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Rebagz

tietote.jpgWhat: Tie Tote from Rebagz

Features: Rebagz produces one-of-a-kind handbags, totes, backpacks, wrist wallets and more that range from fun and funky to sleek and glamorous.

Green Factor: Each bag is hand-woven using recycled juice packs and rice sacks, which means they’re all completely unique.

Bonus:  All of Rebagz’s products are made using recycled materials, under fair labor conditions. As well as donating proceeds from their Statement Makers line to various organizations, they also give $1 from every order to Global Exchange.

Find It Here: Rebagz

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The Titi Collection

freshtulip2.jpgWhat: Titi Collection

Features: A fashionable, functional line of clothing made exclusively for nursing mothers—blouses, hoodies and gowns are made from stretch silk and feature a built-in Italian lace bra

Green Factor: Each item is created using salvaged fabric

Bonus: As opposed to factory production, all garments are sewn by a local seamstress

Find It Here: Titi Collection

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Fig Leaf Baby

logo.pngHaving a preemie was something I never had to worry about when it came time to deliver—both of my kids were a week late and required an eviction via a Pitocin drip. A good friend of mine, however, went in to labour over a month early; the end result was a tiny baby girl who weighed in at just over five pounds. “She’s just so small,” I remember her telling me a few days later. “And I don’t have any clothes that fit her.”

I felt for my friend. There I was, with my nine-pound butterball baby boy who wore 3-6 month onesies from the get-go, and she was struggling to find sleepers her new daughter wouldn’t swim in. If only I’d known about Fig Leaf Baby then, I could have pointed her in the right direction!

Fig Leaf Baby is a line of baby clothes that specializes in preemie sizes. Their products are made from 100% Peruvian Prima cotton (they are slated to be made from organic cotton next spring) and colored with organic dyes. Fig Leaf Baby has hats, onesies, leggings and kimono dresses for the preemie set, with bodysuits displaying embroidered catchphrases like Preemie Donna, Early Bird and N.I.C.U. Alumni. They may be smaller, but just like their mamas, even preemies deserve cute, eco-friendlier clothing that fits well!

Find It Here: Fig Leaf Baby

New! Miss Britt’s August column is up over on our blog. Be sure to check it out give her a little comment love :)

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Bend-the-Rules Sewing

bendtherulessewing2.jpgMy new favorite hobby is sewing. Granted, I have yet to dust off the old Singer I bought ten years ago and never learned to use, but I just know it’s going to be my new favorite hobby. I have this itch to make something with my hands, something not purchased in a store, something of my own creation. My new beginner’s handbook is Bend-the-Rules Sewing. Written by the popular blogger and craft goddess, Amy Karol (known as Angry Chicken to her blog fans), Bend-the-Rules Sewing is the perfect book for the beginning seamstress. If you know absolutely nothing about sewing, this book would serve as a great primer. Read the first few pages and you’ll already know the sewing lingo and the exact supplies you need to get started. But what I love, love, love the most about this book are the incredibly hip projects. From cute handbags and aprons to cloth napkins and scalloped baby blankets, this book provides instructions for thirty projects with beautiful colorful pictures of each. Every time I flipped to a new page, I thought, “I want to make that!” and then I’d flip to the next page and think the same thing again! And really, what could be greener than making your own stuff, right? It’s sew true. Heh.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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Last Minute Gift Idea: Muffatees!

ssmuffatees0.jpgAs someone born and raised in a warm part of California, I must say that when it comes to cold, I am a wimp. I admit it. I no likey the cold. And that means that when it dips below 70 degrees, I’m pulling out my jacket, gloves, scarf…and now….my muffatees too! Muffatees are these really cool fingerless gloves designed to give coverage to that little space between the top of your mitten and your jacket sleeve….because no one likes cold wrists, right?! Hand-knit by a woman’s collective in Peru, muffatees are made of super soft alpaca wool and available in sizes for mamas and children/toddlers. At $20 and under, they might just be the perfect holiday gift for the girlfriend/co-worker/niece/nephew that you need a present for, but just weren’t sure what to get. And if you pick up a pair for yourself, we’ll totally understand.

