Sound Earth – All Natural, Cruetly Free, Products

SElogoSound Earth is a company that offers all natural, cruelty free household cleaning products along with baby products and scented sprays. Sound Earth believes in the “ripple effect”, What we do as individuals effects those around us and those around them and so on.

The great thing about their products is that they dont compromise on quality.

We manufacture environmentally friendly cleaning products with superior cleaning ability by carefully considering every aspect of production, including:

  • using our products in our homes before we sell them to you for use in yours.
  • refusing to engage in the abhorrent practice of animal testing in any stage of production.
  • packaging and shipping in easily recycled materials.

Sound Earth has been around since 2003 and still running strong. They donate 10% of their profits to organizations who share their philosophy and belief system.

To see all the products they offer click here.

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Pollution is the cause of about 40% of deaths worldwide. Such environmental degradation, coupled with the growth in world population, are major causes behind the rapid increase in human diseases.

  • 6,100 – the number of hospital admissions in California each year for respiratory diseases attributed to breathing ozone and particle pollution.
  • 1,400,000 – the annual number of lost workdays by Californians related to air-pollution related medical issues.
  • 10-15% of lung cancers that are diagnosed in nonsmokers.

Scorecard is the web’s most popular resource for information about pollution problems and toxic chemicals. Find out about the pollution problems in your community and learn who is responsible. See which geographic areas and companies have the worst pollution records. Identify which racial/ethnic and income groups bear more than their share of environmental burdens. Then take action as an informed citizen – you can fax a polluting company, contact your elected representatives, or get involved in your community.

Using Scorecard is easy, just type in your zip code to get your results for your county.

The Greenest Pink Ribbon Purchases

1121367_26475286October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Ecofabulous has a list of the Greenest Pink Ribbon Purchases online.

Use your pink ribbon buying power to choose the greenest pink ribbons, ensuring that your dollars still make a contribution to the cure, while supporting companies that are taking matters into their own hands and eliminating any chance of known carcinogens. We’ve rounded up our top ecofabulous picks for making the greenest pink ribbon purchases –  stock up now for the holidays!

Buy any of these great gifts in this list and a percentage of your purchase price will be dontated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

Living Green During Pregnancy

969794_66501285Even during pregnancy you need to continue making eco-friendly choices. Here are some helpful hints to keep you on the green path of decision making during your nine months of pregnancy.

1. Beauty & Skin Products: Try to stay from beauty products full of chemicals linked to birth defects, carcinogens, and ingredients derived from nonrenewable petroleum. There are plenty of organic/natural beauty products available. You can also try your hand at making your own beauty problems.

2. Drinking Water: Drinking plenty of water is important during pregnancy but what you drink out of is just as important. Some types of plastic water bottles contain phthalates. Make sure and choose smart plastic, check the bottom of bottles for #1, #2, #4, #5 and avoid #3, #6, #7.

3. Organic Food: Organic food is your best choice for both mother and baby when buying groceries. Keeping your body clear of any pesticides is always the best choice. The top 12 fruits and vegetables you should buy organic.

4. Household Cleaning Products: Look through all your cleaning products and examine the labels. Throw out anything that has flammable, hazardous or fatal. Try making your own non-toxic cleaners to keep the air clean in your home while your cleaning.

5. Paints: You will most likely want to paint the nursery for the new little one but be careful when choosing your paint. The chimicals and fumes in paint are volatile organic compounds and shouldn’t be near you or young children. Look for No or Low VOC paint, stains and varnishes. But even when these safer paint products are used, pregnant women should stay away during renovations.

Mix My Granola

mixmygranola_containerThe brain child of Andreas, Matt and Raoul, Mix My Granola was founded in 2008. They came up with the idea at breakfast one morning when they were talking about what they thought the perfect granola combination would be. After they realized each of them had a different idea of what that would look like and not being able to find those combo’s at the store they started making their own mixes.And from that came MixMyGranola.com: The website where YOU can custom-make your own granola. The way YOU like it!

The Container:

They treat the environment with respect and all of our packaging is 100% recyclable. A soy-based ink is used to print our labels, which means less chemicals are leaking into the environment.

Organic Ingredients:

They take great pride in our ingredients and have hand-picked all of our ingredients from the best producers in the U.S. Most of their ingredients are organic, and all their granolas, nuts and seeds are preservative-free and all-natural products. All fruits are dried fruits and have been carefully processed to preserve their natural flavors and nutritional value. All of their fruits, nuts and seeds are cholesterol-free.

How it works:

  1. You get to pick your granola base: Organic Granola, Low-fat Granola or French Vanilla Granola.
  2. You add your ingredients: Ranging from dried berries/fruits, nuts/seeds, extras such as M&Ms, animal cookies, jelly beans, chocolate raisins, etc.., and you can add enhancer powder.
  3. Then you get to give your granola mix a name.
  4. Finally you order.

Prices range from $4.49 – 4.99 for 16 oz. of granola and depending on the ingredients you add it costs anywhere between .49 – 1.99 for 1 oz. Shipping is free with a $40 purchase.

This is an interesting concept and one that I look forward to trying. Check it out for yourself and start enjoying your own personal granola.

