Green Child Back to School 2011

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Back to School 2011


from our publisher.... Recently a reader brought to my attention how nice it would be to feature foster children on our cover, why didn’t I think of that?? If this is your first time visiting, we look forward to you meeting our “Children In Waiting.” When someone told me there are 125,000 plus children in America waiting for their forever family, I asked my husband if we could build a new home with 125,000 bedrooms. Then I remembered we would probably need a room and our boys could probably share so I asked the plans be changed to 125,002. Then I found out only 2 out of 10 children who age out of the foster system at 18 actually make it, the remaining 80 percent end up on the street, in jail, or dead. Then I knew it was time to stop being funny and do something. Hence was the beginning of Melamy Publishing and the opportunity to introduce these children to the world in pretty magazines. God blessed me with with an amazing team of talented moms who share my passion and thus far we have been instrumental in numerous adoptions! We are currently looking for professional photographers who can help us get our “Children In Waiting” front and center. We are looking for photographers who can get to know foster children in their area via family service organizations and to go even further to find hair stylists who may want to donate their time, fashion designers who want to donate an outfit or two and then you will take some photojournalistic shots of these children to feature on our future covers! If you are interested don’t email me, call me today! I know it isn’t common for a magazine publisher to list their personal cell phone number, but this is a huge mission for me and if you want to help I want to talk to you TODAY!! Call me, 850-960-4543! If you are not a professional photographer and want to help, please send a link to our magazine to five of your friends today and ask them to sign up for a free subscription and ask them to share with five of their friends. I can’t do this alone, but together, we CAN help these children! Love, hugs and thank you!!


Amber Maxwell, Editor Amye King, Art Direction & Design cover photo by Rebecca Deaton Photography 2


Growing Green CDC 18 Back to School Guide 33 Eco Kids 56

Articles Eco-Friendly Birthdays 26 Toxic Cleaning 55 Be Green 59

EcoFab 4 What’s in Season 10 Recipes 12 Nutritional Nuggets 14 Design 22 Great Stores 46 Book Reviews 62 photo submitted by Priscilla Matuson



from our editor.... They are going to school already! Summer seems to slip by every year much quicker than anticipated, but there is something magical about a child heading to school. As my children are getting ready for the school year, I am reminded of my love of learning. Geek to the core, being a student has always been an important part of my life, even when not in a structured learning environment. I am always looking for answers to questions, constantly doing research. Learning to live a sustainable lifestyle is a daily journey.I sometimes wonder why living a simple lifestyle, isn’t well, simple. I try my best though, and with each and everyday, there is a lesson. I know it is a long road, and I am happy to be on that journey, with you, my children, my family, and the many other students of the Earth. For me, this issue is about knowledge.Finding the right information to make good choices and the right tools to help us along the way. If you have a passion for learning, like me, I hope you are able find something to add to your knowledge databank. It is my hope, that together we can gain the necessary knowledge to teach our children to be compassionate and purposeful beings on this Earth. If you have been following us on Facebook, you may know that this is my debut issue with Green Child Magazine. I have already become familiar with many of you through Facebook and Twitter, and look forward to learning more from, and about you in the future. I am very excited to be a part of such a wonderful community of people and I thank you for the warm welcome I have already received. I hope you enjoy our Back to School issue! Warmly, Amber



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This vegan, botanical-based skin care line for babies and children is full of herbal extracts, nourishing oils and luxurious butters Gentle and natural for your little one.

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Made fresh by hand, these cosmetic products are made of organic vegetarian ingredients and have little to no preservatives or packaging. Moms, dads, and kids love them!

Keeki Pure and Simple

Rootbeer float lip balm... something to bark about!

Preserve Jr Toothbrush

BPA and Phtalate free, these toothbrushes are made in the USA and the handle 100% recycled #5 plastic. They are completelyrecyclable after use, including the packaging. Also, available by subscription to take the guess-work out of replacement timing.

Piggy Paint

A natural and eco-friendly nail polish dries hard and has a durable finish and can easily be removed using the eco-friendly, low odor Piggy Paint nail polish remover. Made in the USA, it is a hit with little girls and parents alike.


Children in Waiting

Tanisha, LaDerrick & Quindericka Photographed by Cookwire Photography Tanisha, born January 1997, is the oldest of the sibling group and is a responsible young lady. She is very helpful in the home, and completes her chores without complaint. She loves playing basketball and likes to cheer. She plans of trying out for the squad. She attends church and enjoys church activities with her foster family. Quindericka, born August 1999, loves to go shopping and play dress up. She is very fashion forwards and matches from her head to her toe, which she mentions is an everyday thing for her. She enjoys traveling as well as attending church and playing with her friends. LaDerrick, born 1998 is a very sweet boy who loves his sisters and is very protective of them. He loves playing sports, especially football and he loves to swim. Contact to inquiry about these sibilings.


Children in Waiting

Looking for someone to chat with about sports? Gilbert may be the boy of your dreams. Playing basketball is his favorite activity. Learning football is next on this young athlete’s to-do list. This friendly boy loves playing outside! In the fifth grade, Gilbert enjoys reading and interacting with his peers. Friendly and talkative are two personality traits this fellow has. Gilbert is currently benefitting from counseling, which may need to continue after placement. Gilbert has family members he would like to stay in contact with after placement. His caseworker prefers a twoparent family for him; however, all family types will be considered. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. For New Mexico children, both homestudied and nonhomestudied New Mexico families are encouraged to inquire; only homestudied families from other states should do so. Child ID 9474. To learn more about Gilbert or other waiting children like him, please contact The Adoption Exchange at 800-451-5246 or visit

Brian’s biggest wish is to find a forever family who will love him unconditionally. This bright teen is considerate and loves being active. His perfect day would include outdoor sports like fishing and riding his bike. In seventh grade, Brian benefits from an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). He participates in counseling, which may need to continue after placement. The caseworker prefers a two-parent home where Brian can be an only child; however, all family types will be considered. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. To learn more about Brian or other waiting children like him, please contact The Adoption Exchange at 800-451-5246 or visit



lassical onversations


You taught him to talk and walk. You’ll teach him what’s right and what’s wrong, and many other things about life (like where the big fish lurk). Why not teach him how to learn?

We believe that each child is uniquely and wonderfully made, and the people who know and love a child best (the parents) are the ones most motivated to help that child succeed. We connect families with other families who homeschool using the classical model. They become communities who share the journey. We also connect families with experienced and

trained mentors—parents who have homeschooled their children—who offer leadership. Communities meet weekly to review, encourage, and take the next step together, from K4 all the way through high school. For more information, or to find a community near you, please visit our website.

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits & Veggies By Steven Prussack, MS

You have heard before that we (kids and parents alike) should be eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. But how many of us are getting the recommended dosage every day? In our fast-passed society, many of us find it easier to open a bag of chips then take the time to wash off the fruit in the bin of our refrigerator. Don’t be fooled by the snack foods in the heath food store either. The majority of health food snacks are overprocessed, containing minimal nutritional value. If parents are having a hard time getting the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, what about our kids? How can we motivate our kids to adapt healthy eating habits? Here are some simple strategies that are sure to help. We have successfully implemented these strategies with our four-year old, Eli, and he is doing incredibly well meeting his nutritional needs. After tons of interviews on Raw Vegan Radio, I picked up these ideas along the way and am looking forward to passing them on to you. 1 2

Blend up a fresh fruit breakfast smoothie every morning. Use your child’s favorite fruits to create a smoothie that is sure to become a breakfast treat. Be sure to use organic ingredients. Be sure to stock your freezer with organic frozen fruit. Use rice milk, almond milk, or soy milk as a base for added nutrition. Be sure to incorporate fruit and veggies into their lunch. If your child likes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, try adding in some banana slices in place of the jelly. Include lettuce and tomato on their sandwiches.

