Environment

LittleEcoFootprint: Look Inside the May Box

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LittleEcoFootprint’s May delivery of eco-friendly, non-toxic mama and baby items once again has been exceptional. May’s box was filled with items that are safe and healthy for both me and my baby.

A LOOK INSIDE

LittleEcoFootprint May Box

  1. Bare Organics, 140 grams of herbal bath salts: As us busy moms know, it’s not always easy to find time to take a bath, so when you do get the chance, you want it to be as relaxing and de-stressing as possible! Bare Organics herbal bath salts have detoxifying properties and are pure, organic and safe. Retail: $6 + $5 Shipping Discount Code. www.bareorganics.ca
  2. Elabloom Nourishing Facial Oil: Elabloom’s products are made from 100% pure plant extracts, which make them safe for me to use even while snuggling my baby. Retail: $12 (4 ml) + 20% Discount Code. www.elabloom.com
  3. Jaydancin All Natural Moisturizing Soap: Jaydancin offers a line of organic and all natural skin care products and makeup. City Mom featured this company on her TV show and blog! This soap leaves you feeling clean but not dry like other soaps and is actually great for people with sensitive skin, acne or roseacea. It’s safe for breastfeeding moms as well! Retail: $6 www.jaydancin.com
  4. Kosuma Pure Food Energy Bar: This company is based right here in London! They make convenience energy bars healthy to eat, while remaining convenient. I had this bar after a workout when I really needed a boost of energy but had my little one with me so I didn’t have time to stop and grab anything to eat. It was delicious and had full chunks of nuts and berries in it. These bars will be available to buy through the LittleEco Shop as well as www.kosuma.com Retail: $3.25
  5. My Mother Gave Me the Moon: In this month’s box we got a full children’s book! My daughter has recently discovered books and is loving having them read to her. She looks at the pictures and looks up at us while reading them to listen to our voices. She will love looking at this book as it is beautifully illustrated by watercolour artist Becky Kelly and has such a sweet, heartfelt story that she will enjoy hearing us read. Retail: $9.99
  6. Peachwik Mother’s Day Handprint Tree: What a cute idea! This is Handprint Tree Artwork that reads: Happy Mother’s Day 2013 and is a craft that allows kids to create a beautiful handprint keepsake for their moms! Retail: $8.50 + Save $5 coupon www.peachwik.com
  7. We Can Too Baby Tempura Paints: These plant, fruit and vegetable based paints are safe for babies 12 months and up, as well as toddlers. They are gluten and dairy free and work well on the above mentioned Peachwik Handprint Tree Artwork! Retail: $8 (for 2 colour samples) www.wecantooart.com

Once again, May’s box did not disappoint and continued to introduce me to high-quality, eco-friendly products for myself and my baby; I can’t wait to see June’s box!

Village Mom

LittleEcoFootprint: Look Inside the April Delivery

Little EcoFootprint

LittleEcoFootprint’s April delivery of eco-friendly, non-toxic mama and baby items continued to exceed my expectations.  Again, this month’s box is filled with practical and useful items that are safe and healthy for both me and my baby.

A CLOSER LOOK

Earth's Berries

Earth’s Berries Soap Nuts “Mother Nature’s Detergent”: Not only are these natural detergent and softener “nuts” environmentally friendly, they make doing laundry economical too! You can reuse the nuts for multiple loads of laundry!  Then you can add them to your compost since they are biodegradable.  They are gentle enough to us on my baby’s clothing. Retail: $5 + a 10% discount code for www.earthsberries.com/

Dryer Ball

Maple Hill Dryer Balls coupon for $7 off:  Now that you’ve done your environmentally friendly wash, you will want to follow that up with an environmentally dry!  Maple Hill Dryer Balls cut down drying time and are good for hundreds of loads.  Retail: $10 www.maplehilldryerballs.com

Prana Machu Pichu

Prana Machu Pichu Nuts & Fruit Mix:  This deliciously organic “trail mix” is not your typical one.  It is made up of exotic dried fruits and nuts from around the globe that contain many vitamins that are sure to be healthy for a breast-feeding mama like me.  Retail: $5 (per trail mix package)+ $10 discount code for www.boutiqueprana.com

