Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Compostable Eco-Friendly Hollow Easter Eggs

Oh, the struggles of trying to create fun-yet-eco-friendly holidays for the family! Last year I blogged about the ONLY company who sells hollow wooden eggs - a great (but slightly pricey) lifetime solution for Easter egg hunts. This year I want to give a big shout out to a brand new, one-of-a-kind environmentally friendly Easter egg solution: the cool, colorful AND compostable Eco Eggs. What a great concept! Eco Eggs look just like the cute toxic plastic eggs we all loved as kids - but this hot new product is made from corn (not petroleum) and is 100% biodegradable. Unlike plastic eggs, which are virtually all made in China, Eco Eggs are made in the USA. They can be reused for years, are extra-large (will easily store small bags of candy or small toys), and relatively affordable. A case of  96 eggs (two 48-egg packages of 3" x 2.25" eggs) is only $30! (Shipping is a bit steep at - but still worth it for the quality of the product).

Eco Eggs just sent me a dozen to check out in person and I can tell you they are well made,  extremely hardy, and absolutely adoreable. A package of Eco Eggs will definitely outlast its plastic alternative.

Click here to visit and place your order TODAY if you want them in time for Easter!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cambell's Commits to BPA-free Cans

Kudos to Cambell's for taking a huge step forward in preventing BPA contamination in canned foods! The company just announced it will be "phasing out" the BPA (bisphenol-a) liner in all its soup cans - even the tomato variety (a nearly impossibly feat, given the high acidity of tomatoes). A BPA liner has been used in canned goods for decades. It prevents leaching of the tin into the food itself. BPA, however,  has been linked frequently to cancer and behavior problems over the last several years and consumers are making a stink about it. The chemical is so prominent in our environment that it is actually found in breastmilk. Since people realized the connection between BPA and canned goods, many have decided to boycott brands that still use the substance - which is almost all of them (with the exception of certain more natural companies like Edens Organics, Native Forrest and supposedly Trader Joe's). I have personally called companies over the years to see if they would consider going BPA-free and was always told that the cost was too prohibitive. A big company like Cambell's will hopefully drive down the price of a healthier liner so that smaller companies can follow suit and all future canned goods will become BPA-free. One can only hope!

Click here to thank Cambell's for taking this big step and to ask them to disclose their phase-out plan in its entiretly.