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Make fun snacks. One idea is to get out an ice cube tray and spread pieces of broccoli throughout the container squares. Fill two of the squares with a dressing, like ranch or ketchup. Pretend play with your child that he/ she is the “Jolly Green Giant” and is going to eat up the forest. Fresh juices are a great idea too. You can make their cup look fancy by using cocktail umbrellas and silly straws to make the drink fun to drink. Other great snacks include apple slices with peanut butter. Change it up using other nut butters, such as almond or cashew butter. Include a salad with dinner. Be sure to use a variety of different veggies so that your salad will be colorful and fun to eat. Try blending up your own dressing using apple cider vinegar, lemon, olive oil, and a bit of agave syrup for a healthy fresh delight. Healthy dessert is easy. If your child likes ice cream, try coconut ice cream as a healthy alternative. You can get creative by topping the ice cream with fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or mangos. These are just a few strategies to get your child to eat more fruits and vegetables. The fun part is, each idea could be customized to your child’s unique tastes and preferences. Have fun, you’ll find it is much easier than you thought to include healthy fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet. Steven Prussack, MS holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication – Radio and TV and a Masters Degree in occupational therapy. He is an Award-Winning Infopreneur and is passionate about spreading the raw vegan message and holistic strategies for autism. The author of “Raw Advice” and founder of a worldwide internet phenomenon, Raw Vegan Radio which brings the highest quality information on Raw Vegan Living by interviewing the best of the best every week. For more information, visit

by Louise Goldberg RD CSP LD CNSC An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting 713.478.3823

As our kids make the switch from carefree summer fun back to school schedules, gardens everywhere are also in transition merging the end of crisp light summer bounty with the beginning of hearty Autumn harvests. If you aren’t ready to give up sweet juicy melons yet or can’t wait to eat baked squash, you don’t have to! What are your favorite dishes at this time of year? We’d love to hear from you. Join us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know. Here are some of our favorites. Pears: hese fruits are surprisingly high in vitamin C that helps rebuild skin through collagen formation

What’s in Season?

and boost our immune system. They are also high in soluble fiber, which is good for digestion, and some varieties are so tender and soft, they make a great first fruit to puree or mash for beginning eaters. The best-known varieties in the US are Anjou, Comice, Bosc, and Bartlett. Their mild flavor allows them to be used in either sweet or savory dishes. Eat pure and simple, slice over salads, blend in a smoothie or try our pear butter spread over fresh warm bread to bring the familiar smells of autumn into your house.

Kale: Because of its sturdy tough leaves, kale was previously thought of as only a garnish. It has now risen to the top of the popularity chart as people have discovered new ways to make it delicious. It claims its spot in the super food hall of fame with more vitamins and minerals than any other dark green leafy vegetable. It is also an excellent source of cancer-fighting compounds known as phytonutrients which have never been duplicated in vitamin supplements. The leaves can be made tender by chopping and adding to soup or made into crispy chips by tossing lightly with olive oil and your favorite seasoning, then roast 12

at 350 for 10 minutes. I recently discovered an unlikely but tasty option…pesto! Beets: With such a deep reddish purple hue, the color alone promises a rich flavor experience. It naturally makes sense that they are good for your heart, as well. The pigment contains antioxidants that have been shown to decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, and high cholesterol. They are low in calories but high in fiber and vitamins. Uses? Shred them in salads, puree into borscht soup, or pickle for a sweet and sour snack. The recipe shown tastes delicious on its own or served on a bed of crisp greens. Easy Pear Butter 4 lbs. Pears, peeled, quartered and seeded 2 cups Sugar or Honey (you can use less if desired or if the pears are very ripe) 1 cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups water 2 teaspoons Orange zest (can use 1 teaspoon dried or omit if no oranges available) ½ teaspoon Allspice ½ teaspoon Cloves ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon Place all ingredients in a slow cooker for at least 4-6 hours until mixture is tender. Use hand immersion blender to puree ingredients smooth. Continue to cook for an additional 4 hours or overnight on low until mixture has reduced. It should be very thick. Spread on warm bread and enjoy!

Roasted Beets With Pistachios and Honey Bunch of beets (you are only limited by how many you can eat) Olive oil 2-4 Tablespoons Pistachio nuts, shelled & chopped roughly 1-2 Tablespoons Honey Pinch of Sea Salt Remove green stems from beets. Try to do this as soon as you get them home as they take moisture away from the actual vegetable. Peel and cut into quarters. Toss lightly in olive oil and place in a 9 x 13 pan in oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with chopped pistachios and sea salt. Enjoy!

Kale Pesto ½ lb. kale (approximately 1-2 heads depending on their size) 2-4 Tablespoons pine nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts work well too) 2 medium garlic cloves Up to ½ cup olive oil Salt Remove stems from kale and boil in water for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain and add to food processor. Toast pine nuts at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or in a pan on stove. Add pine nuts and garlic cloves to food processor and puree. As kale, pine nuts, and garlic are mixing, drizzle olive oil in until mixture has thick liquid paste consistency. Season with salt to taste. Toss with your favorite whole wheat or quinoa pasta or use in place of tomato sauce on your pizza crust. 13


by Sara & Jo The Innocent Primate Vegan Blog

Roasted Chickpeas 1.5 C1 can Chickpeas (low sodium optional)

Vegetable Oil Your Favorite Seasoning (for example garlic salt or curry mixture)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse chickpeas and drain. In small bowl, toss lightly with oil and seasoning and spread on sheet pan. Cook in oven for 30 minutes, then turn temperature up to 450 degrees for up to 10 additional minutes until chickpeas are crunchy. Watch carefully so they don’t burn! Can be stored in airtight container, if they last that long! Tofu Smoothie

½ block of soft tofu ½ cup Fresh or Frozen Fruits 1 Tablespoon Honey Vanilla Almond Milk Mix first 3 ingredients in blender. Add Almond Milk gradually until desired consistency is reached. Add less for thick consistency, add more for thinner.

Other options: - Use Plain Unsweetened Almond or Soy milk if you prefer lower calories. - Add nut butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut free option) for additional protein. - Add bananas and use chocolate syrup instead of honey to sweeten for a great flavor. - For an extra healthy kick, add 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed for additional fiber and good Omega 3 fatty acids. Can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a quick tasty breakfast.


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Nutritional Nuggets by Louise Goldberg RD CSP LD CNSC An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting

Our kids’ school is now a nut-free zone. What are some good vegan alternatives to nuts and nut butters that we can pack in their lunches?

I’m so glad you asked! With nut allergies on the rise, many schools have taken it upon themselves to ensure the safety of their students. No worries! Send your child with a thermos to keep food hot or ice packs to keep food cold and you’ll have several tasty options that provide plenty of protein. If you are introducing a new dish to them, you may find more success if you offer it at home first. Here are a few of the many tasty options. We’d love to hear your suggestions too! Rice or quinoa + beans or lentils Macaroni and Non-dairy cheese Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds) or Soynut butter (not true nuts) + crackers/bread/ tortilla and banana slices Hummus + veggies to dip Non-dairy yogurts Pasta + soy crumbles + tomato sauce Pasta salad (chopped fresh tomatoes, olives, and asparagus + vinaigrette) Veggie burgers (check ingredients for ‘nut-free’), Tofurkey deli slices + bread/pita pocket/tortilla Grilled non-dairy cheese sandwich, Edamame pods Tofu smoothie drink** Pizza slices full of veggies and non-dairy cheese Soy dogs + bun Roasted chickpeas or beans** Tacos using soy crumbles Pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds mixed w/dried fruits Leftovers from dinner last night! **See recipe section for details 16

Is organic food healthier for my family than conventionally made and grown foods?

It depends on what you mean by ‘healthier’. A recent study by Cornell University found that people perceived products labeled organic to be healthier, defined as lower in calories and fat and higher in vitamins and fiber. It’s true that some studies have shown organic fruits and vegetables to be higher in vitamins and minerals, but foods like organic cookies and chips are not any more nutritious than their regular counterparts. There are differences in the ingredients used to make them though. An ‘organic’ label means the food product does not contain high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), artificial preservatives, food dyes or genetically modified organisms (GMO). When it comes to fruits and vegetables, many families want to limit or avoid pesticide exposure and organic harvests offer them that peace of mind. The price difference reflects the increased expense of producing food on a smaller scale with consideration for the land and without the use of pesticides. If you aren’t able to purchase all organic produce, check out the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list ( foodnews/) to find out where your dollars are best spent among organic fruits and veggies. This is an important distinction that goes beyond fat, calories, and vitamins. Our pediatrician said my 18 month old is small compared to other kids his age. Should I be giving him extra food to catch up and if so, what do you recommend?

If weight is the concern, ask your pediatrician to plot your son on the CDC “Weight For Length” chart. Instead of comparing him to kids by his age alone, this

chart takes into consideration what an appropriate weight is at his current height. If height is the issue, it is important to note whether your son has been following his own unique growth curve-even if he plots below and parallel to the lowest percentile. These factors will determine if he truly needs extra calories for catch up growth or if he is just following his genetic growth potential. Some high calorie vegan foods are avocados, foods cooked using coconut milk, oils, non-dairy cheeses or yogurts, breaded foods, non-dairy ‘milk’shakes and nut butters (spread very thinly to prevent choking danger). Small, more frequent meals can also help. I have been trying to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy but nothing seems to work! Any tips?

Like most new parents, you probably aren’t getting a lot of sleep right now. According to Monica Bearden, RD, author of The Baby Fat Diet, that can have a big impact on postpartum weight loss. Monica’s top tips for helping your body lose the baby fat: Eat – make sure and eat breakfast and throughout the day every 3-4 hours, this will help keep your metabolism working for you. Sleep – raging hormones and lack of sleep can cause you to eat too many refined carbs. Make sure and sleep at least 7 hours a night. If you have a new baby at home, follow your mom’s advice and sleep when the baby sleeps. Research shows that being well rested helps you to be in control of your eating and decreases hormones that can cause belly fat. Play – make sure and stay active, just 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference. Try jump roping or skipping with your kids. Some gyms offer ‘Mommy and Me’ classes or you may find an outdoor exercise program for mamas in your area like Strollerfit (www. If you aren’t ready to hit the gym or outdoors, there are plenty of DVDs you can do from the comfort of your home. For more great tips, check out

We have an issue with pooping in our house! My 2 year old says it hurts her to go and she waits until the very last minute before she’ll sit on the potty. Could it be related to something she is eating?

