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A Healthy, Waste-Free Lunch

By Chloe Peterson
September 15, 2010
File under: Food, Health, School Supplies, Shopping, Sustainable Products

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You can go ahead and take brown paper bags and sandwich baggies off your shopping list.  This is a new green school year, and there are lots of fun ways to pack a no-waste lunch to take to school – and to the office.

Put Away the Paper Bags:
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You might have everything you need at home to go garbage-less. You may already have a lunchbox or cooler bag hanging around.  Or do it yourself:  When I was a kid, our mom sewed simple drawstring bags that were lightweight (they crumple up in the bottom of your backpack after lunch) and machine-washable. …read more of A Healthy, Waste-Free Lunch here

 
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Searching for Sustainable School Supplies

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
August 25, 2010
File under: School Supplies, Shopping, Sustainable Products

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As mom to a high schooler and a fourth grader, I am now a veteran school supply shopper. Fortunately, buying eco-friendly school products for my kids has only become easier in recent years. Earth-friendly products can now be found everywhere from convenience stores to big box stores, as long as you keep an eye out.

Here are some cool and widely available eco-friendly school supplies to look for this season.

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Pencils
: Paper Mate’s Earthwrite pencil looks like your basic pencil except that it’s made from 100% recycled wood. Dixon Ticonderoga’s taken a different tact and skipped wood altogether with their line of Renew pencils made from recycled tires. Forgo the electric sharpeners with these sleek black pencils. And I just can’t resist the whimsy of scented Smencils constructed of recycled newspaper. …read more of Searching for Sustainable School Supplies here

 
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Healthy and Affordable Sunscreens

By Chloe Peterson
June 1, 2010
File under: Health, Shopping

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How do you protect your skin this summer without the scary chemicals?

The Environmental Working Group recently released its 2010 Sunscreen Guide which rates sunscreens’ health risks.  They advise against sunscreens that contain vitamin A (also known as retinol or retinyl palmitate) which can speed the growth of cancer, oxybenzone (a hormone disruptor), and sprays or powders because the particles that disperse into the air are potentially harmful if inhaled.

Of the 500 sunscreens EWG reviewed they recommend 39 that are healthy and provide protection from UVA and UVB rays.  They are also all mineral-based, which means they contain zinc or titanium.

But many of these healthier sunscreens come with a hefty price tag, leaving us to wonder how expensive this summer is going to get.  So ecomii’s sun-loving expert mom has sifted through the EWG’s list to find the most affordable sunscreens to protect your skin. …read more of Healthy and Affordable Sunscreens here

 
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Seeing the World through Baking and Traveling

By Lynn Fantom
February 8, 2010
File under: Family Time, Green Activities

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The Great Recession has taught us there’s more to life than granite countertops.

Someone said this to me recently, and I thought of it again when my co-worker Jessica Birk told me that she and her two sons, Craig, 4, and Brandon, 2, have started baking together every weekend.  Often they give their goodies away.

I don’t know whether their cookie racks sit on granite countertops or not, but it struck me how much Jessica is teaching her sons with such ordinary playtime.  On a Saturday afternoon she’s rolling out lessons about cooperation, science, and charity, along with her cookie dough.

Vacation travel also offers an opportunity for parents to build values and develop a common history with their children.  But do we think about family trips in that way or, justifiably exhausted, just default to what’s easiest? …read more of Seeing the World through Baking and Traveling here

 
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Green Toy Safety Backfire?

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
November 24, 2009
File under: Health, holidays, Product Safety, Toys

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The mad rush for holiday toy shopping is on. This can be tricky territory for the health and eco-conscious parent. And now a new law designed to improve toy safety may end up reducing eco-friendly toy choices.

The Scoop

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) sets mandatory safety standards for toys, clothes, and other items used by kids 12 years and younger. Toy manufacturers will have to test their toys to prove they are safe.

There clearly are issues with toy safety …read more of Green Toy Safety Backfire? here

 
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