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August 11, 2010

The “I’m Too Exhausted from BlogHer10 to Post” Swag Give-Away

08/25/10 Update:  The winners of the Little Bites containers and Luna Pads are Briana and Gina.  Congratulations!

Blogher10Hi everyone. Didn’t want to leave you hanging or wondering if my plane fell out of the sky. I am back home from New York and trying get it together. I plan to put up a very thoughtful post next week about the BlogHer conference — what I loved about it, what I didn’t love, and some hard decisions I have to make for the future.

Here are some photos from the conference and mini vacation in New York City for you to peruse in the meantime. I mean, if you care to. The photos on Facebook are easier to load because they are smaller. The photos on Flickr take longer but are great for those without a Facebook account.

BlogHer10 conference on Facebook

BlogHer10 conference on Flickr

New York City trip on Facebook (including big stinkin’ piles of trash and visits with some awesome bloggers)

New York City trip on Flickr

The GIVE-AWAY

Like last year, there was a ton of swag at the conference, most of which I left behind in the Swag Exchange room. But I did bring home a couple of things from the Green Soiree to give away:

Luna PadsLuna Pads sample pack. I love Luna Pads and use the liners every day. They are made from organic cotton and eliminate the need for disposable feminine hygiene products. Sadly, this sample pack comes in a plastic bag. Luna Ladies, what were you thinking??? Still,*The baggie looks like plastic, but it’s actually made from cellophane, a biodegradable tree product.  Please reuse it.  I’d love for one of you to try a pad and see for yourself. The pack comes with one Luna Pad, one cloth handkerchief, and instructions for use.

In addition to the sample pack, Luna Pads is offering a $5.00 discount to the readers of BlogHer green bloggers. Use the Promo Code: BlogHer until 12/31/2010.  When you order, PLEASE make sure and request no plastic packaging.  :-)

Little Bites storage jarsKinderville Little Bites Storage Jars. These containers are made from silicone instead of petroleum-based plastic and are airtight. Silicone, unlike plastic, is considered to be inert. Basically, it comes from sand. These containers are meant to hold baby food as well as lunch foods and snacks.

To enter the contest, please leave a comment letting me know which item you would like along with a suggestion for how to relax after a summer full of trips and activities. And it’s not even over.   I’m tired! But happy, too. The conference was a mixed bag, details of which I’ll share next week.

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  1. Kayla

    I would love the lunapads liners! I use a lunette menstrual cup and have sewn my own pads from scrap clothing but sometimes my flow is way too heavy, especially for the outdoor, physically demanding grounds and faciilities job that I do. Lunapads donated some samples and coupons to me to donate to my university’s clinic and women’s health centre to promote green women’s health and ever since I’ve been wanting some but I just can’t afford it atm.

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  2. Jennifer Webb

    The storage jars look adorable! A way to relax after traveling is spending some time with friends. Watch a movie or my favorite, have a game night! Apples to Apples is a favorite among my group of friends.

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  3. Angela

    Either one would be welcome; at the moment, I prefer the silicon storage jars.

    To relax during a busy summer, I would recommend putting up a hammock and daydreaming while cuddled up with a book, some lemonade, homemade ice cream and a hubby. :o)

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  4. M

    I’d go for either one, but prefer the lunapads.

    I like to lay down in the shade outside and relax, looking at the sky and trees and listening to the car-free (ideally) surrounding.

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  5. Jen

    I like the little bites storage jars!

    To relax during the summer I love to go camping. I love the sounds, the smells…all of it!

    jenandjoey at gmail dot com

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  6. Tanya

    Ok, this may sound counter-intuitive but after a trip I like to get re-organized: unpack, laundry, go through mail etc. :) It gives me a sense of order and accomplishment. Then I can fully relax without thinking of all the things I have to do.

    I also love the Luna pads! :)

    P.S. I don’t need to enter the contest, but am just writing a comment. :)

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  7. Carla

    Hi Berth,
    I would love to receive the silicone containers, we are always on the lookout of small containers for little bits for the kids. These would be great!
    As for relaxation, I suggest a day of nothingness. I had one yesterday and I feel very relaxed. A day in which you have no plan and you decide at which what you want to do. Eat, sleep, read, walk, sleep again etc. when you want to. Pay no heed to the ‘have tos’, do not do anything on your list of things to do. I find this works best if you stay at someone else’s place so your mind leaves alone all the reminders of what you should do while you are home. It makes for a great day, and cheap too.

