Wondering what that center piece should look like for your celebration? I highly recommend one that includes palm wax candles produced by Goodlight Natural Candles. These alternative products are not only affordable but your family will not be breathing a multitude of harmful chemicals given off by paraffin, a by-product of petroleum sludge. You can go green with your centerpieces. These beautiful candles burn long and bright. They are non-toxic and clean burning. Natural candles contain no additives or blends. They use cotton wicks which contain no metals. And all of their packaging is printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks. To learn more go to http://www.naturalcandles.com/.
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I find the holidays can be a bit overwhelming, the shopping, wrapping, cutting, taping. And then the terrific mess at the end. Did you know that Americans will dispose of 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags over the holidays? Most will not be recycle or reused. So, what can we do if we don't want to be part of the problem? If you are looking for something with a bit more class than paper bags and news paper to wrap those gifts, I have the perfect suggestions: Reusable wraps!
Bobo wraps are beautiful reuseable alternatives to paper. The concept of the wrapping scarves come mainly from Korea and Japan. Patricia Lee, founder and director of Bobo wraps, has evolved this concept into an artistic expression of elegance. There is no need for tape or sissors. It is so simple to use. Your holiday gifts could not look more beautiful. Our readers will receive 15% off orders by entering "zoeb15" as your coupon code at check out. Go to http://www.bobowrap.com/.
For a more modern twist on the reuseable wrapping try the Lyziwraps. These adjustable wraps conform to fit to a variety of shapes and packages. They are sporty, adjustable and washable, made of durable nylon fabrics that resist ripping. Simply slip your gift in and adjust the silk ties. Lyziwraps are also offering us 15% off orders by entering "zoe15" at checkout. Just go to Lyziwraps.com
It is possible to enjoy greener holidays and celebrate in eco-friendly style.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The chocolate mini produced by Equal Exchange is a wonderful item to hand out for Halloween. These chocolates are organic, fairly traded and super yummy! You can get $5 dollars off a box of these delicious chocolates today through October 20. Just enter zoehalloween as the coupon code at the Equal Exchange Retail Store online at http://shop.equalexchange.com/.
Betty Lou's is a fantastic place to get new items to pass out on this spookie occasion. You can find just about every alternative snack you might be interested in all year long. They have a sweet fix for every diet. If you call 1 800 242 5205 and let them know that you heard about Betty Lou's from us you can save 15% on your order.
Endangered Species Bug Bites is a super sweet way to educate and celebrate. These tasty chocolate tidbits are available right now at Mothernature.com for 15% off.
Pure Fun Candies are on the top of this list as well. They offer organic, fairly traded, kosher and vegan candies that are delicious. Plus their website is highly entertaining. You can find their candies available at many stores including Amazon.com.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Every year for Halloween we always made our own costumes, sometimes it was our own creations and other times Mom got in there for detailed preparations. We could always take from what we had and come up with the most inventive costumes. I got one daughter through on homemade costumes but my sons are always struck with overwhelming desire for Spiderman, Power Rangers or something that I have not yet figured out how to make. I just have trouble stomaching the price of the costumes that will be worn once or twice and fall apart so easily.
As I began researching cool projects to intrigue my children, I ran across several great ideas, those "why didn't I think of that" kind of thing. Costume Swapping is among the best. You can check out registered locations at Green Halloween or even register your own swap. This site offers wonderful tips on how to organize your own neighborhood swap. National Costume Swap Day is schedule for this Saturday, October 9th. If you can't make it to a Costume Swap or just don't have time to get one pulled together don't forget good old Craigslist. It is always possible to find just what you need. Other awesome costume ideas can be gathered from Homemade Halloween Costumes. If you are looking for a clever book to sit and share with your children for Halloween and make believe any other time of the year Glue and Go Costume for Kids: Super Duper Designs with Everyday Materials is available at many bookstores. I am excited this year to see what we will come up with.
Posted by Valerie Lecoeur & Shari Burrell at 9:50 AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
As a parent, I often find myself trying to pack for a multitude of activities for the day. Most importantly snacks, utensils, and little treats. I can not count the number of times I have rolled up little dripping spoons and leftovers only to find myself reaching into a gooey messy later. Or even better, totally forgetting about this until I have to pry it loose from the inside of my bag.
This past weekend I had the great fortune of running across a most wonderful Mom invention called Spooneez. These nifty little utensil carriers allow you to roll up the mess. They are made of BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free laminate which is amazingly durable, machine washable and waterproof. Practical and stylish, the Spooneez comes in a variety of brilliant colors and fabrics. Each carrier has several individual compartments in which to slide your spoons and snacks. You simply fold, roll and secure the tie. When you clean up later you can wipe it down or toss it into the wash. But don't limit yourself to food, Spooneez is designed with versatility in mind. Since it is so simple to clean you can pack toiletries, markers or whatever else you may find commonly oozing in your bags. Try it out and get free shipping, just enter ZOEBFS at checkout.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
As the weather begins to cool, many of us turn our efforts to our final outdoor projects. I have been busy preparing a winter garden, landscaping and prepping container plants for their return indoors. Just recently I found a fantastic product called Organic Plant Magic which is non toxic and chemical free.
