Pennies for the Planet

Pennies for the PlanetPennies for the Planet is a very cool site from the National Audubon Society that helps kids to make a difference by either participating in local conservation efforts or by saving and collecting pennies (through their schools, for example) for national and worldwide conservation projects. If we want our kids to care about the earth, we have to empower them by giving them a way to help. Pennies for the Planet is one such way!

Find it Here: Pennies for the Planet

To Our Readers

wevemoved.jpgDue to a legal issue with the domain name greenmomfinds.com, we will be moving have moved to a new address. We ask that you please update your bookmarks and if you have one of our buttons, if you could point it at our new address, we would be eternally grateful. We’re very upset about having to move but we hope to make the transition as smooth as we can. Our main concern is our loyal readership—we don’t want to lose you!

If you have any questions, please feel to drop us a note.

Celebrate Giving

echoage.pngAnother birthday party. Another bazillion gifts to add to the kajillion other things your child already owns. I know. It makes me cringe a little bit, too. It’s just…so much. But there’s another way. You CAN make your child’s next birthday party more meaningful—instead of bringing wrapped and packaged presents, guests simply RSVP and make secure online contributions that are pooled for the purchase of ONE memorable gift and to support ONE meaningful cause. Simply select an eco-friendly invitation, choose a cause and invite your friends. No Driving. No Shopping. No Wrapping.

Find It Here: Echoage

Earth Day!

earth-day.jpgYes, I know this is just one of a thousand Earth Day-themed posts but don’t leave! I’ll be brief, I promise. All I really wanted to say is that while this site is devoted to bringing you greener alternatives to the things we all need everyday, we still believe that buying less is the greenest thing we can do. That said, on this Earth Day, our challenge to everyone, ourselves included, is to buy nothing unless it’s secondhand or recycled. If it’s too late to do that today, then you can always do it tomorrow! We won’t tell 🙂

Green by Design

banner_logo_header.gifHappy Earth Day! Are you feeling creative? Feeling extra green? We hope so because now through May 15, Kroger (*and other stores under the Kroger umbrella) is inviting customers to visit to enter the Kroger Reusable Shopping Bag Contest. You can design your own reusable grocery bag with Kroger.com’s easy-to-use design tool. Then? Get your friends, family, random strangers etc. to vote for your design. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 bag designs, with one lucky designer winning a $1,000 Kroger gift card and the chance for their bag design to be sold in stores. Judges will also select four finalists who will receive $250 Kroger gift cards and five runners-up who will receive $100 Kroger gift cards. Plus? Kroger has also partnered with Café Press so you can purchase a reusable bag with your design on it. This would be a really fun project to do with your kids and how totally psyched would they be to see their art on a reusable bag?! And finally, just to sweeten the deal a bit, we’re also giving away Kroger’s gift cards that can be used at any of their *stores to two lucky readers!

*Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Dillons, Smith’s Food and Drug, King Soopers, Fry’s Food, Quality Food Centers, City Market, Owen’s Market, Jay C Foods, Food 4 Less

Find It Here: Kroger Reusable Shopping Bag Contest

Win It: We’re giving away two $25 Kroger gift cards. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter KR4 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What are one of the energy-saving measures being taken by Kroger in their stores? Enter by 5/15/09. $25 value per card.

Chains of Fun

weddingchain-w200-h200.jpgWhen I’ve gone to my local party supply store, I was always struck by home much themed, matchy-matchy, character-driven junk they carry, none of which appears to be made from recycled materials or eco-friendly inks. It begs the question…What the hell am I doing in here?  In recent years, I’ve tried to avoid the party store altogether and find more unique and thoughtful ways to celebrate. One really neat thing I recently learned about are Big Day Chains kits; they contain everything you need to make a classic 30-day paper countdown chain in anticipation of a big event such as a birthday or a wedding. You simply assemble the links, which are 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and printed with soy ink and hang it on a wall or from a doorway. You then tear off one link each day as the big day beckons. It’s especially fun for little ones to watch the big day get closer as the chain grows shorter!  For extra fun, the birthday links are printed in full color on one side and on the other side, have outlined birthday shapes ready for kids to color as an added activity. Recycled paper, soy inks and thirty days of old-fashioned countdown excitement makes Big Day Chains so appealing to us that we’d like to share them with one lucky reader! See below for details.

Find It Here: Big Day Chains

Win It: We’re giving away a Big Day Chains kit (winner can choose from the birthday or new baby kit). Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter BDC4 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: To which charity does Big Day Chains donate 5% of their profits? Enter by 4/27/09. $14.95 value.

