Shop and Swap Kidswear at ThredUP

What: ThredUP

Features: ThredUp is a popular online service that helps parents everywhere swap kids clothing in a way that is super easy and convenient. No bidding and waiting to see if you win; no driving around to meet strangers from the classifieds. Get rid of what you don’t need and get what you DO need.

Green Factor: Clothing gets a second life with another child and the shipping boxes are reusable, too.

Bonus: Shipping is a flat $5 and ThredUP also swaps specialty items like costumes, sports gear, dance apparel and more. With Halloween coming up, it’s a great way to get costumes for practically nothing—find out more about National Costume Swap Day (typically runs through the month of October).

Find It Here: ThredUP

This Week’s Giveaway: Glee Gum

Sun Chips Compostable Bags Scrapped

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, Frito-Lay is pulling the biodegradable, compostable Sun Chips bag  they recently debuted because people complained that it’s “too noisy”.

Yes—people took the time to make viral videos “poking fun” at the new bags and lodged “fierce complaints” on social-networking sites about the noisier packaging and in response to the complaints and a drop in sales, Frito-Lay decided to scrap, (for all but one flavor), the groundbreaking bag  that used a polymer made from renewable plants rather than petroleum.

What does it say about Americans’ priorities that we are more concerned about the crinkly sound of a Sun Chips bag than keeping bags that will be here for hundreds of years out of the waste stream?

To be fair, the bags ARE noisy but not so much that it deters me from buying the product. In any case, there’s hope for noisy compostable snack bags, as evidenced by the quieter, more paper-like bag used by Boulder Canyon products which is made from wood pulp instead of corn starch.

In related news, I watched Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage last night on CNBC. I recommend everyone watch it and see what happens to your trash after it leaves your curb.

Find It Here: The Wall Street Journal

Johnny Patch

What: Johnny Patch

Features: Iron-on denim patches made from recycled jeans. They come in a variety of denim colors, textures and styles.

Green Factor: Old jeans get a new life as patches while you extend the life of your fave jeans.

Bonus: Free shipping!

Find It Here: Johnny Patch

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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