This all purpose organic plant food is alive with beneficial micro-organisms and is safe for your family and pets, as well as, your community. Organic Plant Magic can be used on lawns, for landscaping, in gardens and containers. It is water soluble so you can spray it. Each application treats 5,000 square feet. You can also stir it into your potting soil or compost. Giving the roots wonderful nutrients to feed upon. Furthermore, it guards plants from pest and disease. I am so impressed with this family business and their commitment to social responsibility. A commitment thoughtfully incorporated right into their packaging. Yes, even the bag can be composted in your home in just a matter of weeks. I am looking forward to incorporating Organic Plant Magic into my own gardens. Find out more at http://www.organicplantmagic.com/.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Growing up I knew the hands that grew the bulk of the vegetables and fruits we ate. My parents and grandparents carefully cleaned and soaked everything before we "put it up for the winter". However, things are very different for my own family. I rarely know the people who have produced our bounty. Thinking about all the pesticides, bacteria, wax or simply the number of hands that touch our food, I was grateful to discover an all natural food wash called eat cleaner.
Grow Green Industries produces a variety of cleaners that you can use for all of your foods including meats. But what I was most excited about was the biodegradable cloth that can be purchased in bulk or as individuals. The wipes are made of Kosher certified ingredients. You simply wipe the fruit or vegetable and its clean and ready to eat. I tried it out this week and tasted nothing but the apple I was sinking my teeth into. I will definitely be carrying these wipes with me and packing them with my husband and children as well. Get a 25% discount at eatcleaner.com with coupon code FOEO479291.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Zoë b Organic is offering a 10% off on all Kidishes products which will expire on September 22. Just enter code LID at checkout.
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- Separate Compartments- keeps taste and moisture where it should be
- Comes with Two Sticker Sheets- let your child's creative flow as they personalize their lunchbox
- Easy Carrying Handle- Slim design fits comfortably in backpack and locker
- Dishwasher Safe
- Recyclable- which makes it a truly waste-free lunch option
- BPA and Phthalate Free- Made from #5 Polypropylene (lunchbox and bottle lid) and #2 High Density Polyethylene (bottle)
- 100% Domestic (USA) Conceived and Created
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Before you rush out and buy everything listed on your children's school supply list at your local market, you might want to do your homework first. Consider how much PVC they will be in contact with on a daily basis, almost every supply needed from pencils/pens to binders/backpacks are loaded with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic. This guide identifies toxic products and suggests safer alternatives.
Subjects covered in this informational guide:
- Why Shop for PVC-Free School Supplies
- How to Identify PVC, the Poison Plastic
- Where Does Your Child's PVC Lunchbox or Backpack Come From?
- Quick Tips on Avoiding PVC School Supplies
- PVC-Free Products and Suppliers
After reading your free down loadable guide, you will see it's easy and affordable to choose healthy school supplies free from toxins that are critical to your child's health and well-being.
Download CHEJ's PVC-free Back to School Guide
We also found a great eco-friendly company, Stubby Pencils Studio, which offers PVC-free crayons and many other non-toxic school supplies made from recycled materials.
They are offering our readers an online discount code for 10% off all orders valid until 12/31/10
Discount Code: ZOEB10
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I would like your help in designing our first product for Zoë b Toys: The world's first biodegradable and compostable beach toy set.
But I haven't yet decided on the exact design, colors, or price. That's where you come in. I am hoping you'll take just a few minutes to fill out a 3-page survey. (it's all multiple choice, and not to worry, there are no wrong answers.) With your help, the set will be available for Summer 2011. Thank you for your time!
ZOE B TOYS SURVEY
Posted by Valerie Lecoeur & Shari Burrell at 6:10 AM
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Cat in the Hat and Horton have gone green! This line of Dr. Suess characters are made from cotton that's untreated, unprocessed, and unbleached, both products are at the top of the class when it comes to being planet friendly. They are colored with miYim's all-natural PureWaterWash process using only plants and minerals. These classics have passed extensive testing and are certified non-toxic. It’s nice to know there are safe alternatives for your children, even in their favorite characters.
Take a look at them HERE.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Did you ever stop to consider what is in all those products that we slather on our skin? What is that fragrance? How do I pronounce many of the ingredients listed, let alone know what they contain? Where are the results from third party testing proving these ingredients are safe for human use?
The Story of Cosmetics was created by The Story of Stuff Project with free range studios and in conjunction with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. This video examines from start to finish the pervasive use of potentially toxic chemicals in everyday personal care products– products we use because most of us believe that somebody – somebody like our government regulatory bodies – has decided that the products and their ingredients are safe. But that isn’t the case – the FDA only bans 9 ingredients in personal care products and regulates colorants. Other than that, cosmetic companies are pretty much free to use what they want. Compare this to the European Union, which has banned or limited more than 1,100 ingredients in cosmetic products.
It continues by examining health implications of the decision of major manufacturers to use these ingredients in our everyday products, while telling us they are safe even though 99% have never been tested.
Learn more about The Story of Cosmetics in their FAQ at http://storyofstuff.org/pdfs/cosmetics/SoCos_faqs.pdf
Posted by Valerie Lecoeur & Shari Burrell at 10:26 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
As you have probably heard, the majority of dryer balls available on the market are made from PVC, except Nellie’s Dryer Balls. Just like the same great dryer ball, you came to rely on to reduce your drying time by 25% and fluff up your clothes naturally, but now also readily recyclable. They have an all new fragrance option to ensure your clothes come out smelling clean. And to top it all off, the fragrance is a subtle scent of essential oils making it phthalate-free. This dryer ball is a great toxic-free alternative.
Blue Ribbon General Store was kind enough to offer our readers a 20% discount using the code “zoeb”.
Posted by Valerie Lecoeur & Shari Burrell at 3:52 PM