Despite the weather forecast, there’s no denying it: It’s spring!
Despite the weather forecast, there’s no denying it: It’s spring!
Picture it. You’re sitting by the pool with a tall mojito on a hot day. You of course have a hat and sunscreen because you’re sun savvy. And if you’re eco-savvy, you also are in the shade because you don’t want the glare to blank out your tablet screen since on your tablet, you have access to almost every magazine you could want, right at your fingertips. Oh, this part isn’t a fantasy, by the way. It’s super easy. All you have to do is download the Next Issue app. Then, right there, you’ve got it all. (more…)
Updated: The giveaway will be going to
It’s tough, staying hydrated and caffeinated in an eco-unfriendly world. Too easy it is to grab a plastic disposable water bottle or a takeaway coffee cup and paper sleeve. Awesome Canadian company OtterBottle has been trying to change that, one green consumer at a time. They originally introduced a snazzy line of reusable water bottles in fantastic, funky designs. Now they’ve gone a step further: They’re eco-fying your coffee cup and lunch break by introducing a gorgeous new line of insulated food and drink containers, with stylish insulated lunch totes to carry it all in. (more…)
As a new(ish) mom, it’s really hard to know what you’re going to actually need for your kid. And when. And once you figure out that you need something, there’s usually about 15 different versions of that thing, and you don’t know what’s really good until you get the chance to try it out, and then you end up with a bunch of said item that you don’t like and one you do, so the one gets used and the rest get piled somewhere. (Much to the chagrin of my husband.)
So, I’m here to tell you, that here’s one item you will love.
Untangled Living creates stainless steel children’s dishware. They very kindly sent me a set to test way too long ago, ha. But at the time I received it, my kid wasn’t interested in using cups or bowls or plates or utensils; only now at 13 months is she starting to show some indication that she gets the concept that things like food go inside other things like bowls as opposed to just flinging it across the room. Now that she can be trusted within some level of reasonableness to not just tip her cheerios out of the bowl the second I give it to her, we’re able to use it. Hooray!
The set comes with a kid-sized square plate, little bowl, little cup and a knife and fork. They’re very simply decorated with either a little gecko or a little butterfly (score big points for tasteful kids’ stuff!) and are perfectly sized for little hands. The plate I particularly love, because it isn’t just a flat plate: it has a nice wide lip all around the edge to keep things from falling off (at least, not falling off *easily*). They’re lightweight, dishwasher safe, totally non-breakable (hear that, glass?) and almost 100% perfect. The only downside: when they do hit the floor they’re kind of loud. But my daughter sees that as an upside, actually, so.
The set retails for $44 CDN. You can order the butterfly or the gecko set (or both!) from their online store, or from one of their fantastic retailers.
But you know what? I have one to give you. Aww. Just go to the Untangled Living website and come back here and tell me in the comments what your favourite part of Untangled Living is by Wednesday, August 25. Make sure you leave me an email address (if you put it in the format name AT domain DOT com it can’t be scraped by a spammer) or another way to contact you. Good luck!
Well, that was quite a week, wasn’t it? The aim for doing a blast of giveaways during the week surrounding Earth Day was twofold: One, to raise awareness of environmentally friendly products, services and initiatives, and Two, to get some very cool stuff in to the hands of my readers. In case you missed anything last week, here’s the list of giveaways:
Gorgeous T-Bag and Company Reusable Bags – comment by Tuesday, April 27.
Green Works Cleaning Products – Comment by Tuesday, April 27.
Brita Limited Edition Green Water Filter Pitchers – Comment by Wednesday, April 28.
OtterBottle reusable water bottle – comment by Wednesday, April 28.
SIGG reusable water bottle – comment by Friday, April 30.
Abby Sprouts Organic Onesie and discount code – comment by Thursday, April 29.
Verve Cards one year membership – comment by Thursday, April 29.
The Green Blue Book – comment by Friday, April 30.
Organic Manifesto book – comment by Friday, April 30.
Comment on one, or comment on all – sky’s the limit and good luck!
