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Green Moms

Even BUSY Moms can go GREEN! Share Practical Tips here on how you incorporate greener & healthier choices into your life.

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Comment by Rachel on December 1, 2009 at 11:29pm
Check out my Etsy Christmas posts (all through december). http://www.happygreenbabies.com/handmade/make-it-an-etsy-christmas-...
Comment by Christy on December 1, 2009 at 11:23pm
Great Earth Friendly Gift Ideas here

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Comment by Jaye Reilly on December 1, 2009 at 8:17pm
There's a really cool Ditching Disposables Event going on in my friend's blog. I posted all about it here. (Along with my praises to Cloth Diapers.)
Comment by Amy Musing on November 20, 2009 at 6:23am
If you're a green mom, then you care. Your heart is open. This post wrote itself. I just showed up. It's how I parent. The pulse of our home. The way I keep my boys' spirits charged as they go through difficult social years. http://www.amymusings.com/2009/11/20/i-write-love-letters-and-save-...
Comment by Julia Gersen on November 17, 2009 at 8:30pm
Hi Stephanie,

I'm a newbie to MBC but was excited to find this green mama group and just went to check out your green toy list - yay!! I'd love for you to take a peek at my company, Monkey Beanz where we create fair trade clothes, toys and nursery decor for the hip & modern family. I run the Monkey Beanz blog as well where I talk about fair trade, parenting, and culture. I believe strongly in products that really encourage creative play in kids and are made in the fair trade philosophy. Anyway, I'd be interested in getting your feedback on our toys. Let me know if you'd like to check anything out!
Comment by Stephanie Oppenheim on November 17, 2009 at 2:45pm
Just posted our Top Green Toys for 2009 on our independent consumer site, www.toyportfolio.com. If there's something we left off--let us know! We're always looking for new great toys to review and recommend.
Comment by Christy on October 22, 2009 at 11:39am

Back in the day, Halloween was different. It was a time to create, be imaginative, and it was a low-budget holiday. I still remember the countless decorations and costumes that were made out of old sheets and cardboard, not bought. The treats were homemade and trick or treating was done on foot. We used old pillowcases as candy bags! Back then, Halloween was green and it didn't even phase us. It was fun. Now, almost $6 billion a year is spent on costumes, candy, decor and other accessories, most of which are made from unhealthy, unsustainable materials, by people who may not be paid living wages or treated fairly. Most of the stuff - what isn't consumed - winds up in landfills. It is time to get back to basics - having good clean fun!

Environmentally minded businesses are increasingly finding one another to join together and strengthen the message. GreenHalloween is a non-profit, grassroots initiative striving to create healthier, eco-friendlier holidays - starting with Halloween. The mother and daughter team has come up with 25 Green Halloween tips to help with planning and reducing the cleanup. Here are some of their tips (to read all of their great tips and ideas, go to www.greenhalloween.org):

Apply the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to all of your holiday choices: costumes, décor, goodies, etc. Of the 3 R’s, reducing is the best for the Earth, our wallets and, in regard to food, our waistlines. Rent, borrow, make or acquire used, when possible, to avoid buying new, especially disposables.
Consider your costumes. The truth is, many store-bought costumes and accessories contain toxic chemicals that not only are a potential hazard to your child, but also to the environment and the people who helped to make them. Choose fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk or make costumes yourself from materials you know to be safe.
Trim your trick-or-treats. Hand out less ________ (fill in the blank). Preferably your goodies of choice are healthy and/or Earth-friendly, but even if they’re not, handing out just one (rather than the conventional handful) of something is better for kids, better for the planet and better for your bank account.
Choose eek-o-décor. Say ‘no’ to disposables and instead, re-use or re-purpose items you already own. Look also for items from nature and don’t forget to decorate with food (consumable décor). If you must use disposables, look for products that are reusable and recyclable items like Kids Konserve Party Pak.
Instead of buying a goodie bag use your Kids Konserve Reusable Lunch Sack, Kids Konserve Drawstring Bag, or a pillow case.
Make your own face paints – the recipe can be found in the book, Celebrate Green!
Invitations – use e-invitations or make your own from reused, recycled or tree-free sources.
Start small and build your confidence. Start simply by having (and using) a recycle bin at your party or by going bottled water-free. You can green up each of your next celebrations a little bit at a time until celebrating green-style becomes old hat. Small things add up to big things.
Don’t drive to trick or treat. Encourage your neighbors to go green and then go door-to-door near you. It’s good for you and the planet and builds community.

Kids Konserve wishes you all a safe, fun, and eek-o friendly Halloween!
Comment by Recupefashion on October 22, 2009 at 10:08am
if you like green, you will love my earth friendly shop, they are filled with re purposed items.

come and chekc out some cool HAlloween treats at Recupefashion and also at Beautyrecycled , perfect for your scrap booking and memorabilia and your parties and for other soireés.

Comment by www.genmaspeaks.com on October 18, 2009 at 7:27pm
good evening looking forward to getting to know moms
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