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Cloth Diapering 101

Type of Diaper Photo Description Price Prefold This is your basic cloth diaper. It is rectangular and thicker in the middle than on the sides. You can fold these diapers to make them appropriate for use on newborns and, unfolded, they can be used as baby grows, often up until potty training. These tend to be more affordable, and are generally sold in packets of 12. Remember, though, these must be used with diaper covers. $2 to $5 Contour Now we’re dealing... read more

Top 10 Natural Sunscreens

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), four out of five sunscreens do not provide adequate protection from the sun. Many of these sunscreens contain toxic chemicals which are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Here are the top 10 natural sunscreens according to the EWG: 1. Soléo Organics All Natural Sunscreen 2. Badger Sunscreen for Face and Body 3. Sanre Organic Skinfood Supple Sunshine, SPF 30 4. Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing Sunblock, SPF 30 5. Marie-Véronique Organics Crème Du Jour 6. California Baby Sunscreen... read more

List Of Fakers And Not Fakers

Organicgal007's List of Fakies and Not Fakies: I am working on updating this list. It was first created back in 2007 and first posted to this website around 2008. Currently the EWG's ingredient database is not available and it is one of my tools for classifying ingredient's tested safety. I promise to work on this list and bring it up to 2012 as soon as the database is back to being available to consumers.   I'm only judging products/companies for their personal body care lines (ie. shampoos, lotions, cosmetics, etc)... read more

Green Your Valentines Day

Low Impact Valentine's Day Dates Take a bike ride.  Not only does this get you out and about, it'll get the blood flowing for any physical activity you have planned for later on V-Day.  And of course, there's the added green karma for zero emissions transportation. Plan an outdoor picnic.  Who doesn't love sitting outside on a blanket, eating strawberries, sipping on champagne, and staring into someone's eyes?  Just make sure to bring your reusable cups and plates and your organic nibbles.  If you live somewhere with chilly weather in February, there's... read more

Make Your White Wedding A Little Green

This wiki will be your knowledge powerhouse for greening your wedding.  Let's face it, some of us have large families and they have large expectations!  But there is a way to make everyone happy, including the environment.  So if eloping isn't an option, here are a few ideas that might make you stay sane!     Preparations: Invitations: Naturally Ever After’s collection of wedding invitations are made from quality, recycled paper containing at least 30 percent post-consumer fibers. These wedding invitations and accessories combine nature-inspired... read more

Cloth Diapers Understanding The Terms Your Options Brands And Types

From: The Diaper Jungle ( Cloth Diaper Terminology AIOs, pockets, fitteds, doublers, can get a little confusing for a cloth newbie. Let us help you sort it all out. On this page we provide definitions for all the major cloth diapering products.  AIO - All-In-One - AIOs are fitted diapers that have a waterproof outer layer. This layer usually consists of fabric that has a PUL (PolyUrethane Laminate) backing, polar fleece such as Windpro, or wool. These are the... read more

Eco Friendly Audio Equipment

Do you love listening to your music on speakers? Does the thought of realizing how much you pay to run those speakers give you pause before you turn them on? There are good options for eco friendly and energy efficent iPod docks, stereos, speakers, etc.   iPod Docks Vers 2X wooden iPod dock The Vers 2X is a compact, all-in-one iPod dock. It plays and charges any iPod (or iPhone; it also comes with a universal MP3 dock in case you’re breaking the mold with a Zen or a Zune or something else). It has 2 3” 15-watt speakers, dual port design for... read more

Eco And Kid Friendly Toys

How To Identify Eco- and Kid- Friendly Toys What materials are the toys made of?  Start by identifying what materials were used to create the toy.  Good natural material options include wood, organic cotton and other fabrics (some folks like leather), and recycled metal.  Choose toys which are made with natural, easily recyclable, or recycled materials. Avoid toys made with plastic (typically these toys end up in the landfill and also may contain BPA which is harmful to your children). Where are the toys made?  The location where the toy is manufactured has a... read more

Places To Shop For Eco Friendly Clothes In Nyc

Places To Shop For Eco-Friendly Clothes In NYC Shopping for clothes shouldn't put a strain on the environment. After all we usually park and walk, or ride and walk, which puts us on the right track for starters and if the environment is doomed where are we gonna wear our "nice clothes". Soooo I decided to give everyone a little heads up about great eco-friendly shopping in the city, while at its best, we are saving the environment.   Vivavi 644 Manhattan Ave 2nd Fl Brooklyn, NY 11222 gominyc 443 E 6th St New York, NY 10009-6340 Phone: (212)... read more

Tampons Pads And Periods

Having your period isn’t exactly environmentally friendly.  Most feminine products are bleached with chlorine, and many involve plastic applicators or linings, which means they will not easily decompose.  Not to mention all that packaging, and the energy used in manufacturing!  Consider the following stats:   Each year, over 12 BILLION tampons and pads are USED ONCE and then tossed. Between 1998-1999, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas. In North America, there are 85 million women of menstruating age. An average... read more

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