Smith Farms

Smith Farms Red Berry Lip Tint: Smith Farms is a line of all natural skin care products and this lip balm feels great on my lips and is natural enough to kiss my baby with as well!  Retail: $6 + 20% discount code for www.smithfarmsproducts.com

ReWood Toys

Re-wood Toys Boomerang Teether: This conscious creation for babies is all natural and non-toxic.  They make rattles, blocks stacking toys as well.  Retail: $11 + 20% discount code for www.re-woodtoys.ca

Wee Woolies

Wee Woolies Merino Beanie: Using pure merino wool from New Zealand, although designed and made in Canada, this little beanie hat is soft against my baby’s skin, and 100% natural.  Retail: $16 + 20% discount code for www.weewoolies.com

Again I feel fortunate to be a member of LittleEcoFootprint and receive all of these great products that I might not have known about otherwise.  Being a new mom, I don’t have a lot of extra time to research products myself so having these delivered to me monthly has been fabulous and I recommend signing up to any new mom as well!  Can’t wait for May’s box!

May’s shipment will be sent early so that it will arrive in time for Mother’s Day. Sign up today for that perfect gift to show the mama in your life you care!

Stay tuned…

Village Mom

Caring for the Earth and your kids one sip at a time { New Brita Kids’ Bottle}

 

Little S takes a water bottle with her wherever she goes. I should say that I send a water bottle with her wherever she goes. I remember being a kid (before water was sold by the bottle) and feeling like I was dying of thirst while I was on-the-go with my parents. I always had to wait until I got home and sometimes that took forever.

I always fill up her stainless steel water bottle with filtered water before we leave home. I’m not into buying bottled water unless we absolutely have to. I feel sort of guilty adding to all the waste so reusable bottles are right for us.

The only problem with this is that when we have to fill it up, it’s often not with filtered water. That is why I am super stoked about sharing today’s post with you!

It takes an estimated three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water. –filterforgood.ca

COMING SOON TO A STORE NEAR YOU

Lucky for us we got to try out a Brita® Kids’ Bottle before they hit stores. From its cute design (pink with butterflies had Little S really excited) to its water filtering capabilities, this reusable water bottle is a hit with both kids and parents.

The child-sized addition to the Brita® Bottle line, the Brita® Kids’ Bottle is a squeezable, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink it, making it convenient for your little ones to enjoy great-tasting tap water at school, camp and wherever.

The new Brita® Kids’ Bottle will be available at mass merchandise stores across Canada in August 2012.

Worldwide, an estimated 2.4 million metric tonnes of plastic are used to bottle water each year. – filterforgood.ca

SOME FUN Brita® FACTS

Did you know that one Brita® water filter can replace up to 300 plastic water bottles? And if that alone doesn’t having you feeling good about this reusable bottle here’s more about the Brita® Kids’ Bottle:

  • BPA free and recyclable
  • One filter can last for 2 months (that’s 393 servings)
  • One pack of two filters costs only $7.99 CAD (that’s less than $2 a month)
  • Dishwasher safe on the top rack
  • Reduces chlorine taste and odour from tap water
  • Made with soft side wall for little hands to squeeze
  • The suggested retail price is $8.99 for one bottle with filter

MONEY SAVING COUPONS

Visit filterforgood.ca and print your coupon that will allow you to save $2 on any one Brita Bottle or Brita Kids’ Bottle. Oh yes, they come in adult sizes too!

You’ll also find more facts and tools on filterforgood.ca. You can sign up to receive electronic reminders notifying you when it’s time to change your filter and when you sign up, you’ll receive a $2 off coupon on your next filter purchase.

Until next time stay hydrated!

Smack That!

Do you desire magazine-perfect lips to flaunt or to kiss?

Thursday’s Waste Reduction tip comes with a promise to both women and men.  This incentive will be sure to provide the women with a set of shiny, luscious, smack-able lips and the men in their lives will reap the benefits.  Contribute to the environment and waste minimization and receive a reward for doing it. 

BACK TO M-A-C PROGRAM
When you return any six M-A-C cosmetic packages to a M-A-C counter or
M-A-C online, you will receive a brand new lipstick in any shade free of cost.

So start saving your empty eye shadows, compacts and lipstick tubes ; cash them in for an unexpected freebie and give yourself a little pat on the back for being environmentally considerate!

