ECHOage Green Birthday Parties

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So yesterday I announced a party pak giveaway. Today I'm going to tell your about ECHOage.com--a greener way to throw a birthday party. It all started with a couple moms. After picking up their children from yet another birthday party, they got to talking about presents, parties and plastic. They knew there had to be a better way.

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After countless meetings in the school playground, in the parking lot, etc. They had their AHA moment and create ECHOage.com '?? a ONE Gift, ONE Cause, solution to the current trend in birthday party madness. Here's how it works in six steps:

1.) Choose an invite-pick from a zippy assortment of email invites.
2.) Choose a cause--from Autism Speaks to EarthCorps--pick a cause your kids believes in. Rather than gifts, your child will raise money for this cause.
3.) Email invites
4.) Eco tracker--software to manage the guest list.
5.) Awards-your child gets acute award to celebrate his generosity
6. ) Email thank you

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Simple. Fun. Green. While I know this concept isn't for everyone, green-minded kids and thier equally passionate parents may really go for this. I think it is a refreshing alternative to buying a toy the birthday boy may or may not like to add to his burgeoning toy closet.

I caught up with Alison Smith, co-founder of ECHOage.com, to find out more about her take on being a green mom.

What is the best part of being a green mama?

The best part of being a green mama is the awareness that comes when you open your mind to the needs of the environment. Once you make small steps, you find yourself wanting to do more.

What is the most annoying thing about kiddie b-days?

The most annoying thing about 'traditional' kiddie b-days, is the packaging from all of the gifts.

What is the best gift we can give our kids?

The best gift we can give our kids is the gift of consciousness. Being aware and living a life that is focused on the needs of the community and the environment is lasting.

What are some other small steps your family takes to be green?

Our family does our best to turn water off when brushing our teeth, and washing dishes. We also turn the thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter. In Canada, we are fortunate enough to have a 'green bin' program. All food waste is collected weekly. It is amazing to see the reduction in regular garbage once you use the 'green bin'.

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