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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
IKEA has been a green innovator for years since it’s at the core of their business practice to take responsibility for people and the environment. Good design in and out of the box IKEA is known for affordable design in sleek packaging. Many of us admire how well all the pieces fit into the box, even when we struggle to get their furniture together. This packaging is not just to cut down on shipping costs. The more boxes they can fit into a shipment, the less trips are made, the less fuel, and less waste. And now IKEA is doing even more to make their stores, and warehouses eco-friendly. Lighting the way
Since we've added a dog to our family, I've found one more area that we can look for ways to save in our monthly budget, while not sacrificing health. Since we feed him California Natural, we're already spending a little bit more than some other kibble brands, but his glossy coat and happy tummy are signs that it's money well spent. We adopted him at the age of eight from a friend, so I didn't want to mess with his food after all this time. If it ain't broke, right?
Eco-friendly hair products from davines I decided to look at a shampoo/conditioner/hairspray line, davines, that I used about five years ago and loved and found that it is perhaps the most eco-friendly of the bunch. I remember the packaging for their Essential Haircare was very minimalistic and user friendly. Plus, with names like Love, Momo and NouNou, you can't help but pick them up and give 'em a second look. They're pricey, with their largest shampoo (1000mL) carrying a price tag of almost $50, but when you consider that it's production has zero impact (they've supported the creation and maintenance of over six million square feet of green space in Costa Rica and Italy) and the ingredients are natural and just smell so yummy, they're worth the investment.
For anyone that got swept up in the stainless steel movement like we did, you will appreciate this. Stainless steel looks so beautiful yet industrial. I love the clean lines of my kitchen appliances and the way the brushed stainless steel breaks up the wood grain you see in my kitchen between the cabinets and the wood floor. But it's a bear to clean. And it traps every kind of dirt, oil, and grease. Cleaning stainless steel I have tried all kinds of creams, sprays, even pre-soaked wipes that are made especially for stainless steel. I'm not sure what the magic ingredient is, but I'm pretty sure that it’s not very good for the environment. In addition, the fact that I'm using these cleaners on the handle of my refrigerator, where kids are constantly in and out grabbing at food – well, let’s say that cleaners and food just don't mix in my book.
If you have ever purchased children's clothing at a consignment shop or a yard sale then you are going to love ThredUP. This is an online children’s clothing trading service for parents who don't mind their child wearing gently-used clothing. And, in this economy, I'd say everyone is wearing hand-me-downs. Expand your clothing swap circle ThredUP has made it easy for parents all over the US to trade clothes. Suddenly your circle of hand-me-down friends has increased about 10 times over! It's free to register for ThredUP and there is a rating system so you can see how other swappers stack up in terms of fashion and quality. There is no bidding, no bartering, no arguing. ThredUP has made it easy for the average person to go green and swap those old kids clothes with someone else who will swap them again!
This year's BlogHer conference definitely had a greener feel to it. Not only did the conference organizers take steps to be green, many of the vendors and brands were showing their greener side. Scotch-Brite was one of these companies. Scotch-Brite collects green tips At the Scotch-Brite booth, they asked bloggers to share green cleaning tips on video. I received a link to all the videos and was able to locate the video with me in it!
As the first weeks of school wrap up, it's inevitable that the first colds of the year are already making their way through our house. While I'm not hesitant at all about using Motrin or Tylenol for teething pain or fevers, I shy away from giving my five year-old cold medicine since the four major cough and cold ingredients are no longer approved for children under four due to accidental over-doses. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has made statements that they're largely ineffective in treating the symptoms of colds in children under the age of six.
The other day my neighbor and I were discussing the current hurricane season and her recent trip to Bermuda. She was fascinated to learn that the island has basically no public water system and thus, has perfected a method to build very strong roofs that also collect water. It turns out, the little island of Bermuda has made big progress in harvesting rain water and has even written the practice into law! Collecting water a fact of life According to the US Consulate in Bermuda,