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A Green Nursery on a Budget

We all want a safe haven for our babies and giving them an eco-friendly space of their own is surely at the top of any green mom’s list BUT…we all know green can also cost a lot of green.

Fortunately, with a little creativity, perseverance and time, you can give your bundle of joy safe, eco-friendly accommodations without spending a fortune and I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to get started!

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Glassen Insulated Reusable Travel Mug

glassen insulated coffee mugWhat: Grosche Glassen insulated glass travel mug

Features: This 12oz  travel mug is handmade of double-walled glass which helps keep your beverages hot. It has no metal or plastic parts and is a better fit for car drink holders than a standard coffee mug.

Green Factor: It’s made of glass so there is no leaching of chemicals into your beverages and the lid and grip are made of food-safe silicone. Since it’s reusable, you can also forgo the yucky styrofoam poison cups.

Bonus: Right now they’re 40% off at Amazon.com.

Editors Note: I got one of these for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t leak and my coffee stays piping hot!

Find It Here: Amazon

 

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Bamboo Owl Family Mobile

What: Funky, modern room decor by children’s artist, Lorena Siminovich

Features: From the non-profit, Petit Collage, these adorable owls are laser cut from bamboo plywood and handcrafted by adults with disabilities in San Francisco.

Green Factor: Made from sustainably harvested bamboo.

Bonus: These come in several motifs such as zoo, jungle and forest animals, elephant family and retro-style birdies.

Find It Here: Amazon.com or Jillybean Green

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Green Tips for Back-to-School

Greener Lunch

  • Pack your child’s lunch in reusable containers and use reusable water bottles. In doing so, you can help reduce the huge amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
  • Ask your kids’ school to source sustainable foods for cafeteria lunches, including locally grown or Rainforest Alliance Certified™ produce.
  • Pack fruit as a healthy alternative to chips, and you also save on the wasteful packaging!
  • If your school has a garden, consider collecting organic material in a compost bin in the cafeteria and creating fertilizer from lunchtime waste.

Greener Transport

  • Have your kids walk or ride their bikes to school if possible. Not only does this help reduce carbon emissions, but it is also good exercise for all of you
  • If you live too far from the school to make walking or bike riding an option, have your kids catch the school bus as opposed to driving them.
  • If you have to drive, arrange a carpool with other parents. Not only will this help reduce emissions, but it will also help minimize your gas costs.

Greener Waste

  • Remind your children to use both sides of the page when they’re writing or printing.
  • Don’t forget to recycle your own paper waste. Ask your kids’ school to start classroom and cafeteria recycling programs if they don’t already have them.

Greener Supplies

  • Save money and trees by purchasing textbooks second-hand.
  • Don’t throw away old text books — sell or donate them instead!
  • Try to use school supplies from last year; your kids don’t need new supplies every year!
  • Use refillable pens made from recycled plastic.
  • Use pencils made from Forest Stewardship Council certified wood.
  • Reuse last year’s backpacks and lunchboxes if they are still in good condition.
  • Choose recycled and/or Forest Stewardship Council / Rainforest Alliance Certified paper.

Greener Education

Thanks to The Rainforest Alliance for kindly providing these tips (I added a few of my own)

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Win: Peekinz with Pockets

What: Peekinz baby clothing

Features: Peekinz sleepers, onesies, pants and rompers features a special pocket in back that allows for quick and easy diaper checks…because sometimes? You’re just not sure!

Green Factor: Peekinz clothing is made in Canada from soft, sustainable bamboo.

Bonus: $5 shipping to anywhere in Canada and the US—a great shower gift!

Find It Here: Peekinz Baby

Win It: We’ve partnered with Peekinz to give away one of their bamboo sleepers! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter PK11 as the giveaway name and tell us three advantages of using bamboo for clothing, according to Peekinz. Giveaway ends at midnight on 4/10/11; $34 value. Open to residents of all countries. Official Rules.

Extra Entries: Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and note, along with your answer, that you tweeted the giveaway (include your Twitter name) to receive an extra entry.

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The Bamboo 3 Pod

What: Bamboo device charging station

Features: The Bamboo 3 Pod has three built-in slots to hold your cell phone, PDA, mp3 player or camera. The sliding front door allows you to conceal a 10″ or smaller power strip (not included) and all the charging cords in one area so you can avoid ugly cord spaghetti messes.

Green Factor: Made of sustainable, renewable bamboo. Also, using a power strip means there is only one thing to turn off when you’re not charging. Why turn it off? Because chargers are energy vampires that continue to draw power even when they’re not hooked up to anything!

Bonus: Can also be wall-mounted (drywall screws are included). We think it would make a great Father’s Day gift for the digital dad in your life!

Find It Here: Great Useful Stuff

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TrueBody Soaps

What: TrueBody bar soaps

Features: TrueBody soaps are lye-free and made from only five ingredients. They are also free of scents and masking ingredients and low in glycerine so they last longer than 100% glycerine bar soaps.

Green Factor: TrueBody soaps comes in a 3-pack to minimize packaging, are made from sustainably sourced palm and coconut oil, are made with natural ingredients and free of any synthetic preservatives.

Bonus: TrueBody soaps are made in the USA.

Find It Here: TrueBody soaps can be found at some Whole Foods stores and online at Amazon.

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Giiv = Easy and Awesome

What: Giiv

Features: Enables you to give someone a gift (like a gift card) via text message or email. It’s GENIUS!

Green Factor: Think of how many plastic gift cards are purchased each year—millions! That’s a LOT of plastic. Giiv cuts out the plastic and just leaves the gift with no waiting, shipping or mailing—it really couldn’t be easier or greener!

Bonus: You can use Giiv to donate to charities OR even regift a Giiv gift!

Find It Here: Giiv

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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.

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WIN: Glee Gum

What: Glee Gum

Features: All-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners or preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle.

Green Factor: Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Conventional gum is generally made entirely from synthetic gum material. Chicle harvesting helps prevent rainforests (the lungs of our planet!) from being destroyed.

Bonus: Glee Gum’s packaging is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard.

Find It Here: Glee Gum

Win It: We’ve partnered with Glee Gum to give away 20 packs of all-natural, eco-friendly Glee Gum, plus an activity kit to make your own chewing gum! Just use the store locator and leave a comment telling us where your nearest Glee Gum retailer can be found. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/15/10; $31 value. Open to residents of the continental US only. Official Rules. Contest Closed. Congrats to Holly!

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Simple Shoes for Toddlers

What: Simple Shoes for toddlers

Features: Adorable toddler shoes that are stylish, character-free and washable!

Green Factor: Made with organic cotton, hemp, eco-certified suede, natural and recycled non-marking rubber and water-based glues. Simple also follows “Ethical Supply Chain” guidelines.

Bonus: Simple also makes earth/people-friendly shoes for infants, kids and adults.

Find It Here: Simple Shoes

This Week’s Giveaway: Truly Organic Baking

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Back to School: Staple-Free Stapler

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What: Staple-free stapler

Features: This ingenious little tool stitches (up to five) pieces of paper together, eliminating the need for staples on packets containing five or less sheets. It’s cute, safe for smaller hands and it means that the days of having to pick staples out of page corners before recycling (or shredding) are over!

Green Factor: The staple-free stapler never needs to be refilled, makes paper recycling a bit easier.

Bonus: Greenraising offers eco-friendly fundraising items–check out their website for more information.

Find It Here: Greenraising

This Week’s Giveaway: LunchBots for Waste-Free Lunches

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