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A Ray of Hope!

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I’ve bought Eden Organics canned goods on many occasions in the past, mainly because I’d heard their can liners were BPA-free. But when I actually saw it on the side of the can, my heart leapt. No, really. I was THAT excited. Someday I hope we’ll see “BPA Free” on ALL canned foods.

High fives to Eden Organics for making my weekend just a little bit better—and to Canada for officially declaring BPA (bisphenol-A) toxic!!!

Organic Brainbow Nesting Arches

nimble-nester-stacking-arches.jpgWhat: Organic Brainbow Nesting Arches

Features: From Little Sapling Toys, a lovely set of stacking arches that are simple in appearance, yet perfect for young, developing minds. Kids can hone their balancing, fine motor and pattern-making skills with this timeless wooden set that can be passed on for generations because hello? NOT made from junky plastic.

Green Factor: Made out of maple, cherry and walnut; the arches are finished with a light beeswax and organic jojoba oil.

Bonus: For every toy sold, Little Sapling Toys plants a tree.

Find It Here: Little Sapling Toys

Back to School: Staple-Free Stapler

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What: Staple-free stapler

Features: This ingenious little tool stitches (up to five) pieces of paper together, eliminating the need for staples on packets containing five or less sheets. It’s cute, safe for smaller hands and it means that the days of having to pick staples out of page corners before recycling (or shredding) are over!

Green Factor: The staple-free stapler never needs to be refilled, makes paper recycling a bit easier.

Bonus: Greenraising offers eco-friendly fundraising items–check out their website for more information.

Find It Here: Greenraising

This Week’s Giveaway: LunchBots for Waste-Free Lunches

WIN: LunchBots for Waste-Free Lunches

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Features: Dishwasher safe stainless steel lunch containers that can be reused over and over for waste-free lunches.

Green Factor: They’re made from the highest quality stainless steel and contain no plastic, BPA, phthalates, or VOC’s and independently lab-certified to be lead-free.

Bonus: Use the following coupon code for 15% off an order from Lunchbots: BACKTOSCHOOL

Win It: One randomly selected winner will score a set of Uno and Duo Lunchbot containers! Just leave a comment telling us what you’d pack in a Lunchbot. Giveaway ends at midnight  8/27/10; $30 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules.

Extra Entries: Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and note in your comment that you tweeted the giveaway to receive an extra entry.

Green Round-Up: Back to School Edition

Non-Toxic Kids: Eco-Friendly Back to School 2010: Green Backpacks, Lunches, and Gear!

The Daily Green: Back to School Green Shopping Guide

Blisstree: Ten Green Back-to-School Supplies

Care2: Green Lunchboxes

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice: The 2010 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies

Inhabitots: Organic Nap Mats for Toddlers

Know of any other helpful posts about greening back-to-school time? Share them in the comments!

PS: Check back for a fabulous non-toxic back-to-school giveaway on Friday 8/20!!!

Favorite Things: Energizer Crank Flashlight

Energizer Weather Ready hand-crank carabineer LED  flashlightI bought the Energizer Weather Ready Carabineer Crank Flashlight a little over a year ago for my daughter’s Brownie camping trip. We have a few other flashlights but they always seemed to be missing when we needed one and if you’ve ever let your kids use flashlights, you know they have a tendency to leave them on and kill the batteries.

Of course, we do have a ton of rechargeable batteries around here, but they’re always in use and I was tired of doing the battery shuffle every time we needed some so a flashlight that relied on hand power (because it’s pretty hard to misplace your hands!) seemed like a logical choice.

Well, over a year later, I’m here to tell you that our little hand-crank LED flashlight is still going strong. It’s never needed batteries plus it’s survived two camping trips, a road trip, many household adventures and well, it’s survived my kids, so I’m declaring it a very wise purchase on my part!

(Now, we got ours at Target and I saw them a few months back in my local store but I didn’t see this exact model on their web site so I’m linking to Amazon—but you probably can find them at Target or at a home improvement store.)

Find It Here: Amazon.com

Folding Chopstick Basket

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Features: It’s a folding basket made entirely of recycled wooden chopsticks! After being thoroughly sanitized and dyed with tea, the chopsticks are fashioned in to a stylish little basket that folds almost completely flat when not in use.

Green Factor:  After spending several years in China, American designer Brian Parks saw the waste, as well as the potential, of single-use wooden chopsticks and put them to good use instead of in the trash.

Bonus: 10% of the sales from this item are donated to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Find It Here: Eco-artaware.com

PVC-Free School Supplies

pvcfreebanner2.jpgWhat: The 2010 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies by The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)

Features: Lists of the most common back-to-school supplies made out of toxic PVC and safer PVC-free product alternatives in over 20 product categories.

Green Factor: Many children’s school supplies, such as lunchboxes, backpacks and binders, are made out of PVC—a toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment. The CHEJ guide, in PDF format, helps you avoid it.

Bonus: Comes in regular and wallet-sized versions.

Find It Here:  CHEJ

BPA-Free Ice Pop Molds

bpa-free-popsicle-molds.gifWhat: Set of 4 silicone ice pop molds

Features: Molds have a tapered design that makes ice pops easy to eat; 3.5 oz. size is perfect for little hands!

Green Factor: BPA, PVC and phthalate-free and you can use your own healthy ingredients instead of the high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors/flavors found in most store-bought ice pops and popsicles.

Bonus: Dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, and microwave safe and the silicone is naturally bacteria resistant.

Find It Here: The Soft Landing

The Eco Cup

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Features: Made of double-walled porcelain to keep beverages hot and has a matching silicone sleeve to keep hands cool and a silicone lid.

Green Factor: Bringing your own cup to your favorite coffee place or to work can keep a LOT of nasty styrofoam cups out of the waste stream and save trees by eliminating use of paper cups and sleeves and silicone features are non-toxic.

Bonus: They come in three cool graphic patterns and they’re reasonably priced.

Find It Here: Amazon.com