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Lead in Kids Products at Walmart & Target

Target and Walmart have been recently caught selling products that expose your children to lead. AGAIN.

Tests conducted by the Center for Environmental Health found lead-contaminated Walmart and Target store brand shoes, belts and raingear for kids. One Target product contained more than FOURTEEN times the legal limit for lead. This post at Z-Recs details how very high amounts of lead were found in the snaps of Target brand onesies

These stores need to hear from you. They are powerful companies who have the resources to ensure the products they manufacture and sell are safe for you and your children. It’s time they committed to doing just that.

Please join thousands of children’s health advocates and send a message to Target and Walmart by sending them a letter and telling them you will shop elsewhere until they provide absolute assurance that they are taking the necessary steps to keep lead-containing products off of their shelves AND make public their independent test results on all store-brand products.

Great Green Friday Deals

funkygreenmachinepng.pngOur friends at Funky Green Machine are having a fabulous sale on some great green goodies. Stock up on gifts or just stock up for yourself!

They’re offering 40% off the following brands:
Circles and Squares: Ultra-hip onesies and tees made with fair labor
Fierce Hugs: Whimsical organic onesies and tee
Klean Kanteen: Stainless steel bottle with no BPA or leaching
The Spoiled Mama: All natural, organic, cruelty-free skincare products
thinkbaby: Baby bottles and feeding sets that are BPA-free, phthalate-free and lead-free
Tilvee: Eco-ethical skincare
Tiny Revolutionary: Onesies and tees

Use discount code welovegreenfriday. Discount will be taken off during checkout. Offer ends on December 2, 2009. While supplies last.

Find It Here: Funky Green Machine

Weebits for Wee Feet

weebits.jpgWhat: Weebit Hemp Baby Slippers

Features: These snazzy slippers come in a variety of colors and patterns; the tops are adorned with a wee little piggy face made of wool felt

Green Factor: Weebits boast hemp tops lined with organic cotton and sturdy, recycled rubber soles (they used to be car tires!)

Bonus: Fits up to 18 months. Each pair is shipped in a super cool box that look like a truck!

Find It Here: Buy Green

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To Save and Protect

powersaver.jpgWhat: 7 Outlet Smart Strip Surge Protector

Features: Protects against power surges, saves energy and money by shutting down electronics AUTOMATICALLY!

Green Factor: Uses 1 watt when fully charged; uses NO POWER when the switched outlets are turned off!

Bonus: Pays for itself within a mere three months

Find It Here: Choose Renewables

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Way Cuter than Flowers

baby-bunch.jpgWhat: The Baby Bunch

Features: This exquisite bouquet of rosebuds is made out of itty bitty baby clothes–newborn onesies, t-shirts, bibs and socks

Green Factor: Clothing items are 100% organic cotton

Bonus: Makes a great baby shower gift. Right now, take $10 off the price plus shipping is free!

Find It Here: Boys to Men Gifts

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The ABC’s of Natural

abcs.pngFinally, someone reads my mind and does exactly what I needed them to do. No, no, they didn’t invent that laundry-folding robot yet. No, but almost as brilliant, they wrote The ABC’s of Natural. It’s just a simple, easy to understand guide to the good and bad stuff commonly found in supermarket foods—which, I might add, is WAY more convenient than whipping out the old smart phone to Google isodium guanylate or EDTA or bromate (none of which are on the good list, by the way). Created by Hain Celestial, this list will make shopping while avoiding the crap much easier so go download it (for free!) and keep a copy handy next time you go to the supermarket.

Find it Here:  The ABC’s of Natural

Bum Boosa Bamboo Wipes

bg.jpgWhat: Baby wipes made from bamboo fiber

Features:  Natural ingredients, scented with non-toxic, all-natural essential oils with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties

Green Factor: Bamboo is highly renewable and sustainable, wipes are 100% biodegradable. Bum Boosa is also a signer of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

Bonus:  Bum Boosa plants a tree for each package of 80 count wipes sold. Trees are also planted to offset 100% of their carbon emissions.

Find It Here: Bum Boosa

Win It: We’ve partnered with Bum Boosa to give away three 80 count packs of Bum Boosa bamboo baby wipes and one container of Bum Boosa bamboo diaper rash ointment. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter BB11 as the giveaway name and name one of the ingredients in Bum Boosa wipes (besides bamboo!) Enter by 11/27/09. $25 value. Open to residents of US and Canada. Winner to be notified by email. Contest Closed.

Green That Swag

wood-usbpreview.jpgRemember floppy disks? Yeah, the plastic ones that stored about a megabyte of data… These days, we have nifty USB drives to store data and about a thousand times more of it, which is cool, but how about USB drives made from something a bit more natural than say, plastic? Earthimprints takes a greener approach by offering them in walnut, maple, bamboo and redwood finishes. These pocket-sized drives are great not only for consumers, but for businesses, too. They’re an item that computer users either rely on now or will eventually need. With that in mind, they’d make great (read: useful) promotional items—I mean does anyone really need another keychain? Instead of giving away a bunch of plastic junk, entice potential clients & customers with non-plastic 1, 2, 4 and 8gb USB drives they’ll not only appreciate, but will actually use, too.

Find It Here: earthimprints

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It’s NOT Your Mother’s Patio Furniture

hdpe2.jpgReason # 386 why recycling is a good thing: outdoor furniture that’s can last a lifetime and? It’s made out of recycled water bottles and plastic containers.

It’s called HDPE (High Density Polyethlene) furniture, and it’s taking the outdoor market by storm. This isn’t your mother’s patio furniture. HDPE is extremely durable–it can withstand the harshest elements without rusting, cracking, splitting or peeling. There’s a huge selection that includes single pieces, entire collections and outdoor accessories, and unlike other more traditional patio sets, this furniture is available in a variety of FUN colors.

And if that sounds good, then check this out: HDPE furniture is super easy to maintain. A quick wipe with a wet cloth or a spray with the hose keeps it clean, and thanks to its rockin’ durability, HDPE furniture holds its own all year round, without having to be covered or stored.

Why waste your hard-earned greenbacks on wimpy, flimsy outdoor furniture that’s only going to wind up in a landfill when you can have HDPE furniture that will last, while soothing your conscience with the knowledge that it’s durable, as well as recycled?

Find It Here: Premium Poly Patios

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Woopsies!

kids-soothing-packs.jpgWhat: Bucky’s Woopsies Kids Soothing Packs

Features: Can be warmed up in the microwave or chilled in the freezer

Green Factor: Made with machine washable bamboo terrycloth and premium whole buckwheat seed filling

Bonus: These creatures, with their bright colors and funny faces, are sure to distract kids from their owies!

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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