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Welcome to Summer :: Green Sunscreen by Laura
June 30, 2009, 6:30 am
Filed under: Product Reviews

Since I’m currently enjoying Chicago – here’s some summer fun for everyone.

Welcome to the hot and steamy Summer!

What’s the one necessary for this time of year? Sunscreen. Why not go a little green with the sunscreen? Oh I love whitty rhyming!These mineral-based blockers offer all-over protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays:

Nature’s Gate. Nature’s Gate sun care offers efficient, safe protection with added soothing benefits of natural botanicals, skin-nourishing oils and antioxidant vitamins to keep skin healthy-looking and protected against the damaging rays of the sun.

john masters organics. This natural sunscreen combines titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide all-over skin protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays. Extracts of green tea, shea butter and jojoba oil hydrate, moisturize and replenish the skin of vitamins and minerals. Provides SPF 30 protection.

Beyond Coastal. Real broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection for people who care what they put on their skin. NOURISH – without being greasy, oily and laden with chemicals / REPAIR –  ANTI-OXIDANTS – Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Vitamins C and E fight free radicals and restore skin cells / HYDRATE –  with natural ingredients, not harsh chemicals / FRAGRANCE FREE, OIL FREE AND PARABEN FREE

Jason. PABA-free, alcohol-free and water resistant, each formulation provides the best possible defense from the sun without irritation. Great for the entire family! Also, enjoy their after sun Aloe Gels, Witch Vera Gels and Tea Tree Gels.

Badger Balm. Take care of your skin naturally with high-quality, all natural sunscreen and after sun (and everyday) care! Badger SPF is highly rated for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Working Group. The SPF formulas are water resistant, safe for children of all ages, block both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturize while they protect your skin. These natural, physical barrier sunscreens are made with zinc oxide instead of chemicals.

ALSO – Check out Alternative Consumer’s Favorite Green Finds for the Summer!


Meghan Monday: I’m crafty AND clean! by Meghan
June 29, 2009, 7:26 am
Filed under: General Posts

purecleanOne of the main side effects of being a crafty girl is that I feel like I’m constantly cleaning up SOMETHING. I’m very lucky that the guest bathroom is right across the hall from my craftroom which makes cleaning up a bit easier. All this cleaning got me thinking about green cleaning. And then I picked up the latest issue of Real Simple magazine which had some green cleaning ideas and products that I thought I would share.

The first thing that caught my eye was an article about washing your car. Should you do it at home or at a car wash? The article talks about how washing your car at home definitely save money, but dropping it off at the car wash saves time.  But how do these two methods of car washing affect the environment. If you wash your car at home, all the dirty water, tinged with traces of motor oil, antifreeze, and gasoline, runs down the driveway and into storm drains. All of this dirty water then ends until in local rivers and creeks. Not good! On the other hand, at the automatic carwash (or even a full service car wash), all that dirty water is subject to waster-water laws. This means that it ends up at a local sewage-treatment plant, where it is filtered and cleaned. Fantastic! Also, automatic car washes tend to use as little as 30 gallons of water per car. But at home, you tend to use that amount of water in about 4 minutes! So next time you need to wash your car, think about the environmental impact.

Palmolive has introduced a new Pure + Clean dish soap. No unnecessary chemicals, no heavy fragrances, non-irritating dyes, and no harmful residue left on dishes. If you check out their website you can get a coupon for 75 cents off. They also offer eco-friendly dish soap for your dishwasher.

So next time you are going to wash dishes, clean your car, or just clean up the mess you just made in your craft room, think about the impact its going to have on the environment and make some eco-friendly choices.

Happy Friday! :: Fresh Finds Giveaway by Laura
June 26, 2009, 8:16 am
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

Enter to win all of these great “green” products from Natural Home!

  • 1 set of four Global Exchange placemats
  • 1 12-ounce jar Organicville salsa
  • 4 boxes Choice Organic whole leaf tea
  • 1 bottle John Masters Organics face mist
  • 1 bar OH! Soaps carrot soap
  • 1 size medium Beckons Organic cami dress
  • 1 Blue Q overnighter tote bag
  • 1 totes Eco’brella
  • 1 Ikea solar cell lamp
  • 1 20-ounce can FOMO Handi Seal Eco Foam

THEN, go and enter their contest for “green” kitchen products!

ADDITION: Enter to win Eco Flip Flops. Good Luck!!

Thrift Thursday :: Urban Outfitters Sale by Laura
June 25, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Thrifty Thursdays

Urban Outfitters is having a sale in their sale section! 15% off will be taken off at checkout for all of their “Sale” items, until midnight on the 30th of this month. Check out some of their cool “green” items!

