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5 Green Products: 5 Phases, Klean Kanteen, Cascades Cardboard Playhouse, B. Toys, & Organic Family Cookbook

1. 5 Phases Glass Baby Bottles

Our mothers and grandmothers were raised with glass baby bottles, but the current generation of parents worry about the safety of plastic chemicals and the risks of glass breaking. 5 Phases has a solution: [Read more…]

Eco-Friendly Products: 5 Phases Shatter Resistant Glass Baby Bottles

Our mothers and grandmothers were raised with glass baby bottles, but the current generation of parents worry about the safety of plastic chemicals and the risks of glass breaking. 5 Phases has a solution:

I was inspired to create this bottle when my own baby was diagnosed with a birth defect. Because of information and statistics given to me by my doctor, we had reason to believe the birth defect was environmentally caused. After thorough research on the devastating effects of BPA and phthalates (the hormone disrupting chemicals that leach from plastics into our foods), I knew I had to act – and the 5 Phases Glass Baby Bottles were born.

Experts agree that glass bottles are the best solution, but we needed to make them safe, convenient & unbreakable. My passion in creating this bottle has been to both educate and help caring parents, while giving them a better alternative.

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5 Reasons to Switch From Plastic Straws to Glass Straws

replace your plastic straws with glass ones

Kids like straws, and it is actually good for their oral motor development and speech articulation to use them.  As a green parent, I hate plastic straws.

They can’t be recycled, they are used one time, and they are a waste of resources.  I have purchased the thicker plastic kind before and attempted to wash them, but it is impossible to get them entirely clean.  I can only imagine what germs you would see if you cut one open and put it under a microscope!  Plastic straws can’t go in the dishwasher, or they melt or release toxic chemicals, and who knows about BPA in straws?  I have finely found the eco-alternative to the plastic straw:   GLASS!

Glass Dharma’s David Leonhardt’s mission is to “Save the Planet – 1 straw at a time”.

Here are five reasons why you should switch from plastic straws to glass ones:

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Eco Kids' Books: Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons

Recycle by Gail Gibbons16 years ago, Gail Gibbons wrote Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids, but not much has changed since then. Recycling is still an important green practice, and this informative book printed on recycled paper gives parents, teachers, and children a straightforward explanation how recycling works and why we should do it. There is soo much information in this book, that even I learned something new when reading it the first time.

Gail Gibbons is well known for her children’s non-fiction books. From Weather Forecasting to Chicks & Chickens, the text and illustrations are loaded with detailed information. Recycle! is no exception. The book begins by talking about the problem of garbage and how to dispose of it. Recycling is presented as a solution that can “cut down the amount of trash we make.” From a simple explanation of recycling, Gail breaks down the specifics of recycling paper, glass, cans, plastic, and polystyrene. She explains how each is made, recycled, and reused.

It takes lime, soda ash, and sand, called silica, to make glass. These three elements are mixed together and heated at a very high temperature to make a glassy liquid. Measured amounts, sometimes dyed, are dropped into forming machines, where the liquid hardens to make bottles and jars. Many products come in glass bottles or jars. Sometimes, when they are through being used, they are just thrown away. It would take thousands of years for them to biodegrade at a landfill. Instead, these bottles and jars could be reused. RECYCLE! [Read more…]