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Friday, November 18th, 2011
The new Simmons Pampering Nights mattress—green and saves you green!
Dr. Alan Greene, the pediatrician behind the book Raising Baby Green, once told our editors that if you’re only going to make one “green” purchase for your newborn, it should be a crib mattress. His argument was that a baby spends more time sleeping in her crib than anywhere else. Traditional mattresses are covered in a plastic that often contains phthalates. Phthalates are associated with cancer (that’s why they’ve been taken out of so many skincare products) as well as asthma. Crib mattresses are sometimes coated with a toxic fire-retardant, too. Of course, despite all these scary facts, there’s no scientific proof that the chemicals in a crib mattress have ever actually harmed a baby.
But the green-crib mattress movement was born, and Dr. Greene’s enthusiasm for it stuck with us, even though the prices of eco-friendly mattresses used to be prohibitive. The first ones that we saw were from brands such as NaturalMat (NaturalMatUSA.com); they make beautiful, handmade crib mattresses with materials such as organic lambswool and natural latex, and they start at $400. The Nook crib mattress (NookSleep.com) is hands-down the most gorgeous mattress we’ve ever seen; vibrant colors, all natural materials—but $550. Fantastic choices, but only if you can afford them. NaturePedic (NaturePedic.com) seemed like the best bet, pricewise; the mattresses are a high quality, and $260 to $400.
Eventually, lower-priced brands launched greener versions of their crib mattresses. Also, the GreenGuard Environmental Institute stepped in to help make it clear that the products aren’t just being “greenwashed.” GreenGuard is strict about monitoring products for indoor air pollution (GreenGuard.org), so look for their seal of approval on a crib mattress—it’s a big deal. NaturePedic has it, and now so do some even cheaper brands. The Colgate Eco Classica I is $190 (Colgatekids.com). And Simmons now has three GreenGuard-certified crib mattresses: Superior Rest ($130–$150), Pampering Nights ($140–$160), and Sunny Day ($180–$190), now at Amazon.com (buy Pampering Nights here) and coming soon to Babies “R” Us. (Very soon: Look for them on BabiesRUs.com by the time this giveaway ends.) It was the folks at Simmons who turned us onto the fact that you no longer have to pay top dollar to have a crib mattress that’s chemical-free. (And their mattresses are made in Wisconsin; we love things that are American-made!) We’re so excited by all this progress that we’re going to give two of the new Simmons crib mattresses away to some lucky parents!
To enter, just post a comment below between now and the end of the day Tuesday, November 22, 2011, and we’ll randomly choose two winners for a Simmons crib mattress (which will also fit a toddler bed). For full rules, click here. Goody luck!
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Friday, September 9th, 2011
This time of year, moms ask environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo how to “green up” their lunch routine. Here are Danny’s tips on packing a waste- and hassle-free, organic lunch for kids.
1. Pack Self Wrapped Fruits
Apples, bananas, and pears are good, fresh fruits to pack whole in kids’ lunches. They don’t need wrappers or extra containers to hold up well in a lunch box. If you do pack cut fruit, consider making a pouch using aluminum foil. The foil can be crumpled and tossed into the recycling bin.
2. Low Impact Lunch Bags
Moms have a few options when it comes to how they pack lunch. They can invest in a cute reusable lunch bag. (Make sure it’s machine washable since food-borne germs can build up over time.) They can also save clean used Ziploc bags and recycle them at any grocery store that accepts plastic shopping bags.
3. Going Green Can Save You Green
Danny’s favorite website is Recyclebank.com, a free online community where mom can learn lots of great ways to go green each day. As an added bonus, when families pledge to be more sustainable, the site rewards you with points which can be traded in for coupons.
Visit Danny’s eco-friendly blog, Daily Danny, for more tips on creatively living green.
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Monday, December 6th, 2010
Has your kid outgrown a board game? Or is there a stuffed animal collecting dust in the corner? Instead of throwing them away or holding a garage sale, swap them this year or all year round on ThredUp.com.
ThredUp.com is an online exchange marketplace where parents can conveniently trade gently-used clothes with each other to save money on items their children no longer need or want. This holiday season, ThredUp.com is encouraging parents to swap gently-used toys along with clothes–this way, parents can save time on shopping, reduce their shopping expenditures, and go green by cutting back on wasteful spending.
