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245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

Walt Disney Offers Refunds to Baby Einstein Customers

Oct 22, 2009The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) has succeeded in one of its efforts to stop false and deceptive marketing of baby videos by persuading the Walt Disney Company to offer a full refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD in the last five years. A CCFC 2006 Federal Trade Commission complaint forced Disney to stop claiming that Baby Einstein videos were educational for infants, but the company made no move to compensate parents who purchased them. Continued pressure from CCFC members was integral in convincing Disney agreed to reimburse... read more

Commercial Toys

How do we discourage family members from buying our children junk/commercial toys?The best way is to be straightforward. Let your loved ones know that you want to be vigilant about the toys to which your children are exposed. The holidays actually present an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness among family members about our values and the role of toys in reinforcing--or undermining-- them. And here, there is no need to reinvent the wheel - or to look very far. I believe the November 2003 issue of Mothering included a sample letter for family and friends on... read more

Conservation Continued: We Turned On The Heat This Afternoon

Athena came home after school today feeling sick. It’s been about 56 degrees in our house since I have stubbornly refused to turn on the heat. I’ve been wearing a wool hat and a winter coat in my office, drinking tea and working with the my laptop on my knees to help me get warm. But seeing my lanky 9-year-old lying miserably on the couch under two thick blankets this afternoon made me reconsider. It’s amazing how warm 60 degrees can feel. As the house was heating up I started to feel uncomfortably hot. Poor Athena threw up three times. Then she ate... read more

Minimalist Living: Finding a Balance

Thank you to Rachel Jonat from Minimalist Mom for this guest post. This is part three of her three part series for us on minimalist living. Read post one and two. Check out her site for even more great information. Radical minimalism, counting everything you own and moving into the smallest living space you can find, isn’t for everyone. When I first approached simplifying what we own I felt intimidated by the more extreme approaches. We love where we live, I do like my espresso machine and our 1100 square foot condominium – small for North American standards... read more

Question About Mei Tai Baby Carriers

Hi Jane, I recently read the Mothering magazine issue: Wear your baby and wondered if you could tell me what kind of mei tai carrier is featured on page 57. I have been searching for one like this with a hood to cover my infant's head. Thanks.Unfortunately that particular brand of mei tai is no longer made! The ones featured in that picture are by Nurslings Hemp Tai, also known as NHT. A shorter-bodied version was called the Baby Hemp Tai or BHT. There are makers of universal hoods for mei tais that attach to the shoulder straps, so you can convert your favorite... read more

Being prepared is critical in an age of climate change

“Be Prepared” is more than just a boy scout motto in the age of climate change.  It’s more than just the title of a very funny book for new dads.  It’s an imperative.  All families need to be more prepared for extreme events because as we feel the first edges of climate change, they are happening with more frequency or severity. The media is covering one aspect of this.  In fact, over the past few weeks there have been some incredible pieces written about the connection between extreme weather and climate change. Eugene Robinson wrote a great piece... read more

Where Does Your Meat Come From?

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blatantly ignored consumers' right to choose what they eat after the FDA announced that it will not require labeling on meat or fish from genetically engineered animals.The Bush administration announced Final Guidance on Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals. The FDA Guidance states that FDA will require such animals to go through a mandatory safety approval process, a decision Consumers Union supports. However FDA will not require any labeling.A recent Consumers... read more

Mothering Special Report - CPSIA

With the the holidays just around the corner many of us are focused on choosing the most natural gift options for our children. This Mothering Special Report on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will keep you up to date on how this law is influencing the way toys and other childhood products are tested before they hit the marketplace, as well as how the laws are affecting small businesses. Plus, don't forget to check out the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Mothering for lots of help on finding the perfect natural toy options.   News - Mothering news and bulletins on... read more

Frontier Life

On the drive home this evening, my three year old was feeling a little grumpy. ‘Don’t ask me about my day, Mama,’ he warned with a growl as I buckled him into his seat after I picked him up at day care. So I didn’t, and silence filled the car until the moment I rounded the corner onto our street, at which point Gabriel nearly broke out of his five-point harness for pure joy, shouting, ‘Look, Mama! It’s the MAIL TRUCK!’ Sure, he likes trucks. But the excitement that melted away his bad mood was all about the mail. If anyone happens to notice when Miss... read more

banner time!

Just got our new eco-friendly banners back from the printer. The banners themselves are biodegradable, but our favorite part is the bamboo stands. The banners retract into beautiful bamboo boxes, made from 90% renewable resources, according to the manufacturer, Megagraphix. Why bamboo? Here’s what they say: “As the fastest growing plant on the planet, this low impact agro-forestry product is finding increasing use as a versatile industrial material. With a maturity cycle of 3-4 years, bamboo can be a viable replacement for wood or metal... read more

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