Eco-Friendly PVC-Free Yoga Mats

Yoga mats are everywhere these days and they come in a million different variations but one type that we strongly recommend against are those made of PVC because of it’s eco and health-unfriendly properties. PVC outgasses phthalates. If you’re not familiar with phthalates, they are a class of chemicals that are used to soften plastics and are known to be endocrine disruptors.

Phthalates enter the bloodstream and disrupt sex hormone production in humans, interfering with fetal reproductive organ development in utero and affects sexual physiology in adults. Phthalates act by mimicking the female hormone estrogen, which in turn inhibits production of the male hormone testosterone. There is global concern that phthalate exposure is at least one of the contributors to a troubling worldwide drop in male fertility.

So, now that we’ve covered just a few of the many concerning reasons you should be avoiding phthalates, let’s look at some yoga mats that are free of this terrible class of chemicals…

Non-Toxic Kids Yoga Mat: Made of 100% natural tree rubber base and soft microsuede top, this children’s mat is biodegradable and recyclable and free of PVC, silicone, phthalates and chemical odors. To clean, hand wash with water and a mild detergent and hang to dry.

B YOGA Strong Yoga Mat: Made of non-slip 100% rubber, this eco-friendly fitness and yoga mat features natural, open-cell technology for moisture-wicking, anti-odor properties.

OH MY FITNESS™ Natural Thick Cork Yoga Mat with Eyelets: Naturally resistant to odors, dampness and mold, these mats are guaranteed to be free from PVC, latex and all other chemical products. Natural cork with non-slip rubber underside.

Ajna Organic Natural Jute Yoga Mat: Made from premium organic natural non-shedding fibers that repel odors and sweat stains with a durable non-slip texture of biodegradable PER (polymer environmental resin).

Organic Cotton Kids Face Masks

Features: 4 pack of face masks for children approximately 3-8 years old. They are made of soft jersey knit 100% organic cotton which is double layered for extra protection and feature adjustable ear loops for comfort and fit and cute animal faces! Additionally, organic cotton is up to 5x more durable than commercial cotton, ensuring it will maintain it’s shape. Machine wash and dry.

Green Factor:  Free from dyes and no toxic chemicals are used in the growing and processing of the organic cotton.

Bonus: Because these are sold through Amazon Prime, you’ll have your masks in only a couple days!

Find It Here: Organic Cotton Masks for Kids

Green Savings on Diapers, Seeds and More

The Honest Company – Subscribe to eco-friendlier diapers and wipes from The Honest Company and get 40% off + free shipping on your first order when you use code SPRING40 but hurry because this offer expires soon (approx April 3).

Need more than diapers? Get 20% off sitewide at The Honest Company with code SPRING20! (expires approx April 3)


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Get Healthy, Organic Groceries Delivered Free

Do you have an Amazon Prime account? Then you’re in luck! You can now get a wide assortment of groceries, household necessities (and anything from Whole Foods) delivered without the extra fee they used to charge. It’s now included in your Prime membership.

The program is called Amazon Fresh and I’ve had great luck getting disinfectants from Fresh when they’re not available anywhere else. (Yes, Lysol isn’t organic or natural but given the pandemic we find ourselves living with, I do use Lysol and Clorox wipes when absolutely necessary).

But the best part is I can get all the things I normally get from Whole Foods delivered for free! If I want it within two hours, there’s a small fee but I’m never in that much of a hurry so I just make my $35 order, tell them when I want it and they deliver it fast and fresh every time. Just don’t forget to tip the Amazon Fresh delivery people…essential workers make this service possible!

BONUS: Get $10 off your first Whole Foods Market order of $50. Just select your favorite items from Whole Foods Market and enter this promotional code:  SAVE10WF

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Is it just me or or does it seem like it’s ALWAYS flu season or just about to BE flu season? As if that weren’t enough to worry about, we now have the Coronavirus to contend with pretty much everywhere in the world. Keeping our hands clean is always good but now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we wash them for 20 seconds with soap OR use hand sanitizer to keep ourselves and our kiddos healthy.

Well…I went to my local drugstore and they were sold out of hand sanitizer. So I went to, literally, seven other stores and they were all sold out, too. Then I checked Amazon and only third party sellers had any left and the prices were through the roof. The laws of supply and demand were in full effect *sigh*  Naturally, I had to immediately complain about this to my bestie, and she said “Just make your own.” My first thought was “Nahhh…I don’t feel like doing all that”  but then I remembered that hand sanitizer is NOWHERE TO BE FOUND and decided I’d give it a try.

So I did it and it couldn’t be easier. This recipe is simply aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol. Are you shocked? Yeah, me too!

Combine in a bowl:

2/3  cup of rubbing alcohol (91 or 99% isopropyl alcohol – available in most pharmacies or from Amazon)
1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
A few drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil or any other scent you like (this step is totally optional)

Stir thoroughly and pour into a clean pump bottle or, if you prefer, a purse-size container to carry with you.

Remember, in order for hand sanitizer to be effective, you must cover your hands with it and let it dry.

Oh, and while we’re talking about sanitizing, don’t forget to clean your phone periodically with some rubbing alcohol. Phones are really germy!

Wee Sprout Glass Baby Food Containers

Glass Baby Food Storage ContainersWhat: Set of 12 glass baby food storage container jars with 4 oz capacity, durable measurement markings, 12 multi-colored leakproof lids that seal airtight for freshness

Features: High-grade food-safe glass. Microwave, freezer, & dishwasher safe. Germ Resistant.

Green Factor: Reusable and 100% non-toxic with a chemical-free finish. Free of phthalates, mercury, lead, cadmium, PVC and BPA.

Bonus: Dry erase marker included for easy labeling

Find It Here: Wee Sprout Glass Baby Food Storage Jars