Mother Nature Mothers

Being that both Earth Day and Mother’s Day are quickly approaching, I resorted to Working Mother magazine for a great article on everyday environmentalism.  It provides its readers with great tips and ideas for working moms to join Mother Nature in leading a greener life.

Safe and Eco-friendly Cleaning Products:

Green cleaning products are not only better for the environment, they’re safer for your kids.  Many moms try to steer clear of these green products, because they are under the impression that they are costly and inconvenient.  The truth of the matter is, you can find such environmental-friendly products at affordable prices.  The article suggests Seventh Generation, which offers dye and fragrance free products, and the new Clorox Green Works line.

Green At Work and While Working-Out

Working Mother suggests packing “a reusable grocery tote in your purse, gym bag or briefcase, and you’ll be prepared to run errands during your lunch hour or on your way home from work.”  They recommend Beckons Organic workout clothing, as well, as it “is made with high-quality, soft organic cotton and manufactured domestically at fair wages. And this workout clothing is polished enough to wear when running errands or meeting a friend for coffee, so you can transition easily between exercise and your busy life as a mom.”

From Tiny Acorns Big Oaks Grow

It’s important to familiarize your children with nature and make them aware of the ongoing efforts to protect the environment.  Spend time outdoors, have them help you garden, take them camping, go to the zoo, or even read them books about animals and nature.  The article suggests the “Green Start” books which are available on  Selling for only $6.99 each, “this eco-friendly series of stories is produced on 98% post consumer recycled materials used with soy based inks.”  Working Mother also recommends Earth Matters: An Encyclopedia of Ecology for the older kids.  “Earth Matters introduces children to ecology and environmentalism with beautiful photography and compelling copy.”

Eco-Friendly Toys

Lately, a lot of toy retailers are highlighting products made from renewable resources, organic fabrics, and recycled materials.  The article suggests Plan Toys, which include classic push and pull toys, musical toys, dollhouses and more.  These products are made from “renewable hardwoods and non-toxic natural paints and dyes.”  They recommend the Green Dollhouse, which “introduces children (and parents) to sustainable living through a concept dollhouse complete with a wind turbine, solar cell panel, and recycling bin.”  With toys like these, turn playtime into learning time and learning time into playtime.

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