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Eco-Friendly Breast Milk Storage Bags

What: Honeysuckle Breast Milk Storage Bags

Features:  Durable, extra thick, leakproof milk storage bottles with a double zipper and ridged bottom to prevent spills

Green Factor:  BPA-free, phthalate-free, oxo-biodegradable and recyclable!

Bonus:  Honeysuckle also makes storage bags made to work with Ameda and Medela breast pumps

Find It Here: Amazon

 

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Eco-Friendlier Paper Straws

What:  Paper Straws

Features: Thick paper straws coated with food-grade wax to protect them from liquid. Yes, these are single-use items but if you are in a situation where you need straws and glass or steel straws are not an option (i.e. parties, large gatherings, house guests) this is a far better option than plastic straws, which are typically non-recyclable.

Green Factor: Biodegradable, compostable and made with food-grade soy inks

Bonus: Made in the USA by Aardvark Straws

Find It Here:  Amazon

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Six Things Your New Baby Doesn’t Need

When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought I had a good idea of what babies needed until I went to a baby superstore for the first time.

Suddenly, I was faced with a ridiculous number of options and every product was marketed to seem like it was the MUST HAVE item that no parent should be without. Any possible issue that a new mom might encounter had a handy product solution that would make life SO! MUCH! BETTER!

I’m embarrassed to admit I fell for all of it…hook, line and Diaper Genie. I just didn’t know any better and frankly, being green wasn’t even on my radar back then. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to realize how un-green my baby’s world was but not before I made a more than a few mistakes and wasted a lot of money.

Learn from my experience and don’t bother with these baby items. You can use the money you will save to get baby gear that is safer and more eco-friendly!
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Rosegarden Palace

What: A cardboard palace

Features: Made of recycled cardboard, this super cool castle comes with non-toxic markers so it can be colored however your child wishes. Approximate size 9″ x 11″.

Green Factor: Well, first and foremost, it’s not plastic! It’s also recyclable, as well as made of recycled materials, non-toxic and lead-free.

Bonus: The Rosegarden Palace can be folded up when it’s not being used!

Find It Here: Creative Toyshop

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Compostable Dinnerware

What: Compostable dinnerware

Features: Disposable plates, bowls, cups, utensils and more made from natural materials like bamboo, sugarcane, wheat straw and cornstarch that will biodegrade and are safe to compost.

Green Factor: None of it is made from plastic, which conserves fossil fuels and keeps plastic garbage from polluting our oceans or sitting in landfills for the next 500+ years

Bonus: Buy it in bulk at Amazon.com and save yourself some green.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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Bye Bye, Jack!

Every year, one billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the United States alone. That’s a LOT of organic material that will just go rot in the landfill if not disposed of naturally.

If you don’t have a compost bin, this is a great time to start one—with the remains of your holiday pumpkin! You can find directions on starting composting here.

If you already compost, here are some things to remember:

1) If you carved your pumpkin and got rid of all the flesh and seeds inside it, you don’t need to worry about that stuff. Just remember to remove any candles/wax.

2) If you didn’t carve your pumpkin, you should open it up and get out all the seeds because they can sprout in your compost bin/heap!

3) Cut or smash your pumpkin into pieces smaller than your fist, if possible. If your pumpkin had a thick, hard stem, it can take a long time for that to break down—you may want to leave the stem out.

4) Put the pumpkin pieces in your heap or bin and add some drier material like leaves or grass clippings.

5) Turn your compost as frequently as you normally would.

6) If you live in a cooler region, you may want to move your bin to a spot where it will get some sun every day.

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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

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This Little Piggy’s House

What: Cool cardboard playhouses

Features: The sturdy playhouses are made from 275 lb corrugated cardboard and boast fun, realistic architectural details. Made in the USA.

Green Factor: Made from 100% recycled cardboard and 100% recyclable.

Bonus: 5% of profits are donated to organizations that feed hungry children in the US and around the world.

Find It Here: This Little Piggy’s House

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Bamboo Alternative to Paper Plates

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What: Bamboo Veneerwear  by Bambu

Features: Available in sets of eight, these single-use plates come in three sizes (appetizer, salad and dinner plate) and are far sturdier (and more attractive!) than their disposable counterparts

Green Factor: While simply washing regular plates is the greenest option, if you require something disposable or less fragile, Veneerwear plates are made of 100% organically grown bamboo, peeled right from the stalk. They’re also compostable, biodegrading within four to six months, and FDA approved food-safe

Bonus: Veneerware was named Best Product Design by Fortune Magazine in 2004!

Find It Here: re:modern

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Whoops Bunny

whoops_bunny_play_makeup.jpgWhat: Whoops Bunny Natural Makeup Sticks

Features: Five twist-up tubes of brightly colored makeup for your little bunnies to play with, worry free!

Green Factor: Unlike most kids’ play makeup that’s loaded with nasty and sometimes toxic chemicals, Whoops Bunny is made from all natural, biodegradable ingredients such as raspberry extract—and the plastic tubes are recyclable, as well.

Bonus: Whoops Bunny makeup sticks are made right in the USA and manufactured with wind power.

Find It Here: Whoops Bunny

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Coconut Bowls

coconut-bowls.jpgWhat: Coconut Palm Bowls

Features: These brightly colored coconut shell bowls are absolutely delicious! Once the coconut meat and milk is harvested, the shells are cleaned, polished and coated with a food-safe lacquer. Each bowl is uniquely shaped; sets of four come in Mango, Cayenne, Basil Green and Spearmint Blue

Green Factor: Turning coconut shells from by-product waste to pretty dinnerware is a brilliant way to use what would otherwise be sent to the landfill

Bonus: These babies come from a totally renewable, sustainable resource and would make a fabulous wedding gift for your fave green couple!

Find It Here: re:modern

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Greener Diapering

nature_babycare_diapers.JPGWhat: Nature Babycare disposable diapers

Features: Earth friendly, award winning, high performance disposable diapers.

Green Factor: Nature Babycare diapers are made from chlorine-free absorbent materials and they contain no plastic, latex, fragrance or TBT (tributyl tin). They feature a 100% natural, biodegradable back sheet and come packaged in 100% compostable consumer packaging. The top seller on the ‘green diaper’ market, they’re competitively priced with conventional diapers.

Bonus: ecomom offers free shipping on orders of $75 and more within the US. Check their web site for details

Find It Here: ecomom

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