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I’m all for environmentally-friendly cleaning products and I seek them out for my home, but they really have to work! Also, I find that I’m rushing around so much that I’m usually cleaning around things on my counter tops instead of properly clearing before cleaning like my mother taught me. And if you can stop a toddler from picking up something off the floor or countertops and inserting it directly in their mouths I applaud you – I fail that quickdraw contest often and that’s why I need to trust that our cleaning products aren’t toxic. Fortunately, Planet People provide a green and productive solution called iQ REFill (Reduced Environmental Footprint). It’s really pretty amazing and affordable enough that you can make the switch to green cleaning without an ounce of guilt.
shop green
I’m a total shopping addict – especially in the summer. There’s absolutely nothing better when the sun shining down on me makes me forget about the past week of torrential downpours. (Living in New England has taught me to appreciate sunshine when I get it!).I love taking strolls down boutique-filled streets while casually sipping on my French roast in the morning. Although I normally feel guilty after my weekend splurges, I’ve found a way to not feel so bad about that dent in my bank account. In a world of growing technology, a few companies have developed smart phone applications that help our shopping experiences be more and eco (and wallet) friendly. Find Green The Find Green app locates green businesses around your area. Users can submit, rate, and review their favorite green businesses and receive deals and coupons to various participating shops. In case you’ve found a green shop you’d like to visit, but haven’t been there before, Find Green also provides users with turn by turn directions to the desired destination.
mom goes green
Since many of us moms rely on word-of-mouth for advice and recommendations on a variety of things, I thought I’d reach out to my mom network for just that. This week I have gathered thoughts from my fellow new moms to ask them how they have “greened” their life since baby. I received many valuable tips just proving that my mom friends rock. Tricia told me: I found that I was using was WAY too many paper towels - cleaning up spills, cleaning the high chair, wiping Kylie's hands and face after meals etc. So I bought a bunch of cheap dish towels from Target. I use them instead of the paper towels and just wash them once a week. Saves money, too! I do this too! Keep a steady supply of face clothes right under the high chair to grab for those especially messy moments. Chris wrote:
When I think baking soda, the only two uses that come to mind are baking and eliminating odors in my refrigerator. Mom Central Consulting is currently working on a campaign for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for, get this, beauty uses! Not only that, but the addition and use of baking soda is inexpensive and environmentally friendly Did you know that you can easily use baking soda as a facial scrub and body exfoliant? Me neither. For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub with baking soda. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Rinse clean. Gentle enough for daily use!
Snow Wovel
As more and more snow falls this winter, we tend to forget about being green and focus on the white – getting rid of it, that is. We plow, throw down salt, and break our backs shoveling just to get out onto the treacherous snow and ice covered roads, moving at a snail’s pace. There are, however, ways to make the winter months easier on us as well as the environment. Alternatives to the snow blower While no one enjoys shoveling, snow blowing is detrimental to the environment. Its gas consumption and pollution do more harm than good so if you can, shovel to remove snow. One alternative to the snow blower is the Sno Wovel. The Wovel is a shovel on a wheel and is said to perform equally or better than a snow blower, with zero carbon footprint. After you shovel, use sand instead of salt to keep from slipping on ice. Salt contains cyanide and can pollute vegetation and water supplies. Sand is equally effective at reducing slippage and is less damaging to the surrounding areas, but it can still do harm to storm drains if too much is used.
Good Guide
These days it seems like everyone has an iPhone, and as the commercial goes, if there’s anything you wish you could do with your iPhone, there’s an app for that. While some apps may seem relatively unnecessary (Do I really need yet another game? Probably not.) others have proven really helpful and worth the price. In my opinion, the growing number of so-called “green” apps fall into that category. Here are a few that are worth checking out.   Green Genie One of my favorites, this app offers suggestions of more than 100 projects that will make you more green. From larger projects installing a low-flow shower head to smaller ones like bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, this app helps you live more sustainably. Cost: $0.99
As more and more people make the switch from plastic to reusable water bottles, the question remains stainless steel or aluminum? Sigg, Nalgene or Klean Kanteen? As the debates carry on, I’ll add a new option (and my current obsession) into the mix: Earthlust Stainless Steel Water Bottles. Protecting the environment Eathlust owner Allison was inspired to launch the company when her first child was born and protecting his health as well as the environment became a top priority. Made of high quality food grade stainless steel with non-toxic paints, the San Francisco-based bottles have a naturally safe unlined interior and come in a variety of beautiful, fun designs. Now, with two children and an ever-expanding product line, Earthlust is gaining visibility and popularity in the reusable water bottle arena.
Mopping has come a long way in the past few years. From disposable floor cleaning pads to all-in-one cleaning solutions, our ancestors who scrubbed wood flooring on their hands and knees are surely waving their fingers at us when we dare to complain. Yet with all the technical advances, we seem to have taken many green steps back. Disposable cleaning is not always green When we look at all the various cleaning systems out there, sure it feels most sanitary to toss a used cleaning pad, toilet sponge, antibacterial wipe, or duster into the trash. But that is only increasing our amount of trash. Besides, do you really know what chemicals are in those premade, pretreated items?
Crayon Rocks
Many of us are concerned with lead paint, the chemicals in plastic toys, and more. But how many of you have stopped to consider the tools your kids use to color? While not dangerous to them, the wood and wax that is used to make everyday colored pencils and crayons is not environmentally-friendly. Better ways to color - soy crayons Soy crayons offer an alternative to what is most likely in your child's school desk. Soy crayons like those by Clementine Art are made with all-natural materials including kosher soy, beeswax, paraffin wax, and calcium carbonate (chalk). Apparently they are creamy and smooth to color with, have excellent color, and can be washed with soap and water. I also fell in love with these soy-based crayon rocks that are great for kids. I can also imagine adults fiddling with these at a restaurant or if you leave a bowl of them (and some scrap paper) on your coffee table! Newspaper colored pencils