Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Greenwashing Report 2009

May 8, 2009

I already knew that some labels found on products are false and companies sometimes use irrevalent terms when it comes to “green” products but I had no idea it was so common. Read the 2009 Greenwashing Report and educate yourself on the tricks marketers are playing on us.

The Great Coffee Cup Challenge

April 27, 2009

Check out The Great Coffee Cup Challenge on GardeningNude.

Green Scams

April 24, 2009

Whenever I talk about how I like “natural” or “green” cleaning products, someone brings up Clorox Green Works. Ever since Clorox came out with their “natural” line of products, I didn’t trust them. And now, there’s an article on MSNBC about “The Four Biggest Green Marketing Scams” and guess who’s on the list?? Yep, Clorox Green Works.

image: amazon.com

image: amazon.com

The moral of the story: you can’t always trust products that state they are “natural”, “green”, or “organic”. Until we find a way to regulate and limit the use of these words, you and I are going to have to be careful and selective when it comes to the food we eat, the cleaning products we use, and the products we purchase.

p.s. I use vinegar and water to clean my bathroom, mirrors, windows, tv, etc… =)

Mountain Rose Herbs

April 24, 2009

Looking to buy bulk organic herbs & spices or maybe some organic teas? Well look no further, Mountain Rose Herbs has it all!

image: mountainroseherbs.com

image: mountainroseherbs.com

They also sell carrier oils (make your own soap), wax (make your own candles), and lots of other bulk ingredients. I’m dying to buy some bulk herbs to make some homemade teas (mmm relaxing lavender tea) and when I finally get off my butt and decide to do it, you be I’ll be buying my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Happy Earth Day!!

April 22, 2009

Today has been a lovely day so far! I’m rocking a sinus headache but it’s just reminding me of how lovely Chicago weather is! Cold and rainy yesterday; warm and sunny today! I love it!

I am mostly enjoying the great shows that have been on today focusing on being Earth friendly. So far Oprah, The Price is Right, and Martha Stewart have all featured environmentally friendly products and/or tips. Like I told my Mom yesterday, “Earth Day is like Christmas for my people!”. =)

Step outside for a bit today and enjoy the weather no matter where you live! I hope you have a great Earth Day!

Keepin It Green: Laundry

April 15, 2009

A few months ago I started using “environmentally friendly” liquid detergent from Trader Joe’s. No complaints here, but I wanted to make things even more green. I’m also not a fan of dryer sheets. Sure they get rid of static and make your clothes smell good but they’re just more garbage and additional chemicals for us to smell.

While at the Housewares Show last month, we entered the cleaning and storage hall a little bit before closing. I was not digging it so I kept telling my Mom and friends that we should just leave. And then I saw it: The Nellie’s booth. I ran over and told my Mom “See this is the green stuff I’ve been telling you about”. A nice woman started to tell us all about the products including dryer balls and their laundry soda. A gentleman came over and gave us a lil brown bag that was quite heavy. Well, it should be because inside was a package of dryer balls and a full sized container of laundry soda. We also managed to score full sized container of their oxygen brightner!

image: nelliesallnatural.com

image: nelliesallnatural.com

We were also shown their super cool PVC Free Dryer Balls. These lil guys have a little slot where you insert an all natural fragrance stick. So now you can get static free, reduced drying time, & a great scent all in one product! Unfortunately the dryer balls we received were the regular ones without the fragrance stick option. Oh and FYI, these babies are on back order over at Delight.com.

image: delight.com

image: delight.com

My Everyday Routine: Breakfast

April 14, 2009

I usually start my day off with a bowl of organic flax cereal from Trader Joe’s with some fruit (today it was organic bananas, also from TJs) and extra flax mixed in. A few weeks ago I bought a gallon of organic milk from Trader Joe’s but I didn’t even use half the bottle. I’ve read plenty of not so great things about milk lately (I just Googled “dangers of milk” and a website called Not Milk appeared, hmm) so I decided to switch to soy milk. Soy Dream organic vanilla soy milk to be exact. It is DELICIOUS!

image: babiestravellite.com

image: babiestravellite.com

I also drink a cup of tea in the morning and once again, my tea is from TJs. I usually drink pomegranite white tea in the morning, Yogi organic ginger tea after lunch, and blueberry green tea later in the day. Occassionally I drink a glass of organic chamomile or Yogi St. John’s Wort tea at night. I’m also one of those folks who drinks tea sans sugar. It took a bit to get used to but now I love being able to taste the amazing flavors of the tea and not just the sweetness of tea.

image: yogiea.com

image: yogiea.com

My next goal is to purchase only organic, fair trade teas. I’d also like to grow my own herbs to make homemade teas- Body & Soul has a great article in it’s current issue about growing your own herbs and directions on how to make your own tea. If growing your own is not an option but you’d like to make your own tea, you can purchase herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Rebel Green

April 14, 2009

I just saw a post on Black Eiffel about Rebel Green. How cute is the packaging??

image: rebelgreen.com

image: rebelgreen.com

I love the designs of their produce bags! Most produce bags I’ve seen are plain and boring, but not these! How fabulous would it be to go shopping for organic produce with one of these guys??

image: rebelgreen.com

image: rebelgreen.com

Gorgeously Green

April 13, 2009

I just got done reading “Gorgeously Green” by Sophie Uliano. I started reading it almost a year ago and sort of put it off to the side for a while. I’m so glad I picked it up again- it’s such a lovely book!

Gorgeously Green

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In honor of this fabulous book, I’m going to do a special post (or postS) sometime soon detailing my “green” life. I’d also like to hear from all of you on what your favorite “green” books are. I hope to be hitting the library* very soon so I need some great suggestions!

*Speaking of the library, I’ve always been the kinda gal who purchased a book, read some of it, and then put it on a shelf. Sometimes I pick the book back up again, sometimes I don’t. It’s now occurring to me what a waste it is to do that. Why not take a book out from the library and then return it so someone else can enjoy it, instead of it sitting on a book shelf collecting dust for years. Seems like a no-brainer to me!

Maddy’s Organic Meals

February 18, 2009

I still find it hard to swallow (pun intended) that we feed babies preservative filled baby food found on grocery store shelves. I’ve always imagined being one of those mom’s who purees “regular” food for my baby/babies. But when that’s not an option, I definitely wouldn’t mind feeding the lil ones some of Maddy’s.

According to the owner, Dori:

“What mom doesn’t want the best for their child? Yet who has the time to shop, steam, peel, blanch, boil, sieve, and freeze baby food? Hence, M.O.M. was conceived to bring other families delicious meals that have passed the Madeleine test. Knowing that healthy taste preferences and eating habits are established early on in a baby’s life, I selected nutrient rich ingredients for each of my unique recipes. I also wanted to provide families with a variety of meal options that really take flavor to the limit. This is something that cannot necessarily be said of commercial baby food.”

As Eli would say “eeeeehhhmmmm!” (that’s his version of “mmmmmm”).