Green Babies

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The stats are grim: The US produces 50% of the World's Trash and about 4.4 pounds of waste per person, PER DAY. Yikes. What kind of world are we leaving our kids! This month we are going to take a look at both large and small ways to turn the tide on the damage we are doing to the environment.

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To kick things off we are announcing a contest with Duracell. This month we'll be giving away 10 packages (each with 2 packs) of Duracell AA Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries and a recharger (each prize is valued at $50). These nickel metal hyrdride batteries are pre-charged (that means you can used them right away) and will retain power up to 365 days. And they won't clog the landfills. All good news in my book. Email Momtrends at: capricornwriter@hotmail.com between now and June 30 to win.

Ready for more ideas? Lynda Fassa's got a great book for parents who want to green up the house for baby. Green Babies, Sage Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby walks parents through everything from the best baby gear to selecting organic foods (like the dirty dozen conventionally grown foods you most want to avoid--see below). She's not too preachy (in fact I like her sassy down-to-earth style). Fassa gives her picks for personal care and cleaning products too--saving you the hassle from doing all the research. $11.20 on Amazon

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Dirty Dozen Conventionally Grown Foods to Avoid

  • apples
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • cherries
  • imported grapes
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • pears
  • potatoes
  • red raspberries
  • spinach
  • strawberries

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