Great Green Gifts Under $21

Stainless Steel Straws

These stainless steel straws are practical, durable alternatives to plastic straws. They have all the functionality of the bendy disposable straws without the waste and they also look pretty cool!  Made of 18/10 stainless steel. $9.95 for set of 4.

Bonus: $4.95 flat rate shipping with code “BELLS”

Find It Here: Reuseit


Did you know the average person uses between 2,400 and 3,000 paper towels a year? Tote these reusable alternatives to paper towels instead. Made from 100% certified organic Fair Trade cotton, these extra-absorbent and lightweight hand towels are made to curb your paper towel usage at the gym, work, in the car or in public facilities. Comes with their own bag for portability. Set of 2 for $16

Bonus: Printed with non-toxic dyes

Find It Here: Uncommon Goods

3D Garden Pinwheels

A modern spin on the traditional garden fixture, these stainless steel stunners add fun and style to your landscape. Designed in Germany. 2 sizes available for $16-$20

Find It Here:  Uncommon Goods





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Greener Entertaining

Parties are notorious for consumption and waste but there are things you can do to green your party and be kinder to the environment. Remember, going green is not an all or nothing proposition—do what you can and it’ll help in the long run.

Recycle: Don’t let a party keep you from recycling. Provide plenty of refuse containers for garbage and recyclables and label them so that it is clear what kind of waste goes in it. The best containers are those that require some action or thought on the part of the user, like lifting a lid, stepping on a pedal or opening a cabinet (trust me, I got a masters degree in this stuff).

This simple act forces your guests to think and notice your recycling sign. If you have these types of containers and label them correctly, you’ll limit misplaced items. If you don’t, just use any containers and label the heck out of it. You’ll still get misplaced items but it’s better than nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

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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

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From Our Inbox

Parent Earth is a fun, informative site that features videos on various aspects of food for families, eco-friendly living, recipes and more. Check it out!

GrowingHero’s Héro plushies aren’t just super cute and unique dolls for girls and boys—they’re also made from organic cotton and hypoallergenic alpaca felt.

Reuseit.com (formerly reusablebags.com) has a new rebranded site that carries reusables for every part of your life. Get 20% off your Reuseit.com purchase of $50 or more for the next seven days with this code –> GREENMOM

HippeKingdom’s eco-friendly jewelry is made from clay, recycled paper and thread. We love the paper dragonfly earrings!

Dropps eco-friendly laundry tabs are now available at Target! Click here to download a $1 off coupon (Read our feature on Dropps if you’re not familiar with them!)

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Unpaper Towels

What: Non-paper towels

Features: A single layer of soft, absorbent birdseye cotton fabric meant to be used like a paper towel.

Green Factor: Similar in size, shape and weight to paper towels, these quick drying towels are made to wash and reuse yet their light weight and size don’t noticeably add to a load of laundry.

Bonus: You can also get  handmade towel dispensers in a variety of colors.

Find It Here: Made in the Red Barn

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WIN: Reusable Birthday Banners

What: Reusable happy birthday banners

Features: These festive 14 foot long banners are bright, colorful and reusable year after year!

Green Factor: Banners are reusable and made of felt instead of plastic like most banners you’ll find at the party superstore.

Bonus: Crafted by artisans in the socially responsible Aid to Artisans trade network

Find It Here: EcoPartyTime

Win It: We’ve partnered with EcoPartyTime to give away one 14 foot felt Happy Birthday banner to one randomly selected winner! Just leave a comment telling us which of the two 14 foot banners you like best and what other banners are offered by EcoPartyTime. Giveaway ends at midnight on 11/12/10; $32 value. Open to residents of the continental US only. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Cindi!

Extra Entries: Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and note in a second comment that you tweeted the giveaway to receive an extra entry.

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wrap-n-mat.jpgWhat: Wrap-n-Mat

Features: A reusable sandwich wrap and a place mat, all in one—the Wrap-n-Mat is perfect for meals on the go. It’s easy to clean; simply hand wash and hang to dry. (Tip: Get two so you can use one while the other is drying).

Green Factor: The lining is made with a low-density polyethylene, which is free of phthalates, lead and BPA. It’s estimated that every school day, 20,000,000 plastic baggies are used and discarded—Wrap-n-Mats are a great alternative to disposable plastic packaging!

Bonus: Available in regular and large sizes. Check out the web site for colors, patterns and other reusable products

Find It Here: Wrap-n-Mat

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WIN: LunchBots for Waste-Free Lunches

lunchbots_duo.jpgWhat: LunchBots

Features: Dishwasher safe stainless steel lunch containers that can be reused over and over for waste-free lunches.

Green Factor: They’re made from the highest quality stainless steel and contain no plastic, BPA, phthalates, or VOC’s and independently lab-certified to be lead-free.

Bonus: Use the following coupon code for 15% off an order from Lunchbots: BACKTOSCHOOL

Win It: One randomly selected winner will score a set of Uno and Duo Lunchbot containers! Just leave a comment telling us what you’d pack in a Lunchbot. Giveaway ends at midnight  8/27/10; $30 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules.

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

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Snack Attack in a Sack

Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic baggy? If so, you need to check out The Snack Sack. This fantastic cloth cover and stainless steel bowl set-up will allow you to bag almost any snack you would normally place in a ziploc bag. Perfect for apples, oranges, grapes, raisins, crackers and more, The Snack Sack was created to help reduce the amount of contact our children’s food has with plastic each day. An added plus: the sack is petrochemical-free as well as washable and you’ll feel great knowing that you’ve done your part to reduce the number of plastic baggies not degrading in our landfills.

Find It Here: The Snack Sack

Congratulations to lucky winner, Alecia O. of Texas, winner of her very own snack sack!

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Eco with an Edge

gh-skullbag-2t.jpgJust because we’re green doesn’t necessarily mean we all want to carry the same reusable bags, right? Of course not. So for those of you who want a little more edge with your eco-consciousness, Get Hip Get Green brings to the masses this cool and totally NOT girly-mannish reusable black bag with a green skull emblazoned upon it. Unique design aside, there are some other reasons to love Get Hip Get Green’s bags — they’re made from 100% recycled plastic and for each bag sold, Get Hip Get Green will make a donation to the children’s environmental group “The Green Ambassadors.” Very cool, indeed.

Find it Here: Greenloop

Congratulations Stephanie, Monet and Steph, participants in the Eco Moms ACT Eliminate Plastic Bags Challenge for February and random-draw winners of a Greenloop bag!

Win It Again: You will also be entered to win three Greenloop bags (various styles, all hip and reusable of course!), as well as a bunch of other fab prizes, just by subscribing to our newsletter this month!

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