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Monopoly Shmonopoly

madagascar_detail.jpgThe next time you’re in the market for a board game, check out this environmentally friendly, award-winning board game for kids ages 8 and up—it’s called Xeko Mission: Madagascar, and it’s a great way for children to learn about exotic animals (like fossas, tomato frogs and lemurs), their environment and how to protect them. Kids battle against their friends for eco-points and special powers and the player with the most points wins!

Xeko Mission: Madagascar was made with the earth in mind, literally. It’s chock-full of recycled materials, packaged in recycled stock and game cards are made with recycled materials and are printed with soy-based inks.

2006 was a good year for this game – not only did Creative Child Magazine name it the Top Toy of the Year, the National Parenting Centre gave it their Seal of Approval. Recognition like that, coupled with its eco-friendly spin, makes Xeko Mission: Madagascar a favorite with us. The Starter Set comes with an oversized play mat, 50 cards, two guidebooks and a rulebook. To make the package even sweeter, four per cent of the game’s net sales are donated to Conservation International. This definitely isn’t your mother’s board game!

Find It Here: Green Home Environmental Store

Neogreene Beats Neoprene

Have you ever heard of “mixed dialkyl thioureas”? It’s a chemical found in neoprene, that squishy, stretchy material used for wetsuits, laptop covers, mouse pads, shoe linings and much more and it was recently named Allergen of the Year by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group. Neoprene contact allergies are becoming quite common due to the cocktail of phthalates, VOCs, chlorine and metals used to make the synthetic rubber material. Suddenly, my cute neoprene laptop sleeve that I got at a conference last year doesn’t look so cute—and neither does this mouse pad sitting next me. Fortunately, a non-toxic, more eco-friendly substitute called Neogreene is now available and we’re giving away a Neogreene laptop sleeve and water bottle tote to one randomly selected winner!

Find It Here: GreenSmart

Win It: We’re giving away a Neogreene laptop sleeve and water bottle tote. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter NG9 as the giveaway name and give one reason Neogreene is superior to neoprene. Enter by 9/17/09. $50 value. Open to US residents. Winner to be notified by email. Contest closed. Congrats to Sandra.

Organic Comfort Zone Contest

mattress-topper.jpgOrganic Comfort Zone is sponsoring a creative writing contest. The rules are simple: “In 300 words or less, tell us why a good night’s sleep is important to you.

Your entry can be a short essay, a catchy jingle, a detailed list of tips & tricks or even a whimsical poem. Be creative, original and on-target with the theme. Entries must be received by midnight of September 30, 2009. Winners will be selected week of October 5th.
All contest entrants must be a member of Organic Comfort Zone’s FaceBook Fan Page. An online entry form can be found here.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a CozyPure® Cuddle-Sack Natural Latex Mattress Topper and two CozyPure® La’Noodle Pillows. Two runner-ups will be awarded $25 gift certificates from Organic Comfort Zone which can be redeemed at their retail location at 201 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk, VA or on their website.

Raising Green with Green

koru.pngHere in our household, we’re gearing up for back to school. My kids hit the hallowed halls this week and I’ll be back to packing lunches and blowing my children curb side kisses within a few days. My kids are excited for school to start and I’m looking forward to the year that’s awaiting them, but with one exception: the fundraising.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for raising money for the school, but over the last couple of years I’ve often wished there was a fundraising campaign out there for schools that was a bit greener. I mean, I want to raise money for my kids’ as much as the next mom, but does it have to be by selling plastic bags or wrapping paper?

Enter Koru, a fundraising platform that not only benefits schools and their communities, but the environment as well. Koru offers natural, organic products that are fair trade and non-toxic. Their goal? To lead by example to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Seventy-five per cent of Koru’s products – which range from bracelets and cosmetics to spices, household items and pet toys – are $10 or less, and all of them are green. They’re original items, too – you won’t find boxes of chocolate bars or packs of Christmas cards in Koru’s catalogue. What you will find, though, are unique products that you can actually USE. And that? Is reason enough to suggest greener fundraising with companies like Koru at your next PTA meeting.

Find It Here: Koru Fundraising

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