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Tis the season to be Green!

December 3rd, 2008 by Glow Mama

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or some combination thereof… there should be one color we can all agree on this holiday season… GREEN

The Glow Mamas are always on the look-out for new ways to be eco-conscious… our labels are printed with soy ink, our marketing materials are printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper and we actively encourage everyone to reuse and recycle their Glow Mama bottles…. so we’d love to hear your tips and thoughts.  How are you “glowing green” these holidays?   No wrapping paper?  Shopping at farmers market?  Home-made decorations?

Leave us a comment here and we’ll enter you in to WIN these incredible GREEN prizes. 

Enough Recyline tableware from Preserve - made from 100% recycled plastic - to host an impressive holiday party.  It’s reusable, recylcable, dishwasher safe… and stylish!  Of course we like the Pear Green, but the plates, cutlery and cups come in Tulip Red or Ocean Teal too.   Total value = $65

One of these fantastic Tote bags and “eco ‘brella” from the generous folks at act2 - Green Smart.  The bag is made from 100% recycled PET polyester and has two nifty zipper pockets and a organization panel.  It takes over 13 Glow Mama bottles to make one of these cool bags - perfect for a diaper bag we think.  The umbrella canopy is made from recycled drink bottles, the shaft is 70% recycled steel and aluminium and the handle is 70% recycled plastic.  Total Value = $55

Also made from recycled drink bottles (notice a theme yet?) are the great winter woolies from the friends at Cagoule Fleece.  All their hats, gloves and scarves are made from a cool new fiber called BottleFleece including the snazzy, warm and super soft blue hat and scarf we’re giving away.  Value = $40 

And how could we do a bottles-come-back-as-cool-stuff giveaway without including a Glow Mama Eco Blanket made from EcoFleece.  Its big (30 x 48), soft, snuggly and perfect for you and/or baby this winter.  Value = $40

 

 

How do you win these eco-cool goodies made from recycled plastic?  Simply leave us a comment here with your GREEN tip-of-the-season.   Of course extra entries can be earnt by twittering and blogging about the Glowing Green Giveaway - leave us comments here for every help-spread-the-word effort you do.

Some Good Green Reads for the Preschool Set

September 14th, 2008 by mindfulmomma

Back to school brings a barrage of reminders to read to your child or have them read for themselves everyday.  With the emphasis on EVERYDAY. 

Anyone else get a little sick of reading your child’s favorite books over and over and over again?  If you are looking for something new and are thinking that a little earth-loving and tree-hugging would be a welcome topic, then here are a few books to consider.  Check them out of the library or think about buying them as gifts - they are all hardcover - and two of them are printed on recycled paper.  And just to be up-front about it, I was sent review copies of these books - all by different publishers.  I have no vested interested in promoting them - but I truly did enjoy them all.

10 things book 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh is a really sweet book that gently reminds kids about the little things they can do to help the earth…like turn off the water when they are brushing their teeth or use both sides of the paper when drawing a picture.  The illustrations are bold and bright and the pages have cut-out parts that kids can turn themselves.  My 3 year old picks it up and reads it himself all the time!  This one would make an especially nice gift….for a child or a classroom…and it is made from 100% recycled material.

William going green book William is Going Green by James Martin II is a story about an old garbage truck named William who is fired from his job for polluting and being too loud.  He eventually finds a new way of life…as a hybrid recycling truck…painted green of course!  He meets some new friends along the way and the story is set up to be the beginning of a series.  Lessons about being both kind to the earth and to others are woven throughout the story.  Watch out Bob the Builder - William just might boot you out of the spotlight someday!  This book works for both preschool and early readers - ages 3-8 years.  (printed on FSC certified mixed sources paper that is 25% recycled.) 

 

Templeton turtle book I had to laugh when I read the promotional material for Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore (and beautifully illustrated by Michele-lee Phelan).  It claims that the average 8 year old can identify 25% more Pokemon characters than wildlife species.  Well, I have an 8 year old and I have to admit that we have a little Pokemon obsession going on here.  (and he doesn’t understand why I won’t buy him a game boy?!!) 

This book is meant to encourage your little ones to explore the outdoors and learn about nature.  It tells the tale of Templeton, a tiny little turtle who goes off to explore the great big pond all by himself for the first time.  He is surprised to find that not all of the animals are friendly to him and some of them are big and scary.  In the end he learns an age-old lesson - that all the animals by the pond, whether they have fur, flippers, wings, scales or shells, all help each other out in times of need.  It’s a sweet little adventure - but I think Liam was relieved when the Templeton was safe back with his mother!

Now it’s time to hit the library in search of more good, green books….any recommendations?

Finally, the jungle is green

August 21st, 2008 by Glow Mama

While we’re surprised that it’s taken this long for Amazon to face the eco-realities (especially considering it’s name and the rainforest and all), we are pretty excited that they have finally pulled all their green products (cleaning supplies, energy-star appliances, lighting etc) all into one directory.  They even have a special Green Baby Store!  Talk about handy for us moms. 

Raising Mindful Kids

August 15th, 2008 by mindfulmomma

Global_warming_panic Global Warming

“Things that people do that are bad for the earth.”
That’s my 8 year old’s definition.  Not too bad, considering that many 8 year olds wouldn’t even have a clue.  My husband and I love that our kids have picked up on our concern about the environment and that they are slowly building an earth-friendly vocabulary.

What can you do to build this awareness in your kids? You don’t need to send them to Global Warming 101 or anything - if you talk about it at home, they will pick it up slowly but surely.  What’s amazing to me is how easily they absorb information and how quickly they are asking questions that you can’t even answer without a little research.  Having kids has given me an education on global warming, without a doubt!

Not that they don’t come up with some wacky misconceptions every once in awhile.  Drew somehow got the idea that if we didn’t do something about global warming, it would lead to some kind of big explosion when the earth got too hot.  BOOM!!  Aaaah….the imagination of a grade-schooler!

There are lots of little things you can do to plant the seed about global warming in your kids:

  • Read books - Pick up a book like “The Down-To-Earth Guide to Global Warming” by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon or “A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids” by Julie Hall that teach kids about the effects of global warming in an accessible and entertaining way.
  • Talk about the news - Current news stories can be good fodder for teaching kids about climate change.  When the price of gas shot up, we started talking about why driving less is really a good thing.  When extreme weather events like hurricanes and earthquakes occur, we discuss why that might be happening more frequently.
  • Look for teaching moments -  Drew did a report about polar bears in school last year and I used that opportunity to tell him about what global warming is doing to the polar bears habitat.  Now he’s a big advocate for the polar bears!  When we drove past a wind turbine, we had a conversation about wind power vs. coal.  You get the gist…
  • Model eco-friendly actions - Turn off lights when you leave a room and ask your kids to do the same.  Ride your bike to the store instead of taking the car.  Shut down your computer when you are not working on it….(Drew is all over my case when I forget!)

Plus it can be highly entertaining to here what your kids have to say about the subject.  Just for kicks I asked my boys “What can people can do to stop global warming?”  My 8 year old said “Don’t use electric blankets.”  My 3 year old said “Pick up garbage”.  Not bad - I think they’re on the right track…