Green Clean with a Twist

Are you a paper towel freak? Do you use paper towels for cleaning and cooking and instead of cloth napkins? Well let me tell you something, using paper towels is not green my friend. Here are some great alternatives to you using paper towels – a company called Twist Clean has sponges for every occasion out there. From cleaning the kitchen to cleaning your unmentionables. Check out their selection here.

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.

Help Save Planet Earth Starting with Uranus

Uranus, foundesetofthree_cutoutd by two college students, is a new eco-friendly company that has just launched its line of soy underwear for women.

Soy fabric is eco-friendly and sustainable because of the way it is made. Soy fabric is manufactured from the by-products of soy food products, like tofu and soybean oil. Since the process uses materials that would otherwise be waste, it is considered to “close the loop” on soy. Not to mention the fact that its luxuriously soft and comfortable, often compared to silk or cashmere and more durable and longer lasting than cotton.

The Boyshorts(or Soyshorts as they call them) are sold in sets of three: One pair natural beige, one pair black and one pair moss green. The soyshorts are colored with 100% natural vegetable dye and packaged in burlap drawstring sacks that are 100% biodegradable. Check out Uranus Apparel.

Green Exercise Gear

904238_23152257Get into shape with these great eco-friendly exercise products.

Latex-Free Eco Exercise Ball Kit: Exercise balls enable you to improve core strength and balance and provide a firm, comfortable surface for a wide variety of activities.

The Original Eco Yoga Mat: The Original Eco Yoga Mat is composed exclusively of all-natural rubber and jute fiber. The Original Eco mat is the most earth-conscious and eco-friendly yoga mat option available today.

REI’s Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 Recycled Sit-On-Top Kayak: Great for surfing or cruising and stable enough for diving or fishing. Made from 100% recycled Ocean Kayak post-industrial plastic waste that’s actually stronger than the original material.

Eclipse Solar Gear The Reactor Solar BackPack: This stylish and smart backpack is the first in a line of backpacks with an integrated solar charging solution. Perfect for the student, mobile commuter, and outdoorsman, this backpack provides a quality pack with an integrated solar charging module for your high-tech toys.

Organic Workout Wear for Men and Women: Whether you want to kick back in comfortable casual wear, hit the road in a new pair of running shoes or stretch it out in some yoga clothing, these companies have the outfits for you. Find natural organic hemp clothing, 100% cotton, name brand athletic wear and comfy exercise clothes – there’s lots here to suit your style.

Solar Ray-Dio: Tune in to your favorite radio stations anytime and nearly anywhere with the Solar Radio. On a full charge, the radio will play for 8 hours. It’s lightweight and compact, making it ideal for travel.

Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

mosquitoCamping, cooking out, picnics, swimming at the lake, and whatever other fun thing you love to do in the summer, seem to all come with those pesky mosquitoes.

Here is some helpful ways to keep those mosquitoes at bay.

Try Planting Marigolds

Place the fragrant flowers in a garden bed to keep the insects away, their odor may deter mosquitoes, but to be sure they stay off you, its still best to apply repellent directly to your skin.

Other mosquito repellent plants are, Rosemary, Catnip, and Citronella Grass. Make sure and do some research before you buy these plants, do to the different needs of each plant. Some may not be right for your garden. Another help can be to plant basil near your doorway to keep the mosquitoes away. Another great tip would be to throw some herbs on the fire – Next time you barbeque throw some sage or rosemary on the coals to repel the pesky insects.

Mosquito Sprays –

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Spray

eHow has a How to Make Pesticide Free Mosquito Spray that you can try. Made with Thai Lemongrass, which contains citronella oil and is safe and effective in repelling mosquitoes.

EcoSmart Insect Repellent Powerful, all natural formula is made from organic plant oils, and keeps bugs away for hours.

So the next time your in need of some mosquito help, try some of these suggestions for a natural, safe repellent and enjoy the summer as it was intended.

The Best All-Natural Sunscreens

847571_26770997Did you know that most of the sunscreen you buy at the store are filled with potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into your skin and cause long last effects when used over time? This is a bad thing for any person but when you think about putting this sunscreen on babies and toddlers who tend to put their hands and feet in their mouth, we are essentially letting them lick the sunscreen. So not only is it leaching through their skin, they are ingesting it too.

The best way to protect your family from the sun and from harmful chemicals is to pick an all natural sun screen to use. Below are a few suggestions to help you find the best sunscreen for your needs.

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen – Naturopathically based, using only all-natural and organic ingredients.

erbaviva – Completely natural sunscreen for children and adults. SPF 15. Lightly scented with organic lavender and chamomile essential oils.

Badger All-Natural Sunscreen – Highly rated for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Working Group.

