Tag: green living

Seventh Generation’s new baby products are eco-awesome

Long before I had kids, I was buying Seventh Generation products to clean my little apartment. I liked their earth-friendly business practices, their mindful selection of ingredients, and the fact that I could grab what I needed from the shelves of my local supermarket.  And though my kids are now beyond the baby stage, I was intrigued to hear that Seventh Generation has introduced a new line of baby bath and skin care products. Those of you with babies in the house will definitely like the eco-awesome offerings. Seventh Generation’s new line of baby bathtime and baby skin care...

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Safe and sunny spring cleaning round-up

Spring sunshine and open windows are wonderful…until we suddenly see the dirt and cobwebs that have been comfortably lurking in corners all winter. Here are some of our favorite ways to handle spring cleaning safely, especially when we all know babies and kids will be touching pretty much everything.   Our newest favorite counter cleaner is all natural and so safe that you can lick it–which I did. There’s a lot to like about iGozen, from its many uses around the house to the fact that it comes in adorable little powder packets in a handy storage box that...

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Eco-excellent wooden eyewear (and each purchase plants a tree!)

If you’re pining for cool shades, here’s a collection that might bamboozle you. Because they’re made of woods like pine and bamboo. Whether you’re on the hunt for cool frames or love collecting unusual, attention-grabbing sunglasses, I’m digging how Anni Shades delivers on style and eco-consciousness. Each pair of glasses frames is made by hand in Ohio of exotic, eco-sourced wood in a special process that’s fairly detailed, but they got me with “no stains or paints.” The sunglasses automatically come with SOLA by Carl Zeiss lenses, or you can have your own prescription lenses dropped right in. For...

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Grow your own vegetables with these cool new garden kits

I’ve been fortunate to have lots of neighbors with green thumbs, who generously offer me the extra spoils of their backyard gardens. But this year, mostly due to the begging of my children, I’ve decided to give gardening a try myself, and these kits might be the perfect place to start. The new Foodie Garden Kits at Cool Mom Picks fave Poketo give you everything you need to start a little home garden, including coco fiber wafers, seeds, and the very important instructions, all packed in convenient rectangular tin planter. You can group hot peppers, tomatoes, or what I...

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Sustainable suds that do good (and smell great)

This soap looks gorgeous, smells amazing, and saves lives while helping the environment. Meaning we suddenly need to wash our hands. A lot. We love soaps that do good in the world, and the brand Hand in Hand has a lot to offer. The brainchild of a husband-wife team who wanted to found a business based on sustainable giving, Hand in Hand goes the extra mile to improve the world on two fronts: for every bar purchased, they provide one bar of soap to a child in Haiti and save 50 square feet of rain forest. But we know...

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Offer a warm welcome with eco-savvy guest toothbrushes

While I will never come close to the Martha Stewart level of preparedness, there are some nifty tricks I’ve picked up along the way to help me appear as a super hostess-goddess always at the ready for guests (even of the unexpected overnight variety). And I’ve just found a classy new item to add to my hostess-with-the-mostest stash. My newest discovery is these guest toothbrushes from Izola. I’ll definitely be adding these to my guest arsenal (right along with my frozen Trader Joe’s hors d’oeuvres). Made out of sustainable bamboo and nylon bristles, with “guest” charmingly stamped on the handles,...

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Watch out! These wooden timepieces are stylish and sustainable

Watch out, world. (Ha, get it? Yeah, sometimes we can’t resist.) Whether you’re a hip mom, a cool dude, or someone with metal allergies, we bet you’ll groove on these natural wooden wristwatches, and the fact that each watch purchase funds the planting of a new tree.   WeWood Timepieces crafts light, comfy, breathable watches out of real wood–it’s that simple. They’re truly little pieces of art, and definitely conversation starters. The pics on the WeWood website support their assertion that the watches are ridiculously pretty for a girl or ruggedly handsome for a guy. Considering I wear a...

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Barrel of Monkeys for a new generation

Monkeys are fun, no doubt about it. I will even go out on a limb (see what I just did?) and say that watching monkeys leap from branch to branch is one of my favorite stops at the zoo. Which is why the kid inside me–along with my actual kids–loves this wonderful children’s monkey toy. This Balancing Monkeys kids’ toy from Cool Mom Picks favorite, Plan Toys, is like an updated and ridiculously fun Barrel of Monkeys except without all that plastic. In fact everything at Plan Toys is made from sustainable rubberwood with non-toxic dyes, and they were...

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Starbucks gives you one more reason to drink too many caramel lattes – reusable cups

As someone who has greatly increased my Starbucks consumption as of late, I was thrilled to hear the news that this week, they introduced $1 reusable cups to help cut down all that paper waste. Starbucks is definitely on a roll with it’s good-global-citizens business practices, and their environmental goals only add to that. Sadly though, they recently modified these goals which were originally to see 25% of all their beverages served in reusable cups by 2015. Now that number is 5%–it would seem that most customers are just not ready to commit. Still, for those of us frequent...

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Planes, trains, and automobiles: 3 of the coolest eco-friendly toys this holiday

If you are shopping for a vehicle-obsessed child who can’t wait to get more Things That Go, you’re in luck. This holiday, some of our favorite small companies are offering such cool, eco-friendly toys that fly, choo-choo, and zip–with a little kid-power of course. –Christina CMP favorite Green Toys takes used milk jugs to make the recycled plastic for their toys, like these new, colorful airplanes. With their spinning propellers and sturdy construction, this is one toy that could go from indoors to out, and maybe even spend some time in the bath. In fact, if you ever find the...

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