Congratulations to SimplySolar who said…
As a fitness buff, I can definitely attest to the fact that organic eating will definitely increase performance.
I`ve been sold for awhile!
You’re getting a copy of the Organic Manifesto from Rodale Publishing!
I’ve been thinking: Organic food’s been getting a bad rap lately. Since a 2009 study pronounced that organic food was no more “healthy” than non-organic food, many people have wondered why they’d spend the extra money. I had a big problem with that study, because it totally missed the point of why people buy organic in the first place. If you’re wondering why we do, then there’s a great new book for you to read: Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe
Written by Maria Rodale, founder of Rodale Publishing, the book is described as eye-opening, spectacular, and passionate. Organic Manifesto explains in detail exactly what organic food means for us and for the planet. From the website:
Rodale was founded on the belief that organic gardening is the key to better health both for us and for the planet, and never has this message been more urgent. Now Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., sheds new light on the state of 21st-century farming. She examines the unholy alliances that have formed between the chemical companies that produce fertilizer and genetically altered seeds, the agricultural educational system that is virtually subsidized by those same companies, and the government agencies in thrall to powerful lobbyists, all of which perpetuate dangerous farming practices and deliberate misconceptions about organic farming and foods. Interviews with government officials, doctors, scientists, and farmers from coast to coast bolster her position that chemical-free farming may be the single most effective tool we have to protect our environment and, even more important, our health.
If you’re considering going organic – or perhaps more importantly, if you’re not – this book is a must-read. Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe is available at Amazon, Chapters and other retailers.
And – I have a copy to give away compliments of Rodale! Simply comment on this post detailing what your reasons are for learning more about going Organic by Friday, April 30th. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you. I’ll draw a name at random and contact you directly. Good luck!
Congratulations to Ash who said…” Pick just one scary fact eh?
1581 gallons for 1 pound of beef – sure helps reaffirm sticking with the vegetarian lifestyle!” You’re getting a copy of The Green Blue Book!
It’s kinda turning into water week here on ecochick, what with bottles and filters and all kinds of great tools to help you use water in your home more wisely. But there’s another way to think about water consumption, and that is how much water went in to the production of the things we eat and use before we actually have them in front of us – what’s called “imbedded water”. And it’s the majority of water use on the planet. Did you know, for example, that that cup of coffee you’re sipping while you’re reading ecochick actually consumed 37 gallons of water before it got to you? Or how much water that cow needed to get that steak on to your plate? Or even, how much water it takes to make the paper cup at your water cooler (answer: 6 gallons!) It’s time for us to realize exactly what the true water impact is in the things that we consume, and what the actual cradle-to-grave impact is of anything that we use. Enter The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life. From the website:
In The Green Blue Book, you’ll find hundreds of simple tips for water savings in the home, garden, office, and when on the go that will help you make a difference without making big changes in your life.
Thomas Kostigen shows how to save water not just by turning off the tap, but through discovering “virtual water,” or the water embedded in the products we use every day. By making better decisions about which food, clothes, and household necessities to use, each of us can save thousands of gallons of water—and help avert the water crisis unfolding around the globe.
Water will be the next crisis if we don’t act now. So let’s start acting, and use the tips in this book as a great starting point.
You can buy The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life Amazon, Chapters or other book retailers – or – you can head over to http://www.thegreenbluebook.com/ and watch the very enlightening video, then come back and tell me which fact about water scares you the most. Ha. Leave me your comment and a way to contact you by Friday, April 30, and I’ll tell a random commenter that they’ll be receiving a copy of the book compliments of Rodale Publishing. Good luck!
Congratulations to Kim who said…
“I’m a little partial to the Halloween one “In Costume, Anything Goes”. Hee!” You’ve got the VerveCards membership!
