Eco-Friendly Baby Products

If you have ever been around children, you probably know how much “stuff” they go through every day! It’s endless cleaning and feeding which, from an environmental standpoint, can leave lasting global consequences. That’s why Baby Avalon Organic products seem so appealing!

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I was reading a magazine and I came across an ad for the products. Intrigued, I went to their website and found all these goodies. Here’s what the site said:

Baby Avalon Organics delivers the best in safe and natural care for your precious baby. These gentle formulations are made with soothing, organic botanicals and nutrient-rich, organic plant emollients providing a healthier alternative for your happy, growing baby.

I like it! Do you see the organic baby wipes?! Amazing! I always felt guilty about using so many and using a face cloth all the time was gross and, with all the laundering, didn’t really save the environment too much, in my opinion. If you end up trying any of these products, come back and let us know!

For more information, visit their site!

 

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Google Introduces ‘Public Transit Maps’

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Transit works like Google Maps, but instead of giving the driving directions, it lets you know how you can get where you’re going without a car. All you have to do is type in your starting position and your destination and Google finds the quickest way possible. It will let you know what bus you need to take, walking distance, and even transit schedules.

This is a great tool for those of you who are trying to rely more on city transit. By taking public transportation you will be saving thousands of tones of CO2 gases each year.

Google Maps Public Transit

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Reusable Green Bags and Bins For Groceries

One of the first major changes our family made was related to how we sobeys reusable bagsshopped and brought home our purchases. We decided to invest in some reusable shopping bags. Before I talk about that, I need to get on my soapbox and talk about how using reusable bags is received in the marketplace. Many times, I can see the irritation, disdain and even panic (yes, panic) on the face of the cashier who realizes I have these bags. To deal with this, I have learned to pack them the best that I can and then offer (sometimes insist) to pack my items myself. I know it embarrasses my husband sometimes but I don’t care – I’m not going to take plastic bags just because they don’t know how to deal with my reusable ones. I find it especially unacceptable in stores that sell the bags. Is there no training or meeting about them? Alternately, in places like Wal-Mart that offer “self check-out” I do the whole thing myself just to avoid the whole thing.

Anyway, let’s talk about the bags. The green one (pictured above) is from Sobey’s/IGA. These are my favorite bags. I do have some from PC Shopping BagCalgary Co-Op and Safeway but they do not measure up to the Sobey’s ones. These bags are large, easy to pack and can stand on their own. Because they aren’t fabric, they do not leak. The disadvantage is that they cannot be washed like the others can, so you have to decide what your needs are. They are also guaranteed for life. To learn more about the bags, click here.

If you need or prefer a fabric bag, I would have to suggest the ones made by President’s Choice (the black one pictured to the right). They are made with 85% post-consumer recycled plastic which I find incredible. The bags are very roomy but they can be more difficult to pack since they do not stand alone. Still, being able to wash the bag is a major perk. We have a good number of these bags and I really like them. To learn more, click here.

Once we started using the bags, we realized that we needed something PC Shopping Green Binelse. We buy a lot of melons and they took up too much space in our bags. Plus, there are items that are too large for the bags so we knew we needed something else. What did we get? These fabulous green bins! We do a lot of our shopping at places like M&M Meat Shops and Costco and our items fit very nicely into these bins. They are also made by President’s Choice and they can be purchased from retailers that carry PC products, such as Superstore and Loblaws. They are very versatile and if you buy more than one, they stack nicely in the trunk (we even store our reusable bags inside of them). To learn more, click here.

We are very committed to eliminating plastic bags and I cannot even begin to explain how good it feels to make this change. I feel proud when I notice the curious looks I get from other shoppers at the checkout counter. I feel like I’m sending a message without having to say a single word!

 

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Actor David Duchovny Goes Electric

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Actor David Duchovny (most famously of “The X-Files) and his wife, Ta Leoni (“Spanglish”) have chosen to forego a “luxury” vehicle in favor of an electric car (Toyota Rav-4). It’s great to see celebrities (who can basically buy any car they want) making sensible and responsible choices.