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  8. sudha

    I have been off and on with the topic of feminine products and their impact on the planet…(touchy topic and i have not been able to find a viable alternative as of now)….looking forward to your reviews about the blogher

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  9. Amanda Palmer

    Lunapads please!

    I’d curl up with a good book and some lemonade. Watch a movie. Just enjoy some “me” time…maybe go shopping

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  10. Erica

    Luna Pads Sample Pack!

    I traveled a lot too, and what I’ve found helpful is to start to have a regular schedule, enough sleep, and some meditation. To help with the relaxation take some minutes when you wake up and some minutes before going to bed to pay attention to the breathing, every time you exhale release all tensions, anxieties, worries, thoughts… Just be aware of the sesations of the breathing in your nostrils orI’m sure this will help :)

    Also, take walks and again, don’t forget at least 5 min of meditation daily. Enoy!

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  11. April

    I would love the LunaPads sample kit! I use a Divacup, but it would be nice to have liners to use with it. And I am excited to give up disposable tissues.

    My way of relaxing (which is probably not for everyone) is to bake! I love baking and indulging in whatever I make. :)

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  12. Katie

    Lunapads all the way. I love to unwind by reading a good book in my favorite comfy chair. I have a glass of icewater nearby and maybe a chocolate chip cookie to nibble on.

    Can’t wait to hear all about BlogHer.

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  13. Maggie

    I am pretty sure that silicone does come from petroleum/fossil fuels. Silicone is a compound made of silicon atoms mixed with organic parts. The organic parts (meaning made of Carbon and Hydrogen) do not come from sand. They come from methane gas, petroleum feedstock (in the case of ethanol) or coal. I suppose it is possible for the organic part of silicone to come from something like the fermentation of cellulose, but it is unlikely given the costs.

    I guess silicone is a better alternative than other plastics which are not inert and it can be recycled, but I think one could just use some cotton sacks for snacks (check out the flip-flap sacks from It’s a Green Green World) or reuse glass baby food jars for baby food.

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  14. jess

    I really like the silicone storage thingies… I didn’t know that silicone wasn’t part of the problem of plastics… So either way I’ve learned something wonderful today.

    As for relaxing… I like to hike to unwind. I have a favorite spot that I try to get to when I’m feeling stressed and just hike without any music or distractions.

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  15. Sarah S

    I would love the jars, please.

    I like to relax with a combination of moderate exercise and pampering. A nice long walk or a swim, followed by a brown sugar and olive oil face scrub and maybe a foot rub if I’m extra lucky! Checking things off my mental to-do list also relaxes me, e.g. doing little projects around the house makes me feel like I’m taking care of myself – like finally changing out a light fixture, things like that.

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  16. Katie

    I would love the snack containers. I have a trip to the farmer’s market planned to pick up some squash for our little baby’s first eats this weekend and these would be so handy to store it in!

    The best way for me to relax is to pour a glass of wine and pick up a light read- I love young adult novels or chick-lit for a nice way to unwind!

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  17. Billie

    I will have to go with the snack containers. I sprung for reusable pads on etsy a few months ago so I am good to go there.

    Relaxing? Who me?

    I go a couple of times of week to the pool with my floatie ring. You position it just right and you can just lie on it without moving. I do that for about 30 minutes and let my mind wander. Sometimes I just blank my mind and think about an do nothing. Very refreshing!

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  18. Amber

    I would love to try the jars, they would be perfect for snacks on the go with my kids. Only because I already have some Luna Pads. They’re from my own hometown of Vancouver, don’t you know!

    As for relaxing, I don’t think anything can beat a nice bath. :)

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  19. Patty

    I’m interested in the luna pads sample pack. I love the deep purple color. I’ve recently been switching to organic disposables but would love to go cloth in my quest to ditch the disposables. Get unpacked and the laundry/grocery done asap so you can return to a natural routine. Then schedule in some “you” time for a snuggle, a book or some tea.

