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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

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