It could be related to something she’s not eating. If she had an uncomfortable painful experience on the potty, it can impact her progress in the whole process. There’s a simple equation for easy pooping: fiber + water + exercise. Take a look at her diet-not just what you offer her, what she is actually consuming. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, and some whole grains. Keep in mind ‘whole grains’ does not always mean ‘fiber’. Check the label (at least 3 grams fiber per serving is good!) and avoid highly processed foods. Next, is she drinking enough? Don’t wait for her to tell you she is thirsty because that means she is already slightly dehydrated. Always have water available and remind her to drink in between meals too. And finally, being active helps keep things moving well inside too. Louise Goldberg is a registered dietitian, specializing in child, maternal, and family nutrition. She is also a board certified pediatric nutrition specialist and practices with An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting in Houston, TX. If you have a nutrition question for our next issue, you can send it to her at or post it at Green Child Magazine’s Facebook page or An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting’s Facebook page.


Have No Fear, Your Calcium is Here! By Wendy Wegner

Many parents agree – it’s tough to feed a picky eater, let alone fill them up with nutritious foods. But one thing is for sure – you don’t have to settle for high-fat, high-caloric foods in order to include some very important calcium in your child’s diet. I once worked with a chef who taught children’s cooking classes and it was a ton of fun to help out and watch the kids get excited about new foods and recipes. It was amazing to see how empowered they were by taking on new responsibilities in the kitchen, and how they took ownership of their meals and experimented with new and “unusual” foods (veggies, legumes, whole grains, oh my!). The cooking teacher always reminded her students that you need to try a new food 10 times before you can really know if you like it or not. While I’m not positive about the science behind her statement, I do tend to believe it. Although it probably took me 10 years to like asparagus, and now it’s officially one of my favorite vegetables. The point is, don’t give up on your kids. And more importantly, don’t let them give up on the wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables available to them. It’s a wild world of food out there, and you never know what dish might tickle your taste buds next. Due to the recent LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) ban on flavored milk, many parents have feared that their children will develop a calcium-deficient diet. That’s why I’ve proposed a sample menu made with children’s nutritional needs in mind, and it’s chock full of our favorite chemical element. Meet Olivia. She’s 9. And she needs about 1,000 to 1,300 mg of calcium every day. Here’s a sample menu to get her through breakfast, lunch, dinner (and even dessert!), and it’s sure to keep her happy and healthy. And with an appropriate and safe amount of sun exposure during the day (hopefully playing outside!), she’ll soak up enough vitamin D to keep her calcium absorbed.


Breakfast (warm up your brain and start the day off right) 1 cup calcium-fortified orange juice – 300 mg calcium/ 120 calories 1 packet instant oatmeal – 200 mg calcium/100 calories ½ cup golden seedless raisins – 104 mg calcium/219 calories ½ cup almond milk – 100 mg calcium/35 calories Breakfast total: 704 mg of calcium & 474 calories

Lunch (the very important “afternoon-pick-me-up-and-keepme-going-strong-at-school” meal) 1/2 cup soybeans (sea salted or unsalted) – 130 mg calcium/ 149 calories 2 slices whole wheat bread – 100 mg calcium/100 calories 2 tablespoons tahini hummus – 35 mg calcium/68 calories (a delicious mayonnaise substitute!) 3 leaves romaine lettuce – 0 calcium/10 calories ½ tomato, sliced – 6 mg calcium/11 calories 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced – 18 mg calcium/14 calories Graham Crackers, 2 squares – 0 calcium/60 calories 1 cup coconut water – 14 mg calcium/50 calories Lunch total: 303 mg calcium & 462 calories Snack (the “I-need-to-keep-going-so-I-can-finish-my-homework” break) 1 oz. raw almonds (23 nuts) – 75 mg calcium/163 calories 1 cup raspberries – 31 mg calcium/64 calories Water! (Yes, it’s a drink! And kids like it! Don’t forget to get enough H20 throughout the day to stay hydrated and energized) Snack total: 106 mg calcium & 227 calories

Dinner (growing bodies need these important nutrients after a long day of school, playing and homework) Vegan Macaroni & Cheeze with Swiss Chard (try the simple yet tasty recipe from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer) – 150mg/500 calories (per serving of 1 oz. pasta/1 cup sauce) Cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’ – 39 mg calcium/67 calories And for desert… how about a chocolate Tofutti Cutie ice cream bar – no calcium needed!/130 calories Dinner total: 189 mg calcium & 697 calories Grand total: 1,302 mg calcium/1,860 calories *Nutritional values are approximate and may vary. Use these meals merely as a fun, helpful guide! And always consult your child’s physician before making big decisions about their health and diet. Happy eating!

Wendy Wegner is editor of educational content for 1 On 1 Academic Tutors, an education services provider in Los Angeles and New York City. Visit Wendy on the Web at



Growing Green Child Development Center

We were intrigued when we discovered Growing Green, an eco-friendly early childhood learning center located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We had a few questions about their facility, their program, and what makes them green. We were intrigued when we discovered Growing Green, an eco friendly early childhood learning center located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We had a few questions about their facility, their program, and what makes them green. GCM: What was the inspiration for the Growing Green Child Development Center? GG: As parents, we saw the benefit of an early childhood education with our own children. Due to increasing population in our area, many child centers had a waiting list, or were at capacity. After conducting a market feasibility study, we decided to move forward with the idea of creating one of the most unique and healthiest early childhood centers in the country. We felt that too many young children are in environments that are harmful to their physical, mental, and social development and well-being. We have so many families that are enthusiastic about our mission and some even drive from other cities just to attend Growing Green. That, in its self, is an inspiration to us. GCM: What is “green” about your facility? GG: We do have an extensive recycling program and use energy efficient lighting. Those are the obvious choices. However, we like to go further. Our mission is to educate our families about what it really means to be “green.” In addition to all of the environmental benefits, there is an extensive health benefit to our facility. We have eliminated the harmful pollutants and hazards found at most other facilities. Children are often exposed to toxins that they touch with their hands and mouths. For this reason, we use primarily wood toys and classroom supplies without any harmful chemicals. We use all “green” cleaning products and we

have a very stringent all-natural food program that prohibits any foods that contain preservatives, additives, or food dyes. All of our rooms were designed to have extensive natural sunlight, but our windows were designed to block the harmful ultraviolet rays. Nature is a huge component of our program with outdoor play. We also have a greenhouse and garden so that children can learn about growing food. We have carefully selected all building materials used in construction of our facility from the ground up. GCM: Was building your facility more costly than traditional building methods? GG: I have read many articles that say building green is not too much more costly than traditional building methods. I wish this was the case, but I did not find this to be true though the benefits, in our opinion, outweigh the costs. Until the demand for these products increase significantly, and they become the norm versus the exception, I think the costs will always be higher. There are choices within “green” products, however, so that should help keep those costs down a bit. GCM: How does Growing Green’s curriculum differ from other child facilities? GG: As a new center, we are still in the process of refining our curriculum, but we have incorporated caring for the Earth. Our curriculum emphasizes learning through play. This allows us to teach our students about the Earth and nature while making it fun. The children separate trash and recyclables from the classroom into specific bins and save food scraps to feed to the composting pig in the garden. We have an outdoor water pump that uses captured rainwater from a large underground reservoir. The school greenhouse and garden is filled with plants the children have helped to water and weed. In the future, we hope to introduce a conflict 21

Growing Green Child Development Center continued... resolution component to our curriculum as well. At our center, we want children to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. As we grow as a center, we want to make sure that our curriculum and policies reflects this focus. GCM: We see that Growing Green offers many “hands-on” activities. Why is this so important? GG: As educators, we realize that children learn in many different ways. While children use sight, sound, and taste to learn, it is very important for them to have hands on experiences to master skills. When children accomplish a task by themselves, their pride is evident to all. This sense of accomplishment and pride will motivate them to try other, more difficult, skills. Best practice in early education emphasizes the importance of children learning through hands-on, play-based experiences. GCM: What is one of the most important lessons you hope Growing Green students learn? GG: We want to teach our students to be socially responsible citizens. We want them to learn cause and effect and how decisions they make affect their own environment and the environment of people around them.We want them to be conscious of their choices and how to teach others, including their own family members, about making good choices. It is knowledge they can take with them and use as a way-of-life. GCM: Do you see Growing Green as “trailblazers” when in comes to being green and its relationship to children? GG: Absolutely. We know there are not many facilities like ours in the country. This is one area where the United States lags behind other countries. We cannot overlook the rise in childhood diseases and health related issues that have evolved over the past 25 years. We have received calls from people around the country wanting to know about Growing Green so we know our message is reaching beyond our local market. It is a good feeling to know that others are taking notice and taking an interest in what we are doing.




