Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly products’

Novica Giveaway


 I recently learned about NOVICA, one of the leading fair trade artisan online markets. Together with National Geographic, they give artisans around the world a place to share their talents and unique creations with the rest of the world. NOVICA offers a variety of products, from beautiful handmade jewelry to clothing, handbags, house decor and more.  I recently purchased the beautiful elephant earrings pictured above. They arrived from Thailand in a delicate pouch with a personally, handwritten note from the artisan. They also came with a brief description of the importance and symbolism of the Thai Elephant. I was very impressed and love my new earrings. Best of all, shipping is extremely reasonable and quick! If you’re looking for a truly special and unique gift for yourself or a loved one, I recommend browsing all the beautiful products on the NOVICA site. There’s something for everyone! Some favorites include: beautiful Wood Rings, stylish Blue Glassware, unique Abstract Paintings, and other Handmade Gifts.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am happy to offer one lucky reader a Gift Certificate in the amount of $37.50 that can be used toward any item on the NOVICA website. The winner will receive a digital code to be used at checkout and may be applied toward shipping too. To enter is easy! Just click on the link below to be taken to the Raffle:

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Raffle ends on Thursday, May 22nd  at 11:59 pm (est). One winner will be randomly selected and all entries will be verified. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. Please provide a valid email so you may be easily contacted within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

To learn more about how you can support talented artisans and purchase fair trade items, visit

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Conserving Energy this Holiday Season

At the beginning of Autumn, I posted a handy “Fall-to-Winter Checklist” to help prepare you for the cold season. It’s still not too late to make sure you get your home ready, keep your family safe, conserve energy and save some money. If you missed the post: Click Here.

The following is an infographic from Energy Star that makes it easy to ensure you save some extra dollars during this holiday season. Start the New Year right by switching out all your light bulbs to Energy Star bulbs. They are the only ones truly certified to meet strict guidelines, help you save money…and the planet. Go green this New Year.

Lighting Made Easy Infographic

Go Green with TreeSmart


At the end of August, as Summer vacation came to an end, I wrote the article “Top 10 Green Tips for Back-to-School“.  I wrote a similar article for the GreenDeals Go Green Blog, “Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for Back to School“.  Last month I even hosted a couple of giveaways and wrote an article on ways to green your child’s school lunch. (To read: Click Here.)  Since then I was introduced to a great line of products that I had to share with my readers.

TreeSmart makes recycled school and office supplies for the entire family. I received the supplies pictured above to sample and, have to say, my daughter and I just love them. Her favorite is the colored pencil kit that is easy to carry in her back pack and store in her desk. The pencils are made from 100% recycled rolled up newspapers!  I love the regular pencils which are also made out of recycled newspapers. Sharpening them is so much smoother and easier than than conventional brand pencils. I use them often in my own office. I really like the neat and simple newspaper print much better than the typical loud and distracting designs. The ruler we received is small enough to fit in my daughter’s pencil case and I really appreciate that it is made from recycled newspaper and plastic. The best part is knowing that I am protecting my daughter from any further exposure to toxic plastics and chemicals.

TreeSmart offers a variety of supplies, including: mechanical pencils, artist pencils, pencil cases, school supply boxes, deluxe sets, and more. Their prices are very reasonable. Best of all, TreeSmart offers custom imprinting and fundraiser programs. Remember, it is never too late to protect our planet by greening up your school and office.

Green Your Halloween

A dried flower arrangement in a painted watering can for decorationThe following are five easy ways to green up your Halloween. You will save money while protecting the environment!

1. Green Decorations. Instead of spending money on decorations made of plastic and other toxic materials that end up in our landfills, get crafty! Pinterest has some creative and simple ideas. If you must shop, look for eco-friendly alternatives.

2. Do-it-yourself Costumes. You don’t have to be a fashion designer to put together a great costume.  You can find some great things in your own closet to create a fun ensemble. If not, look in a friend or family member’s closet! You can also shop at a second hand store or swap last year’s costume with a friend.

3. Green Candy Bags. Instead of spending on a plastic bag or bucket your child will probably only use once, have them decorate their own eco-friendly tote or pillowcase to use every year.

IMG_20131025_1951194. Healthier Treats. If you opt to stick to traditional candy look for organic lollipops and Fair Trade chocolates. If you don’t mind starting a new tradition, hand out pencils, pens, erasers or stickers made of recycled materials.

