The randomly chosen winners are listed below. Congrats!! You will all be contacted by email.
Winner of the diaper and shoes: Antonia Lafaye
Winner of the washies and nursing pads: Fayebond
Winner of the $15 gift certificate: bazil323
Babykicks is a family owned company from Maryland, that makes fabulous cloth diapering products and accessories. They are truly dedicated to the cause, using sustainable materials like hemp and organic cotton. I can personally say that my Babykicks doublers were one of my first diapering purchases, and after three years they not only still absorb like crazy, but thanks to the durability of hemp, they are perfectly intact and ready to use on a second child.
Babykicks makes a variety of cloth diapering products and accessories, and they are giving you a chance to win some! For details, see the end of the post, but here’s a hint – to enter, you may want to pay attention to the paragraphs below.
What makes the materials Babykicks uses so great? For those of you who don’t know, hemp is a pretty incredible fiber. It is 4x more absorbent, and 3x stronger than cotton. Babykicks uses a blend of hemp and organic cotton, so you get the durability and superior absorbency of hemp, combined with the plush softness of organic cotton. Why organic cotton? In the US, (non-organic) cotton occupies 1% of US farmland, but is sprayed with 50% of all pesticides used in the US. This heavy use of chemicals is responsible for groundwater contamination.
In stark contrast to traditional cotton, hemp has an extremely low impact on the environment. It requires zero chemicals to help it grow - no herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. How is this possible? It grows rapidly, so if the fields are densely seeded, young plants will develop quickly and shade out competing weeds, making herbicides unnecessary. Hemp’s roots can grow up to 6 feet into the soil, which helps to break it up and aerate it. Once harvested, the remains can be mulched back into the soil to boost nitrogen content and other nutrients, eliminating the need for fertilizers. Furthermore, hemp is exceptionally resistant to pests, deeming the use of pesticides and fungicides unnecessary for production.
In addition to needing no chemicals to grow it, hemp also helps alleviate deforestation problems and grows much more quickly than trees. It can be transformed into numerous materials, including paper, plastic composites and building materials. Henry Ford constructed the infamous hemp car made of resin stiffened with hemp fibers which was extremely tough and resistant to dents. Even the oil from the seeds is extremely healthy to consume.
So were you paying attention to all of those hemp facts? For those that are interested in trying out this amazing fiber, Babykicks is giving away three fantastic prizes! One lucky winner will receive a pocket diaper and a pair of their NEW hemp baby shoes, another will receive a set of washies and a set of nursing pads, and the third winner will get a $15 gift certificate to Babykicks!
HOW TO ENTER:
This giveaway is sponsored by Babykicks, and brought to you here at Mothering by The Mindful Home. To enter the giveaway for one of these great prizes, click on the links provided below to "LIKE" the facebook pages of:
THEN...make sure to leave a comment on this post with one interesting fact you learned about hemp. And that's it!
For a Second Entry: Share this giveaway with friends and post a second comment letting us know that you did.
Rules: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PT on Dec 19th. 3 winners will be selected randomly from all entries on Dec 20th and will be notified by email. US and Canadian resident only, except where prohibited.
Please read the Terms and Conditions before participating.
Amy Serotkin is dedicated to sustainable living and finding ways to eliminate toxins in her home. She is an avid organic gardener and cook, and is always looking for more ways to challenge herself to lessen her family's ecological imprint.
Her website, The Mindful Home, shares with consumers the information she's found on toxins and eco friendly products that help eliminate disposables or toxin exposure. She also hopes to highlight smaller retailers, crafters & manufacturers.