Four more days to enter the 3M Filtrate Filter Giveaway.

Back to M-A-C Program Information

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Are You Going My Way?

How do you get to work each day? How do your children get to school? What mode of transportation do you use for going to the gym, grocery shopping or out for dinner?

Wednesday’s Waste Reduction tip is intended to get you thinking about the choices you make each day when it comes to getting from ‘A’ to ‘B’ and I am challenging you to make one alternative arrangement this week.

Here are some alternate transportation options:

  1. Carpool (Travel with a friend or coworker who lives in your neighbourhood)
  2. Run/Walk/Ride Your Bike (Are you close enough to your destination that you could feasibly choose one of these options?)
  3. Take Public Transportation
  4. Cut your driving down (Park further away from work and walk a little extra – every bit counts)

Consider one of these option to reduce carbon emissions this week and don’t forget to enter your activity for a chance to win a 3M Filtrate Furnace Filter: http://wp.me/pYin4-4H

Photograph provided by freedigitalphotos.net

Waste Reduction Week / Giveaway

Hey London, let’s step up to the plate and hit one out of the park; funny, I’m not even a baseball fan but this timely analogy seems fitting as we’ve got quite the challenge ahead of us. Starting today and running until Sunday, October 24th Waste Reduction Week (WRW) is taking place and London is at the forefront of this initiative.

HISTORY
WRW dates as far back as the mid 1980’s when a number of environmental organizations rallied together to hold waste reduction events. In 2001 these organizations came together to create the national event now known as Waste Reduction Week in Canada. The Recycling Council of Ontario was the leader of the efforts put in place in our province and London has been a determined member of the RCO for many years.

GOAL
The WRW action is a call to all Canadians to reduce their waste; plain and simple. Many of us are already doing our part in our homes and at work to reduce our waste. This dedicated week is designed to remind and motivate individuals and families to share their experience and find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

STATISTICS
In 2008 London accumulated an overall total of 159,380 tonnes of waste. Of that total:

  • 59 percent or 93, 650 tonnes were delivered directly to a landfill
  • 41 percent or 65,730 tonnes of total waste was diverted
    • 9,400 tonnes were reduced on-site (at home) through composting and/or grasscycling
    • 18,270 tonnes were reduced through centralized composting
    • 27,660 tonnes were recycled through the curb side program, multi-residential program, materials delivered to the Community EnviroDepots, public space bins and electronics
    • 10,400 tonnes were reduced through other programs such as wood and scrap metal waste and white goods

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There is a multitude of ways in which you can contribute and you’re probably already doing many of them but here are some helpful tips to assist you this week:

  1. Visit the websites linked above to find new ways to follow the three R’s and to learn of the programs London offers.
  2. Visit City Mom each day this week to learn of new ideas to carry out waste reduction in your home.
  3. Participate in the City Mom challenge and giveaway.

THE CHALLENGE

  1. After reading this post, go out into the world and practice the three R’s in as many new and unique ways you can.
  2. Come back to City Mom, click on the ‘Leave a Comment’ link at the top of this post and share your experience with us.
  3. You can enter as many times as you would like with a new idea that you have implemented each time.
  4. Entries must include something you did to support Waste Reduction Week.
  5. Challenge is open to Canadian residents only.

THE GIVEAWAY

  1. The submission that has received the most ‘Thumbs Up’ votes (City Mom will not be voting) by 5:00PM ET on Sunday October 24th will receive a package of two Filtrate High Performance  furnace filters by 3M (to fit your furnace). These filters are designed to help your furnace perform more efficiently; this will save you money and reduce energy consumption. Filtrate High Performance filters also contribute to improving the air quality in your home for the health and safety of your family.
  2. The winner will be contacted at the email address provided during entry.
  3. Good luck, have fun and happy reducing!

MONDAY’S WASTE REDUCTION TIP
Send your child to school with a waste-free lunch:

  • Use reusable containers for sandwiches instead of sandwich bags
  • Buy lunch items in bulk or family size to reduce packaging
  • Use a thermos for beverages instead of juice boxes or bottled water
  • Use a reusable lunch bag instead of plastic or paper lunch sacks
  • Send an absorbent cloth for wiping up after lunch instead of wipes or napkins

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net Photographed by Nuttakit.

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