You don’t have to be a “green” mommy to love eco-friendly baby products. Sometimes the earth-friendly stuff is just ridiculously adorable. That’s how we found AbesMarket.com some years ago. We were looking for something new and different for a nursery-storage story in the magazine, and found the $70, completely recyclable, no-screws-necessary Beehive Bookcase. And we were hooked!
We’ve since gone back to them a bunch of times. We showed one of their $68 organic baby blankets in a layette story, for instance. And here I’ll give up one of my editor’s secrets, which is that I sometimes refer to them as a sort of cross-check. Lots of companies promise that they are eco-friendly, but because I know Abe’s Market does a serious amount of research before taking on a product line, I’ll sometimes just peek and see if a product that says it’s green is on their Web site. (I do these kinds of cross-checks with Whole Foods too, but they’re tougher, because you can’t shop Whole Foods online!)
Also, if you just like to read about where your baby products come from, you’ll like the company overviews. Check out this one about Green Sprouts. You can learn what they make, where, and with what materials! If you’re not careful, you’ll turn into a product geek like me.
I’m finally working around to their new news: AbesMarket.com launched a baby registry! It’s presented in a gorgeous online magazine format and is a pleasure to browse through.
To help them celebrate and spread the word to moms and moms-to-be, we’re giving away a $100 giftcard to AbesMarket.com. Just leave a comment here (you can comment up to once a day) and let us know what your favorite eco-friendly baby product is. You can comment through Wednesday May 9th; on the 10th, we’ll randomly chose one winner. See the complete rules here. Goody luck!
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.
Jong makes the case that in today’s hectic world of busy working mothers such a style is completely impractical when the daily demands of these women are taken into account. “You wear your baby, sleep with her and attune yourself totally to her needs. How you do this and also earn the money to keep her is rarely discussed. You are just assumed to be rich enough,” she writes.
Jong says that while attachment parenting calls for the mother and father to be available to their baby almost constantly, creating a support group of multiple caregivers is not only helpful to stressed out parents but is also essential to raising a well-socialized, independent child. “Kinship is not exclusively biological, after all, and you need a brood to raise a brood,” she writes.
Similarly, she continues, simply because a woman chooses not to breastfeed, make her own baby food, or use cloth diapers does not by any means make her a less-loving or less capable mother. “We need to be released from guilt about our children, not further bound by it,” she explains. ”We need someone to say: Do the best you can. There are no rules.”
Needless to say, many commentors and bloggers have pounced on Jong and come to the defense of attachment parenting. Share your take with us!