Find It Here: Go Baby 

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Teething Bling!

babybling0044.jpgQuite possibly the fastest way to attract the attention of an infant is to wear jewelry.  I mean how many times have you had to gently pry your little one’s bionic-baby grip from your favorite necklace?  I’m here to tell you the fight is over. Teething Bling by SmartMom is made for moms to wear and infants to tug and chew.  Personal testimony here—the necklace occupied my little one for almost 30 minutes straight.  Amazing. The jewelry is made from non-toxic, phthalate, BPA and PVC free materials.  Beautiful, practical and eco-friendly!  Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe. The necklace also features a breakaway clasp and is available in a variety of stylish colors and two shapes: donut and heart. SmartMom also features matching bangles and keychains made from the same non-toxic materials—because it never hurts to be both prepared and stylin’.

Find It Here: Heavenly Hold

Deal: 10% off from Heavenly Hold with coupon code WEARME! Expires 12/31/08.

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Swooning Over Squishy Sushi

il_430xn33270025.jpgWhen I was in Italy many years ago, I fell in love with Venetian glass pendants. I had to buy one for everyone I knew! The same thing happened to me recently when I stumbled upon these recycled scrabble pendants from Squishy Sushi. I met the San Francisco-based owner and jewelry designer herself at a local craft fair in California where I promptly purchased the most beautiful pendant which I plan to give away (reluctantly!) as a Christmas gift to my sister-in-law. The pendants remind me of the Venetian glass pendants I loved so much, yet they have a decidedly oriental, rather than Italian, flair. Also, the fact that they are designed and hand-made right here in the U.S.A out of old scrabble pieces and recycled papers and magazines makes them totally eco-friendly and fun too – flip ‘em over and you’ll find the scrabble letter! At only six dollars each, including the coordinated gift box, I’d say these are one of my best finds of the year.

Find It Here: Squishy Sushi

Deal! Receive free shipping on any purchase until 10/31/08. Plus, just for GMF readers, receive a free necklace with purchase – simply mention that you were referred by GMF in the notes to the seller.










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Rockin’ the Lip Balm

thumbnailimg.gifI’m pretty choosy when it comes to what I put on my kisser and you can call me crazy if you want but I don’t like the idea of lead — or any other toxic substance for that matter — in something I put on my lips. Now that we’re heading into the fall/winter season, I have been on the lookout for a good lip balm and I’ve definitely found it in Rockstar Baby Organics Lip Balm. Packaged in a slim little stick about the size of my index finger, this lip balm smells and works great and we’re most impressed with what’s NOT in it: parabens, petrochemicals and artificial colors. We also like that Rockstar Lip Balm is only $3.99. So pucker up, baby — this rockin’ lip balm is so awesome you’ll want to kiss it.

Find It Here: Cooler Choices

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Momz Love Momzelle

product_31_opening.jpgAs a self-proclaimed “lactivist”, I’m all for breastfeeding in public, whenever and wherever needed. In fact, I don’t even mind whipping my breast out uncovered if need be (really!).  Typically, though, I use a nursing cover.  But now I have an even better option — Momzelle’s breastfeeding apparel. Made in Canada of 100% organic cotton, Momzelle’s simple black nursingwear pieces make breastfeeding convenient and stylish. And when I read that they are “designed to flatter the postpartum figure,” I was like SOLD!!! Plus, they are made for moms by a mom (bonus points) and they are eco-friendly and made ethically. Above all, no one will ever guess that you’re wearing a nursing top  —  that is, until you pull down that flap :)

Find It Here: Momzelle

Win It! We’re giving away an organic v-neck nursing top by Momzelle. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “MZ55” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite product available from Momzelle? U.S. and Canadian residents eligible. Enter by 9/29/08. Contest closed. Congrats Lisa!

Green Mom Discount! $5 off every purchase when the code “WGMF” is entered. Code valid until 10/22/08.