We all know there’s a thousand and ten e-card sites out there. So what makes VerveCards noteworthy? Very simply, it’s the delivery. To send a VerveCard, you simply log on to your portal and select from the long, long list of card designs – birthday, anniversary, loads of holidays, even Earth Day! The cards are uniquely designed with bright colours, great sentiments and funky shapes. But the best part: VerveCards doesn’t just send you a link to someone’s website. The card gets delivered – paper-free – straight to your friend’s/mother’s/husband’s/whoever’s inbox, so they can see the card and message from you right then and there. Simple and brilliant.
You can send your cards immediately or schedule for later (get everyone’s birthday done at once!) and send cards to multiple recipients. And at $14.95 for a 1 year membership, it’s the cost of buying and mailing about two snail mail cards – how cost effective!
Think you could put VerveCards to good use? I have a one-year membership to give away to a lucky reader. Just head on over to the website and tell me what your favourite card is in the comments. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you, and comment by Thursday, April 29. I’ll notify the randomly selected giveaway recipient directly. Good luck!
Congratulations to Food According To Karen who said…
“There are so many things on the website it’s hard to pick. However, the Classic Dump Truck By Sprig is adorable. My grandson is at the ‘vrrmvrrm’ stage and would love the dump truck.” You’re getting an organic onesie!
One of these days, I will write a long, boring-to-most post about cloth diapers, slings, sleep sacks and all the other stuff that you get in to when you’re trying to be an eco-friendly modern mama. Until then, my short summary on those items is:
1. Cloth diapering is awesome and better (functionally) than disposables. And trust me, I’m as squeamish as you are.
2. The sling saved my life for the first six months.
3. The sleep sack saved my life for the next three months (and counting).
And it’s always nice to find a one-stop shop where you can pick up all of these great baby needs and more all under one (virtual) roof. Abby Sprouts is based in Victoria, BC and is your one-stop shop for green, personally-tested baby and mama goods. From their website:
After being frustrated with searching for safe products throughout my pregnancy and for my baby I decided the green family needed a place where the leg work was done for them. I select every product Abby Sprouts sells based on earth friendliness, play factor, enjoyment, quality, and functionality. If it’s junk we don’t sell it. I’m a true believer in buying less but buying good quality.
From toys to clothes to an excellent selection of cloth diapers (including the favourite around here, Fuzzi Bunz), Abby Sprouts strives to provide a great and easy shopping experience, all while adhering to their own green policies. Check out their website or follow them on Twitter. And once you’re ready, use the code “EcoChick” for a 10% discount off everything on the site, including sale items. And shipping is free if you spend over $99. Nice!
And because Steph at Abby Sprouts is awesome, she gave us an adorable Love Peace Organic Cotton Onesie to give away (hooray!) So just scoot on over to Abby Sprouts and tell me what your favourite product is in the comments by Thursday, April 29. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you (email, blogger profile, whatever works). Giveaway recipient will be selected at random and notified. Good luck and happy green!
Congratulations to cyndi who said…Love,love love the butterfly jewel design.
You’re getting a SIGG bottle!
Did I mention that I think disposable plastic water bottles will be the downfall of our society? Have I mentioned that? Hmm. Well, if I didn’t before, I did now. And truly, why would anyone want to use horrible petroleum-based plastic water bottles when you could carry your own water – costing you pennies from your own tap – in such style as these gorgeous design bottles from SIGG? This 102-year old Swiss company started manufacturing their single-colour coated drinking bottles in 1980, and get this – the trendy, multi-colour coated bottle was admitted to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1993. Now that’s style!
Seriously – just fill your bottle (from the tap or your brita filter) and go. So easy! SIGG bottles are lightweight, fully recyclable, and are dishwasher safe although SIGG does recommend hand washing. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, and dozens upon dozens of designs.
And, guess what? Yeah, you guessed. I have one to give away. Wheee! Just head on over to SIGG and figure out your favourite bottle design (it’ll take a while. there’s lots.) then come back over here and tell me which one it is in the comments by Friday, April 30. (Note: the design of the bottle given away may or may not have any relationship to the bottle you like best, heh.) Make sure you leave me a way to contact you! I’ll select a name at random and notify the recipient. Good luck!
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