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Greener Organizing

green-blocks.jpgFor those of us to whom organization does not come naturally, it can be quite a challenge. Personally, I know when I watch those organizing shows on cable, it makes me want to empty my whole house and start fresh. If only that were an option…

While being organized is a great feeling, getting there can be a less-than-green proposition, especially with all the stuff that’s now available to “help” us. But here’s a little known secret about buying all that great organizational gear—you will only stay organized if you work at it.

Buying those things will not magically transform one into a more organized person and frankly, one of the best ways to stay organized is to simply buy less stuff and get rid of the stuff you don’t use. You may have heard the old expression “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” It’s especially relevant to green organizing. In short, the less you have to manage, the less you have to manage. Read the rest of this entry »

Yummy Gummies

yummyearthgummybears.jpgWhat: YummyEarth Candy

Features: Gummy bears and sour gummy worms

Green Factor:  YummyEarth are the only gummies that are 100% USDA certified organic. YummyEarth candy is handcrafted with real fruit extracts, and contains no chemical colors, artificial flavors or corn syrup.

Bonus: In addition to being really super tasty (I’ve tasted the gummy bears), YummyEarth gummies are also gluten, peanut and tree nut-free and the lollipops and candy drops are kosher parve, as well.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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Reduce, Reuse, Renew

recycle.jpgWhat: Baby Earth’s Renew program

Features: Want to dispose of bulky baby gear without having it go to a landfill? Baby Earth’s Renew program is a great way to do just that! It’s simple: send them your unwanted strollers, car seats, high chairs and other big baby gear. You cover the shipping, and they take care of the rest!

Green Factor: Upon arrival, items are taken apart for recycling — fabric is sent to developing countries while metal, plastic and foam are put to good use via construction projects. If the item’s in really good shape, it’s donated to a family in need

Bonus: Use the Renew program and receive $5 off your next purchase; folks living in the Austin, TX area can drop items off at Baby Earth’s flagship store in Round Rock. Check their web site for more details!

Find It Here: Baby Earth

Fun Fleece

dog-hat.jpgWhat: Polar fleece hats

Features: Environmental Studies grad Ryan Williamson runs his business, The Mouse Works, out of his studio in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. His polar fleece winter wear is available in baby, youth and adult sizes and comes in a wide variety of bright colors and funky styles

Green Factor: Ryan’s philosophy is a green one: do all we can to lower the environmental impact of our daily lives. With that in mind, he uses only discarded fleece from factories, ships his products in recyclable material and has seriously reduced his waste output (in 2004, he was able to fit ALL of his business trash in to one paper bag!)

Bonus: Head to the site to see photos of Ryan’s studio, read about his dedication to the environment and check out what else is up for grabs (including fleece overalls and a full-length skirt that has comfort written all over it)

Find It Here: The Mouse Works

Funky Countertop Drying Rack

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What: Grass Drying Rack

Features: A modern twist on a kitchen staple, this funky two-piece countertop drying rack was built with mothers in mind, as it’s great for air drying baby gear (bottles, soothers, teething toys, etc.). Objects big and small stand upright and dry atop the flexible faux grass blades while water drips down to a tray below AND it’s easy to clean—both the grass and its tray are dishwasher safe

Green Factor: BPA, phthalate and PVC-free

Bonus: Free shipping on orders of $75 or more at Sprout Baby!

Find It Here: Sprout Baby

Hook It Up

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What: Wall Hook

Features: Check out these sweet wall hooks from FluffyCo! They’re screen-printed by hand on to blocks of Ponderosa Pine, with three hooks at the bottom to hang clothing, jewelry, keys or whatever strikes your fancy

Green Factor: Made by hand in San Francisco using locally sourced and sustainably harvested wood, water-based materials and American-made hardware

Bonus: Check out the Inspirations section on the company’s web site, which features cool snaps of what inspires the minds behind FluffyCo and photo tour of their studio

Find It Here: FluffyCo

Climate Counts

climatecounts.jpgWhat: Climate Counts web site

Features: Keep tabs on your favorite companies and their efforts to address climate change with Climate Counts, a web site that scores their impact on the environment. Check the scorecard for a ranking of a company’s grade and the ways they’re reducing their carbon footprint (Kraft Foods, for example, is up 19 points from last year and is listed as ‘Striding’ toward their environmental goals. Sara Lee, on the other hand, is ‘Stuck’, meaning they have yet to take meaningful action on climate change)

Green Factor: The goal is clear (and green): to encourage awareness among consumers, and, in turn, within the companies themselves

Bonus: The site is full of information. Sign up for their newsletter, watch videos, contact companies directly, download a helpful iPhone app and more!

Find It Here: Climate Counts