Greenplay We recently came across Greenplay furnishings and just had to know more. Find out what we learned about this fun and playfully green furniture company for kids.

GCM: What is the philosophy of Greenplay?

GCM: Do you practice sustainable office practices?

Designed by Joe Fiacchino, Greenplay is a furniture component system that’s safe for kids. These whimsical, colorful, durable finishings feature recycled, renewable, and low-impact resources with low-VOC emission finishes. With its earth-friendly material palate, Greenplay promotes environmental and social responsibility. And, our take-back program creates a way for the products to be repurposed and donated for reuse. A perfect complement to Kids Glass , Greenplay products will soon be available on GSA.

Skyline’s philosophy reflects a dual regard for both the built and natural environments, embodying our commitment to sustainability in the development of inspiring and innovative products. Skyline’s ethos of sustainable stewardship encompasses responsible product design and manufacture to positively support and connect people with their surroundings. Skyline selects and sources locally, considering the environmental impact, recyclability and reusability of our materials. We mindfully pair our palette with innovative production processes to create products that are both carefully designed and environmentally conscious.

GCM: What is the inspiration for design? For many years Skyline Design ran an art services division creating larger than life sculptural objects for public spaces serving a number of markets in the US. During this time Skyline was contacted to create a creative play environment for children for a line of cruise ships. Around the same time Harvard published a study about the effects of VOC’s on children. This new information informed us that children take in the same amount of toxins as adults but since their organs are so small they cannot process toxins in the same way that we do. This information inspired the team at Skyline to research sustainable, non-toxic materials to create imaginative, durable and safe products for children. After years of research and development, stringent vetting of materials, consultations with experts in child development, museum design, library and education fields, Greenplay was born! GCM: What kind of materials do you use in your designs? Greenplay products are constructed of urea formaldehydefree MDF with FSC-certified birch veneer. Some products feature parts constructed of composite wood from forest waste and/or shavings, while certain pieces feature postconsumer and/or post-industrial recycled plastic (HDPE). Greenplay uses low-VOC emission finishes. The wood composite furniture is finished with a premium quality clear protective coating; maintained properly, the finish will retain its functional and current appearance for many years to come. 24

GCM: How do you acknowledge the environment?

Greenplay®Design Go Bus Activity Station We try to do the right things every day.Skyline is Designer: Joe Fiacchin actively engaged in sustainable practices as part of an ongoing effort of environmental preservation. From sourcing local materials and fabrication processes to optimizing energy use, minimizing water use and transportation materials, to using low-VOC paints and finishes, Skyline is progressive in meeting and exceeding its environmental standards. All Skyline products are manufactured in Chicago.

GCM: Where can someone find your pieces? Greenplay is available through a network of preferred furniture dealers in the US and Canada. For a dealer near you contact us at


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Cultivate Faithfulness by Andrea Newitt | The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Years ago at a women’s retreat, I received a scroll with the verse “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3 NASB). Isn’t that a lovely passage? Cultivate has such a deep, rich connotation, involving growth, development, even flourishing. When I looked up the verse in my Bible, however, I discovered that in the NIV, the passage reads “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” What in the world do “cultivate faithfulness” and “enjoy safe pasture” have in common, I wondered. For months I meditated on the two versions of that verse. As many of you might know, to meditate on Scripture can mean to ruminate or to chew on something, as a cow chews on its cud. So that’s just what I did. During my day-to-day activities, I enjoyed my safe pasture, a happy California cow chewing on my cud of cultivate faithfulness whenever the verse came to mind, until one day I pictured a gardener, picking flowers and passing them out to others. Then it occurred to me . . . “What if it wasn’t my faithfulness but God’s faithfulness the passage referred to?” That perspective gave the verse a whole new meaning. I could finally see the connection between the two translations: God’s faithfulness provides us with safe pasture. A quick look at confirms that in the NASB the verse can also be translated as “feed securely” or “feed on His faithfulness.” In fact, in the KJV, the verse reads “verily thou shalt be fed,” and in the ESV, “befriend faithfulness.” The key to cultivating faithfulness is found in the first part of that verse. Notice that all four translations begin the same way: “Trust in the Lord and do good.” His faithfulness inspires faithfulness in us. In turn, our faithfulness encourages others to be faithful. Just as a gardener gives away a flower, we can pass along faithfulness to others.


At times, we all could use encouragement to trust God in our homeschooling efforts. Juggling family life as a wife, a mother, and a teacher is hard. Rewards abound, but so do interruptions, conflicts, and unexpected struggles. Added doubts often creep in when we reach the high school years and worry that we are not equipped to educate our children at home. Even the most dedicated among us can be tempted to give in to fear. Taking the time to reflect on our reasons for homeschooling and to recognize simple gifts from our loving Father can help us overcome those obstacles and follow through on our commitment, sometimes with greater ease than we expected. Through this process, we cultivate faithfulness, we become yet another family that has successfully homeschooled through high school, and we encourage others to be faithful. Andrea Newitt has been homeschooling since 1999 with the encouragement and support of her husband Mark. They have three children and have graduated the oldest two. Andrea enjoys bicycling, swimming, reading, and working with her “office mates” at The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the leading Christian homeschool publication and a trusted source of information worldwide. Visit Andrea at for more information about the resources she uses.

Rendi means “you make” in Italian... Rendi offers customizable frames and plaques and is Your source for CUSTOM gifts and home décor. You can make the perfect gift for someone or decorate your own home with Rendi’s diverse product choices! Rendi's products are made right here in the U.S.A. Every Rendi piece is also planet friendly and made with 100% post-consumer recycled wood and waterbased finishes. Become a Stylist and help us share the "gift of hand and heart"! Host a party and reap the hostess rewards! Buy a Rendi product and make it personal! With 7 different product lines to choose from and virtual gift cards available, gift giving is simplified. Prices start at $14.95*. Online parties are available. *Stylist cost. Retail prices are $19.95 - $39.95

Rendi was founded by Annie & Mark Danielson in their home in Trinidad, Colorado. With the belief that we should all Celebrate, Affirm, Remember and Encourage the ones we hold dear, the Danielson’s have created a company that is changing lives. Every creation helps moms and kids around the world. We’re also committed to the mission of drilling fresh water wells in Africa in partnership with charity: water. To date, we’ve drilled over twenty. Together, we’ll drill many more.

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An Eco-Friendly Birthday Party for Your Green Child By Amity Hook-Sopko

Think of the last child’s party you attended. Chances are – the cardboard, paper, plastic, and heavy-duty tie wraps filled a garbage bag or two. And that’s just wrapping paper and packaging! Most people don’t realize that with all the laminates, dyes, and glitter, most wrapping paper is not recyclable. Then there are all the toys and favors. What is the long-term impact of batteries and all the indestructible molded plastic? So many of those toys will never, ever break down in a landfill. Add in the fact that most birthday parties are over the top and reinforce the notions that “bigger and more is better.” Not exactly the message you want to send to your child, is it?

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So, what’s a parent to do? It all comes back to keeping it simple. These tips might turn the conventional birthday party upside down, but they’ll set you free along the way:


Adjust Your Mindset From Disposable to Reusable

Stock up on extra plates, cups and silverware from your local flea market or Goodwill. Even if you host the party at a park, you can still bring your own dishes and an extra bag to carry them home. One extra dishwasher load is much easier than trying to wipe paper plates clean enough to recycle. Ditch the Goody Bags

From one parent to another, does anyone really need another sheet of tattoos and a tiny plastic jug of bubbles? Experience parties (pottery making, touring the local fire station) leave a memory that doesn’t get lost in the bottom of the toy box. Spare a Tree, Save a Dime

Aren’t we all tired of spending $4 on something that gets torn and tossed? Wrapping paper is just plain wasteful. If you have paper gift bags left over, by all means use them. But rather than buy new paper, try wrapping with your child’s artwork, old travel maps, the comics, or any box, bucket or basket you have on hand. Another unique, reusable alternative is a fabric gift bag. Amity Hook-Sopko created with her passion to share how gift giving can be responsible, sustainable and fun! She loves helping busy moms find simple solutions for eco-friendly gift giving.

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Sometimes we make green living more complicated than it should be. The concept is simple – a natural lifestyle should come “natural,” shouldn’t it? Our culture’s disposable mindset and obsession with consumerism can make it tough to live simply green. Especially when it comes to kids’ birthday parties.

