Here’s a round-up of our last five product reviews:
It can be hard to find toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Most of Tom’s of Maine toothpastes contain it, and for my family, this is an ingredient we avoid. Organic Triple Action Toothpaste by Kiss My Face is SLS-free and works to prevent plaque and tartar build up.
A breakthrough in the science of oral hygiene. Kiss My Face Triple Action Toothpaste uses soothing Certified Organic Aloe Vera combined with a powerful blend of carefully selected natural whiteners to create a truly exceptional toothpaste that still leaves your mouth feeling tingly fresh. Contains Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Silica (natural whitener), CO-Q10 (for healthy gums), Peppermint (natural flavor), Horse Chestnut (for healthy gums), Tea Tree Oil (cleansing and antiseptic), and Menthol (natural flavor)
Although this product has not been evaluated by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database, older Kiss My Face toothpastes received relatively low hazard scores.
This product does contain sorbitol (plant origin), which with excessive use can cause health problems. Since you don’t swallow toothpaste, it is probably not an issue here. EWG gives sorbitol a hazard score of zero.
Xylitol is a great replacement for fluoride in fighting cavities, but remember, it’s not safe for dogs!
The strong minty flavor of this toothpaste makes it inappropriate for young children, but it sure freshens Mommy and Daddy’s breath!
Would I buy this product? Yes
2. Baby Undersocks
Undersocks are the new essential winter layette piece, designed for keeping baby’s feet and legs warm and comfy. Undersocks are soft, bamboo thermal underpants with plushy socks sewed into the bottom. They are made to be worn underneath your baby’s favorite outfits as a warming layer. Keeps socks on baby’s feet and keeps the entire leg warm too. Made of ultrasoft, breathable bamboo thermal fabric that feels great against baby’s sensitive skin.
Made in the USA, these are great idea and easier to put on then tights, as well as appropriate for either gender. I do have concerns about bamboo though.
Bamboo is often touted as eco-friendly because it grows very fast and regenerates itself quickly. I know from my own experiences gardening that it is a heavy feeder, so I worry chemical fertilizers are used on bamboo plantations. Furthermore, chemicals are used to rett the fiber from the stalk. Thus, I have questioned whether bamboo really is green.
Would I buy this product? If made from organic bamboo, then yes.
I’m very particular about children’s literature, and I love the classics. Many modern books try to reach a moral about the current plight of humanity and the environment, but often the awkwardness of text and weird characters interfere. That’s the case with Weebeasts: Plight by Micah Linton.
This is the second book in the Weebeasts series, and maybe I am missing something by not reading the first. “The Weebeasts are a species that lose their home because they are not kind to their neighbors. They go through a series of obstacles and learn new things, and eventually the find a new home where they are kind to their neighbors.”
In the search for a new home, they find places that are too wet or too dry somewhat emphasizing the scarcity of truly livable land left on Earth. Unfortunately, the idea of the Weebeasts leaving their home because they are unkind does not come across strongly, other than an illustration of them netting some neighbors. There is a slight message of tolerance when they find their new home, but it’s all a little befuddled.
This book is part of the Tree Neutral program that “offsets the number of trees consumed in printing this book by taking proactive steps such as planting trees in direct proportion to the number of trees used.
This book is printed in China and has a strange poofy cover.
Would I buy this book? No
4. Bio+Green Crystals
When you buy cleaning products, whether eco-friendly or not, you are paying for a lot of water. Not only are you paying for something you can get much cheaper out of the tap, that water weighs a lot (eight pounds a gallon) and contributes to a product’s carbon footprint due to transportation.
Bio+Green Crystals is a concentrated, refillable sachet you add to water. It ismprofessional strength, whatever that means, and biodegradable.
Bio+Green Crystals, are revolutionary new Crystal compounds in water-soluble pouches containing pre-measured amounts of compounds. When immersed in the water, pouch and powder dissolve formulating a precise cleaning solution for specific cleaning purposes. Bio+Green Crystals are proud to be ZERO-WASTE products.
- Buy the product
- Add to your existing cleaner as an additive or booster or when your existing cleaner runs out
- Add water – begin to clean
- When all sachets are used dispose of outer packaging in your compost or recycle bin
- Nothing to contribute to the local landfill
- By buying a Bio-Green Crystal product, you have just reduced your carbon footprint
Bio+Green Crystals products are not only eco-friendly in their operation but also protect the environment through reduced warehousing, transport, breakage and usage of shelf space. Our products have the ability to reduce the carbon footprint through all channels of value stream, making them the most favored option for our customers.
Bio+Green Crystals claim to be zero waste, however, I don’t see how that is possible. The packaging is not entirely recyclable. I’m not throwing plastic in my compost pile as advised by the company.
We were sent the following products to try:
Would I buy these products? Yes. Other than what I consider to be a false claim of zero waste, these products are bio-based and natural. They do not contain petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, or phosphates. Without full disclosure on the package of ingredients, I have to trust the company’s non-toxic “under normal use” claims. These cleaning products are made in the USA.
Editor’s note: For awhile now, I have been publishing product reviews as a series called “5 ‘Green’ Products“. Now product reviews will be posted daily and then assembled into a round-up on the weekend. We’ll see how the change goes!
Parents should avoid feeding their children out of any plastic containers, including BPA-free ones, as they leach chemicals that are harmful to health. Innobaby has developed a stainless steel cup that is BPA, phthalate, PVC, and lead-free.
It’s Practical & Versatile!
- BPA free protective sleeve reduces temperature transfers to keep little hands from hot or cold drinks, keep contents fresher by minimizing temperature changes, and prevent dents to stainless
- Perfect portion stainless tumbler is easy-to-wash with its removable wide-mouth design. Available in 8 & 12 oz sizes for perfectly portioned beverages and more
- Locking lid with airtight silicone ring seals in the freshness and preserves the fresh taste to satisfy all taste buds
- 100% silicone straw is removable and durable
- 100% silicone disc secures to bottom of the flip top cap to prevent leaks when using as a spout cup (do not combine with straw)
- Leak-proof Flip Top Cap: snap close cap for airtight and leak-free travel
- Easy Flow Vent allows easier liquid flow
- Removable Shaker: easily break down powder mix while also working as ice stopper
- Freezer Safe
- BPA-, Phthalates-, PVC-, Lead Free
I’m still a big fan of the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup, which unfortunately is made in China. Innobaby products are made in South Korea. The Klean Kanteen is quite simple in comparison to all of the parts of the Innobaby, and I am not sure how these parts will hold up over time or how hard they will be to clean if left with rotting chocolate milk in them for days forgotten in the hot car. The parts are all dishwasher safe on the top rack, but handwashing is recommended.
Would I buy this product? Probably not. It has too many parts. I like that it is all silicone and stainless steel and the outer shell protects hands from hot or cold beverages, but I can see losing parts or scrambling to put it together while my child is impatiently waiting for a drink. It is also more expensive than the Klean Kanteen ($18 versus $13). We still use five-year-old Klean Kanteen sippys, and it is really easy to get replacement parts for them.
Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples, unless noted differently in the review. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.