It’s becoming easier to go electric with manufacturers beginning to jump on board. Click here to go to a website filled with information about the available models!

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Growing a Garden Indoors

aerogrow aerogarden garden system black lgLiving in the city can be the opposite of living green. But there are ways to incorporate green living with urban living. Growing a garden indoors is a great way to flex your green-thumb and get the best your organic garden can offer. This also gives a way to introduce nature through growth to your children.

A company in Washington, U.S.A. specializes in greenhouse or hydroponic equipment. These organic plant growers are great tools for getting your home garden off the ground. And if you don’t enjoy the magic of technology, grow herbs in your kitchen.

Source: Indoor Garden

 

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Wind Energy Being Harnessed In Cities?

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When you think windmills you picture these large, bulky propellers sitting on a long poll in a farmstead. Wind power is becoming more and more popular among suburban/urban dwellers as an alternative to solar power. Solar energy is great and they are becoming more affordable, however, they are still expensive and they only provide some of your household electricity needs.

Wind power can produce more electricity, averaging an amazing 90% of your household needs. They are expensive as well, but they require land to build them on. Mounting them on the roof of a house is possible but will cause some audible annoyances inside. So, in the past windmills have been reserved for country-people.

Well the tables have now been turned and one can have wind power to generate a suburban/urban home. Check out the new Skystream Residential Windmill and get your family home green.

Source: Southwest Windpower, Inhabitat

 

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New Cars Coming Equipped With Tire Pressure Monitors

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I’ve written about this a few times and I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your car tires properly inflated. You need to get your cars recommended pressure, which can be found on the driver-side door. Because of the importance of keeping your tires properly inflated it has been decided that all new cars will come equipped with pressure gauges.

“Starting in all 2008 models, autos sold in the U.S. will be equipped with a TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system. When your tire pressure is low, your car will automatically warn you by lighting up a signal on your console.” – Treehugger

Keep your family and the environment safe by running your vehicle at its maximum efficiency.

Source: treehugger.com

 

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Car Pooling Made Easy

My Car Pool StationFinding a carpool has never been easier. MyCarPoolStation.com delivers a comprehensive search for car-poolers in your area, for work or school. The site offers security checks on drivers as well as a rating system for reliability.

Nothing is perfect but if you need to get out of the traffic and expensive city parking lots try car-pooling. You can also check their on-line calculator to see how much CO2 you are saving.

If still unsure ask around at you work and find people who live in your area. You might be surprised to find a neighbour who feels the same way about driving to work.

MyCarPoolStation.com

 

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Broccoli May Be Key Immune System Booster

BroccoliWe all know that eating broccoli is good for us. “We should have more fruits and vegetables in our diet,” ya we know. I mean I’m not going to snack on raw broccoli, but my favourite dish just so happens to be chicken & broccoli stir-fry (no lie). I suppose that counts… Anyways, if you’re not getting enough greens in your diet you may be missing out on some important immune system boosters.

A new study with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that broccoli, cabbage and kale contain a chemical that can stop cancer cell growth when tested in animals. More study needs to be done to prove their claim but regardless we need to have the healthy foods in our diets.

To get the most vitamins out of any vegetable or fruit you need to eat them fresh and uncooked. That’s not always practical, so as a rule of thumb boiling is better than steaming, fresh is better than canned, and ‘the more the merrier.’

Source: Washington Post

 

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Composting Toilets

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Alright I’m not sugesting switching you home’s toilets for composting toilets, but these things do have some advantages over traditional ones. They are great for camping, cottages, RV’s or other places or homes that don’t have city sewers. They come with a pricetag but its cost can be justified when you concider the money you would save building a septic system at your cottage.

We’ll just thought I’d throw this one at you for the sake of the environment even though I’m noy completely sold on them. Perhaps someone who has used one of these things could comment on their performance.

Source: Envirolet.ca

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