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Last week, my little ones came down with a horrible cold virus, and almost like magic, I received a big bag of fresh, juicy Sunrays mandarin oranges to try in the mail! We pulled the bag out and immediately started snacking… my little guy noshing on at least three by himself! Easy to peel and sweet, the Surays were such a huge hit that they were gone within a day!

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We are now big fans of Sunrays Citrus, as in addition to the mandarin oranges being absolutely delicious and sweet, they are non-GMO project verified, and all of the packaging used is recyclable! Talk about a win!

Plus… imagine if each bag of sweet and juicy mandarin oranges that you purchased helped to make the world a better place! Sound too good to be true? With Sunrays, that is their mission… to ‘snack with impact.’

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What makes Sunrays unique in the marketplace is their incredibly strong charitable component, as well as their commitment to our earth. By combining forces with consumers, making it a team effort to help others in need, Sunrays makes a donation to Save the Children for every bag and box that they pack. As a mom, this is a company I can really get behind as this organization believes that every child deserves a chance to grow and thrive properly!

In a nutshell, the more people that snack on Sunrays, the more the company will pack and the more they will be able to donate! Working together, we can make a big impact in children’s lives while enjoying a fresh, healthy snack.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Want to give a green, eco-friendly gift that will be absolutely adored by your children this Christmas? Put together a Cardboard Playhouse by Cascades Boutique and have it sitting next to the tree for everyone to discover on Christmas morning! This charming indoor cardboard house is not only made from 100% recycled corrugated cardboard, but it is an art project waiting to happen! Little ones can get creative and transform it into their own little home by decorating it as they desire with crayons, paint, stickers, and more! The Cardboard Playhouse is fully recyclable when it finally has seen its’ last day, and much safer and more resistant than an ordinary cardboard box. It is large enough for a parent to get inside for a tea party, too!

At “Mom’s” house, the cardboard playhouse has become a permanent fixture in the dining room as that was the only space large enough for the home. At Halloween, creepy cobwebs were draped all over it to make a tiny haunted house! Now, for the holidays, there is a colorful string of lights hung all around the playhouse to make it festive. As much space as it is taking up, it has become “Mom’s” little one’s favorite place to play, and is constantly filled with stuffed animals for imaginary picnics and tea parties!

Lightweight and easy to assemble in just 10 minutes, this affordable cardboard playhouse will definitely be a hit this season! Priced at $48, it is available for purchase at boutique.cascades.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

 

 

Travelers rejoice! The VinniBag makes it easy to travel with fragile items. Every traveler has wondered at one time or another how to transport breakable souvenirs from point A to point B without damaging the item. Whether it’s a delicious wine, a unique olive oil or a delicate figurine, these precious mementos can travel easily with the VinniBag. The VinniBag takes up minimal travel space and folds flat for easy transport. Once in use, the bag encapsulates the item in air chambers so the item stays snug and secure in bags and suitcases. Great for wine transport, the bag captures liquids in case of a leak.

The VinniBag is reusable and recyclable! What’s more, the company encourages it’s customers to return used or worn VinniBags and they will recycle the product into a garden hose. Check them out at Vinnibag.com.

This review was written by Kirstin Robison, who has a passion for everything beauty and travel related. Often found scouring articles and store shelves for the latest must-haves, Kirstin prefers to stay on top of trends. Nothing inspires her more than to find extraordinary products that really work and make life easier. Having traveled to many exotic locations, Kirstin understands the value of products that offer practical benefits. Writing for “Tiny Green Mom” gives her the opportunity to discover new products that make a difference for the user and the planet.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Silikids is offering 20% off all online orders the entire weekend (11/26 – 11/28)! Check out their entire collection of silicone must-haves – with everything from bibs to bottles to glasses – on their website.

*This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

Were you aware that according to the Clean Air Council, enough paper and plastic utensils are thrown away every year to circle the equator 300 times? It is estimated that close to 40 billion individual plastic utensils (meaning between 14 and 18 billion plastic spoons) are produced each year, most of which end up in our landfills, beaches and oceans. Picture a landfill of plastic spoons the size of Texas, times three.

Peggy Cross, founder of EcoTensil Inc., is on a mission to end the need for plastic spoons! This incredible woman has created an environmentally friendly solution, the EcoTaster. This innovative solution aims to end “one-taste waste,” and it is about time! The EcoTaster is a paperboard tasting spoon, very smooth in texture, and moisture resistant, just like a milk carton! In addition, those who are planet-conscious will appreciate that the EcoTaster is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and sustainable!