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Green Gamboni Organic Jeans

Green Gamboni is revolutionizing baby clothes! Using a lightweight GOTS certified organic cotton denim, Green Gamboni jeans are designed by a mama to fit ALL diapers...from bulky cloth diapers to disposables! Plus, our jeans are made in the USA. Green Gamboni organic baby clothes are made out of 98% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Denim with 2% elastic so that babes are not restricted as they learn to crawl, walk, dance or climb!

Green Gamboni was created by a mama. And like all mamas, I wanted to do what I thought was best for my brewing babe. I opted for cloth diapers. Less demanding on the environment and softer on the bum, cloth was what I wanted! Months later I discovered that there was a problem with fit. Most pants that I came across simply would not accommodate the bulk of the cloth! Frustrated, I started fantasizing about jeans- CUTE jeans- that would keep my little munchkin’s bum warm and adorable...just like she deserved. I am now proud to offer to you exactly the jean that I tried, unsuccessfully, to find for her.


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Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers

Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers are cruelty free ballet shoes for children and adults. Constructed of soft, durable cotton canvas uppers and synthetic leather non-slip soles, these cruelty free ballet slippers transition beautifully from the studio to stage. A professional dancer since 1978, Cynthia King combined her passion for ballet with her compassion for animals in the development of her signature slippers. She was inspired to create the shoes when she realized that there were no readily available cruelty free ballet shoes in existence. “No animal should suffer for the sake of dance.” Says King. Cynthia King developed her shoes over many years to provide dancers with the highest quality slipper that is elegant, comfortable, stage ready, and cruelty free. These vegan ballet slippers have been rising in popularity and were even requested by ‘Black Swan’ star Natalie Portman for a photo shoot. When you choose Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers you have taken a graceful step towards improving our environment and reducing cruelty to animals. You not only help save the lives of the animals used in the production of shoes, but you also help to conserve the habitat of many others. Gorillas, chimpanzees, and many other species face deforestation and homelessness every day due to unnecessary destruction of their habitats for livestock production. Waterways around the world continue to suffer lingering effects of pollution from factory farms and tanneries, some closed generations ago. Using cruelty free ballet slippers directly conserves natural resources and saves lives.

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Smart Bottoms

Who doesn’t love a party? How about a cloth diaper party? Say hello to Smart Bottoms. Smart Bottoms is the nation’s first cloth diaper manufacturer that offers cloth diapers and accessories through home based parties. Smart Bottoms is more than just a business, it is a passion. Behind every cloth diapering mom (or dad), there is a story. A story of why they chose to go against the majority, why they chose the healthier, more environmentally friendly, or cheaper option. With the help of trained cloth diaper experts to explain the health, environmental, and cost benefits of cloth diapering in a fun and comfortable environment, Smart Bottoms offers the opportunity to see and feel their products before making an investment. They will also show you how easy it is to change and care for your cloth diapers. Many families in America are missing an entire generation of cloth diaperers. Parents who were cloth diapered, were undoubtedly diapered with old fashioned pre-folds, pins, and “rubber” pants. Smart Bottoms offers an opportunity to share what today’s cloth diapers look and feel like. They can show you how easy, healthy, and inexpensive it is to cloth diaper your baby! They encourage everyone to become part of the Diaper Revolution.

Smart Bottoms offers easy to use, organic, modern, cloth diapers. They believe that every baby’s bottom should be covered in cloth. They are devoted to creating superior products that are trim and absorbent, and are 100% made in the USA.Oh, and they have recently expanded their line to include a swim diaper and training pants! Not sure if you are ready to invest in cloth diapering? You may want to check out their new sister company, Diaper Share. Diaper Share provides parents an opportunity to cloth diaper their children without an upfront investment. Purchasing enough cloth diapers for two to three days can cost $200-$500! With Diaper Share you pay a monthly fee of only $29. Diaper share sends you a two to three day supply of sized cloth diapers (18 prefolds and 4 covers). As your baby grows and needs a larger size, contact them and they will send you the next size and a shipping label to return your old diapers. Diaper Share is a great option for parents who are interested in trying cloth diapers without making an investment or for the family on a tight budget. Parents who use Diaper Share will save 50-75% on what they would spend on disposable diapers! If you think Diaper Share might be a good fit for you, be sure to check them out at 33

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Packing a Safe and Waste-Free Lunch By Erin Naumowicz Whether you zip to the grocery store, peruse your local farmer’s market, or grow your own, you spend a lot of time carefully selecting healthy foods for your kids’ school lunch boxes. The last thing you want to worry about is what might be leaching into their food from their lunch containers. With the alphabet soup of chemicals found in many plastic products (PVC, BPA, Phthalates, Lead, antimicrobial chemicals, etc.), I avoid plastic and plastic-lined food containers for my family as often as possible. In the past, this was a bit of a challenge. But today there are so many stainless steel, glass, bio-plastic and fabric options available, the hardest part has become understanding and narrowing down the options. Stainless steel is my family’s lunch or bento box material of choice because it is non-toxic, hygienic and easy to clean. And there’s no mystery about its composition. Look for 18/8 or 18/10 food grade stainless steel products such as Planet Box, Lunchbots, GreenTainers, Eco Lunch Box, and Kids Konserve. Stainless steel is also an excellent choice for beverage containers. Companies like Klean Kanteen and Tazzini work very hard to ensure the stainless steel they use won’t leach, they are not lined with BPA or other chemicals and their caps are also BPA free. Not into stainless food and beverage containers? No problem! Go for a glass bottle wrapped in dishwasher-safe silicone from Life Factory or Takeya and some fabric lunch bags. My absolute favorite reusable bags are the Organic Cotton Sandwich and snack bags with water based dyes from Graze Organics, followed closely by Kids Konserve and ReUsies, all of which are tested PVC, BPA and lead free. 36

No matter what materials or brands you decide on for your child’s school lunch this year, give yourself a pat on the back for caring enough to weigh your options, make the decision that is right for your family, and go enjoy your healthy-lunch-toting kids. Erin Naumowicz is the mom of 2 amazing kids, freelance writer and founder of




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1. Boon Stash - Have lots of school supplies but nowhere to put them? This stylish BPA-free, Phthalatefree and PVC-free organizer is just what any house needs. Use for school supplies or just about anything you need to “stash.” 2. Crayon Rocks - These may look like rocks, but they are actually crayons. These soy-based crayons made with mineral derived colorants are great for improving your child’s fine-motor skills. Designed to help with grip strength problems and made for fun, Crayon Rocks are made in the USA and are non-toxic and phthalate free. 3. KleenEarth Recycled Stainless Steel Scissors - Kids love to create shapes, and we love these blunt tipped eco-friendly scissors. These scissors have stainless steel blades that are welded to 70% recycled plastic handles that feature a finger rest for comfort. 4. Green Apple Pencil Sharpener - This adorable pencil sharpener made of recycled plastic is ideal for sharpening all of your recycled pencils! Made from 90% post-industrial recycled plastic. 5. Green Apple Highlighter Pencils Why use a marker when a biodegradable pencil is available? This hexagonal natural wood pencil, comes in neon colors, is jumbo size, and biodegradable. 6. Green Apple Recycled Ruler–Great for student projects, this ruler is made from recycled yellow pages phone books and recycled plastic.




7. EcoJotStationary - Made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper, this eco-friendly stationary brand offers a variety of journals, sketchbooks, wrap, calendars, and notecards. We especially love the whimsical designs that appeal to kids and adults. Also, when you purchase select products, EcoJot will donate a school workbook or pencil to a child in need. 39

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8. Green Apple Triangle Pencils - These pencils have a great ergonomic triangular shape that is easier for little fingers to hold. Made of premium-quality cedar wood scraps from the pencil manufacturing process. Earth and kid friendly. 9. Jumbo Triangular EcoPencil - These triangular shaped pencils allow for better comfort, control, and help to prevent rolling off a desk or table. They are non-toxic and made of reforested wood. Kids find them easy to use and love the animal images on each pencil. 10. Green Apple Motherboard bookmarks - Made from a motherboard, these bookmarks are sure to give anyone a hip and eco-friendly vibe while reading. Available in a U-cut design and a tasseled column design. We adore these. 11. Coccoinna Glue Stick - This non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free glue stick is all natural and environmentally friendly. Great for school projects and has a wonderful almond scent. 40

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12. EcoGearEcozooRoling - Got more stuff? Ecozoo is also available on wheels. Made from the same great materials as the Ecozoo backpack and it boasts a telescoping handle, padded shoulder straps, and durable recycled wheels. Available in five different animal styles, this bag is great for the big kid on-the-go who likes to have fun. 13. Terracycle Backpack - This eco-hip backpack helps to keep drink pouches out of the landfill. Upcycled from Honest Kids速 drink pouches, it has adjustable straps, an outer zipper for school supplies, and kids think it is cool. This backpack is a fun way to outfit your child and a great opportunity for an environmental lesson all in one bag. 14. Dante Beatrix Backpack - A fun bag with a fun message. Made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles and trimmed in naturally biodegradable canvas, these backpacks are sturdy and functional. Each bag actually removes SEVEN plastic bottles from the environment. Kids love all three of the pop designs and parents love the great storage areas and that it is eco-friendly. 15. EcoGearEcozooBackpack - This eco-friendly part pet, part toy, part bag is a hit with toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids. Made of natural cotton canvas, non-toxic dyes, and recycled plastic components; this adorable bag is available in four different animal styles. Little ones love to carry this bag. 41

