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Kangaroom Recycle Bags

reusable tall recycle bagsWhat: Reusable recycling bags

Features: Tall, stand-on-their-own reusable, washable bags with reinforced handles to store and tote your recycling.

Green Factor: Made from recycled materials.

Bonus: A bargain at $12.99 for two bags—also great for lawn clippings.

Find It Here: Great Useful Stuff

Organic Valley Coupons

It’s Coupon Thursday here at The Green Mom Review! Okay, not really—I just made that up on the fly. But maybe we will do Coupon Thursdays. You never know. We’re wacky and unpredictable like that.

On this particular Thursday, however, we do have a line on some good Organic Valley coupons and since it’s one of MY preferred brands of organic milk and butter, I’m excited and I thought maybe you’d be excited, too!

It’s pretty easy—you need your printer turned on and stocked with paper BEFOREHAND because if the print job fails, it still counts as a printed coupon. Just go to the Organic Valley coupon page, check off all the items you’d like coupons for, fill out the info on the next page and then you print them. NOTE: you have to install a coupon printer app but it takes less than a minute. Thanks Organic Valley!

Find It Here: Organic Valley

Kids Garden in a Bag

What: A complete garden kit in a bag

Features: This kit contains everything needed to grow flowers in the bag, plus the outside is made to be colored so every child’s bag garden is unique.

Green Factor: Once the plant outgrows the bag, it can be re-planted in a pot and continue to grow. Plants absorb carbon and release oxygen plus they look pretty, teach kids about nature and with any luck, will help instill a love for gardening.

Bonus: Made in Idaho (see also: not made in China).

Find It Here: Branch

Favorite Things: Organic BPA-Free Soups

My son loves to eat. Eating is not a problem. It’s WHAT he will eat that drives me bonkers at about 6:30pm every evening. In other words…he’s a picky eater. One thing he does love without question, however, is tomato soup—he would eat it every single day if he could, preferably with one of my “bestest ever” grilled cheese sandwiches.

When I first started making him tomato soup, Campbell’s was carried a non-canned box version and it was perfect. I could cook some just for him without opening a whole can and refrigerate the rest and because it was in a Tetra-Pak, it was free of the BPA found in almost all can linings. Then one day the boxes of Campbell’s tomato soup disappeared from my store shelves, never to return.

We went months without any tomato soup and in that time, I fielded a lot of forlorn requests for my son’s fave food. I didn’t know what to do but I knew I didn’t want to serve the canned stuff because the acid in tomato products causes the BPA to leech out of the can liners and right into the food itself.

On a lark, I decided to try one of the other boxed soups in the organic section of the grocery store. At the time, they didn’t have any tomato so I hesitantly got some organic creamy butternut squash soup by Pacific Natural Foods instead and tucked it away in my cabinet. One day when I found myself completely out of any fruits or vegetables to have with dinner and decided to serve the butternut squash soup. My kids? THEY LOVED IT! BOTH OF THEM! This was huge because usually if you find something awesome that one kid loves, there’s some universal law that insures the other will not.

So, I bought the butternut squash a few more times and then one day, the soup gods smiled upon me for right there, on the shelf, was Pacific Natural Foods organic creamy TOMATO SOUP!!! in the BPA-free box. Very long story short—I bought it, we ate it, everyone including my son loved it!

Since then, I keep a variety of Pacific organic boxed soups in my cabinet, including organic chicken broth, which I use in various recipes and to make (semi) homemade chicken soup and my son has tomato soup just about whenever he wants it, totally free of hormone-disrupting BPA.

Find It Here: Pacific Natural Foods can be found in most organic grocery sections, at natural food stores, Whole Foods and in money-saving bulk at Amazon.com.

Bonus: Get coupons from Pacific

Update: I’m not sure of the accuracy of this article on the safety (or lack thereof) of Tetra-Paks but it’s worth sharing. You can read and decide for yourself.

REMAKE IT! Magazine Envelopes

What: Envelope making kit

Features: This nifty kit contains everything you need to remake scrap paper such as magazine pages, sheet music, maps, posters, comic books and more into mailable works of art in the form of envelopes.

Green Factor: You recycle paper you already have into fun, creative envelopes instead of using brand new ones!

Bonus: Kit comes with 2 envelope templates, a greeting card template, stickers and mailing labels.

Find It Here: Karma Kiss

Din Din Smart

What: Divided platter for kids

Features: Din Din Smart’s adorably fun divided platter is made of stainless steel and shaped like a super cute school bus. Equally awesome, the five compartments keep food from sliding and mixing. Confession: I dig these so much  that I kind of want one for myself.

Green Factor: These non-toxic platters are BPA, PVC, phthalate and lead-free. Made with high quality food grade 304 stainless steel, they’re durable and can be passed on when your kids outgrow them.

Bonus: Din Din Smart platters are dishwasher safe and stain-resistant.

Find It Here: Innobaby

Organic Catnip Toys

What: Organic catnip toys

Features: Cat toys made with fresh certified organic catnip; lined for extra durability

Green Factor: Made with certified organic fibers. Free of dyes, toxins, plastics and synthetic fillers.

Bonus: Made in the USA

Find It Here: Purrfect Play

A Year’s Worth of Green

What: 365 Ways to Live Green: Your Everyday Guide to Saving the Environment book

Features: Is being more green one of your New Year’s resolutions? Not sure where to start? This book might be just what you need to get the year started off on the eco-friendliest foot possible! It also comes in an electronic version so you can download it to an e-reader and save a few trees.

Green Factor: It gives you a year’s worth of ways to live green every day!

Bonus: If you have an iPhone, there is a 365 Ways to Live Green app. Check it out here!

There is also a similar book just for kids (by a different author), 365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play–Every Day!

Find It Here: Amazon.com