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

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Surf’s Up!

jellybeans2.pngWhat: Surf Sweets organic gummy candy and jelly beans

Features: An all-natural, organic candy that provides 100% of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake and includes Fruity Bears, Gummy Bears & Worms, Gummy Swirls, Jelly Beans and more.

Green Factor: Surf Sweets candy is made with all-natural, organic ingredients and none of the bad stuff like trans fats, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), corn syrups, gluten and artificial colors and synthetic flavors.

Bonus: Surf Sweets are USDA certified organic, made in the USA and three products (Fruity Bears, Gummy Swirls, and Sour Worms) are vegan. Their candy is produced in a facility free of wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Find It Here: Surf Sweets

Win It: We’ve partnered with Surf Sweets to give away a variety pack of Surf Sweets candy AND a Surf Sweets t-shirt to one lucky winner!

Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter SS05 as the giveaway name and tell us how many packages of Surf Sweet candy are pictured on the home page. Giveaway ends 05/19/10; $25 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules Giveaway has ended.

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Organics Have Gone to the Dogs

karma_organic_sm.jpgDog owners, you want your pet to have the very best, right? Consider this: because of his smaller size, your beloved Fido is more prone to the chemicals, hormones and additives found in conventional pet foods and supplies. Fortunately, the pet supply market does have safer, healthier organic and all-natural options for your canine furbabies.

Check out these awesome goods from Karma: organic, all-natural dog food and shampoo. Each seven-pound bag of kibble is made with 95% organic ingredients that are USDA Certified Organic, including fresh meats and whole grains, all-natural fruits and vegetables and complete vitamin and mineral supplements—same with the Vermont Soap Organics Pet Shampoo, too – it’s made with natural and organic essential oils and aloe vera (natural rosemary extract is the only preservative found in this shampoo). It’s hypoallergenic, free of petroleum and animal by-products, and it meets all USDA Organic Food Standards.

Food and shampoo for your dog, with no synthetic herbicides or pesticides, and no chemical preservatives or additives? We think that puts the WOW back in bow wow!

Find It Here: Alamo Organics

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Recycled Doggie Duds

scutteresized.jpgLet’s talk about clothes, specifically those of the canine variety. I’ve long thought that doggie attire was kind of ridiculous—there is nothing sillier, in my opinion, than the sight of Aunt Mabel’s preshus little Shih Tzu prancing around town in a little blue novelty sweater. I had to suck that opinion up last year, however, once I realized that my German Short Haired Pointer, Foxy, was going to need a sweater. With a coat as short as hers, it became apparent very quickly that she required some extra protection for walks during the winter months. I had no other choice but to tuck my tail between my legs and admit defeat as I walked out the pet store with a thick, fuzzy winter coat for Foxy.

Since then, I’ve changed my opinion about clothing for dogs, because let’s face it: some dogs truly need an extra layer (like Iggy, my in-laws’ beloved hairless rat dog Chinese Crested). But when nine million tons of clothing winds up in landfills on a yearly basis, I have a hard time with the idea of buying a  sweater for Fido when the chances are it’s going to become a part of that staggering statistic, too.

Enter Scutte (pronounced ‘scoot’), a new pet clothing company based out of San Francisco. The brainchild of Kira Stackhouse, Scutte creates unique sweaters, shirts and sweatshirts for dogs from vintage human clothing. Kira even recycles the leftover fabric, turning scraps in to cat toys and other accessories for our four-legged friends.

In addition to all of the aforementioned eco-friendly greatness, a portion of each purchase from Scutte goes to Muttville, a local senior dog rescue organization. So a purchase from Scutte not only helps prevent landfill waste, it benefits a rescue organization, too. Bow WOW!

Find It Here: Scutte

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Giveaway! Ecostore USA

us_group_cc-150x150.pngYou like green stuff, right? Yeah, we knew that about you guys (we haz powers!) and that’s why we’ve partnered with Ecostore USA to give away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader. Ecostore USA carries plant and mineral-based, non-toxic personal care stuff, baby stuff, household stuff and pet stuff and and it’s all “super concentrated” so that a little bit goes a long way and saves you some of that other kind of green.

