Coffee in the Corn

mug-iheartpublic-med.jpgWhat: 100% corn plastic mug

Features: Yes, you read correctly–this 10.5oz mug is made out of 100% corn, grown and manufactured right here in America

Green Factors: Features lead-free ink and no BPA whatsoever. It’s also microwave-safe, biodegradable and can be composted, as well.

Bonus: Because it’s corn plastic, this mug won’t break when if you drop it

Find It Here: BuyOlympia

For REALLY Clean Floors

si35_full.jpgWhat: A steam cleaner for floors

Features: The Haan SI-35 cleans and sanitizes floors using steam and microfiber pads. Lightweight, low-profile gets in hard to reach places. Leaves floors clean and nearly dry.

Green Factor: The SI-35 heats water to 212°F — you don’t need any toxic chemicals or harsh cleaners to get your floors REALLY clean (as in 99.9% germ and bacteria-free). Ideal for homes with children or pets.

Bonus:  The Haan SI-35 comes with an attachment that allows you freshen your carpets with steam, too.

Find It Here: Haan USA

Cork It!

bamboo_cuttingboard-large.jpgWhat: Cork Cutting Board

 Features: Cork is a great surface to use in the kitchen – it’s wear-resistant and durable, keeps knives sharp, is impermeable to liquids, and hypo-allergenic, to boot!

Green Factor: PVC and formaldehyde-free, FDA food-safe and sustainably harvested

Cool Factor: The cork itself comes from China’s cork oak tree. Harvesting the cork is harmless to the tree itself, and the outer bark is quickly regenerated

Find It Here: Grass Roots

One Lump or Two?

tea-set.jpgWhat: Wooden tea set

Features: Everything about this tea set from Plan Toys is adorable! It’s thirteen pieces include two cups and saucers, tea bags and stir sticks; there are even two lumps of sugar to play with!

Green Factor: Items from Plan Toys are made out of unfertilized rubberwood that’s kiln-dried rather than chemically treated. This tea set was made using water-based dyes, soy-based inks and non-toxic E-Zero glue

Bonus: Exceeds all international toy safety standards

Find It Here: Plan Toys

Disinfectant Overkill

Disinfectant chemicals have a purpose and place, but should be used very sparingly as scientific studies have shown that disinfectant chemicals have been linked to chronic health issues like asthma, hormone imbalance, potential reduced fertility, and immune system problems.

What kind of disinfectant chemicals are we talking about? The kind we come in contact with everyday in household bleach, ammonia-based cleaners, triclosan in antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial products and nano-silvers found in antibacterial plastics, textiles, soaps and other materials.

Visit Women’s Voices for the Earth to learn more and then consider signing  this petition to tell companies to replace toxic chemicals in their household cleaning products with safer alternatives AND disclose all of the ingredients that they use in household cleaning products on the product label.

WIN: Kiss Naturals DIY Kits

lip_balm_kit.jpgWhat: Kits to make natural lip balms, perfumes, bath fizzies and soaps

Features: Everything you need to make your own fun personal care goodies

Green Factor: Natural ingredients like shea butter, witch hazel, essential oils with no fillers, additives, dyes or synthetics

Bonus:  Fun to make at birthday parties and sleepovers!

Find It Here: Kiss Naturals

Win It: We’ve partnered with Kiss Naturals to give away a Bath Fizzie Kit and Lip Balm Kit to one randomly selected winner. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter KN12 as the giveaway name and tell us how long it takes to make lip balm and soap with a Kiss Naturals kit. Enter by 12/21/09. $35 value. Open to residents of US and Canada. Winner to be notified by email. Contest Closed.

Badger Balm

badger.jpgWhat: Badger’s Winter Wonder Balm

Features: Natural ingredients (like essential oils, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Peppermint) offer soothing time-tested relief from coughs, colds and congestion

Green Factor: Its USDA certified organic

Bonus: Can be used as a rub OR in a humidifier to help with cough and cold symptoms

Find It Here: Badger

The Titi Collection

freshtulip2.jpgWhat: Titi Collection

Features: A fashionable, functional line of clothing made exclusively for nursing mothers—blouses, hoodies and gowns are made from stretch silk and feature a built-in Italian lace bra

Green Factor: Each item is created using salvaged fabric

Bonus: As opposed to factory production, all garments are sewn by a local seamstress

Find It Here: Titi Collection

What Are You Eating?

food-inc.jpgWhat: Food, Inc.

Features: Want to learn more about what you’re eating? Food, Inc., an award-winning documentary that takes a hard look at the nation’s food industry, is now out on DVD

Green Factor: Since its release, Food, Inc. has prompted thousands of people to re-think their eating habits, like eating more local and sustainably-grown food

Cool Factor: Check the web site for lots of cool features – watch the movie trailer, find out how to get involved, and sign a petition to support healthy food choices in schools across the country

Find It Here: Food Inc. movie

Green Gift Guide for Kids

greentoys.jpgHealthy Child Healthy World has put together an impressive list of 200 great green gifts for the kiddos. Be sure to check it out before you start your shopping and while you’re at it, make sure to also check out this list of Unsafe Toys of 2009

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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