Campers and lovers of the great outdoors rejoice: The latest in insect-repelling technology is built right into your clothes. Insect Shield’s products are treated with permethrin (a man-made version of a natural insect repellant) and protects the wearer against a variety of pesky critters, including flies, chiggers, ants, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. You can wash the clothes about 70 times before protection starts to wane — more than long enough to get you through camping season. Unlike most sprays and transdermal patches, Insect Shield’s EPA-registered clothing is safe for babies and pregnant and nursing women. And unlike candles and foggers, the repelling powers of Insect Sheild keeps bugs away from you in particular, instead of the area around you in general.
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Our family goes through as few as six and as many as (gulp) 15 zip-top plastic bags per day. Just typing that made me feel queasy and guilty; I think the environment just gave me the evil eye. To combat the waste, Becky Harper created Re-Usies — nylon-lined cotton baggies that are lead, BPA, and Phthalate free, made in the U.S.A., and completely reusable. You can wash them by hand, with your laundry, or even in the dishwasher (just be sure to secure the velcro closure first). They come in two sizes and a multitude of patterns and colors, so they’re perfect for eco-conscious kids and adults alike.
Snack size, $6.96, and sandwich size, $8.65, at Reusies.com.
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day — or your Mom already has everything she needs — consider a gift from the International Rescue Committee instead of the traditional flowers, perfume, or candy this year. Offerings include mosquito netting for a family of refugees in Africa ($18), a birthing kit with the essentials for a safe home-birth ($24), pre-natal care for a mom-to-be in a war zone ($52), a year’s education for a girl in Afghanistan ($52), clean water for 200 people ($100) and more. Your mom will get a personalized card in your name, and a family in crisis gets a better chance at life.
Prices vary, at FromHarmtoHome.com.
OK, the gloves themselves aren’t green, per se, but if you put them to their intended use — gardening — they’re as green as can be. And they’re durable, machine washable, and comfortable, too (unlike those leathery ones that get caked with dirt and stay, well, caked with dirt). Simply Mud gloves are made of long-lasting nitrile, with a tough latex coating on the palms and fingers, making it easy to grip whatever you’re trying to grab.
$7 per pair at Garden.com.
Pura Kiki baby bottles are green on a number of levels: They’re made of stainless steel (so they’re BPA free!), don’t use strange chemical linings (many aluminium bottles do), come with a special top that turns it into a sippy cup, and is compatible with many different types of nipples, so you can stick with whatever kind your baby likes best. They come in 5-ounce and 11-ounce sizes, and the slim, polished metal is easy to hold and easy to clean. If you’re taking baby steps toward going green, this is a perfect way to start!
$13.99 to $17.99 each at Pura.com.
Please note: These bottles were recently recalled by Pura stainless in order to correct the ounce markings along the sides of the bottles. It is not a safety issue, though parents who use the bottles to measure liquid may not have the correct measurement. The company is willing to replace bottles already purchased, or to offer a discount code for future purchases; the new bottles will be ready in mid July. For more information, email email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 877-578-PURA. — LMA
I use Evite.com to send out invites for events like my daughter’s birthday party but for more formal occasions, like a Passover Ceder or say, a wedding, I’d still go to paper invites. I recently discovered Paperless Post, a website where you can send out beautiful online invitations which are nearly as elegant as those you send by mail. It costs a bit of money - but we’re talking nickels or less per invite vs much more if you use paper.
Touch the surface of this sleek 13-inch-high lamp to turn on a single, energy-efficient LED light bright enough to read by. The polished chrome arc is beautiful on the nightstand, and doubles as a work of art by day.
$74.85 at WowCoolStuff.com.
Scratchy tags and thick seams can irritate sensitive skin; kids with sensory issues have an even more difficult time finding clothing that fits well and is comfortable enough for them to really move around in. Teres Kids addresses the issue with their stylish and functional line of kids clothes. The boys’ and girls’ shirts, pants, dresses, and hoodies are made of 100 percent organic cotton and made in the USA, with tag information printed directly onto the fabric, and all seams sewn to the outside. The gorgous colors mix and match; sizes range from 18M to 5T.
$25 to $38 at Teres Kids.
Leave the wintry weather outside and bring a burst of color to your front door with this gorgeous doormat by gardening gurus Smith & Hawken. The deep red coir rug is hand-woven and embellished with a filigree pattern reminiscent of wrought iron.
$19.99 at Target.
To make sure I drink enough water I keep a large water bottle at my desk all day and refill it after it gets empty. A friend brought in this KOR bottle and let me tell you, it looks and feels a lot more fun than my boring water bottle and as an added bonus is BPA-free.
$29.75 at Delight.com