5. Save! Make sure you pack up all your decorations and costumes and store them away for next year. Whatever you’re certain you won’t use make sure to donate or recycle.


Happy Halloween!

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September Surprises from Ecocentric Mom

After the crazy month of September that I had, the highlight for me was ending it with my September Ecocentric Mom Discovery Box. Recently named one of the Top 10 Subscription Boxes, I highly recommend you give them a try. Ecocentric Mom never disappoints. Check out my September surprises…


Tru All Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner ~ I am a little obsessed with trying different cleaners. So far, I’m loving Tru! It truly is 100% natural and non-toxic and leaves my house looking and feeling so clean.  For $19.95 you can get a concentrate that will make you a full gallon of cleaner. Cost effective!  If you’d like to give it a try first, you can get a pre-mixed travel size for $1.99, which I received in my box. I also got a 20% off online coupon which I plan to use!

TravelSpritz by SpritzBlitz ~ Another great product that kills germs and bacteria with natural ingredients like lemon and orange oils. Your family can avoid chemicals and stay healthy, even in those gross, unexpected moments and place. This great “travel” spray is perfect for airports, public restrooms and other situations where you might feel overwhelmed by germs and dirt. SpritzBlitz has a variety of other great products, like FruitSpritz and YogaSpritz too. Each 2oz bottle sells for $5.99. 

Eve Organics “Dirty Hands” Hand Sanitizer ~ Chemical-free, gluten-free and vegan, this little guy went straight into my purse and will get plenty of use. Made out of essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint and tea tree, they are antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal.  Perfect for the upcoming cold and flu season! They sell for $6.95 and I received a 20% off online discount.

Eve Organics Balance Moisturizer ~ I received some samples and can’t wait to try this moisturizer. Made with aloe and South African Rooibos tea, it offers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Also made with naturally derived MSM and DMAE and essential oils, it will help with collagen formation, brown spots, wrinkles, tightening of pores and skin, etc. A full size sells for $23.95. I also received a 20% online discount.

Bella Organics Crisp Apple Lip Balm ~ I love Bella Organics and was so happy to be able to try their lip balm. My daughter loves it, so it now belongs to her. 😉 Not a problem considering it’s GMO free, paraben free, chemical free and gluten free. A lip balms sells for only $3.50. I also received a 10% online discount.

Real Purity Lipstick ~ I received a sample travel size of this lipstick plus a 10% discount code which I definitely plan on using. So natural, you can even eat this lipstick without any worry. They contain no lead or nasty chemicals like most conventional cosmetics. I love how smooth, soft and full my lips look and feel when I first put it on. It is even made with a formula designed to be a powerful antioxidant, helping to boost your immune system. One lipstick sells for $15. I also received a 10% online discount I plan to use immediately.

Beanfields Bean and Rice Tortilla Chips ~ I’ve been dying to try these! My daughter has a corn sensitivity so I really have to limit our chips and salsa splurges, not to mention monitor a lot of her other meals and snacks. Sadly, so much food in our country contains corn…usually GMO corn. I am so excited about this product. I received a bag of the Sea Salt variety and the Salt N’ Pepper. The Sea Salt was our favorite. Containing twice as much protein and fiber than regular chips and they are gluten free, non-GMO, and vegan…we are in love! One bag sells for $1.49. Hope our local store starts carrying them soon!

Allimax ~I received a 4 day supply of these capsules which are made from fresh, raw garlic. Allimax captures garlic’s active component, Allicin, and delivers it directly to where the body can use its many health and wellness benefits. A 30 day supply sells for $34.99. I also received a 10% online discount.

Hang-It-Up Eco Friendly Bamboo Hanger ~ Such a clever and useful product. This hanger can not only hold clothes, but also tights, scarves, bras, ties, and just about anything that could require hanging. The fact that it’s made of eco-friendly bamboo is just one more added bonus. I received one hanger. A pack of two sells for $19.99. I also received a 20% online discount.

Aside from all the great products above, I also received special discounts from the following companies..

Rock The Locks, an organic and natural hair product line just for kids

PostalPix, a smartphone app that lets you order prints from your phone gallery

Sprout Non Toxic Nail Polish

Lastly, I received my Ecocentric Mom September Expert Tips Card… “How to Avoid Triclosan in School Supplies” and “Back to School Time is A Great Time to Start a Workout Routine”

Looking forward to my October Mom Discovery Box!

