Raising Green Babies – Eco-Friendly Baby Showers

Even before the baby arrives you can get started on being more green, beginning with your baby shower. What is an Eco-friendly baby shower? Examples would be using real dishes, cloth napkins, decorating with potted plants, serving local food, gently used gifts and recycling the gift wrap.

In an article by Anne Laufe, Growing a Green Baby, out of the Metro Parent: Your Baby & You, she suggested:

  • If someone is throwing you a baby shower, talk to them and ask them to spread the word and that you would love to receive cloth diapers and toxin-free toys.
  • Choose a second-hand shower. Let your friends know you’d prefer to receive gently used baby clothes, pre-owned books, or hand-me-downs that their children have outgrown.

Tinyfootprints has come up with a Baby Shower kit, this kit provides expectant parents and their baby shower hosts a one-stop, hands-on guide for organizing a fun and “Eco-healthy” baby shower. I think the biggest problem facing expectant parents is the mass amount of new items they receive and most often, don’t even need or themselves go out and buy, thinking they will need it and don’t ever use it.

  • Step 1 Choosing Baby Shower Gifts
  • Step 2 Place – Locally owned and operated, serves local, organic or seasonal food.
  • Step 3 Decor – Use reusable decorations, real dishes, silverware, cloth napkins, potted plants, if you use cut flowers, find local sustainable flowers.
  • Step 4 Invitation – Use recycled paper and make your own invitations. Explain a bit about the eco-healthy aspect of the shower.
  • Step 5 Shower Activities – Try the Alphabet Cookie Game.

Check out EnviroMom for help with all your green family needs.

My Product Crush List

I have fallen in love with my latest all natural beauty products and want to share them. Not only do they all work effectively, but in addition they are all natural and I feel like I am pampering myself when I use them. These are my top five:

#5Mango Satin Soap for Hands and Face” by JASON.
WHY: I use this soap as a body wash, it has a fruity smell that is not overpowering and it is a great moisturizer.

#4Apple and Green Tea Clarifying Conditioner” by JASON.
WHY: My hair feels genuinely clean and soft.

#3 “Professional Lacquer” by Zoya.
WHY: This product is the exception to the list because it is not organic but it is free of formaldehyde,toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor, all harmful chemicals usually found in nail polish. Try the color “Jacy.”

#2 “Brilliance Vanishing Wrinkle Lotion” by zia. WHY: I am good taking care of my face with this lotion because it repairs wrinkles and protects my skin with SPF 15.

#1 (I would not want to live without!) “Apricot Scrubble,”
WHY: It is an intense exfoliating face wash by JASON. I don’t do the whole gentle cleanse thing on my face.

Not all of my beauty products are organic, but hopefully soon they will be. My goal is to replace all of the unnatural products with organic ones. I think it is important to use products, especially on your face and body that aren’t a threat to your health. All of these products and brands can be ordered online, very convenient!

Raising Green Babies – Green Baby Products

As we start to incorporate ways to be more green into our own lives, whats better than starting our little ones right and raising green babies. I didn’t realize how many green options are out there for baby products so here are a list of the few that I found that seem to be doing the job of being green.

~Green Diapers~

  • Seventh Generation – Offering chlorine free diapers, wipes and training pants. They also have natural baby laundry liquid detergent free of dyes and fragrances, non-toxic and biodegradable.
  • gDiapers – These are interesting, the best cloth and disposable in an earth friendly diaper. gDiapers consist of a washable, cotton outer pant and a plastic-free flushable refill. The refills can be flushed, composted or tossed. The refill breaks down in 50-150 days.
  • Nature Babycare – These diapers are 100% chlorine free based on corn instead of plastic, 100% compostable, breathable and extremely kind for the baby.
  • Tender Care Diapers – White Disposable Diapers with Unbleached Materials & Certified Non-Chlorine Bleached Wood Pulp from Scandinavian Sustainable, Renewable, Family-Owned Forests. Non-Toxic Soft Super absorbent, Latex-Free, Perfume-Free, TBT-Free, and GMO-Free.

~Green Baby Food~

  • Earths Best – Earths Best is a line of certified organic baby food that provides 100% pure and natural nutrition for infants-all grown without pesticides, herbicides or genetically engineered ingredients. From babies to toddlers.
  • Gerber Organic – Gerber now offers USDA certified organic fruits and veggies.
  • Similac Organic Baby Forumla – Formula that is certified USDA organic. They have Similac Organic in powder form and ready to feed formula.

~Green Baby Bath Products~

  • Burts Bees -Offering earth friendly, Natural diaper care, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby bubble bath and baby lotion.
  • Little Twig – Offering safe and natural bath products, made with organic and botanical ingredients. They have a recycling program, offering a 30% discount on the next purchase with the return of four full-sized, empty containers.
  • California Baby – Has a great line of diaper care, baby moisturizers, and baby bath products. All California Baby products are organic and sustainable, free of dyes, colors, synthetic fragrances, sulfates and DEA. They just recently updated their packaging to be more green and earth-friendly.

Garbage Disposal vs Garbage Can

I was watching the news the other day and saw a piece about garbage disposals and how in some cities they have banned the use of garbage disposals in homes to alleviate the strain on the sewer systems. As I read more about it, I found that its debatable, some say yes its bad in certain conditions and others say no, its not bad.

Why you should use a garbage disposal –

1. Leftovers from your disposal make their way to the waste water treatment plant and the stuff that gets separated from the water is either land-filled, condensed into fertilizer, or digested by microorganisms.

2. Trucking all that garbage to the landfill takes a considerable amount of energy.

3. The decomposition of your trash in the landfill will likely result in more damaging greenhouse gas emissions.

Why you should use the garbage can –

1. Evidence that the effluent that is pumped back into local water streams does affect their chemical composition and aquatic life.

2. You use a lot of water using a disposal.

3. You’ll be indirectly responsible for the extraction of the metal needed to make the disposal.

From Slate.com – Under normal circumstances, you should always compost if you can. Otherwise, go ahead and use your garbage disposal if the following conditions are met: First, make sure that your community isn’t running low on water. (To check your local status, click here.) Don’t put anything that is greasy or fatty in the disposal. And find out whether your local water-treatment plant captures methane to produce energy. If it doesn’t—and your local landfill does—you may be better off tossing those mashed potatoes in the trash.