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Action Alert: Toxic Susbtances

All children should be able to have a healthy start and yet too many are exposed to harmful chemicals in everyday products. The US is long overdue to modernize our chemical policies—it’s been OVER THIRTY YEARS. Thousands of new and unregulated chemicals have been created in that time and they’re all around us.

Our outdated system and weak chemical policies leave children exposed to countless toxic chemicals every day that put our families at risk for cancer, learning disabilities, infertility, and more. Tell Congress to get moving and update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The health and welfare for our most vulnerable citizens MUST be a priority.

Take action by clicking the link below and filling out the form to quickly send a personalized message to your Member of Congress and Senators based on your address. It couldn’t be easier and will only take a minute of your time. Thank you!

Take Action Now: MomsRising

Upcycled Awesomeness

What: Upcycled Designs

Features: Fun, funky, one of a kind kids wear that you won’t see anywhere else.

Green Factor: They reuse, refashion and upcycle clothing that would potentially end up in a landfill and give it a second life as cool clothing you can’t get at a big box store.

Bonus: Upcycled Designs accepts custom requests!

Find It Here: Upcycled Designs

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

Giveaway Ending Today: Truly Organic Baking

Easy Liquid Soap Recipe

To make liquid soap by the half gallon the easy way, just follow this simple recipe that uses no dangerous ingredients or special equipment. Basically, this recipe changes hard soap into liquid (gel) soap with the addition of glycerin and water.

I’ve tried a number of liquid soap recipes from the internet that didn’t work and finally, out of frustration, devised my own. This is my own original recipe and it does work!

Easy Liquid Soap Recipe

This recipe makes just under half a gallon of general purpose liquid soap. It is best made in the evening, as it will need to cool overnight before the final stage of blending the soap.

Ingredients:

1 cup soap flakes or grated bar soap
2.5 quarts of water
1 tablespoon of glycerin

You will also need:

A large saucepan
A measuring cup and a tablespoon measure
A sealable glass jar, or an assortment of cleaned hand pumps or shampoo bottles
A stick blender, electric mixer or handheld egg beater

Method:

Mix soap flakes, water and glycerin together in a large saucepan over a low heat.
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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

 

WIN: Truly Organic Baking

What: Certified organic baking mixes

Features: Truly Organic Baking mixes (muffins, scones, pizza dough, pancakes and banana bread) make baking tasty organic goodies easier than ever. They also offer a wider selection of mixes in club size, for food service and for private labeling. (Editors note: I’ve tried the banana bread mix and it’s delicious!)

Green Factor: All the Truly Organic Baking mixes are certified organic.

Bonus: Truly Organic Baking is a woman-owned and operated business and Women’s Business Enterprise certified.

Find It Here: Truly Organic Baking

Win It: We’ve partnered with Truly Organic Baking to give away 5 boxes of baking mix to one randomly selected winner! Just leave a comment telling us which three baking mixes you’re most interested in and name three places where you can buy Truly Organic Baking products. Giveaway ends at midnight on 09/27/10; $40 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended. Congrats to Sarah!

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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