Happy Autumn! 🙂

Ecocentric Mom August Goodies!


I can’t believe Summer is basically over and we’re already into another school year. The past couple of weeks have been a blur. Our family got back from vacation and went straight into back-to-school madness. It’s crazy moments like this that make me look even more forward to my Ecocentric Mom Discovery Box each month. It’s such a nice surprise to come home to after a busy day of errands and running around shopping for groceries and school supplies!  It’s a little treat for me. 😉 This month I got plenty of great goodies again. Check them out…

ips All Natural Chips ~ Yum! These snacks are Non-GMO and contain no preservatives. They contain 7 grams of protein and are made with egg whites. How unique! I received both the Aged White Cheddar and Cinnamon Sugar varieties. They are very good and satisfying. Great alternative to conventional chips and puff-type snacks. One bag sells for $1.59 to $1.99.

Truebar by Bakery On Main ~ Another great healthy snack! I love trying out new snack bars because I’m always on the go and need quick nutritious options. Trubar is dairy and casein free, GFCO Certified Gluten Free, Kosher OU Parve, and Non-GMO. It is made with chia seeds for a good source of Omega 3. I received the Walnut Cappuccino flavored bar. Very tasty. Each bar sells for $1.89. I also got a 10% online coupon and a 50 cents off retail coupon.

MacroLife Naturals Coco Greens and Berri Reds Nutrient Rich Super-Foods ~ Such a nice surprise to get these. I have used MacroLife Naturals for a couple of years now. It is a great way to ensure your kids get their fruits and veggies on those off days when they’re being picky. They contain 3.5 Bil. Probiotics and Enzymes for immune support. Just add it to a smoothie and they will love the taste. You can get a 32-day canister for $22.99 or a 64-day canister for $42.99. So worth it!

Moontime Tea’s Organic Fertility Blend ~ I received 2 sample tea bags of this delicious combo of organic red raspberry, nettle, red clover and peppermint. All of these naturally caffeine free herbs have been known to help support reproductive function. A pouch of 30 tea bags goes for $19.99. I also received a 20% online discount.

Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Mascara ~ My favorite goody in the box! Who told that I was in need of a new mascara? I make sure to replace my make-up every 4 months to keep germs and bacteria at bay. This was perfect timing. More importantly, this mascara is great for sensitive eyes like mine. It is vegan, free of PVP, acrylic copolymer, VA polymer, fragrance, parabens, alcohol and glycol. (Yeah, all that junk is in popular mascaras!)  Suncoat mascara is made with natural ingredients, including vitamin E, It builds volume and length…and is eco-friendly! At $14.99 it’s a deal!

Suncoat Girl Nail Polish ~ I’m loving this line…another favorite! I only buy nail polish that does not contain harmful chemicals and toxins…especially since my little one is always asking for a mani-pedi. Well, she is also loving this nail polish and the pretty pink shade we received. Suncoat polish is 100% free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, acetates, synthetic colors, VOCs…all the bad stuff we inhale and receive when we go to the salon. It is made with natural ingredients and mineral pigments. Sells for $7.99 per bottle.

Pure + Remedy ~ Another great line! I received travel size samples of the Gentle Hydrating Moisturizer, which sells for $3.50 (regular size goes for $20). I also received a Vitamin C Concentrate Facial Moisturizer sample, which sells for $4 (regular size goes for $24). Although I haven’t started using them yet, I am pretty confident I will love them, as this is a holistic and natural skin care line, made with high quality and organic ingredients. I also received a 20% discount code.

Possum Hollow Farm Soap ~ This was a nice surprise, as it is a family run small business in Bucks County, not far from where I live in PA. The travel size bar I received is all natural and scented with essential oils. The soap is very gentle and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft. Possum Hollow Farm offers soaps designed with mom and babies in mind. A full size bar sells for $5.50. I received a 10% online discount too.

Untrash Compostable Bags ~ I was just saying to a friend the other day that I really need to find a good, eco-friendly trash bag. So far I’m really liking Untrash. I received an assortment of 3-gallon, 13-gallon and sandwich bags. I’m a new fan of this line. While it’s great that most cities pick up recycling nowadays, 1/3 of US residents send food scraps to landfills in plastic trash bags. Untrash is a great and convenient solution to helping reduce waste. A box of 18 3-gallon bags sells for $4.99; 10 13-gallon bags goes for $6.99; 50 sandwich bags sell for $4.99. You can even get a compost can for $24.99! I definitely plan on using my 25% off discount code. I also received $10 off a compost can.

