Reusable bags are taking over our kitchen and that’s a good thing. I’m talking about reusable snack and sandwich bags for packing our school lunch and they’re everywhere, filling drawers and cabinets waiting to be used.
My three boys are pretty much on auto pilot in the morning. Once their alarm clock goes off (aka mom) it doesn’t take much nudging to get everyone out of bed.
We all head downstairs and within a matter of minutes our kitchen turns into a tornado. Breakfast preparation and lunch packing begins. Food and reusable bags are everywhere-the floor, counters and other random spots. I just take a deep breath and let it go because it’s well worth it. All three boys make their own lunch and breakfast with minor supervision from mom and dad. It’s pretty amazing to watch them begin to understand what a green and healthy lunch looks like-starting with reusable bags instead of plastic baggies.
Moving away from the use and toss mentality and investing in a few reusable bags for lunch is such a simple way to make a BIG environmental impact.
Our friends over at MightyNest have an extensive collection of reusable sandwich and snack bags to choose from (and lots of other eco-friendly products!).
MightyNest has graciously offered to giveaway a snack/sandwich reusable bag set to FOUR lucky Groovy Green Livin readers. Here’s what will be given away (one set per winner):
I had never heard of this brand before. Eco-Ditty reusable snack bags and reusable sandwich bags are made from 100% organic cotton with a Velcro closure. The outer colorful fabric is printed with low-impact inks and the inside is made from un-dyed organic cotton liners. They are all BPA Free, Lead Free, PVC Free and can be hand or machine washed in cool water.
I’ve reviewed LunchSkins before and have a few of my own! Lunchskins come in all sorts of great designs and are made from cotton fabric coated with a “food-safe” polyurethane liner. These bags are durable and withstand the high heat of the dishwasher. Fabric and inks have been independently tested for safety and are lead-free, phthalate-free and BPA-free.
Semilla Snack Bags
Another reusable bag brand that’s new to me-Semilla. These bags are hand sewn in one of my favorite cities-San Diego. We’ve been using our bag for sandwich wraps and they actually fit! I love that these bags can go right into the washing machine. The fabric is a Hemp and Organic Cotton blend and the liner is 100% nylon. The lining is non-toxic nylon: lead free, phthalate free and BPA free.
SnackTaxi has been a staple in my reusable bag drawer for a long time. The bags are sturdy and durable. They have a new addition to their reusable bag offerings- gluten free snack bags and reusable sandwich bags! These bags will keep your gluten free snacks distinct from other foods. The label on outside of bag reads “Gluten-Free” as opposed to “SnackTaxi” found on the other SnackTaxi bags.
The kind folks over at MightyNest have graciously offered to give FOUR Groovy Green Livin readers one of these snack and sandwich reusable bag sets. The Giveaway will close at 1 pm EST on 5/3/13. By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules. Good luck!
I’m a big fan of Patagonia and have reviewed their products many times over the years like HERE, HERE and HERE. The company is about as groovy green as they come. Patagonia has an incredible mission statement that sums up the eco-philosophies of the company:“Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
There is a great Patagonia initiative underway -with each pair of Patagonia shoes sold through PlanetShoes.com through April 4, 2013 Patagonia will donate $10 to World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife fund is an international organization working to save the planet through conservation, research and restoration of the environment.
By 2020 WWF will conserve 15 of the world’s most ecologically important regions by working in partnership with others to:
Protect and restore species and their habitats
Strengthen local communities’ ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon
Transform markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities
Ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decisions made by individuals, communities, governments and businesses
Mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation
Patagonia through PlanetShoes.com will donate $10 to WWF for every pair of shoes sold through April 4, 2013.
Patagonia Bandha Criss-Cross Sandal
I was very excited when PlanetShoes.com asked me to review a pair of Patagonia sandals The timing was perfect since spring has almost sprung and I’m ready to put away my winter boots and break out the summer kicks.
I’m really looking forward to wearing them once the weather warms up in Boston.
PlanetShoes.com has graciously offered to give one Groovy Green Livin reader a $100 gift certificate to be redeemed for a pair of Patagonia shoes at Patagonia.com. By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules.
I recently hosted a One Bag March Madness party. The goal was to invite friends over for a dinner party, use as many reusable products as possible and try to reduce our waste so that only one bag of trash went into the garbage at the end of the night. For those of you who entertain, you know that this isn’t an easy task. Many times when entertaining takes place eco-friendly habits fall by the wayside and disposable, single-use products come out in full force.
