August’s Top 5 Eco Crafts

Eco Craft - Cardboard Guitar

Welcome to my monthly installment of eco-friendly arts and craft projects gathered from around the Internet. While some projects require adult supervision, they are a fun, educational and green hobby for your kids to enjoy! This month’s collection includes a few back-to-school ideas.   T-Shirt Tote from Planet Forward Jute-Wrapped Pencil Holders from Untrendy Life Rock Dominoes from Childcareland Blog Juice Carton Desk Organizer from Inhabitos Mini Cardboard Guitar from Mini Eco This post has been shared at Natural Family Friday.  

July’s Top 5 Eco Crafts

Welcome to my monthly installment of eco-friendly arts and craft projects gathered from around the Internet. While some projects require adult supervision, they are a fun, educational and green hobby for your kids to enjoy this summer. Tin Can Outdoor Lantern from Inhabitat Sea Shell Mobile from I Love Shelling Paper Bag Kites from KinderArt Animal Flower Pot from Crafts Unleashed Egg Carton Fairy Lights from Red Ted Art

June’s Top 5 Eco Crafts

Welcome to my monthly installment of eco-friendly arts and craft projects gathered from around the Internet. While some projects require adult supervision, they are a fun, educational and green hobby for your kids. This month’s collection includes a few ideas for Father’s Day. Enjoy! Cardboard Toolbox from The Cardboard Collective Necktie Eyeglass Case from Artists Helping Children A great reuse for all those Father’s Day necktie gifts languishing in the closet!) Family Bowling Pins from No Time for Flash Cards Bottle Top Calculator from Learn With Play at Home Edible Playdough from Kids Activities Blog This post is shared at Natural Family Friday.  

Top 10 Unique and Green Gifts for Fathers

If you’re a follower of my blog, you know I’m a fan of Uncommon Goods. The company is a charitable giving, B Corporation member that offers an array of handmade and eco-friendly gifts. This year, Uncommon Goods has a Father’s Day collection of unique gifts that will trump that necktie any day. Is Dad a Foodie? He’s another version of the Food Network’s Guy Fieri, waxing poetic over Asian style grilled salmon or making special requests of restaurant waiters. Take him to the store with you, and you’ll find your cart loaded with gourmet food items, top shelf liquor or strange vegetables he feels compelled to experiment with. Green his grilling tools with this set made from recycled hockey sticks. The artist’s company recycles 20,000 pieces of sports equipment each year into wine racks, chairs and more. I bought these whiskey stones for my husband last year, and he loves them.  The … Continue reading

Top 5 Tricks for Greener Spring Cleaning

Bye, Bye Allergens Keep spring allergens and dirt out of your home by removing your shoes. According to Thank Your Body, you can eliminate 60% of toxins, such as lead dust, fungal spores, pesticides and dust mites, just by doing this one simple thing. Make it easy by installing a bench or shelf near the most commonly used door. Well-washed Windows Open your home’s windows to let in fresh air. (Discover 10 reasons why that’s a good idea.) Then you’ll want to clean them. Crunchy Betty spent some time testing homemade glass cleaner combinations and found this one to be a hands-down winner over plain vinegar. She calls it the Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner because it’s comprised of alcohol, vinegar, corn starch and water. Spray on windows and wipe clean with newspaper. Wash windows on a sunny day (easier to see streaking) in the morning before it’s hot. Clean blinds with vinegar … Continue reading

May’s Top 5 Eco Crafts

Welcome to my monthly installment of eco-friendly arts and craft projects gathered from around the Internet. While some projects require adult supervision, they are a fun, educational and green hobby for your kids. This month’s collection includes some great ideas for Mother’s Day. Enjoy! Upcycled Cloth Kindle Case from Mommy By Day Crafter By Night Personalized Garden Stepping Stones from Condo Blues Chalk Paint Candle Holder from The Creative Headquarters Make it eco: Substitute beeswax candles in recycled glass jars. Upcycled Mug Jewelry Holder from Indulgy Juice Lid Photo Magnets from Crafting Chicks

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Labels to Know

Eco-Friendly Labels You Should Recognize | Eco-Mothering.com

Buzzwords like “natural,” “eco-friendly” and “sustainable” frequently show up on packaging, but what do they mean? If a product says “organic,” is it really? Labeling can get downright confusing, and U.S. marketers take advantage of the fact that many consumers make purchases based on a certain word or “green-looking” graphics. That’s why third-party testing and certification processes were developed — to create sustainable standards that consumers can trust. This Ecolabel Index defines 449 labels (wow!) that speak to a variety of eco-conscious products or company. Below, I’ve selected 10 pretty common ones to seek out in your everyday consumer lives. Certified Green Restaurant® Make greener choices when you dine out. Restaurants with this seal meet standards of sustainability in resource efficiency, waste reduction and sourcing local foods. Certified Humane Raised and Handled  This label ensures that the farm animals raised for your eggs or meat were treated humanely (clean, safe … Continue reading