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Update: Giveaway: Organic Baby by Kimberly Rider

10/12/2007 at 01:00 PM ET

Organic_babyUpdate: The winners and what they do to make their home eco-friendly for their family…

    Brooke

  • We joined a CSA and only buy locally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • We clean with green detergent and wash in cold water only.
  • We leave the lights off and the curtains open during the day.
  • We hand down all our clothes.
  • We recycle.
  • We use public transportation and/or walk over 90% of the time.
  • We limit air conditioning use to one room in the house during the summer – and not all day long.
  • We vote GREEN whenever possible and give money to environmental causes.
  • I nursed the kids.
  • Juliana
    • we use only natural cleaning products. reuse grocery bags, eat onlyorganic products. We visit the farmers market and support localfarmers. We use soap and shampoos that are all natural ( you have tobasically special order this on the internet) Walk when we can, etc.It’s actually very cute, when my little one asks for milk she actuallyasks for organic milk.
  • Christine
    • using non-toxic cleaning material to clean everything
    • using reusable bags when shopping
    • recycling
    • buying food from farmers’ markets
    • eating organic food/whole foods
    • using cloth towels as much as possible in the kitchen
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    Organic_babyLet everything that touches your baby be pure and natural.Record numbers of parents are choosing organic foods and non-toxic products that are healthier for their children and gentler on the planet—to the tune of $50 billion dollars spent worldwide last year. Now it’s easier than ever to create an eco-friendly environment for little ones without sacrificing comfort and style.

    Author of The Healthy Home Workbook, interior designer and new mother Kimberly Rider offers parents dozens of solutions that fit their priorities and their lifestyle—and their budget in her new book Organic Baby. From cribs to bubble bath to baby’s first foods, Rider highlights health concerns, navigates the range of available products, and guides the way to safe and appealing choices. Colorful photos, smart tips and guidelines, and tabbed sections make this an inspirational and practical handbook. In Organic Baby, Mother Nature truly knows best.

    Enter to win one of three copies of Organic Baby by answering this question: What have you done in your home to make it eco-friendly for your family? (The giveaway closes Monday, September 17 at 9 am EST.)

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    Christine on

    – using non-toxic cleaning material to clean everything

    – using reusable bags when shopping

    – recycling

    – buying food from farmers’ markets

    – eating organic food/whole foods

    – using cloth towels as much as possible in the kitchen

    Julia Schuck on

    My two diapered children are in cloth diapers. We have 4 large bins we separate out our recyclables into and make a weekly trip to the recycling center. I am constantly on everyone to turn off lights they are not using and not letting the water just run. They are learning! My four year old now tells us we need to turn off lights before we leave the house. I have shopping bags that we reuse. Mostly it is just a lot of little things too – more energy efficient lightbulbs, setting the thermostat higher so the air conditioning isn’t always running and using the windows and fans, running errands/shopping all together – rather than making numerous trips. Walking is good exercise too – why ride when you can walk? We even make our own laundry soap!

    erin rae on

    - We’ve eliminated the majority of harsh cleaning products, and switched to using microfiber cloths for cleaning and kitchen spills

    -We recycle anything we can, including plastic, cardboard, glass, metal, newspaper, etc.

    -We eat local and/or organic whenever possible. If food isn’t guaranteed organic, out comes the Veggie Wash!

    Holly on

    We recycle everything that we can, have a compost area in our backyard that we throw our organic waste into and that I use to fertilize my flowers and garden. I have shopping bags that I’ve made from heavy duty canvas that I use when I go shopping to eliminate using plastic as much as possible. And we carpool as much as possible. I don’t have any kids yet, but my hubby and I are trying. We’ve decided on cloth diapers over disposable, and I’m going to try to make my own baby food when they’re ready. If we have to use the jar food, we’ll recycle or reuse the jars.

    Melissa on

    - we’ve switched all our lightbulbs to fluorescent
    - I made all our baby food from organic locally grown (when available) fruits and begetables
    - we use all non-toxic (some home-made) cleaning supplies
    - recycle everything
    - we compost
    - almost all of our personal care products are naturally made
    - when weather permits we air-dry our clothes
    - we use cloth bags when going to the market

    J Doan on

    We have replaced all our old lights with Cfl lights, only purchase natural dishsoap, laundry soap, and cleaners that are non toxic to the environment. We’ve replaced all our plastic containers to glass containers that won’t leech chemicals into the food, and vowed to reduce our plastic consumption, as every single piece of plastic ever made still exists, and even if recycled, can only be downgraded, until it cannot be recycled anymore. We purchase organic sheets and pillows that have no chemicals and pesticides on it, and allows us to have a good night’s sleep.
    Btw, I’ve read parts of this book, and LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t have time to read the entire thing though. :(

    juliana on

    we use only natural cleaning products. reuse grocery bags, eat only organic products. We visit the farmers market and support local farmers. We use soap and shampoos that are all natural ( you have to basically special order this on the internet) Walk when we can, etc. It’s actually very cute, when my little one asks for milk she actually asks for o-ganic milk.
    How do you make your own laundry soap?

    Meredith on

    I’ve always fancied myself an environmentalist– I’ve commuted by bike, recycled, reused and such for a decade– but it wasn’t until I had my first baby this spring that I started to pay more attention to the manufactured chemicals that pervade our lives. It’s frightening! Here’s my list of little and noy-so-little things we do:

    - Use cloth napkins and towels in the kitchen instead of paper

    - Use cloth diapers and wipes for the baby. (This isn’t just out of environmentalism– I way prefer them to disposables, which smell funny and feel icky to me. Plus, cloth wipes work better.)