Through our efforts to compost, recycle and use reusable products rather than single-use items we did it. Only one small bag of trash ended up in the garbage can.
Now it’s your turn! One Groovy Green Livin reader will receive a One Bag Party Kit VALUED AT $500 to help you pull off your own One Bag event and send just ‘One Bag’ of waste to the landfill, with the rest being diverted to recycling and compost. Give it a try at your next event, and learn how to waste less every day. It’s the small changes that can make a big difference.
Now for the good stuff! Here’s what’s included in the One Bag Party Kit (value $500):
$300 Whole Foods Gift Card
12 Reusable napkins
1 Simple Human compost pail for under the sink (look HERE for photo)
10 Stainless steel reusable water bottles to be used as party favors for guests
By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules. Good luck! You can also enter for a chance to win $10,000 toward your own personal One Bag party through March 31, 2013 HERE.
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Disclosure: I did receive compensation in exchange for having a one bag party and sharing my experience. I also received a complementary One Bag Party Kit. The content and opinions are 100% my own and always will be. Promise.
I have been calling myself a border line vegan for many years. As a refresher Veganism (vegan pronounced VEE-gun)is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. A border line vegan is a term which I think I made up. Basically I don’t fit squarely into the ‘vegan’ category. I deviate at times and never miss out on an ice cream opportunity.
When a new product comes through my door and looks incredibly delicious there’s no holding me back. A case of Stonyfield Blends showed up at my door and I felt compelled to give each flavor a taste. There was no turning back. The yogurt is very creamy – much creamier than other yogurts I’ve tried-and tastes almost like soft ice cream.
Stonyfield Blends comes in 11 different flavors. Each one (except for the french vanilla) has real organic fruit.
My youngest is a big fan. We fought over the last one in the refrigerator this morning. He won.
This blender can do anything! I’ve made many smoothies and my latest and greatest creation was a nut butter that I used to make cookies. This is not an ordinary blender. This thing can handle anything and everything-the blade is unbelievable.
Since adding a Blendtec blender to our family my oldest son comes home from school and makes his own smoothie.
Here’s what was in his latest smoothie.
When everything was mixed together it turned this lovely shade of green.
He ate it and loved it. What a great way to get Omega-3′s (chia seeds) and lots of other important nutrients.
Now for the good stuff! Things have been crazy here at Groovy Green Livin over the past few weeks with the Tide victory. As a thank you for sticking by my side and your continued support it’s time to give YOU something in return. The kind folks at Stonyfield and Blendtec have joined forces to offer one Groovy Green Livin reader a Wildside Blendtec blender and a case of Stonyfield Blends. How cool is that?! By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent a Blendtec blender and a case of Stonyfield Blends as part of this campaign. The opinions expressed in this post are my very own. There are a few affiliate links which if used will help support this blog. Thank you!
If you have a child or two who loves to build and create masterpieces then these cork building blocks will rock your world. My kids have been using wooden building blocks for years so building blocks in general aren’t a new concept. We’ve created roads, garages, houses, jumps and towers.
What makes these cork building blocks rock (has a ring to it, doesn’t it?) is that they are soft and lightweight. They also don’t have any toxic paint or finish on them. No worries if they end up in a little one’s mouth. My guys have also been known to chuck a wooden building block at someone’s head. These don’t hurt as much.
My kids are 12, 10 and 9. I was amazed to see their excitement when the box of cork building blocks arrived. When given the OK they ripped the box open and spent a good hour creating and recreating.
We started off with this.
The castle quickly turned into this.
EcoBayHome.com offers a range of products for the home all made from environmentally friendly materials. The set of cork building blocks comes with 20 pieces includes a handy storage bag to take the cork blocks on any outing. The building blocks are made from 100% natural, 100% renewable cork which is sustainably harvested from the Cork Oak Tree. The blocks in the set come in a variety of shapes and sizes which encourages children to use their creativity in numerous ways. The cork building blocks are recommended for children 3 years old and up while slightly older children (just like mine) enjoy playing with these cork blocks just as much.
EcoBayHome.com has graciously offered to give one Groovy Green Livin reader a set of cork building blocks (value $49.95). By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules.
A SunRocket Solar Kettle-sounds pretty glamorous and mysterious doesn’t it? When Sun Cooking asked me to review one of their top selling solar products I was intrigued. The SunRocket uses solar energy to heat and boil water. I mean talk about an incredibly green concept-using the sun to heat food and water. No need for gas, electricity, propane or wood. Solar cooking and heating emits zero CO2 or other greenhouse gasses. Now that’s a sustainable way to cook.