No Waste Lunch – A Green, Healthy and Money-Saving Alternative

1101409_80042520Reading through the Happy Hippie I found an article on the No Waste Lunch – a green, healthy and money-saving alternative. Having kids in school I find it difficult sometimes to get them out the door on time with a no waste lunch. I tend to grab the quick and easy plastic baggies that you throw away. I want to be more intentional about what I send my kids to school with, keeping in mind the amount of trash that schools throw out daily and not wanting to add to it.

The basic steps as mentioned in the article are:

  • Reduce the amount of disposable waste you pack
  • Pack reusable products
  • Recycle anything you have left over

They sound easy enough – don’t they? And yes by each of us doing our part we CAN make a difference.

They have Easy tips for a no waste lunch. To read the full article click here.

September Bike Commute Challenge

bcc09_home_gfxWe all know its better to ride your bike to work than to drive your car as far as helping lessen your carbon footprint, but not always is it convenient. This month I am going to challenge you to Take The Challenge! and get on your bike and commute to work.

Brought to you by BTA, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a non-profit membership organization working to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon and SW Washington.

Join the friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can bike to work more during the month of September. The workplaces with the highest percentage of commutes by bicycle during the month win!

Whether you’re a rider or an employer, whether you’re thinking about trying bike commuting for the first time, or you’re an experienced rider, the Challenge is for you.

Here are some benefits of riding your bike to work:

  • Reduce air pollution
  • Saves money
  • Reduce harmful gases such as, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Methane, NitrousOxide
  • Reduce noise pollution

And lets not forget about the health benefits of riding your bike:

  • Increased fitness
  • Weight loss
  • Stress reduction
  • Heart benefits

To calculate how much impact your commute is having on the environment, check out the environmental impact calculator here.

Green Your Teeth Brushing

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Of course you don’t want green teeth but how about brushing your teeth and being eco-friendly(green) while doing it? When you think about being green, tooth paste is probably the last thing on your mind, its not a big deal, but it is. In this article, Toxic Toothpaste; The Environmental Impact of Toothpaste from Green Living Tips, you will see ingredients that are in most toothpastes and what problems they cause in the environment or in your body.

Toms Natural Care – Organic and SLS-free

Jason Toothpaste – Fluoride-free; certified organic; promotes healthy teeth and gums.

Natures Gate Oral Care – Fluoride-free, and created with botanicals utilized for their cleansing and balancing benefits.

Kiss My Face Toothpaste – Certified organic, contains no artificial colors or unnecessary ingredients.

Learn to make your own – Not only for savings is it good to make your own toothpaste but the knowledge of knowing what is in your toothpaste is a huge advantage.

Eco-Friendly Paint

693779_75065407Are you getting ready to paint your house? Inside or out, its important to use paint that is easy on the environment and on the family living in the house, that breaths in the fumes. Green Living Ideas has an article on the potential hazards of paints and what to look for in paint.  Here are a few companies to look at when you are ready to paint.

Devine Color – Interior Paint that goes on like yogurt. Low odor, low VOC, Eco-friendly, luxury paint and sheens. All of Devine Colors paints meet or exceed the strictest requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. They offer a full range of colors to meet all your painting needs.

The Real Milk Paint Co. – Milk paint is an environmentally friendly paint that is ideal for antique furniture, decks, floors and walls. You can mix milk paint with pigment powders to create just about any color. Real Milk Paint is completely safe, eco-friendly, non-toxic, lead free and not radioactive.

Benjamin Moore Paints, Aura Interior – Environmentally friendly coatings not only meet, but often exceed the strictest industry standards, while also delivering the premium levels of performance you expect from Benjamin Moore.

Olympic Premium Interior Paints – Combining an outstanding quality zero VOC formula that is better for the environment and dries with no lingering odor. Have a green home in any color you want.

How to Know if Your Antique China Contains Lead

1128197_74978027Another question that was posed to me the other day was “how do you know if there is lead in your antique or vintage china?” Again I didn’t know the answer to this. I decided that this is an important thing to know about the dishes we use and eat off of everyday.

Some of the old glazes on vintage china and pottery does contain some level of lead in them, so we have a right to be concerned. Even new china, if not stated lead-free, most likely contains some lead also.

They sell test kits that you can use at home to test your own dishes for lead.

Abotex/Lead Inspector Lead Test Kits – They come in 8, 24 and 100 test pack kits.

What Potential risk factors to look for:

  • China handed down from a previous generation. These heirlooms were made before lead was recognized as a hazard.
  • Homemade or handcrafted china, either from the U.S. or abroad, unless you are sure the maker used a lead-free glaze or high-temperature, commercial firing practices.
  • Highly decorated, multi-colored inside surfaces (the part that touches the food and drink).
  • Decorations on top of the glaze instead of beneath it.
  • Corroded glaze, or a dusty or chalky grey residue on the glaze after the piece has been washed. This type of china could be quite dangerous. Stop using it at once!

To minimize your risk of lead leaching off vintage and possibly newer china:

  • Do not eat off of it every day. Get some plain dishes for everyday.
  • Do not store food on vintage china in the refrigerator.
  • Never put vintage china in the microwave.
  • Avoid eating off vintage china that has painted or printed metallic decoration.
  • Be most cautious of very brightly colored china, as it is more likely to contain lead