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gdiapers, the cutest thing for a baby’s toushie

Posted in baby products, being green, gdiapers, petunia with tags , on May 20, 2008 by erin

I mentioned before about gdiapers. When Petunia was little (like 4 weeks little) I tried them out but it seemed either poo or pee ended up on the outside so I decided to switch to disposable. During my disposable diaper phase I noticed how much artificial coloring was on each diaper and on several occasions that ink appeared on Petunia’s skin. Why does there need to be colorful cartoon characters made of artificial yucky-ness on every single diaper? I was done putting these on my kid. So I tried the gdiapers once again and am totally diggin’ them. They look so cute on her but that’s not the only reason I love these things. They are really easy to use and I love thinking there is no artificial colors and no plastic next to her skin.

For those of you not familiar with gdiapers, they are composed of a washable cotton little g outer pant (that come in adorable colors), a washable snap in liner (you get two per diaper because these can get soiled more frequently) and a plastic free flushable diaper re-fill. Like I said, this re-fill is flushable and it’s easy, so easy. If you don’t choose to flush you can compost or even toss in the trash. They will decompose in 90 days, so much better than the 500 years it takes disposable diapers to decompose. I’ve washed and re-washed the other little g pant and liners many times and they are still in perfect condition. And I just found you can purchase the refills on http://www.1800diapers.com/, you can also get a starter kit there which comes with everything you need to test these cute diapers out.

Even this pretty woman loves them: http://www.vanityfair.com/services/presscenter/pressrelease/julia_roberts200712

Here’s Julia (from the Vanity Fair Interview above):

Diapers:
“I use Seventh Generation [chlorine-free, nontoxic] diapers for Finn and Hazel, and then I was turned on to the [plastic-free, flushable] gDiapers. Henry’s got a gDiaper on.… I would recommend them overall. It is flushable, but you’ve got to stir that thing! If you don’t really break it all the way up, it doesn’t go all the way down.”

So if you are feeling guilty about filling our landfills or just want something more natural give these a try. Click here to read why gdiapers are good for our planet.

G fact: Last year alone, 18-23 billion diapers went into landfills across America. That works out to be approximately 38,000 every minute and adds up to about 3.5 million tons of waste! (from gdiapers website)

PS I sound like a commercial. I assure you I am not. I just love these things!

 

Alba Botanica

Posted in aging, beauty, being green, products with tags on May 7, 2008 by erin

A few years ago I became suddenly aware I needed to take better care of my skin. It hit me like a ton of bricks at about 29. I’m not getting any younger and my skin will be with me until the day I die. I could either go about life as I had for the past 29 years neglecting my skin and one day cry over all my wrinkles or I could start doing something now to keep those wrinkles at a minimum.

I started with Mary Kay. I happen to like the product. It works for me and I like how my skin feels. My esthetician thinks it’s for old women maybe she’s right. For now my face is protected with this. Kelcey over at Mama Bird Diaries talked about Liive Botanicals, organic skin care. I may have to check this out and make the switch. I know she uses it and she is a fabulous New Yorker so it must be great!

That left the rest of my body, again sadly neglected against the sun’s harmful rays. I never remember to use sun block until I feel the sting of a sun burn or notice my skin turning pink. Too late! There’s already damage.

Then I stumbled across this: lotion and SPF 16 in one product by Alba Botanica. I am always looking to simplify my life. To me this is a no brainer. Hopefully my skin appreciates it as much as I.

Alba also makes some fab. lip gloss in coconut cream deliciousness. Tastes as good as it smells. The scent makes me feel like I’m on a beach soaking up the sun listening to the waves crash on the shore. I am also enjoying some snazzy shampoo and conditioner from them as well.

I did a little Internet research on this company and turns out Alba is committed to reducing their footprint to preserve and heal our planet for future generations. The don’t use any petroleum and use organic ingredients. Good stuff this Alba. I might have to use more of their products.

I just hope when I’m older I’ll thank myself for taking care of my skin early.

These are a few of my favorite things

Posted in beer, being green, Izze, New Belgium Brewery with tags on March 7, 2008 by erin

I feel I should lighten the mood around this blog.

A couple of months ago I mentioned a few of my favorite baby things here. Well, it’s time once again for a few of my favorite things but this time the theme is “things you can drink”.

The mother ship has landed. Oh, boy has it ever and its gooooood. Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer is the best beer crafted on the face of this planet. It even ranked above my beloved 1554 and Fat Tire. Most women I know would prefer a mixed drink of sorts, an apple-tini or lemon drop or possibly a nice glass of red wine. Not me. I am a beer girl, give me an ice cold brew the darker the better and in the bottle please. I am a beer snob though, it can’t be Coors light, no must be a micro. brew.