    - Our washer broke this spring and we bought a high efficiency replacement. We also line dry when it isn’t too cold outside or I don’t need some pants try asap to go out. Even when it is cold, we have a small extendable line in the laundry room that I use to dry diapers.

    - Eat local whenever possible

    - Nurse (this also isn’t just out of environmentalism or even health concerns– I’m lazy and nursing is quicker, easier, and requires less cleaning than bottles)

    - Use natural cleaners where I can (vinegar and water work great for glass)

    - Try to look for natural and/or organic toys. Especially after all of these recalls!

    - Turn off the lights

    This book looks great! I’ll have to buy one if I don’t win! (Hmmmm…hope that statement doesn’t disqualify me :-)

    Doreen on

    Trying to eat more organic food and reusable shopping bags so far! I’m interested in learning on how to be more eco-friendly. :)

    Shannon on

    We use cloth diapers, recycle, use real glasses and plates instead of disposable ones, buy organic, try to make as much trash as possible, have solar panels to heat the pool, teach the kids about not wasting water and electricity, have the kids make the most out of their art supplies so we arent throwing away lots of paper, and my new goal is to replace all my cleaning products with natural ones.

    Monika on

    I don’t consider myself “organic” by any means of the imagination. But one of our most eco-friendly decisions was to trade in my car for a Hybrid vechicle. The things that we do normally is we reuse grocery bags, we filter our own water (to not bring excess plastics in), and we use non-toxic cleaning products.

    I’m sure we do a lot more, but it is such a natural part of our lives that I don’t give it a second thought.

    ekaterina on

    good post!
    I used cloth with both boys- I was hoping to look into the Gdiapers fro the next one-

    I too use cloth grocery bags ( reusable) and boxes for my largeer shops

    eco freindly laundry soap

    made all my own baby food from organic friut and veggies

    grow some of it myself ( not too much mind you!)

    we live in an area that we can walk to most things we need-school, grocery, fruit and veg, etc)

    support local famers and buinesses

    trying to keep to organic cotton clothing fro this new baby-

    line dry clothes

    I am sure there are more- but that is all my tired brain can come up with right this moment!

    KF on

    As much as possible, we:

    • use energy efficient light bulbs
    • use non-toxic / natural cleaners
    • use worn-out clothes as cloth cleaning rags (just cut into whatever size / shape you want)
    • buy organic or locally grown foods, especially produce
    • recycle & compost (mandated by our city anyway, which is good!)
    • try not to buy plastic toys or toys that require batteries
    • when buying furniture (or replacing things like baseboards and quarter round in our home), get pieces made of actual wood (not MDF or similar products, due to potential off-gassing)
    • as we make plans to renovate our home, we’re trying to learn about “green” building practices and incorporate these ideas when we can

    We also chose to buy a home near the subway and to only own one car (which we don’t need to use all the time because we can use public transit or walk to shops / parks / library in our neighbourhood).

    I know there’s lots more I could / would like to be doing, but I haven’t had the time or energy to devote to looking into it! (If I had this book in hand to guide me, I’m sure it would make it a lot easier ;o)

    kristen on

    I cloth diaper my one kiddo in diapers, and use a natural laundry detergent on those and all of our clothes.

    I also use cloth baby wipes and use cloth dish cloths and napkins to help save on paper waste.

    Like the above posters we’ve switched to as many natural cleaning solutions as possible.

    We shop for organic foods and I also shop our local market for produce and meats (and milk) raised locally and in a sustainable way; I want my kiddos to enjoy real foods grown in a way healthy for the earth and the animals.

    I also try really hard to give them toys made from natural materials. I think that’s better for themand for the environment and artisans who make the toys.

    And of course I breastfed them all!

    Jenna on

    We recently switched to eco-friendly dishwashing liquid and other cleaning products, baby eats organic, we turn off lights and unplug chargers when not in use, and we’re working on learning how to do more to help our planet. Every little thing helps, right?

    lisa on

    We have switched to natural cleaners, use cloth grocery bags when we shop, we recycle, I buy organic food when I can (we are a military family living overseas so the options are limited) and make most everything from scratch, we eat 1-2 vegetarian meals/week, use flourecent light bulbs, air dry clothes when I can, turn off the lights, donate usable items to thrift stores instead of throwing them away, use cloth towels instead of paper towels, we have stopped buying bottled water and perhaps the most important one- we try and spread the word!

    hannah on

    - cloth bags when going grocery shopping

    - no harsh chemicals in the house, cleaning products, etc,

    - all natural body care (shampoos, lotions, deoderant, etc)

    -eat primarily organic food

    - buy the girls wooden and eco friendly toys

    - when given the choice to go eco-friendly with something, I 99% of the time will.

    Brooke on

    We joined a CSA and only buy locally grown fruits and vegetables.
    We clean with green detergent and wash in cold water only.
    We leave the lights off and the curtains open during the day.
    We hand down all our clothes.
    We recylce.
    We use public transportation and/or walk over 90% of the time.
    We limit air conditioning use to one room in the house during the summer – and not all day long.
    We vote GREEN whenever possible and give money to environmental causes.
    I nursed the kids.

    I’m sure there’s more.
    :)

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