Members of the website browse for a box of toys and/or clothes they would like from another parent, then pay a flat fee of $5 plus shipping to receive that box. ThredUp.com then provides a shipping label and schedules an home pick-up of the box to be sent. Or the box can also be mailed at the local post office. ThredUp.com wants to help budget-conscious parents save $500,000 this year through the toy and clothing swap.
Finally, you can get rid of that fire truck with the annoying siren and find a more unique (and, perhaps, quieter) gift to give your kids this year.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly gift for a loved one this season that can really make a difference, check out Water.org‘s limited edition Camelbak Better Bottles. One hundred percent of the profits from these BPA-free Triton and Stainless style water vessels go directly to helping people gain access to clean water.
Did you know that 884 million people lack safe water supplies or that a child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related disease? Show your support and go to gift.water.org to learn the facts, get involved, and make a donation.
Prices for Water.org’s Camelbak Better Bottles range from $19 to $25.
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Friday, October 15th, 2010
It’s almost five o’clock, but before we head out for a weekend of apple picking and haunted hayrides, we wanted to make sure we left you with a little food for thought to tide you over until Monday.
Earlier this week, Stonyfield Farm, the organic yogurt manufacturer that whips up YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids, became the most recent company to hop on the sustainable-packaging bandwagon when it debuted the first yogurt cup made from plant-based plastic.
“Moms trust us to do the right thing and that’s something we take very seriously,” explained Gary Hirshberg, the company’s president and CE-Yo.” We’ve worked hard to produce a plant-based cup that’s an easy way for moms to ‘pay it forward’ to their kids.”
The cups look and feel just like the old ones (unlike attempts from Sun Chips, whose noisy biodegradable bag has been pulled from shelves), cut carbon emissions by 48 percent, and – the best part – are available in multipacks without any price increase.
We want to know what you think about sustainable packaging: Do products like these inspire the way you shop, or are they just another gimmick? Let us know in the comments!
For more information about this project, check out Made from Plants, a short film about sustainability, here.
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
First, there were incandescent lightbulbs. Then, more efficient CFLs stole the show. But now’s there an even more eco-friendly light in town – the LED. They’ve been popping up in our homes around the holidays in the form of twinkle lights for a few years now, but LEDs are just starting to make their way into our living room lamps and front porch light fixtures. Shaped like traditional incandescent bulbs, these 6 Watt LEDs by Pharox pack 25 years (yes, years!) of warm white light and are lead- and mercury-free, so they’re much safer for the environment and our homes. Plus, they can be recycled! The catch? Each bulb costs nearly $50. But if you’re willing to shell out now, you can save up to $237 over the lifetime of the bulb. No need to replace every light in your home in one shot, but you should start now because in 2012, the United States plans to begin the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. As a bulb dies, replace it with an LED and you can save money and help keep traditional light bulbs from clogging our landfills and poisoning the planet. Now, that’s a bright idea!
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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
I love the idea behind Lucy Kid’s eco-friendly one pieces (not to mention the designs are absolutely adorable). They’re made from sustainable bamboo and the appliques on every garment are handmade from salvaged fabric scraps! Because each item is crafted from a fabric scrap that has been rescued and recycled, there are limited quantities for each design. Head here to nab a darling one piece or dress for your little one now. Prices range from $18 to $28.
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
These recycling bags are the best. No, really. If ever there was a green product that you should immediately add to your shopping list, this is it. These extra-large, waterproof bags ($18 for a set of 4 at crateandbarrel.com) will not only help you recycle more efficiently, they’ll make lugging your bottles, cans, newspapers and clippings to the curb a whole lot easier. (So easy, in fact, that I’ve been using them to tote my groceries home from the store – 5lb bags of potatoes and all – for over a year. Wear and tear? Not even a visible stretch where the handles meet the bag!)
Each bag is a different color and has an image of what to place inside on the front (gray is for metal, green is for organic materials, and so on), which makes teaching your kids where to place the milk jugs opposed to the cardboard cereal boxes a cinch. Line them up in your garage or mud room using the Velcro connector tabs and let the recycling begin!
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