Find It Here: Ecostore USA

Win It: We’re giving away a $25 gift certificate to Ecostore USA. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter ECO5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is the Ecostore USA slogan? Enter by 5/21/09. $25 value. Open to US and Canadian residents. Contest closed. Congratulations to Beth!

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The Truth About Pets & Chemicals

catdog.jpgWhen it comes to chemicals in the United States, there’s a common misconception that if something were dangerous, it wouldn’t be on the market. Fortunately, thanks to the work of organizations like Environmental Working Group, word is getting out that many chemicals are, in fact, not safe and, shockingly, many have never even been tested for safety — meaning the chemicals in your baby products, food, cosmetics and other household products are potentially harmful to you and your family’s long-term health. One area that hasn’t gotten quite so much press is how the various chemicals that are used by millions of people every day affect our beloved pets. Environmental Working Group has put together an excellent resource site on this very topic called Pets for the Environment and I’ve also come across a must-see short documentary about the effects of commonly used lawn chemicals on our companion animals — if you love your pets, and I know you do, please take a moment to watch The Truth About Cats, Dogs, and Lawn Chemicals and then visit Pets for the Environment for comprehensive info on how to safeguard your furry family members from chemical exposure. They’re counting on you!

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The Doggie Dooley

Doggie Dooley Pet Waste Digester SystemAs a green mom I’ve got food and yard waste composting down pat, but what about all of the waste that dear old Fido produces? Yep, I’m talking dog doo. It’s a rather unsavory topic but if you have a dog, the doo is part of the deal and since a “Va-poo-rizer” has yet to be invented, the Doggie Dooley Pet Waste Digester System might be the next best thing. Made of heavy-duty plastic, the Doggie Dooley is installed underground and opened using a foot operated lid opener. Like a miniature septic-tank, it’s odorless and reduces pet wastes to a ground absorbing liquid. The Doggie Dooley keeps pet waste out of landfills and best of all — out of your yard — because there’s almost nothing worse than stepping on a canine landmine (except stepping on a canine landmine and tracking it into your house. Ewww!)

Find it Here: Doggie Dooley Pet Waste Digester System

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The Gift of Green

toolkit_1_7item.jpgTrying to make lifestyle changes to lessen your impact on the environment may seem daunting at first, especially when you’re not sure where to begin. For the person in your life who wants to start on the path to a greener lifestyle and needs a little help getting started, consider giving them a boost with the Get Started Toolkit from Green Lemonaide. This environmentally friendly kit includes a Reusable Tote, a Smart Strip Surge Protector, a Tire Pressure Gauge, two Sink Aerators, two Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, a Shorter Shower Timer, and some biodegradable doggie “business” bags. With all of this, your giftee will be on the road to saving energy, natural resources and reducing carbon emissions in no time. You can’t say that about a fruit basket!

Find It Here: Green Lemonaide

Win It: Subscribe to Green Moms Monthly, our free e-newsletter and you will automatically be entered to win this gift basket. Current subscribers and new subscribers living in the U.S. are eligible.

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Hello Eco-Kitty

pet-ecology-perfect-litter.gifLiving in a multi-cat household, I was happy to learn that pet lovers like myself can now choose a biodegradable alternative in cat litter. Awarded “Best of the Best 2008” by the SPCA, Pet Ecology Perfect Litter is up to 70% lighter than regular litter and has a unique enzyme-based system of destroying odors instead of using irritating chemical-based fragrances. Perfect Litter’s key ingredients (vermiculite and perlite) are used in hydroponic gardening and safe enough for use in flower beds. Unlike clay litter, it’s also totally flushable, sewer-friendly and dissolves without impact to plumbing. Additionally, Perfect Litter helps monitor your cat’s urinary tract health and offers an early warning system for FLUTD (a common and potentially fatal disease) by turning different shades of pink as a sign of possible infection. You can join their mail order program or start practicing perfect pet ecology in March, when the company starts selling Perfect Litter in major pet stores.

Find It Here: Perfectlitter.com

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