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16. Kids Konserve Waste free Lunch kit - If you are looking for a kit that has it all, this may be it. This eco-friendly lunch kit is BPA, lead and phthalate free. It comes with a recycled cotton lunch sack, a stainless steel bottle with lid, round food containers, a napkin, and food cozy. Better than a brown paper bag, this kit is fun for everyone to use and reuse. 17. GoodbynBynto - Fun to carry, hold, and decorate! Utilizing three compartments to keep kids’ lunches from spilling or mixing, this lunchbox is made of FDA approved BPA and phthalate free materials, dishwasher-safe, and 100% recyclable. Comes with an 8 oz bottle for your child’s beverage and stickers for personalization. Kids love the fun of this lunchbox! 18. LunchBots - These stainless steel containers are a great eco-friendly alternative to plastic and baggies. Durable and fun, they fit in just about any lunchbox, bag, or can be carried in your hand. These are easy for little hands to use and dishwasher safe. Independently lab certified to be lead free. Comes in four different configurations for your packing needs. 42

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19. EcoGearEcozoo Lunch Tote - This adorably cute and fun lunch tote is made of natural cotton canvas materials and reground components, and is insulated to help foods keep proper temperature. Comes a removable shoulder strap and lunch mat in order to fit the needs of your child come mealtime. This lunch tote is currently available in two adorable animal styles. It makes your child’s mealtime fun. 20. Terracycle Lunch Cooler - This insulated cooler has a removable hard shell liner which will help prevent a crushed lunch. Great for the environment due to the way it is made, this eco-hip cooler is also great for canned drinks, toys, supplies, etc. The interior is made from waste packaging material - over 90%. Thanks to TerraCycle’s® partnership with Frito-Lay®, this was made with upcycle love. 21. Laptop Lunches - The bento style lunch makes it easy to control portion sizes and allows for easy meal planning. Kids love this fun, stylish, and waste-free lunch option. Parents love that containers are lead, BPA, phthalate and PVC free, and microwavable, dishwasher safe, and that it is made in the USA. Made with recycled content and is recyclable. This eco-friendly lunchbox option also comes with a book of healthy lunch ideas. 43

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22. Sigg Bottle - Sigg bottles are fun, there is no other way to say it. Sigg bottles are designed with an EcoCare liner, which is BPA and phthalate free, and are easy to clean. Kids love the designs and are easy to hold. 23. KleanKanteen - Small and lightweight, the 12oz KleanKanteenŽ Classic is great when space is limited. Made from high quality, food-grade stainless steel that’s totally free of BPA and other toxinsyou can use it with confidence. Its large-mouth design fits ice cubes and makes cleaning simple by hand, or it is dishwasher safe. 24. Dante Beatrix water bottle - These completely adorable and environmentally friendly bottles are made with 100% food grade stainless steel and have a spill-proof spout cap. Lead safe, phthalate, and BPA free. Your kids will love all of the adorable characters.


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25. Planet Wise Sandwich Wrap - This waste-free lunch tool is great for snacks, sandwiches and can be used as a placemat for your food when unfolded. Great for all ages, it is easy to clean, made with FDA Food Safe Materials, and a great alternative to plastic bags. Comes in a variety of fun patterns.These sandwich wraps are PVC, BPA, phthalate, latex, and lead free. 26. ItzyRitzy Snack Happens - This FDA Approved and BPA free reusable bag is ideal for snacks, sandwiches, lunches, toiletries, crayons, camping…you name it. Closes with a lead free zipper, machine washable and eco-friendly. They even have a “create your own” option for little artists. 27. Terracycle Pencil Case - Help keep drink pouches out of the landfill with this pencil case from Terracycle. This case is made entirely from individual drink pouches that have been stitched together. Kids love its “cool” factor. 28. MyDrap - This cloth napkin is designed for single use or to be washed and used again and again. Available in a tear-off roll, in cotton or linen, these napkins are biodegradable and recyclable for other uses. 45

Eco Fundraising Ideas If you are looking for a way to raise money for your school or organization there are many Eco-friendly options available. Here are some of our favorites. Itzy Ritzy Ittzy Ritzy’s Snack Bags and Wet Bags are a popular and on-trend fundraiser that helps your organization raise money while simultaneously educating children on the importance of making environmentally conscious choices. With a 50%+ profit margin, this healthy candy fundraiser alternative is sure to be a hit. Itzy Ritzy Snack and Wet Bags are available in high quality fun fabrics that are sure to be a hit with any group. Great for litter free lunch programs. All bags include a zipper closure, are BPA - and PVC-free, and machine washable. Not only will they be a great seller for kids, but for adults too!

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Laptop Lunches We love our laptops and we love our bento boxes. Why not make it a fundraiser too? Laptop Lunches offers a fundraising program that is easy to administer, promotes healthy and waste-free living in schools, fast shipping, and supports manufacturing jobs in the US. They also give you options that will work best for your school like hosting a traditional fundraiser, using an online promotional code, or ordering in volume. Laptop Lunches also has an outstanding in-house customer support team to help you with all of your needs. Why not make lunch fun and raise some money for your school? Plant a Tree USA What if you could plant a tree and earn money for your school or organization at the same time? Well, now you can. By signing up your school or organization as a Plant a Tree USA Eco-Affiliate, you can raise money through the tree planting proceeds when you use the designated promotional code. This is a natural way to raise funds and to give back to Mother Earth. Great for groups that want to help the environment, encourage tree plantings, and raise funds.

Planet Wise Kids have stuff, so why not have a fundraiser that helps them bag it? Planet Wise offers fun and useful items that kids love and will be excited to sell. Organizations can sell the Planet Wise products and earn 35-45% of their total sales depending on the item through either bulk orders for events or with individual selling forms. These products are made in the USA, have sealed waterproof seams, and are available in a variety of designs. Great for everything from carrying wet swimsuits to packing a lunch.

Eco Sprouts Raising funds with adorable T-shirts from earth creationsÂŽ is a fashionable fundraising option. Eco Sprouts offers a fun and educational fundraiser for students through the selling of organic T-shirts, dyed with clay and made in the USA, with an average profit margin of 30% for their school. Through their fundraising program they also offer a clay-dyeing kit for every teacher participating in the fundraiser as a way to educate children about the organic fabric dyeing processes. This is an easy to run fundraiser that requires no upfront monies, teaches a lesson, and helps the planet. Eco Sprouts

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EcoTulips Who doesn’t love flowers? EcoTulips offers a fundraising program that will not only help to beautify your community with eco-friendly flowers, but will help to reduce pesticide use and teach environmental awareness to children. EcoTulips is the only American source of organically grown and pesticide free tulip bulbs. EcoTulips offers traditional fundraising as well Eco-friendly online fundraising where an organization can earn 40-50% of sales. This great program is no risk and requires no upfront cost. This is a great fall fundraiser for any group. EcoTulips


Great Stores

The Giggling Green Bean

Located in the eco-fabulous city of Denver is a wonderful find for new and expecting parents. The Giggling Green Bean has “everything green for you & your little bean.”

Amy Mann opened The Giggling Green Bean in July 2009 after serving many Denver Diaper Company customers from her dining room. She first began the Denver Diaper Company in 2007 after discovering a lack of places to buy cloth diapers in the Denver area. A year and a halflater, she decided to open a storefront location to better serve the community. And so in July of 2009, The Giggling Green Bean, Inc. was born! It is their mission to provide new and expecting parents with the best products for their babies and our planet. They love stocking the store with eco-friendly, local if at all possible, products to make parent’s lives easier! The Giggling Green Bean is committed to bringing as much information to Denver area parents as possible. 48

They know what a tough job parenting can be and are proud to offer advice on cloth diapers, baby carriers, and eco-friendly products. As well as classes from what to do in an emergency to making that first solo outing with your new baby. They believe in fostering the community that is parenthood! The Giggling Green Bean is also proud to offer a number of services like a Loyalty Rewards Program, a Cloth Diaper Trial Package that allows you try out cloth diapering with no risk, a cloth diaper buy back program for store credit, and a fully functioning gift registry. find us on facebook

If you are in the Denver area, be sure to check out The Giggling Green Bean. If you are not heading to Denver anytime soon you can find them at



Wee Can Too edible art supply

Do your kids like to put their art supplies in their mouths? Do you wish there was a safe alternative for your baby or toddler to express themselves through art? Welcome Wee Can Too edible art supply. Wee Can Too was founded in 2007 by a momma who sought a safer and more nutritious art product for her infant daughter. Let’s face it, with infants and toddlers these days, everything ends up in their mouths. Well relax mommas & daddies, because their products are made for curious mouths and created from ALL food-based organic ingredients. SaridDitton founded Wee Can Too in 2007 as her then, only daughter, Savannah, turned 6 months. As an artist, she sought out fingerpaints that would endure the curiousity of an infant. Many companies claimed to be safe and non-toxic, but still contained dyes that make her feel unsettled about “feeding” them to her baby. She started tinkering in the kitchen and finally came up with a product that is completely edible, organic and most of all, safe for babies and toddlers.

