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Tips for finding and using eco-friendly products.

Organic Charity Flower Bouquets

Over 45 Charity Bouquets at Organic Bouquet!

Get beautiful organic flower bouquets and also support a charity of your choice.  This is the mission statement from Organic Bouquet:

Flowers for Good™

Our Flowers for Good™ program was established to help our non-profit partners continue to make positive changes in the work they do. Choose from any one of our charitable bouquets and 5% of your purchase will go toward making the world a better place.

Here are two of my favorite examples:

Organic Bouquet for The Nature Conservancy

White and Pink Lillies

The Nature Conservancy Lilies + Vase.

 

National Wildlife Federation Daisies

Gerber Daisies

National Wildlife Federation Daisies 

 

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Daily Skin Care Routine in Two Minutes

What sort of daily skin care routine works best?  In just two minutes, Narelle Chenery, MiEssence’s Director of Product Development, shows you the right way.  Of course, you will want to use the MiEssence USDA Certified Organic skin care products for this.  See them at our storefront website.

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How to Apply Natural Cosmetics

You care about how you look, how your skin feels, and what ingredients are in your cosmetics. So you use natural and/or organic cosmetics such as MiEssence.

But there may be times when you wonder if you are using these products in the best way. Could some other method of application give you a better result?

So Narelle Chenery, Director of Product Development for MiEssence, has produced a marvelous video showing us just exactly how to make the most of these types of products.

This is a marvelous six minute video of really good tips. We hope you enjoy it!

You can look over and purchase MiEssence Cosmetics at our storefront website.
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Organic Holidays 2009 Giveaway

Win one of three (3) sample sets and/or one (1) full size bottle of MiEssence Certified Organic Botanical Perfumes.  The first drawing is Friday, November 20, 2009 and the last drawing is on Friday, December 4, 2009.  You can submit multiple entries and they are valid for all four (4) drawings.  Get all of the details and make your entries HERE.MiEssence Botanical Perfumes

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Top 10 Green and Eco-Friendly Toy Manufacturers

Here is a list of the top ten Green and Eco-Friendly Toy Manufacturers:

PlanToys–PlanToys are wonderful wooden toys that have very high play value. All PlanToys are made with clean, natural rubberwood from rubber trees which no longer produce latex. PlanToys does not use dyes containing lead or any other heavy metals. They use non-toxic water-based dyes on their toys and soy and water-based inks on their printed materials. They use solar energy and low emission biofuels to power the machinery that kiln-dries the wood and the finished toys. Find Plan Toys at Amazon.com

Haba–Haba Toys are made primarily of indigenous maple, beech wood and water-based paints. Fabric, felt, leather, cardboard and glass add dimension and variety to the Haba line. Their manufacturer process includes thermal energy and using wood scraps instead of coal for heating. Awarded national and international prizes for their top-quality, child-oriented design, Haba’s inventive playthings are a perfect match for inquisitive minds. Read more about Haba’s Green PhilosophyFind Haba Toys at Amazon.com

Habe–Habe is also known for their wooden toys made with natural materials. They have just launched the world’s first collection of bamboo toys. It took Habe years to develop this line of toys because bamboo, a giant natural grass that grows as tall as a tree, is its sensitivity to sawing, cutting, filing, dyeing, temperature and bending. Once cut, bamboo grows back completely in a mere three years. Bamboo also combines lightness with stability and is flexible but very strong. The bamboo grain has a wonderful tactile feel and is enhanced with a bright water-based paint.

Wonderworld–Uses rubber-wood that is made of replenishable source from plantation and widely accepted throughout the world as the environmental-friendly material. They also use non-toxic water based paints as well as biodegradable fabrics. Find Wonderworld Toys at Amazon.com

Sprig Toys– has an exciting line of battery-free, eco-friendly, paint-free, kid-powered toys. They have expanded their line to include even more imaginative toys. Find Sprig Toys at Amazon.com

miYim–makes a wonderful collection of plush toys using organic cotton. Find miYim Toys at Amazon.com

imagiPlay–Their toys are made of natural materials such as wood from Rubber Tree and Bamboo. Some of their toys utilize MDF, compressed sawdust. They are utilizing the byproducts of another industry. The MDF they use is formaldehyde free and tested for child safety. Every step of their toy production from seed to shelf is carefully thought out to minimize impact on the earth. They select factories that are close to our raw materials to avoid this needless expenditure of gas, oil and greenhouse gases. Read more about imagiPlay’s Green Philosophy. Find ImagiPlay Toys at Amazon.com

Thames & Kosmos–provide hands-on science kits with serious foundations in real science. Their mission is Key to connect science education with relevant issues, including an alternative Energy & Environmental Science line. These include updated versions of Fuel Cell and Power House kits, along with entirely new Hydropower and Global Warming kits. Their commitment to environmental issues extends beyond the kits themselves, as they donate one percent of sales of their Wind Power and Hydropower kits to environmentally focused non-profits. Find Thames & Kosmos Toys at Amazon.com

Orange Blue Games—a Blue Orange Games are made of wood, in order to provide quality and durability, warmth and appeal. Blue Orange uses natural playing materials. Pine, Birch, Beech are among the trees planted by Blue Orange Games for renewal of the environment. Blue Orange plants two trees for every tree used to create Blue Orange games. Find Orange Blue Games at Amazon.com

Green Toys–Got Milk! Well, Green Toys does. They make all of their toys from recycled milk containers. The same ones you and I drink our milk out of. When we throw our container away in the recycling bin, it gets sorted out and sent to Green Toys. Next, the milk containers are reprocessed into super clean fresh plastic. The material is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE). This material is considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics around. They make a variety of cooking sets, trucks, and sand toys. Find Green Toys at Amazon.com


Mara Kaplan is an expert in play and inclusive toys. You can find many more toy recommendations at her blog: letkidsplay.blogspot.com. Learn more about Mara’s work to increase the number of accessible playspaces at www.letkidsplay.com and www.accessibleplayground.net

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