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Pretty Minus the Poison

n_1.jpgWhile I’m not much of a girly-girl, I confess to preferring my toenails polished over au naturale. My daughter, however, is far more fascinated by polished nails and asks me all the time to paint hers for her. There was a time when I would reluctantly give in and paint her nails with one coat of very light pink but after I found out how toxic nail polish actually is, I had to stop painting her fingernails and my toenails. Fortunately, there are now alternatives to conventional nail polish that are free of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde and toluene. According to the Breast Cancer Fund web site:

All three chemicals are on California’s Prop. 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Studies have linked DBP to underdeveloped genitals and other reproductive system problems in newborn boys. DBP is banned from cosmetics products in the European Union but the FDA has taken no such action in the United States.

In addition, the U.S. National Toxicology Program says formaldehyde is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen. The EPA, meanwhile, restricts toluene in drinking water because it can cause nervous system disorders and damage the liver and kidneys. The FDA does not require that cosmetics products be tested for safety before they are sold.

After reading the above, I’m just damned glad I wasn’t painting my nails when I was pregnant with my son. I’m also glad somebody took the initiative to create Suncoat, an award-winning, quick-drying. water-based nail polish that doesn’t contain phthalates (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, acetates or FD&C dyes. And? It’s manufactured right here in North America. When I get my next pedicure, you can bet I’ll be bringing my Suncoat with me.

Find It Here: Suncoat

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Your Body Will Be Grateful

dftherapyntn.jpgMoisturizing daily is important for skin health — or so says my very astute and trustworthy esthetician friend. However, I find it disconcerting that so many moisturizers have synthetic ingredients that are downright toxic. Ugh! Who wants to put chemicals on their face every day? If you’re looking for a safer facial moisturizer, then check out Grateful Body’s Daily Facial Therapy. Available for dry, oily and normal skin types, it’s my all-time favorite facial lotion. Produced locally in California, the moisturizer gets a very low hazard score (a good thing!) from the Environmental Workging Group’s Cosmetic Safety Database. They are also a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and they do not test their products on animals. All of their products are vegetarian or vegan and they use recycled packaging and soy based inks. Oh and? Their moisturizer is really effective. I should know, I’ve been using it for over a year and I love it. At the risk of sounding a little un-green, I guess you could say, I’m sold.

Find It Here: Grateful Body

Congratulations to Meghan B., winner of a bottle of Grateful Body’s Daily Facial Therapy!

Deal: Receive 20% off your purchase at Grateful Body with code greenmom20. Valid through July 31, 2008.

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New Mamas (and Babies) Deserve Pampering

010.jpgAt almost every baby shower I’ve ever attended, the mom-to-be receives what seems like fifty zillion packages of newborn onesies. They’re nice to have, for sure, but original? Not so much. If you’re trying to find a unique gift idea for a baby shower, then check out these baby shower gift baskets by Love & Blessings. Started by mom of twins Victoria Loveland-Coen, Love & Blessings was founded with the philosophy of “nurturing the nurturer and caring for baby naturally, while lessening the toxic impact on our environment.” We love her philosophy and love her gift baskets even more! Individually crafted and assembled, each gift basket offers a unique selection of hip, earth-friendly products to nurture mama and baby. My personal favorite is The Ultimate Baby Bonding Gift Basket, which comes with a baby bonding book, baby bonding audiobook with guided relaxation, a nursing shawl, burp cloth, some Earth Mama Angel Baby products (all rated well on the Cosmetic Safety Database), and a little baby elephant rattle. You even customize your own gift basket if you want. Just choose the size basket you’d like, then shop their store for the perfect items to include. They will assemble the basket and ship it to you. It doesn’t get much any easier than that! And with plenty of natural, organic products to choose from, you’re only problem will be trying to figure out what not to put in your basket.

Find It Here: Love & Blessings

Congratulations to Kristinia, winner of a New Mama Nurture Basket by Love & Blessings worth more than $100! 

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