22 Cheaper Ways to Go Green
From disposable diapers to works of art, this cool stuff is as inexpensive as it is eco-friendly.
Cloth diapers might seem like a lot of trouble, but even harried moms can embrace Bummis. They don't use pins and have flushable, bio-degradable liners so cleaning is a breeze. Instead of spending $2,500 on disposable diapers, like most parents do, spend $300 on Bummis. Though you'll have to keep buying the liners, you'll never have to buy diapers again.
Dry-erase markers stink because they have some pretty nasty chemicals in them, but AusPens don't. They're non-toxic, made from 100 percent recycled material, and refillable. (And they work on any old white board.)
LittleChickieWear is an eco-friendly baby clothing brand that's been around for awhile, but the designs keep getting cuter and cuter. One wittie onesie proclaims "I want: blue skies, white clouds, clear rain, and clean oceans: but, right now, I'll settle for your golden, salty french fry," and more.
For dads who love grills and gadgets, the Solar LED Grill Light is the perfect combo. Just snap it to the grill and come nighttime, it will be all juiced up to shine light on your killer barbecue.
Solar LED Grill Light from ecogeekliving.com
The SolarGorilla Portable Laptop Charger allows tech-geeks/eco-nerds to power their laptops, cell phones, and even portable DVD players with the sun. Yes, it's great for the environment, but hello, it's convenient for you. Charge your stuff while your kids are at the park, you're on vacation or you're working outside.
EcoPods absorb shock and vibration for washers and dryers, something that (who knew?) wastes a lot of energy and money. Ecopods says you just prop the appliances up on the pads, and they'll be clean, green, washing machines, that make zero noise, break less frequently, and are energy efficient.
Eco Water Bottles
Fear not, BPA-avoiding moms. EcoUsable water bottles are the only filtered water bottles that are made of stainless steel, making it extra easy and safe to carry water. (Oh, and they're really pretty, too.)
There's no elegant way to get rid of your dog's poop, but now there's an eco-friendly one. Flush Puppies are water-soluble poop bags that will dissolve in less than a minute, so you can throw them in any toilet or just throw them in the trash.
Red Apple Paper Products
You won't be killing any trees with Red Apple paper products. Banana Paper notebooks are made from discarded banana leaves and recycled paper and come in pretty, bold designs. A percentage of each purchase is donated to the Earth University of Costa Rica, which teaches sustainable agriculture practices to people in rainforest regions.
Gift of Green
Begreen.com sells Gift of Green cards, which come with a plantable ornament made of seed paper that will yield cilantro, daisies, chili peppers, or forget-me-nots. With each purchase, a tree is planted somewhere in the U.S. You can buy them in bulk -- how cool would that be as a baby announcement?