 

I’ll give you all the razzle dazzle on this Mothership Wit: The mothership has elevated the zesty wit or white beers of Belgium with wheat malt, coriander and orange peel spicing-all organically grown. The alluring taste is a result of citrus and sour flavors held in perfect balance with a bright burst of carbonation. And certified by the Oregon Tilth. I don’t think New Belgium beer is available everywhere but if you are lucky enough to have it in your town run to the nearest liquor store and get some! And if you are ever in the beautiful college town where this beer is brewed, check out the brewery. It is simply amazing. And is quite green, not as in color but as in production.

For my second favorite drinking item…da ta da da…..Izze. I don’t drink soda, pop, coke, sodapop whatever you call it in your neck of the woods. I just stopped and now it doesn’t appeal to me, but on a hot summer day I want a refreshing bubbly drink. That’s when I discovered Izze Sparkling Juice. Geeze I sound like a commercial. I assure you no commercial here, just stuff I love. Izze is made with 70% fruit juice and a splash of sparkling water made with no refined sugars, no caffeine, no preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors. Blackberry is my fav. flav. not to be confused with Flavor Fav., his show I do not like. Plus, who doesn’t like the word Izze.

Go out and try these “things you can drink”. I hope I cheered you all up after that last post. Happy weeks end.

 

Being Green-again

Posted in being green, kid products with tags , on February 12, 2008 by erin

Greenstylemom’s latest post reminded me of another thing we can all do to be green. Reusable water bottles, I have been devoted to Nalgene since my first year of college but recently found these super cute and safe (meaning no leaching contaminants into your water) bottles from Sigg. Made with a single piece of aluminum and eco friendly. They have a ton of cute designs and kid sizes too in fact, Greenstylemom is having a great give away. Check out her blog and you can be entered to win two Sigg bottles-one for you and one for your kiddo. I had no idea the company had been around for 100 years.

Being Green, Sort of.

Posted in being green with tags , on January 17, 2008 by erin

In the last couple of years everyone has become more aware of the term “being green”-in part thanks to Al Gore. My family has made some steps to help preserve our earth for the next generation. We don’t do a lot but I like to think what we do do (no, not doodoo) helps.
Let’s see we do things like:

  • recycle, (I just cringe when I see others throw away beer bottles or soda cans in the trash, cringe).
  • I use organic cleaning supplies (not sure if that one counts).
  • I bought shopping bags that I can use each week courtesy of Whole Foods and Sunflower Market (and I remember to use them every time!)
  • We have a Rinnai Direct Vent Furnace. It’s a technologically-advanced alternative to traditional central heating systems. They are compact and less expensive (use less gas) than central furnaces, yet they can heat a whole house. We have it on our main floor. It actually works-we didn’t break down and weep when our heating bill arrived, it’s awesome! My house has never been warm in the winter until we got this baby.
  • We have a tankless hot water heater*
  • Purchased wind energy from Renewable Choice in Boulder, CO
  • Use florescent light bulbs

I know there is so much more I can do to save this here planet. I could commute (yeah right, my city has crappy public transportation and with a kid probably not-if we got subways like NYC then yes I would commute. I really don’t have a place to commute to anyway seeing as I stay at home.)

Drive a Hybrid, sure, but they have to make one that looks great and holds all my kid and dog crap (not the actual dog crap, I meant all the stuff that goes with the kid and dog). Maybe these vehicles exist, I just haven’t seen one.

I tried using diapers that you can actually flush down the toilet. In my short experience with these diapers, they don’t work so great with newborns but might actually work nicely now. I think I’m going back to them. They are called gdiapers and are soooo cute! I didn’t flush them down the toilet though, just threw them in the trash and you can do that too since they decompose quickly.

Well, that’s the short list and pretty pathetic folks, Like Kermit said “It isn’t easy being green”. I am a huge consumer and waster. Embarrassing! Guess, I’ll need to research more ways of “being green”

*As a side note, this tankless hot water heater is NICE, I mean we NEVER run out of hot water. But, I’m not sure if it really is Eco-friendly. I have to run the water for at least a minute or two before the hot water actually makes it to it’s destination….saving gas, not saving water. In my city there are water conservation signs around that say:

DNT WST

All I can say in response is:

IIIIIII’MMMMMMM SSSSOOOOOORRRRRRRRRYYYYY