(Prices do not include shipping or the 15% off)

2×3 Recycled Woven Mat – $9.99

Recycled Ruler Box – $7.99

Recycled Single Stem Flower – $9.99 (I’ve seen these in stores, VERY cool)

Recycled Magazine Mirror – $39.95

Botanical Printed Recycled Magazine Coil Frame – $11.99

EcoTools :: New High-Quality Bath & Beauty Products! by Laura
June 23, 2009, 11:31 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

Green, Clean, Go! Too bad these are just getting released now, it’d be perfect for my trip next week! I might still go peek at Walgreens and cross my fingers.

EcoTools, the maker of great eco-friendly beauty tools, like makeup brushes, scrubbers, etc. have now come out with bath and beauty products!

With fun names like:

CLEAN SKIN, CLEANER WORLD body wash,SUSTAINABLE SOFTNESS body lotion, BLOOMING PLANET body mist, LOVE HEELS ALL intensive heel cream, ONE HAND HELPS THE OTHER intensive hand cream, REPLENISH YOUR NATURAL RESOURCES body butter who wouldn’t fall in love?

They also have handy packs, like: GREEN, CLEAN, GO travel set, ALL FOUR THE CAUSE hand & foot care set and BE GREEN, LIVE CLEAN body care set

Want to find some of these great products? Here’s a list!

Meghan Monday: Thrift Store Finds to the Rescue! by Meghan
June 22, 2009, 7:59 am
Filed under: Meghan Mondays!, Projects

thrift store framesI spent weeks and weeks looking for a collage frame for my craft room. You know what I mean, those big frames that hold 15-20 pictures. Well I wanted one that would hold at least 15 pictures and was white. I was SHOCKED at how hard it was to find this frame. They were either too big or too small, the wrong color, or too expensive. I just wanted a frame to hold some of my favorite photos.  I checked everywhere I went and found nothing that would work. I’d pretty much given up hope.

Then I was at the Sharing Center in Longwood, FL dropping off food at their food pantry that we had collected at the Fiskateer Flip-Flop crop. I was given a tour of the food pantry, their offices, and shown their thrift store. My friend and I walked around the thrift store talking and I wasn’t really paying attention to what the store had to offer. Then I passed by some framed art and stopped dead in my tracks. FRAMES! I started to dig through the numerous picture frames that they had, for cheap! I found not one, but two matching collage frames. One held 5 pictures and the other held 9. Granted it wasn’t one frame, and they were old and ugly, but they would work. So I bought them!

It ended up costing me just over $5 for both frames (my friend let me use her volunteer discount). I took them home and knew that I needed to paint them white. Before I took off for the store I checked our paint stash and what did I find? A can of glossy white spray paint. Score! So I was able to paint my frames and I didn’t even have to go out and buy paint. I ended up with exactly what I needed for just $5.

So the moral of the story… next time you need something for your house and can’t find it at your favorite stores, put on your creative cap and hit the thrift stores. You just might be able to find something that will work, with a little help at home, for cheap. It’s cheap, it’s usually helping a good cause (if you hit up Goodwill or somewhere like the Sharing Center’s thrift store, and its recycling!

Happy Father’s Day! :: Still procrastinating? by Laura
June 19, 2009, 2:55 pm
Filed under: General Posts

l_983780ccaf5da3932c2594b5f6509fa2Here’s my dad doing what he does best, trying to figure out electronics. I’ve been with him through VCR’s, big bulky TV’s, contemplating moving from tapes to CD’s, and now to LCD’s and overcomplicated digital cameras.

Still haven’t gotten something for dad? For shame! I’ll help you out, here’s a HUGE list of stuff for dad!

First, in honor of my Father on Father’s Day – I found a blog on “green” boating! It has great tips on how to boat more green. It’s important, since the boats go directly into one of our best resources!

Want some ideas  from Planet Green? Here’s some awesome ideas, including sports team color specific cufflinks made from reclaimed stadium seats!

Not enough good ideas? How about from a contributor for the Smithsonian magazine? Eco Friendly products, fair trade, organic – even a super cool BOGO (Buy One, GIVE One) Solar Flashlight.

Come on, how about some even better ideas? Check out the Inhabitat shop – they have a host of super cool earth friendly gifts. Why not an organic beer brewing kit? or plant a tree in his honor?

Too late to order? Why not try some “coupons” for free services, bake him his favorite dessert, or make him dinner! AND you know you have enough scraps of crafting supplies around to make him a card! Dad’s love handmade stuff!

Good Luck and have a GREAT and GREEN weekend!