Nichole instantly became friends. Their motto: Whenever you have a passion in life, go for it. Wee Can Too currently offers a variety of eco-friendly naturally safe crayons, fingerpaints, and sidewalk chalk. While they are not recommended as a meal, they are totally safe to ingest, nutritious, and made with organic ingredients with no wheat, no sugar, no preservatives and are vegan too. Wee Can Too is all the rage with mommy bloggers, autistic children for art therapy, babies, and toddlers…and we think you will love them too! Wee Can Too is on its way, as their little business, is turning into a big one… in great ways.

After two busy years of marketing and manufacturing Wee Can Too paints on her own, the tired and overwhelmed, now mother of two, connected with a client based out of Kansas. Nichole Groat owned an Organic Children’s Store online, was a fan of Wee Can Too from the start and was also a mother. Sarid and 51


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One of the crafts at reCREATE Eco-Art Center loved most is weaving. It doesn’t take much in the way of materials to weave; partial skeins of yarn, an old cardboard box, a ruler, scissors, and some string or embroidery floss, and a darning or tapestry needle. Cardboard looms are super easy to make. 1. Cut a rectangle - any size will work, but for yarn about 5x8 inches is a good size. If you want to make a book mark you can make it much smaller. 2. Mark your cardboard every ¼ inch, and cut ½ inch deep slits where you marked. 3. Repeat this on the opposite size of your rectangle. 4. Starting at the first slit at the edge, pulling the string firmly but not too tightly to the first slit on the bottom, loop it around the bottom and back up to the second top slit, around and down the third slit, until the board is full of strings going up and down. – these are called your warp strings. 5. Thread your yarn on a tapestry or darning needle (this is meant for kids 7+, with parental supervision. For younger children, see note at the end of article.) With about a 4 inch tail, start weaving your needle over and under across your board. 6. When you get to the end – go the opposite direction, making sure that you are going under where you went over on the last run, make sense? 7. Make sure you don’t pull your weaving too tight or your woven piece will not be straight on the ends, it will bow in. 8. You can change colors or yarn – just leave a tail on it, like you did in the first color. After you have woven a fair amount, thread the end of your tail, and run it vertically down the last row of weaving. 9. When your weaving is complete, you can gently pull the loops off your loom. The string should be at least 1.5 inches, long. Cut the top of the loop, and then tie the ends into a double knot. This secures your weaving. 10. Celebrate your fine handiwork! If you enjoyed this with yarn, you can try a mini version with embroidery thread and make a pendant out of it. You can also make a round loom, and weave a drink coaster. For younger children, make the warp strings an inch apart, and have them weave thicker yarn. Instead of a needle, tape the end of the yarn to a popsicle stick. The possibilities are endless! 52


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Sometimes you want to have your very own Lion, Tiger or Bear (oh my!) for a pet , but you just cannot find an adoption center that will let you bring one home. Well we have the next best thing! Here is a detailed how-to on creating your very own Creature Keepsake Box. To start things off, you'll need something to use for the body of your Animal. I used a Tea Tin, which we have readily available at ReCREATE, however, any box with a lid that removes from the top will work. Scrap fabric, ribbon, shipping foam all make great materials for crafting a creature. You will need: • A tea -tin or a box • a cardboard ribbon spool • thin cardboard (like a cereal box) • fabric or felt, googly-eyes or your choice of object for eyes and any other accessories you wish your animal to have. Use your imagination! • What can you use to create a mane for a lion..? Scales for a fish..? First, figure out what animal you want to make; for the purpose of this article, we will be making a parrot and using a tea tin but any box will work.

Now you need wings and a tail! On the thin cardboard trace out two teardrop shapes for wings and a triangle for the tail. The thicker part of the teardrop will be the shoulders of the wings. Trace three shapes onto the fabric or felt you wish and cut out and glue them down to the cardboard so they will be stiff. To make the wings, tail and crest look like they have 3-d feathers on them, cut out multiple colored scalloped pieces and layer them where you like with glue between each layer. If you layer many pieces for the top of the head (the crest) it will stand upright and you will not need cardboard. To make a beak, use the same technique as the wings and tail. Once all the parts are completely dry, glue the head on top of the lid upright like a birds head sits. The wings will be attached on the sides and the tail on the seam of the back. Hot glue will be necessary for this part. Now you have your very own Animal Friend to keep your special stuff safe!

Measure the circumference (around the body – or box) and the height of the body to see how long and tall a piece of felt or fabric you will need. Once you cut out the piece, glue around the body. The seam where the two ends meet should be on the backside of your animal. You will then need to trace the lid onto the fabric and cut out the square. Once you have cut it out, glue it onto the lid, taking care not to get glue on the space where the lid rests. Next, use the ribbon spool to trace two circles that you will cut out and glue to either side of the spool. This will be your parrot head. Glue the eyes on either side.


We Asked, You Answered: Featured Facebook Questions 47% 33% 18% 2% Do you ever find it socially difficult to be green? • Two-Sisters “yes! on sooo many levels not just recycling...but making your own clothes...using a clothesline instead of a dryer...pulling a wagon to the store...bringing our own bags to the store..packing kids lunches in mason’s very hard for our society to embrace any of these ideas..they think “we’re” the odd ones... it’s sad!” • Kate Queensland “Socially, no. Financially, sometimes.” • Green Grandma “All the time. Slowly, but surely, I’m starting to see the tide change in the people around me. I’m even teaching an adult Sunday School series about why Christians should care about the environment and it’s going quite well. All these little drops in the bucket add up!” • Michelle Lloyd “Yes! It really stinks being called “one of those people” when I’m just trying to protect my daughter and the environment. It’s especially hard when other parents are giving their kids junk food and my daughter wants to know why she can’t have any. Or when they try and give her candy and I decline... I feel like I’m depriving her of something, but I know what I’m doing is right. sigh....” • Kristine Munroe-Mahoney “Not usually. Every now and then we get an awestruck reaction to our commitment to composting and our cloth diaper stash but never criticisms or difficulties.” • Shannon Huffman “yes, sometimes when I ask where the recycle container is, people will roll their eyes. Used to bug me but now I just take stuff home to my recycling instead of leave it.” • Brianna Lebrecht “I try to surround myself with people who wouldn’t have any sort of a negative reaction. But I have met people who have given me a hard time about a lot of the green things I do- cloth diapering, breastfeeding, making my own cleaning supplies and detergents, etc- including some family members. I take those opportunities to smile and share some friendly knowledge, like how much money I’m saving, how much longer said things last, and what chemicals I’m avoiding.”


What is one “green” lesson you hope to teach your child? • Kelly Kindig “Tread lightly upon the earth” • Patina Waterstreet “That reusing toys/clothes/etc is more ‘green’ than buying new products marked ‘green’.” • Hana Haatainen Caye “That God called us to care for the earth and it is our privileged responsibility to do just that!” • Stephanie Colacitti “to love our planet and to take care of it”

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Green U

The Green U Festival is a day of learning, playing and talking about ways to begin or enhance living a green lifestyle. Presented by the Huntsville Botanical Garden, Regions Bank, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, this familyfriendly festival is held annually in Alabama. This “Festival for the Environment” provides educational classes, demonstrations and hands-on activities that exemplify the small steps we can all incorporate into our lives each day to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. In addition to music, a farmers market, classes and activities, there are also organizations and businesses on-hand showcasing products and services that will help keep our planet beautiful for years to come. Demonstrations include composting classes, rain barrel demonstrations, the best in green living and home improvement ideas that are not only good for the environment but can also help you save money, and so much more! Additional activities include a rock-climbing wall, paddleboard demonstrations and eco-activities for children of all ages! If you are in the Huntsville, Alabama area you can join in the fun on Saturday, August 27th from 9am – 3pm at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. For more information please visit Remember, Green U = Green You.