Prior to the EcoTaster, there were no biodegradable options available for tasting and eating when at amusement parks, state fairs, frozen yogurt and ice cream stores, supermarket delis. Think about it! The last time you asked for a sample at your local store, what did you do with the spoon when done tasting? Threw it away, most likely, right? Were there any recycling bins close by in which to place your spoon? The EcoTaster is perfect for trying everything from frozen yogurt to cheesecake, pasta salads to rice dishes, and business owners who adopt the use of this 100% recyclable spoon are one step closer in “greening” their business!

In addition, for companies needing sustainable options for more than a few bites, there is EcoTaster’s full-sized counterpart, EcoTensil. The longer lasting EcoTensil is perfect for to-go snacks and meals such as a big bowl of frozen yogurt, or a deli lunch of macaroni and cheese.

This past weekend, EcoTensil Inc. made its’ debut at the Natural Products Expo East in Boston. Peggy Cross asked other food exhibitors to support their campaign to help end “One-Taste Waste,” and offered 200 free EcoTasters with a bamboo dispenser. It is their hope that these businesses will continue to be eco-conscious in their practices, leading us all into a more sustainable future.

For more information on the EcoTaster and the EcoTensil, and the campaign to end “One-Taste Waste,” please visit www.ecotensil.net.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Babies spend over half their lives asleep, so creating a safe, healthy and comfortable sleeping environment is one of the most important things a parent can do for their child. Natural Mat’s mission is to provide baby with the best sleep environment and consequently, the best sleep for parents and baby…naturally.

Natural Mat crib mattresses offer the following superior qualities:

Breathability

Babies are very temperature sensitive and need a well ventilated mattress so that they can easily regulate their temperature. Natural Mat’s mattresses and bed linen are made from natural and unbleached materials allowing a constant circulation of air, keeping baby cool and comfortable.

Non-Allergenic and Anti-Dust Mite

More and more babies suffer from allergies and asthma caused by dust mites. Natural Mat’s natural latex is 100% non-allergenic, so sensitive babies can rest more comfortably in a healthier environment. Additionally, Natural Mat’s lambs wool is bathed in a mixture made from extracts of lemon, lavender and eucalyptus which makes the entire mattress dust mite-free, without any lingering scents.

Naturally Fire Retardant

Natural Mat mattresses pass all fire regulations without the use of chemical or unnatural treatments in any part of their mattresses. They are covered in two unbleached, undyed 100% cotton covers that have no FR additives. All Natural Mat mattresses comply to the new federal 16 CFR 1633 requirements.

Long Lasting Superior Support

Natural Mat’s durable naturally sprung mattress cores provide superior and more longer lasting support than any synthetic foam or metal spring.

Handmade in Devonshire, England

Natural Mat’s mattresses are handmade from the finest raw materials in the world to provide baby with the most comfortable and safest sleeping environment possible for those important first years of life.

Eco Packaging

All packaging used for Natural Mat mattresses is 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable. Mattress cartons are made from potato starch and a mixture of recyclable and renewable paper sources from the Forestry Stewardship Council.

*Informative article and image courtesy of Natural Mat.*

Have a waddler on your hands? Get ready for some major milestones ahead! As your little one goes from crawling to walking to all-out running, now is the time to childproof your home! (if you haven’t already!) “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom was sent two fabulous products to review from Rhoost that came just in time as “Mom’s” daughter turns 11 months old and is becoming quite the mover and shaker!

Rhoost offers functional yet stylish products that are extremely simple to use! So many childproofing products on the market require the use of screws and adhere using an adhesive which can ruin your cabinetry or pieces of furniture. Not Rhoost! Both the Rhoost Edge and Rhoost Sling attach with a unique strap and lock fastening system. It is because of this first-of-its-kind system that you can attach and re-attach each one with ease, and even tuck into a diaper bag for visits to Grandma’s!

In addition to keeping tiny hands out of cabinets or providing a safe, secure cover on table corners, the Rhoost Edge and Rhoost Sling are BPA-Free, Phthalate-Free, Lead-Free AND 100% recyclable. This company is on a mission to provide families with safe, functional baby-proofing products that are planet-friendly, and in addition, blend well with any home decor. The Rhoost Edge table corner protectors are available in plum, brown and black, and the Rhoost Sling for keeping curious fingers out of cabinetry is available in brown or black.

To learn more about Rhoost’s childproofing products or to purchase, please visit Rhoost.com.

*Company provided samples, images, and information for this review.*

Your little one will love having a water bottle sized just right for small hands! SIGG eco-friendly water bottles are available in a variety of kid-pleasing designs and colors. Made of pure aluminum, BPA-free and 100% recyclable, SIGG water bottles can easily be tucked into your child’s back pack or lunch box. www.mysigg.com

*Company sent a sample for this review.*