Better Book Buying

logo_email.jpgWhen it comes to buying books, I’m all about the cheap and easy. I could be talking about something else here, but, well, nevermind that… Today, I’m talking about Better World Books, which are cheap, easy, and green.  Sure, other people sell used books and that’s cool, but do they offer FREE shipping within the U.S. and only charge $3.95 to ship worldwide?  Maybe some do, but what about that pesky minimum purchase requirement? BWB’s free shipping offer isn’t just a promotional gimmick. It’s for real ALL of the time.  Plus, BWB books are up to 80% cheaper than new ones AND shopping at BWB means you don’t have to use any gas (and I’m sure the coffee is much cheaper at your place—BONUS!) Simply put, I’m all for anything that can be done right in front of this here screen. In regards to being green and socially responsible, BWB has  saved over 6,000 books from landfills and offsets their shipping environmental costs with carbon offsets from CarbonFund.org. They also share revenues with literacy organizations like Books for Africa. Personally, with options like Better World Books, I can’t think of any reason I would ever buy a new book at a store unless I needed it right away or it was newly released. But?  I’m cheap and lazy, so I could probably wait.  Oh, and did mention BWB sells new books, too? Yep. So…if you’re not at all like me (read: cheap, lazy, willing to wait) you can also buy your NEW books from Better World and feel not-so-bad about it. When you’re done with them? Sell or donate them back to BWB!

Find It Here: Better World Books

Newborns Polluted With Toxins

Action AlertIt is an unfortunate fact of modern life that we, humans, have highly polluted bodies. This pollution in people is the direct result of a statute that does not require chemicals to be proven safe to get on the market, or stay on the market. Under federal law EPA does not have the authority to demand the information it needs to evaluate a chemical’s risk, and neither manufacturers nor the EPA are required to prove a chemical’s safety as a condition of use.

What’s even more shocking than the above is the sad fact that babies bodies are polluted with dangerous toxic, cancer-causing and hormone-altering chemicals before they’re even born. How does this happen? Watch the video below. What can we do? Sign this declaration and tell your elected officials that this is morally wrong and it needs to stop NOW.

Kid-Safe Chemicals Act: 10 Americans @ Yahoo! Video

Better Bottles, Baby!

greentogrowbasicset.jpgDon’t take this the wrong way but if you haven’t heard about the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) showing up in baby bottles, amongst other things (food cans, milk container linings, water pipes, dental sealants), you need to get up to speed. BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical that, in animal testing, has been linked to a variety of health issues such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, genital abnormalities in male newborns, early puberty in females, poor semen quality, obesity, metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes and neurological problems like ADHD. Is it any coincidence that all of the aforementioned health problems seem to be on the rise over the past several decades as plastics have become more and more prevalent in our lives? My non-expert opinion is no. Fortunately, with the aforementioned information getting out, BPA-free baby bottles are now available so you can feed your baby and feel safer about limiting their exposure to this dangerous chemical. Even better? We’ve partnered with our friends at Mama Goes Green to give away to one lucky reader a Green To Grow BPA-free Baby Bottle Basics Gift Set that contains two BPA-free baby bottles and a package of non-toxic medical-grade silicone beginner (0 – 3 months) nipples all packaged in a super cute re-usable shopping tote. Squeee!

Find It Here: Mama Goes Green

Win It: We’re giving away a Green To Grow BPA-free Baby Bottle Basics Gift Set. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter GTG4 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Name three other green or organic baby items carried by Mama Goes Green. Enter by 4/25/09. $47 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Andrea!

Sustainable Decor for Kids by Saplings

saplings.pngYou know I love all things green, right? Green is good. No, actually green is AWESOME. But even better than the awesomeness of green is the awesomeness of green combined with style.  While I love many traditional childhood decor themes, I’m a big fan of nifty modern designs for the wee ones, as well. One shop in particular that makes me swoon is Saplings. They have oodles of  stylish eco-friendly kid and baby decor, all with an emphasis on being chemical-free, organic, fair-trade, sustainably-produced and locally procured whenever possible. Perusing their site is like a little slice of mass-marketed-characters-free heaven, with timeless designs that won’t become embarrassing or uncool as your child grows older. In a culture where everything is designed to break or go out of style in a shockingly short period of time (aka “planned obsolescence“) Saplings is like a breath of fresh, VOC-free air.

Find It Here: Saplings

Win It: We’re giving away a $50 gift certificate to Saplings. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter SAP as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite item in the Saplings shop? Enter by 4/19/09. $50 value. Contest closed. Congrats Katie!

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