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Skyler age 4


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Toxic Cleaning: Bad for the Environment and Your Family

Did you know the average American uses 40 pounds of toxic household cleaning products each year? These cleaning products aren’t just terribly detrimental to the environment; they can negatively affect the health of you and your family members. Think about how you use cleaning products: they are sprayed into the air, poured into sinks, flushed down toilets, and dumped into landfills. When put into landfills or incinerated, the noxious ingredients from the cleaning products seep into soil and water, and cause harm to people and animals. The harmful ingredients in cleaning products contain carcinogens, heavy metals, and nervous system depressants that contribute to allergy problems, respiratory issues, and even cancer. Keep your family safe by making the switch to all natural non-toxic cleaning products. Items that are found in common household kitchens can be used as eco-friendly cleaning alternatives. Baking soda, cornstarch, isopropyl alcohol, lemon juice, and vinegar can all do double duty as natural cleaners. The eco-conscious options for cleaning products available in grocery stores keeps growing, so as a consumer it is becoming just as easy to pick up a non-toxic cleaning product when shopping.

A common worry when making the switch to all natural cleaners is they won’t work as well as the tried and true brands and products we have grown up with and become accustomed to. The truth is that often times plain old soap and water is the best cleaner of them all, and even the big name cleaning products can’t compete. Chemical cleaners can actually breed “super bacteria” that is resistant to soap and water. Toxic cleaning products warn you not to inhale or get near your eyes because they are so hazardous to your health. There are many eco-friendly products that you could safely ingest without harming your body. Also keep in mind that mixing chemical cleaners can be extremely harmful or even deadly. Mixing cleaners made with natural ingredients is not only safe, but it can sometimes make them even more powerful. Make the switch to all natural cleaners to reduce the harm done to you, your family, and the environment. Using products from the earth won’t damage the earth the way toxic chemicals will. You’ll feel better knowing you’re being environmentally responsible in helping the water, soil, and air stay clean for your children, their children, and the generations to come.


Eco Kids: Discover Green

Matthew Evans is the founder of Discover Green, an organization he started almost three years ago as an initiative to “do something.” This not-for-profit organization has had over 1,600 youth volunteers participate in over 300 events registering almost 7,200 volunteer hours since its inception. In 2008, Matthew and four of his friends came up with the idea for birthday party designed for more than just getting gifts. It was at this time that the first “Teen Green Party with a Purpose” was held. The group had more fun than they anticipated and soon learned that other teens were interested in having a party with a service project too. Matthew then decided to start Discover Green as a way to support more projects and parties. 62

After almost three years in service, this teen-led organizing is taking its initiative to the next level. Through the JCPenney Cares program grant, they will initiate a new round of programs that will include: • An international web-based coach training program to help others host a Teen Green Party with a Purpose • Working with Early Childhood Educators through education curriculums and sapling plantings • Supporting team building for military youth with Teen Green Parties with a Purpose • Bringing service projects to schools through 4-H Urban programs and school districts. Based out of Texas, this youth-led environmental movement is dedicated to raising community awareness of environmental and global issues; empowering students to take action through environmentally focused projects, and improving the quality of the environment in their community.

This fall, Matthew will be heading off to college and his 13 year-old sister, Sarah, will be taking the helm. Matthew will still be part of the organization as a board member/advisor.

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Be Green, Rather Than Go Green - Identity and Environmentalism By Liz Wright

As environmentally-conscious parents, we want to help our children leave a positive impact on the Earth. One of the best predictors of future behavior is identity - how people define themselves. How a person believes him - or her self to be influences how they behave. Identity can change throughout a lifespan, based upon experiences and roles taken on, but many future beliefs about the self begin in early childhood. So what can you do to help your child develop an environmentalist identity? The First Step - Talk a Green Streak Babies, from birth, listen to the sounds that people around them make. As they get older, they attempt to copy the sounds they have heard often. Describing to your infants what you are doing and why you are doing it teaches them language and teaches them the words that are used often in your home and in your lives. Verbalizing your green behaviors, as your children listen, can help them learn about the environmental practices of your lives. Toddler and On - Explain and Model When your children are old enough, get them involved in the environmental practices of your home and community. Asking them to put their recyclables in the bin or to help you bring the recycling container to the curb can demonstrate early on the activities involved in good environmental habits in the home. Especially important is telling your children what they are good at - children can learn their identity from what you tell them. Telling your children that they are “good at recycling” or “great at saving electricity” can help those things to become part of their identity. Make sure to explain the things you do in language that they can understand at each age. Children learn best by watching a model and then imitating the behavior they observed. Model the behaviors for your child that you want them to practice on their own. Show them the steps involved and tell them about the satisfaction you feel upon completing the activity. Avoid using reinforcements (e.g., candy or small toys) for completing these tasks because children will learn to do the tasks for candy, rather than for the satisfaction it gives them.

Model environmental behaviors; your children will behave as you do. Take them outside and play with them to create a love for the outdoors. Spend family vacations doing environmentally-positive activities, such as investigating a local naturalist area or participating in a neighborhood gardening activity. Get your children’s friends involved as often as possible, as friends will become important in developing their identity in later years. Identity development is a lifelong process, but laying the foundation for an environmental identity can help your children learn to enjoy positive environmental behaviors and activities without your suggestion. Making the experiences fun and positive will leave the strongest impact on your children and their identities. Liz Wright is a mom, wife, environmentalist, psychology professor, and doctoral candidate. She lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband Mike, son Silas, and their two dogs Ivy and Jasmine. She writes about natural parenting and household issues in her blog Mama Around The House (http:/


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My Forever Dress By Harriet Ziefert

My Forever Dress tells a wonderful story of a grandmother making a dress for her beloved granddaughter. As the years go on, they change and shift the dress to meet the needs of the little girl, without wasting resources or buying new materials when not necessary. This book emphasizes the importance of reusing, recycling, and giving to others when you no longer have use of an item. My Forever Dress touches on social, emotional, and eco-friendly issues.

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Think Green By Jeanine Behr Getz

Think Green! is a wonderful book that encourages children to think about ways they can actively help the Earth. Using relatable characters, this book offers examples of green ideas and green actions. It is empowering for children to see ways that they can be green, even with the smallest of actions. It also gives the opportunity for discussion and for children to share their own ideas. Think Green! is a product of Kids Think Big. Kids Think Big has recently launched its literacy program to encourage an environmental conversation in elementary schools, using Think Green! as a learning tool. Their goal is to have Think Green! available to all students through their elementary school libraries. 68

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69 Charlie Banana® is an international luxury brand of modern cloth diapers and eco-friendly baby products. Charlie Banana® was created out of a love for eco-friendliness, quality, and design. They design and manufacture everything with reducing waste in mind. People live in a world full of chemicals, full of items that do not always deliver what they promise. There is a global lack of eco-friendly modern design, and such a waste of resources. Many people do not realize the full extent of the chemicals they apply on themselves and on their children - from food, cosmetics, clothing, personal hygiene and cleaning products they use. Charlie Banana® wanted to make something truly unique and to promote items that are basic but so much better for the health of the whole family, for our world, and for everyone’s wallet. After years of research, development, and testing, Charlie Banana® is very confident in and proud of their range of products. They have carefully selected every fabric, and use Oeko-Tex suppliers wherever possible. Their true goal is to convince 50% of mothers to use reusable diapers and products for their children. Charlie Banana® diapers are a 2 in 1 Eco Diapering System: a comfortable cloth diaper lined with a soft layer of fleece and parents have the option to stuff it with a washable or disposable insert. People love cloth diapers for their many benefits. However, many cloth-diapering parents, still buy disposable diapers for certain occasions, such as holidays and drop-offs with grandparents. Charlie Banana® diapers are a “2-in-1” reusable diaper system. It’s a cloth diaper but with a smart front panel that gives you the option of tucking in a disposable pad for those special occasions.With Charlie Banana® diapers, you get the best of both diaper worlds! 70

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Inspired by her belief that it is our responsibility to encourage the creativity innate in each child, Sharon Blumberg, mom of three, artist and designer is the founder of CHOOZE. Blumberg, being a woman entrepreneur, business owner and activist, feels strongly about the idea that business has the power to create change in the world. The inspiration behind the line came from one of Blumberg’s three kids, Ayla, who never wanted to wear the same shoes. Blumberg took this expression of her daughter’s creativity and ran with it creating a shoe line for children who want to express themselves through their attire. CHOOZE are different. Always. The right shoe is never the same as the left allowing children to celebrate their individuality and CHOOZE which shoes they want to wear. The children’s footwear line is a collection of shoes with subtle differences in pattern or colors between the right and left shoe. Taking insight from many moms and kids into consideration when developing CHOOZE, some guiding principles Blumberg followed include: 100% machine washable, memory foam insoles for comfort and all vegan materials! The shoes retail between $45 and $48 and are available in sizes 10 to 5T and youth sizes 11 at The brand’s environmental awareness extends beyond only using vegan materials in manufacturing into the packaging of the product. Blumberg has chosen to use shoe hangers made of recycled cardboard and alternative packaging to minimize waste. Blumberg’s determination to empower and create change in the world has lead CHOOZE to invest 100% of profits in anti-poverty programs. By investing all profits in programs that enable women to bring their families out of poverty, CHOOZE helps provide the capital needed to create sustainable change in communities all over the world. “Our shoes won’t change the world. The kids who wear them will.”