1 copy of The Hippy Gourmet’s Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating: Bruce Brennan, the host of the hit PBS show The Hippy Gourmet shows you how to make easy, delicious dishes using freshly-grown ingredients. His vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian meals will transform your eating experience and help you change the world for the better, one meal at a time.

1 copy of The Compassionate Carnivore: How to keep animals happy, save Old MacDonald’s farm, reduce your carbon hoofprint, and still eat meat—a unique and intimate perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely.

1 Verimeri “Go Green” Tee, size S: Verymeri tees are all designed by kids. They host t-shirt design contests for schools, camps and non-profits—kids submit ideas for tees, vote on their favorite, and the winning design is made available for purchase. The kid designers, Free Arts for Abused Children and other partnering organizations receive a portion of the sales. Verycool!

1 Goodnight Room Twisty Pals Teether: Made of unbleached, undyed, non-chemically processed 100% organic cotton, Twisty Pals teethers are easily washed and dried along with baby’s laundry. The twisted organic cotton body is pliable, providing the perfect texture for teething and can be wet and then frozen for extra soothing. Made in USA.

Win It!  Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “NYG09” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What would you like to see more of on The Green Mom Review? Open to US residents only. Enter by February 11, 2009. $150 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Denise!

Baby Cubes

babycubespackaged.jpgEvery now and then I come across a product that makes me wonder why I didn’t think of it first! Baby Cubes is one such example—it’s a freezer storage system for home-prepared baby food where each unit is stored and capped individually (total convenience anyone?). Made of non-toxic and recyclable polypropylene, they can be used for baby food, breast milk or anything else that requires airtight storage and they’re freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe. Best of all,  they’re BPA, phthalate and PVC-free. I don’t even have babies anymore and I’ve already thought of a dozen ways I could use these genius little cubes around my kitchen!

Find It Here: Amazon.com

Jumping on the Bandwagon

It seems everyone else is blogging about the past year, so I was thinking about how we were living cheap and green in 2008.

I’m a big believer in baby steps and doing what you can. It would be great to be the perfect eco-family but let’s get real: it doesn’t work that way. But I do look back at seemingly small things I’ve done that have made an impact.

Probably one of the most noticeable has been our trash level. Months back I joined in on Enviromom’s One Can A Month Challenge. I never expected to lower our level to only one can, but we did! It also led me to investigate composting, and to be much more conscious of buying products with less packaging.

And the up side to the bad economy was that we became more conscious of our driving habits and energy usage.

We have almost stopped using paper towels thanks to our super absorbent kitchen towels (think sham-wow) and by sheer luck, our trash pick up started picking up recyclables #1-7.

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Lunch Container Love

lunchboxcombo.jpgIf you’re a regular reader, you’re probably well familiar with our preference for non-toxic lunchboxes and BPA-free food containers because, well, we just don’t like mixing hazardous chemicals and endocrine disruptors with our food. That’s why we’re huge fans of Healthy Kitchenware, a site that specializes in non-toxic food and drink containers. One of their latest offerings is a stainless steel lunch carrier that comes with a smaller container that is perfect for salad/dressing or anything else that you would normally pack in a standard plastic container or baggie. Because it’s safe stainless steel, no chemicals will leach into your food and the polypropylene lid is a food-safe plastic. Of course, I think it’s awesome but even my tween daughter thinks it’s cool enough to bring to school in her lunchbox and that’s saying a lot!

Giveaway! “Rock It” Organic Cotton Onesie

e-guitaroceanbodysuit.jpgOrganic cotton onesies designs are anything but boring these days. Just when I think I’ve found the cutest design somewhere, I stumble upon something even better. My new find? Tailored Tadpole. And specifically, their “Rock It” onesies and tees.  Who can resist a perfectly placed guitar applique on organic cotton, right? Right! Made in North Carolina by people making a fair wage, these onesies are not only cute, but they are also made responsibly. Materials are purchased in the USA and their tees and onesies are made of 100% organic cotton. And what’s more…we’re giving one away! Rock on!

Win It! Win a long or short sleeve 6-12 month Organic Bodysuit in the Rock-It design, courtesy of Tailored Tadpole! This onesie is made of SKAL certified organic cotton, azo-free dyes and features nickel-free snaps.  Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter TT550 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite Tailored Tadpole onesie design? Open to US residents only. Enter by 1/14/09. $34 value. Contest closed. Congrats, Melissa!

Deal! Receive 20% off of all purchases at Tailored Tadpole with code “GreenMom”. Expires 2/6/09.

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