Friday, March 28, 2008
Fab sites on the Web
As responsible parents and consumers, it’s always wonderful to find a little help in the shopping department. Greatgreengoods.com, a "green" shopping blog, introduces the creative and recycled products it finds along the way. According to the site, the goal is to assist consumers who want to "live ‘green’ … shop mindfully and live with less." Recommended products go beyond recycled paper. From useful to decorative, the suggestions are anything but ordinary. My most recent favorite comes from UniquEco, a company that uses recycled flip-flops to create jewelry, sculptures and other accessories.
Burning down the house
I am in love with candles. Over the past couple of years, I’ve found more and more soy-based candles on the market. Soy is a renewable resource and unlike most candles, which are made of paraffin wax, they are cleaner-burning.
The God’s Green Earth, Home Fragrance Collection, www.ggecollection.com, offers a line of candles, home sprays and potpourris that are environmentally conscious and beautifully fragrant. The hand-poured candles use a blend of soy and other non-hazardous waxes and phthalate-free fragrances. The fragrances for all of its products are modeled after the four seasons. I especially love the sweet 16th Century cameo pictures they use on each of the labels.
The God’s Green Earth, Home Fragrance Collection’s candles sell on its Web site for $29, while a set of four votives are $40 and travel candles are $18.
Regretting the error
Last month, Fab Mama featured sweetriot. Unfortunately, an error was made in the capitalization of the company’s name. For information on sweetriot candies, visit www.sweetriot.com.
Bag it up
Next time you make a trip to the market for your groceries, take along your own reusable grocery bags. Because every woman has her own style, here are two companies that are creating beautiful ways to live greener.
Get Hip Get Green re-useable grocery bags, available at www.gethipgetgreen.com for $6, offer three different statement-making styles, which include the company’s namesake, "Love this Planet," and, my favorite, a big green skull. All of the styles appear on black bags made of recyclable materials.
Buying from Get Hip Get Green means you are not only doing good for the environment, but also for other humans. With each sale, the company donates money to The Green Ambassadors, an organization that provides high school students with leadership skills to benefit our environment.
If making a bold statement doesn’t fit your style, Envirosax, usa.envirosax.com, offers plenty of prints and colors to match any chic wardrobe. The bags are sold individually for $8.50 and in a pouch set for $37.95. Each pouch contains five bags, with each pouch available in six different design styles.
The bags are made of polyester, which the company says makes the bags more durable. If using re-usable plastic isn’t your bag, Envirosax also produces an organic collection, which comes in hemp, $22, linen and bamboo, $24.95.
What are you wearing?
ou apply it every day, just before heading out the door. I never expected mascara could be bad. After speaking with Kristin Adams, the president of Afterglow Cosmetics, www.afterglowcosmetics.com, about the ingredients in the glorious gloop that helps make my eyes pop, my opinion changed.
"There are lots of companies who have recycled packaging, but what’s inside … (are) synthetics that don’t biodegrade." These ingredients include parabens—a synthetic preservative—and diazolidinyl urea, which is classified as a known human carcinogen.
According to Adams, there are no FDA regulations on cosmetics. Recently, Minnesota put a ban on mercury in mascara—an ingredient generally listed as Thimerosal on the label, which is used as a preservative—and other cosmetics. "It’s not necessary, there are other ingredients that are a lot safer," she says. "It’s all about companies being socially responsible."
To answer the greener call, Afterglow Cosmetics launched Pure Soul Mascara, which is available in Onyx and Mink on the Web site for $21. "We want our customers to know what is in every product … We are completely up front with the ingredients we use, even when they are less than 1 percent." The Food and Drug Administration does not require cosmetic companies to list certain "exempt" ingredients in products.
What we put on and in our bodies—and environment—is important. If you want to learn more about the ingredients in your cosmetics, household cleaners and baby products, visit www.cosmeticdatabase.com. The database gives thousands of product safety ratings based on the ingredients; the more toxic the ingredient, the higher the number.