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Does YOUR Juice Have Lead In It?

Green Mom Action Alert!The Environmental Law Foundation tested numerous juice samples earlier this year and found that 85% contained lead.

YES, LEAD—the stuff that damages the central nervous system, including the brain, and can produce anemia, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing loss and permanently lower IQ’s! Children are especially susceptible to lead as their bodies absorb more of the heavy metal.

To be fair, minute amounts of lead are found throughout the food chain, but I still find leaded juice completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, I’m not sure of a solution other than simply drinking more (filtered) water and less juice.

Please download this PDF and see if your brand(s) are listed and check how they ranked. Bear in mind that not every brand on the market was tested so if yours is not listed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe.

The Bye Bye Handy Shredder

What: Hand cranked paper shredder

Features: Paper shredder that uses people power to shred your sensitive documents.

Green Factor: Doesn’t need electricity, which I consider a big bonus because, in my experience, most electronic things die one day after their warranty period ends anyway. See also: Better for environment.

Bonus: It’s slim, easy to store and no ugly, annoying cord.

Find It Here: A+R Store

WIN: Organic Bamboo Hooded Towel

What: Organic bamboo velour baby bath towel

Features: Hooded organic bamboo towel is super soft and 3x more absorbent than cotton towels plus bamboo is naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

Green Factor: Bamboo is a highly renewable and sustainable resource and unlike cotton, does not require the heavy use of pesticides and herbicides.

Bonus: Towel has a neck strap that allows it to be worn across the body while bathing baby so you stay dry and you have both hands free!

Find It Here: Baby U R Precious

Win It: We’ve partnered with Baby U R Precious to give away 1 Organic Bamboo Hooded Towel to one randomly selected winner!

Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter BU10 as the giveaway name and tell us the size of the hooded towel and name one other item carried by Baby U R Precious. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/29/10; $40 value. Open to US and Canadian residents only. Official Rules.

Extra Entries: Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) to receive an extra entry.

Cornucopia Reports

What: Reports and ratings on organic dairy and eggs from The Cornucopia Institute

Features: These scorecards rates companies that market name-brand and private-label organic milk and eggs based on numerous criteria that are important to organic consumers. The scorecard showcases ethical family farms, and their brands, and exposes factory farm producers and brands in grocery store coolers that threaten to take over organic livestock agriculture.

Green Factor: Organic farming is far better for the planet and it’s inhabitants. Knowing who is doing it right and who isn’t helps consumers make informed choices.

Bonus: The Cornucopia Institute site is full of useful information about agricultural/food legislation and reports on a variety of food issues that affect all consumers. There are also scorecards on soy and infant formulas.

Find It Here: The Cornucopia Institute

Fit Pregnancy’s Best of the Web

The Green Mom Review is up for a Best of the Web award from Fit Pregnancy magazine in the Gear & Design category.

UPDATE: WE WON in the Gear and Design category!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us. We really appreciate it!

Find It Here: Fit Pregnancy

Lego Men Crayons

What: Lego Man Crayons

Features: Crayons molded into robot men and Lego pieces. A set comes with four of each. You can make color requests and they can also be personalized for party favors, gifts, stocking stuffers etc.

Green Factor: Made from recycled crayons.

Bonus: Check out all the other mega-cool recycled crayon shapes here!

Find It Here: Zeebree

Shop and Swap Kidswear at ThredUP

What: ThredUP

Features: ThredUp is a popular online service that helps parents everywhere swap kids clothing in a way that is super easy and convenient. No bidding and waiting to see if you win; no driving around to meet strangers from the classifieds. Get rid of what you don’t need and get what you DO need.

Green Factor: Clothing gets a second life with another child and the shipping boxes are reusable, too.

Bonus: Shipping is a flat $5 and ThredUP also swaps specialty items like costumes, sports gear, dance apparel and more. With Halloween coming up, it’s a great way to get costumes for practically nothing—find out more about National Costume Swap Day (typically runs through the month of October).

Find It Here: ThredUP

This Week’s Giveaway: Glee Gum

Sun Chips Compostable Bags Scrapped

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, Frito-Lay is pulling the biodegradable, compostable Sun Chips bag  they recently debuted because people complained that it’s “too noisy”.

Yes—people took the time to make viral videos “poking fun” at the new bags and lodged “fierce complaints” on social-networking sites about the noisier packaging and in response to the complaints and a drop in sales, Frito-Lay decided to scrap, (for all but one flavor), the groundbreaking bag  that used a polymer made from renewable plants rather than petroleum.

What does it say about Americans’ priorities that we are more concerned about the crinkly sound of a Sun Chips bag than keeping bags that will be here for hundreds of years out of the waste stream?

To be fair, the bags ARE noisy but not so much that it deters me from buying the product. In any case, there’s hope for noisy compostable snack bags, as evidenced by the quieter, more paper-like bag used by Boulder Canyon products which is made from wood pulp instead of corn starch.

In related news, I watched Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage last night on CNBC. I recommend everyone watch it and see what happens to your trash after it leaves your curb.

Find It Here: The Wall Street Journal

Johnny Patch

What: Johnny Patch

Features: Iron-on denim patches made from recycled jeans. They come in a variety of denim colors, textures and styles.

Green Factor: Old jeans get a new life as patches while you extend the life of your fave jeans.

Bonus: Free shipping!

Find It Here: Johnny Patch

WIN: Glee Gum

What: Glee Gum

Features: All-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners or preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle.

Green Factor: Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Conventional gum is generally made entirely from synthetic gum material. Chicle harvesting helps prevent rainforests (the lungs of our planet!) from being destroyed.

Bonus: Glee Gum’s packaging is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard.

Find It Here: Glee Gum

Win It: We’ve partnered with Glee Gum to give away 20 packs of all-natural, eco-friendly Glee Gum, plus an activity kit to make your own chewing gum! Just use the store locator and leave a comment telling us where your nearest Glee Gum retailer can be found. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/15/10; $31 value. Open to residents of the continental US only. Official Rules. Contest Closed. Congrats to Holly!