August GIft Card ~ $10 for The Keeper or The Moon Cup, both eco-friendly feminine hygiene products.

Special Gift ~ $5 gift card for Instagrad, the gift of education. Start a college or savings fund for your little one, making it easy for family and friends to contribute too.

Ecocentric Mom August Expert Tips ~ “Non-toxic lunch boxes, bags, and containers” by Diane MacEachern and “Steps Towards a Healthier Family” by Alysa Bajenaru.

If you’ve been thinking about a subscription box service, I promise this one won’t disappoint!  Right now, when you subscribe to the monthly boxes, you can use promo code ECOMOM10 at checkout and receive 10% off. If you’re still a little hesitant to join, then you’ll want to take advantage of the Bonus mystery box…but you have to act fast as these sell out quickly and there won’t be another chance to get these until 2014!  Just click the link below and then go to the Bonus Mystery Box sign-up page, which is at the top right (under Join).  ‘Til next month!

Back-to-School Green Giveaways!

For most of us, back-to-school season is in full swing. However, it is never too late, nor too early, to pack a healthy and eco-friendly lunch for our kids.  I have three great ways and products for you that will help make that an easy task. Even better, I am hosting TWO giveaways so you can get started on packing your child healthier, green lunches…for free!

Up first…let’s discuss those darn lunchboxes!

If your lunch box from last year is still in good condition…use it! It’s all about reducing, reusing and recycling…upcycling too! However, if you need to shop for a brand new lunch box…I have a great alternative to those plastic boxes or brown paper bags. Introducing the New Wave Enviro Litter-Free Lunch Bag Kit!

PicsArt_1378416196824The unique, colorful designs will definitely set your child’s lunch apart from the rest.  My daughter loves hers. I love it because it makes packing lunch such an easy task. The litter-free lunch kit comes complete with a BPA free water bottle (avoid waste from juice boxes and plastic water bottles) and four “green” reusable containers (made to fit sandwiches and other snacks perfectly). No need for wasteful plastic baggies or tinfoil or other unnecessary trash!  The lunch bag itself is insulated and lead-free. The whole set is so easy to clean and maintain. You can find them online and at Whole Foods Market for an average price of $25. Considering you’ll be using it for years to come, you will be saving lots of money…and the Earth!

Now how about what goes into that lunch box?

PicsArt_1378415603027Well, a few months back I posted about a healthy, organic snack bar for children by CLIF Kid.  (To read the original post: Click Here)  CLIF Kid Zbars are nutritious, perfectly proportioned, vegan (except honey variety) bars containing about 8-10 grams of whole grains, 12 vitamins and minerals, 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber per bar. They are also made with 95% Certified USDA Organic ingredients and do not contain any high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. They are the perfect snack alternative to traditional granola bars and even special treats for young active kids. You can find them for as little as $1.69 per bar at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. Zbars are soft and chewy and come in a variety of flavors like Iced Oatmeal Cookie, Honey Graham, Chocolate Brownie, Smore’s, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip.

Right now I am offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win a 6 count variety pack of CLIF Kid Zbars! Winner must live in the USA, provide a valid email (that you check often), and be at least 18 years of age. Raffle ends on Friday September 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm.

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Final “Green” Touch…

To complete your healthy and eco-friendly lunch, a reusable napkin is the perfect final touch. A few months back I wrote a review and hosted a giveaway for Funkins. (To read original post: Click Here). PicsArt_1378480549703Funkins come in a variety of colorful designs for all ages. Put one in your child’s lunch and it can be used as a place mat and then a napkin too!  You can avoid creating unnecessary waste from paper towel and napkins. Just wash your Funkins and reuse over and over again.  Place it in your Litter-free Lunch bag and you have a truly waste-free lunch, saving money and the planet.

Right now I am offering one lucky reader the opportunity to receive a set of THREE colorful reusable napkins/place mats from Funkins!  Winner must live in the USA, provide a valid email (that you check often), and be at least 18 years of age. Raffle ends on Friday September 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm.

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