Aubrey Organics Natural Sun – Perfect for children and adults with sun-sensitive skin. With seven different kinds to choose from.

Marie Veronique Organics Creme Du Jour –  For sunscreen AND anti aging, their sunscreen formulas are non-comedogenic and are recommended for all skin types.

Purple Prairie Sun Stick – 100% Natural, biodegradable and environmentally safe.

Lavera Sun Block – Fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Certified all natural and contains organic ingredients.

California Baby Sunscreen – Unfragranced, PABA-free, non-chemical, perfect for any baby or child with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies.

Organica Deluxe Baby Products

44If you are concerned about the toys your baby puts in their mouth, the clothes they wear that is rubbing up against their little bodies, or the lotions and bubbles that are used on their skin daily, then you should see the wonderful products that Organica Deluxe offers for your little bundle of joy.

All products are organic and made with your little one in mind. From adorable 100% certified organic cotton fleece or 100% certified organic cotton velour blankets to organic cotton baby wear to natural and organic baby cream. Even the stuffed animals are dyed with metal-free dyes, making them a completely safe and non-toxic snuggle companion for your little one.

Their baby creams that they sell are Veda Baby products which are all natural and honestly pure skincare for those families that need skincare solutions for their childrens rashes, sensitive skin, and allergy challenged skin.

Seventh Generation

imagesIf you haven’t given Seventh Generation home products a try, let me just say that right now would be a great time to start. Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world’s most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. With a wide range of products including, laundry, baby care, feminine care, dishwashing, paper, and household cleaners.

They insure that every product is toxic-free and environmentally friendly.

Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment and making the world a safer place for this and the next seven generations.

They dedicate 10% of their products to non-profit community, health and responsible business organizations working for positive change.

7 Truths About Seventh Generation

  • They believe in a Living Home
  • Their products are a natural alternative that you can trust
  • Their products are effective
  • Their products are safe for people and the environment
  • Nature is their inspiration
  • They believe simple changes can make a big difference
  • They are the nations leading brand of natural household products

Seventh Generation suggests you compare labels of your regular cleaning products with their cleaning products. You will see that they list all of their ingredients and what they do. They think you will find quite a difference and you will see how their products can help contribue to a healthy lifestyle.

Eco-Me 100% Natural Kits for Home, Body, Baby & Pets

Eco-Me specializes in 100% natural do-it-yourself kits that are good for you and the environment, too.

We created a line of cleaning kits to help people make their own natural, non-toxic, chemical-free products. In March of 2005 my 36-year-old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. How does a healthy, athletic, spiritual and nutritionally organic young woman face the challenges of breast cancer? With no family history of this disease nor a lifestyle to promote it, could my sister’s breast cancer be linked to the pollutants in our environment or toxic chemicals in our homes? Is it possible that by simply cleaning your home you are creating a toxic environment? Could the chemicals in products that line our shelves lead to life threatening health risks? The need to remove unnecessary chemicals from our homes led our search for completely natural and chemical-free products. The only problem was finding the products. Most natural cleaners still use synthetic chemicals for colorants and add trace amounts of ammonia and harsh additives to their products. So we decided that if we wanted a truly natural product we would have to make it ourselves and a few months later Eco-Me was born.

How this works: Eco-Me‘s kits include easy to follow instructions and a 100% natural essential oil, different ones for each kit. You combine the oil with items you already have in your kitchen, such as, Vinegar, Water, Olive Oil & aluminum-free Baking Soda. Depending on if you are mixing it for body, home or pet, the ingredients you use will be different.

Go to Eco-Me‘s website and check out all the natural products they have.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic Soap

I was at Target picking up some much needed beauty supplies when I came across Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap for the first time. I saw that it was organic and I was checking the label and it read; Enjoy only 2 cosmetics, enough sleep & Dr. Bronner’s ‘Magic Soap’ to clean body-mind-soul-spirit instantly uniting one! I found this intriguing, that one soap could be used for your whole body and decided I would give it a try. It was just a small sample size so what did I have to loose?

I am now onto my second bottle, I love the product so much. Its smells wonderful and it leaves you feeling clean. Even the price is reasonable. I actually found some sample sizes on sale. They have the Pure Castile soaps in 8 different varieties. I have tried the peppermint and Lavender, both equally brilliant.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic Soaps are:

  • Certified Fair Trade
  • Made with Organic Oils
  • 100% Post Consumer Recycled Plastic Bottle
  • Not Animal Tested
  • Completely Biodegradable & Vegetable-based
  • Multi-Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses
  • No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives

For those of you who would like to know what “Castile” means, In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal (tallow) fat-based soap.

On Dr. Bronner’s homepage they are are offering a 15% off in the month of February on all Rose Liquid & Bar Soap, All Lotions, Lip and Body Balms. So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy yourself some fabulous Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.