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Posted: October 21, 2011 ...by
Indoor composting made really simple: a love story between The Green Mama and The Red Dragon This started out as a simple review: an electric-assist, indoor composter that everybody was whispering about.  But, then I fell in love.  I really do love that little red machine sitting in my kitchen nook right now. The Red Dragon is a composting appliance. Not everyone gets as excited about composting as I do, but maybe the would if they new the kind of impact it has.  »Read More
Posted: October 1, 2011 ...by
 It didn’t take long after I moved to Vancouver to start hearing about all of the issues parents have with childcare here.  There isn’t enough of it, it is too expensive, and there is little diversity of options. »Read More
Posted: September 16, 2011 ...by
It's school time again; and in every school bathroom in North America you can hear the "splat, splat" sound of anti-bacterial soap squirting onto the hands of school children everywhere. So, what does the science tell us about anti-bacterial products and just how bad are they for our children's health? »Read More
Posted: September 13, 2011 ...by
Ideally every school setting would be green and healthy. After all, your child will spend 1/3 of his or her day there.  Studies show that more than half of U.S. schools suffer from problems related to indoor air quality (which is typically more polluted than outdoor air even in the best situations). Indoor air quality issues can affect teacher retention, student performance, (and ultimately) school funding. »Read More
Posted: August 2, 2011 ...by
The New York Times warns that your child's playground might be boring them to death (or at least into a phobia).It’s summer time and parents everywhere are crowding onto playgrounds with their children. Me included. And I am shocked at just how boring they have gotten. Gone are the days when playgrounds were thrilling places: climbing to the top of a huge jungle gym, teetering 5 feet off the ground and screaming at my little brother not to drop me, or hurdling around on a tire swing until getting sick. »Read More
Posted: June 23, 2011 ...by
TOP 6 NURSERY ITEMS TO BUY GREEN »Read More
Posted: April 21, 2011 ...by
Our indoor air quality is consistently more polluted than our outdoor air. One of the main culprits are the cleaning supplies we use.  We don’t want to drink chemicals, but we have no problem pouring them down the drain to be filtered out of our drinking water (we hope). We don’t want them in our food, but we clean our countertops with them. We don’t want our children exposed to poisons, but they play on floors cleaned with chemicals often known to be toxic, allow them to mouth toys disinfected with bleach, and  play on grass treated with pesticides. »Read More
Posted: April 21, 2011 ...by
You can read more about the beautiful potential of composting in The Green Mama Composting 101 blog. The short version, though, is that we are spending loads of money and significant greenhouse gasses to take our kitchen scraps to landfills where they make up 65% of landfill waste and, once there, will take lifetimes to biodegrade (if they ever do). At home you can turn kitchen scraps, paper products, and maybe even compostable diapers into fertilizer. »Read More
Posted: April 19, 2011 ...by
The Green Mama's Top Eleven Green Faux Pas for 2011 »Read More
Posted: April 18, 2011 ...by
Common items that we use everyday, such as toilet paper, disposable diapers, notepaper, plastic containers, cellphones, ink printers, bottles, and so much more COULD be made with recycled paper, plastic, metal, glass, or even concrete. If you aren't buying the recycled items when and where they are available you are not only contributing to, for instance, new trees being used but you are also making it harder to develop markets for recycled products. »Read More
Posted: April 18, 2011 ...by
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Posted: April 18, 2011 ...by
Idling equals getting ZERO miles to the gallon. It wastes money and petro, damages modern car engines, and creates pollution. Each day Americans waste 3.8 million gallons of gas and 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide by voluntarily idling their cars. Voluntarily idling can also damage a car. It is better to turn the car off and back on, even if it is for just 20 seconds while you are at the drive-through or car-pool. Learn the facts of idling versus the myths at Hinkle Charitable Foundation. »Read More
Posted: October 26, 2010 ...by
THE GREEN MAMA’S CHEAT SHEET FOR SAFER, HEALTHIER CLEANING IN CHILDCARE FACILITIES You are a childcare provider and you want to go green but aren’t sure where to start? The answer is probably right in front of your eyes: the soap next to the sink, the bottle of bleach for spraying down the tables, the window cleaner in the cabinet. »Read More
Posted: March 26, 2010 ...by
In our family this year, we are celebrating Earth Hour by monitoring our energy use.  Hooray!??  (Earth Hour is celebrated around the world on Saturday March 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in whichever time zone you reside. You can participate by simply turning off your lights—or unplugging the computer and TV—for that hour.)         »Read More
Posted: February 24, 2010 ...by
Top 10 Green Faux Pas (originally published on Chicago Now) This list is based on observations I’ve made about the little things we can do every day to be green. Little things are important because they keep good green practices front of mind and visible to others, hopefully causing others to join in. To find out how you can make the biggest impact, calculate your total carbon footprint. Here are my top 10 green faux pas: »Read More
Posted: November 10, 2009 ...by
This review is part of the Green Books campaign. Today 100 bloggers are reviewing 100 great books printed in an environmentally friendly way. Our goal is to encourage publishers to get greener and readers to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books. »Read More