About Sun Cooking
Sun Cooking is Australia’s largest source of solar cookers and accessories. Now they are making their way into the US. Sun Cooking US is a new online community for the solar cooking enthusiast. The company was started by Aussie mum, Heather Stevens, and appreciated by her son Tasman (who gets to eat lots of yummy food out of the oven!). Heather and her well fed family spent 10 months living aboard their catamaran sailing Australia, and used their solar ovens daily. How cool is that??
When this solar kettle and thermos comes out of the box it really looks like a rocket ready to launch. At first glance I was curious as to how this little device could actually heat water. I was amazed at how simple it was to use. The SunRocket comes with very easy to follow instructions. After reading through them once I was ready to go.
I unscrewed the lid and washed out the SunRocket, as the instructions suggested, with warm soapy water. The interior of the SunRocket is a glass tube which means no BPA issues.
After the glass tube was rinsed out I filled it with our drinking water, leaving about 2 inches of space from the top of the tube. The lid was screwed back on and we were ready for action. The funky looking panels to catch the sunlight were opened wide and the handle rotated over the top to hold the panels in place.
One thing to keep in mind when using anything solar powered is that you really are dependent upon the sun. Here in New England I had to wait a day or so for some sunshine before I could give the SunRocket a try. I took the rocket out onto my porch and set it up with the shadow directly behind the device. I left it outside for about one hour and came back to test the temperature of the water. It was actually hot enough for my tea. I have to admit I was shocked. It really worked.
Once the water was heated I closed the reflective panels and my water stayed warm for two cups of tea.
According to the folks at Sun Cooking you can also cook simple foods in the SunRocket like eggs. You do, however, need to be careful not to block the valves.
The SunRocket can be used to cook simple foods and even melt snow. Watch this video and see what it can do!
The SunRocket is a fantastic gift
Do you camp, fish or hike? This is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to spend time outdoors. It’s light and compact enough to add to your camping and hiking equipment without being too cumbersome.
Sun Cooking US has graciously offered to give one Groovy Green Livin reader a SunRocket of their very own (value $56.80). By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules.
In addition to the GIVEAWAY, Sun Cooking US generously offered to give Groovy Green Livin readers 20% off their SunRocket orders by using DISCOUNT CODE: YTR67UHGT56Jon any purchase before December 31, 2012.
I’m a big fan of Patagonia. I have talked about how wonderful Patagonia is HERE and HERE. They really are a fantastic brand with so many green initiatives in place. From November 5 – 19th Patagonia is generously donating $10 to NOFA for each and every pair of Patagonia footwear sold on PlanetShoes.com.
What is NOFA/Mass?
NOFA/Mass is a community of farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the public about the benefits of organic farming. They are concerned about the dangers posed by pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. NOFA offers The Organic Food Guide , which is an online resource to locate certified organic and sustainably grown food and products throughout Massachusetts. It also includes restaurants, grocery stores and specialty shops that sell organic food, beverages and products.
Patagonia boots review and a gift certificate for you
I was very excited when PlanetShoes.com asked me to review a pair of Patagonia winter boots. The timing was perfect since we just had our first Nor’easter (a whopping 2 inches of snow) and winter boots are suddenly a necessity.
I’ve been wearing these Patagonia Lugano Lace High Waterproof boots for the past few days since it’s starting to feel like winter and my feet are always cold. The boots are very easy to slip on for a quick trip to the mailbox or bus stop. I love that my feet are very warm and dry -both are much needed during the cold and wet winters in the Northeast.
I decided to try a new color since most of my boots are black. The boots are Forge Gray, which I must say is pretty stylin’. The gray is really more of a blue/gray than a true gray. They also come in Espresso, which is a chocolate brown.
I was hoping that the boots would go up a bit higher on my leg. These really hit mid-calf and I was looking for over the calf, but they work. They are perfect with a pair of leggings, skinny jeans or even a skirt.
PlanetShoes.com has graciously offered to give one Groovy Green Livin reader a $150 gift certificate to be redeemed for a pair of Patagonia shoes at Patagonia.com. By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to ourOfficial Rules.
Lori Popkewitz Alper, Founder and Editor of Groovy Green Livin, provides eco-wellness consulting for businesses, schools, homes and individuals; and inspiration for a greener lifestyle through her Groovy Green Livin blog and website. Read more….