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Give Your Kids Consciousness for Christmas

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
November 13, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Green Activities


As a native New Yorker, before I moved to California I thought drinking tea was New Age-y and I didn’t know a chakra from a hole in the wall. After five years in California I go to acupuncture, own a pair of Birkenstocks and my boyfriend’s mother is a healer. Fancy that.

The older I get the more my sensibilities change and things that used to seem to be squarely in the hippy corner I now find very appealing. Take, for example, the Awakening Consciousness for Girls and Awakening Consciousness for Boys by Robin Marvel, two workbooks designed to encourage spiritual growth in children and to guide them on a path of self-awareness. These are books you’ll want under your tree this Christmas.

The books arrived at my doorstep as part of the Green Books Campaign, in which 100 bloggers help support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by …read more of Give Your Kids Consciousness for Christmas here

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Baby Deluxe

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
November 3, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Shopping


With all of the delicious eco-friendly baby products on the market I often find myself coveting items made especially for infants. Recently I found myself fervently wishing that the Ruffle Blanket from Organica Deluxe would morph into an adult-sized wrap.

Alas, it did not.

One consolation is that if you wrap your baby in this delicious blanket you’ll get to hold it close. Made of 100 percent certified organic cotton fleece by Robbie Adrian, the blanket is somehow precious and elegant at the same time. Measuring 17″ x 20″ inches, choose between a white, pink or blue silk ruffle on a white blanket.

The blanket, which is available on the Organica Deluxe website, retails for $36 and arrives in a box, making it the perfect gift.

Click here to learn more about your Carbon Footprint.

Click here for the top 5 reasons to buy Organic Cotton.

Click here to learn more about the Fair Trade system and products.

Heather O’Neill is the founder of Eco to the People, a green living blog.
Email her at: heather@ecotothepeople.com.

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This Little Piggy Went Chemical-Free

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
October 29, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Health, Shopping


What is more precious than your baby? Knowing that your baby is completely chemical-free. We brought some of our littlest road testers on board for the Nascar of bathing events to find the best phthalates- and paraben-free (and in most cases organic) products on the market. So get ready to get all lathered up. …read more of This Little Piggy Went Chemical-Free here

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A Banner Day for Reuse

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
September 21, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Family Time, Shopping


For parents of school-aged children the beginning of the school year means the beginning of another season altogether: birthday party season.

Hosting an Earth-friendly birthday is no small feat for green-thinking parents but here is one part of the celebration that will earn you decoration from Mother Nature herself.

Celebrate your little one’s special day again and again with this reusable birthday banner by BellaBlu Designs. Crafted from a palette of orange, green and brown prints, this jungle inspired banner is the perfect welcome for all birthday celebrations. …read more of A Banner Day for Reuse here

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America’s Next Top Bottle

By Justin O'Neill ecomii.com
September 18, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Health


By now, you’ve probably seen the grim statistics about water bottles.  The issue seems to be getting more and more media coverage lately. In case you haven’t heard the case against bottled water, here’s a brief summary:

Pollution: 38 billion plastic water bottles are thrown out each year, contributing to a frightening “plastic stew” in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas.

Health: Bottled water is not necessarily more “pure” and “healthful” than tap water, despite what water packaging may have us believe.  Plastic bottles leach harmful chemicals such as PET and BPA (see below), and 40% of bottled water is merely filtered tap water anyway.

Value: Even though 90% of tap water in the United States is proven to be as clean or cleaner than bottled water, manufacturers charge (and we pay) 1,900 times what it costs them to make their product.

Yikes.  So, you’re ready to move on to a convenient, stylish, eco-friendly, and economical reusable water bottle…read more of America’s Next Top Bottle here

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