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  20. Erin

    I’d love either product… I’d use the first for (well) the obvious! And the second to tote my kiddo’s snacks on outings. To unwind after a busy summer? Try knitting, clearing out junk from the house… I like staring at my bee hive and watching the girls work!

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  21. Isle Dance

    (Fantstic giveaway! I’m not entering because someone else can use these more than I can. Happiness to the winner!)

    I’ve been on pins and needles, waiting to hear what you thought about BlogHer ’10, how it went and more. I can’t wait for your post. Then I might have to ((email)) you!

    -ID

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  22. Trish

    I’m so interested in the Luna pads! I’ve even been thinking of trying to make my own!

    For a good unwind, I say just go for a walk around your neighborhood. Notice all of the things that have changed while you’ve been out and around. Then come home, have a cold beverage and pet one of your kitties. :)

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  23. Kari

    The Kinderville storage jars would be great for my little guy’s home made baby food.

    Take a 24-hour-unplug break to unwind.

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  24. Tess

    Hi Beth! I’ve been following you for about six months and I regret that this is my first comment, but I couldn’t resist entering for luna pads.

    I usually use food to relax, so I think you should make yourself a wonderful plastic-free picnic, take a relaxing friend, and spend the day in a park or a secluded outdoor place.

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  25. DK

    When I need to relax and have some me time, I make up a huge batch of jasmine green tea, sweeten it with some honey and keep it in the fridge until it gets nice and chilly and smooth. Then I drink it while watching an interesting television series online. We only have 1 TV in the house and it hasn’t even been plugged in for the last 5 months (we rarely watched it even before that) so it’s something I can really enjoy in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

    I’ve also been known to pack a picnic basket with wine and/or above-stated chilled jasmine tea, fruit, a couple other snack-type foods, my camera, crayons/markers/paints/etc., and my sketchbook and disappear for an entire day or afternoon by myself. Sometimes I go to the woods, sometimes on a Metro ride from one end of the railway to the other and back home again, sometimes a bike ride to a municipal park I’ve never before visited. The quiet (or in the case of the Metro ride, noise) and not having anyone around I know and feel obligated to have conversations with does wonders for me.

    I really like the little silicone food containers; they’d probably work well with the tiffins I got for my partner and myself last year.

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  26. amanda a.

    I’ve been struggling to step away from disposable pads (I already use a diva cup, but the extra protection is important!). Sign me up for the Luna pads!

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  27. Trish

    I would love to try Luna Pads. Best way to unwind for me is a good book, a comfortable lounge chair in the back yard and a tall drink.

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  28. Michelle

    I would love to try out the Luna Pads. I have looked into them and finances willing, will be purchasing sometime in the next 2-3 months :)

    For winding down, I suggest taking a day to do it. Maybe go for a peaceful walk, take time to read a book, unplug from technology and then a relaxing bath before bed.

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  29. Luna

    I would LOVE the lunapads. My boyfriend somehow ruined my mooncup(?), and I’ve been sulking along with ob ever since. I’ve heard good things about them and have been wanting to try them, though!

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  30. Nicole

    I’d love to try the Lunapads sampler :)

    eat some ice cream! :) I just had some (made with coconut milk and agave nectar…oh my gosh so good) and feel instantly relaxed. :)

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  31. Stacy @ Moderate Means

    Airtight silicone cups that would fit in our tiffins? How cool is that?! I laready have cloth pads so I’ll throw my name in the hat for the silicone!

    My advice (and it’s too late for you!) is to take an extra day off so that you have a vacation day at home after you get home. Traveling one day and working the next is rough.

    Stacy

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  32. surviving and thriving on pennies

    I would love the little silicone storage things. I have 4 kids in school this year and they would come in handy.
    My favorite way to relax is to go water my garden and take 5 minutes to just sit in the hammock I have in my garden.

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  33. Xine

    Is now the time I’ll finally try Lunapads? I’ve always said there were some plastic consessions I just wasn’t ready to make, but now I’m unhappy not making consessions!

    For relaxing and processing, there’s nothing like a couple of games of pool with the special someone down at the tavern. More productively, mowing the lawn does the same thing for me.

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  34. Issa

    I love Luna Pads, but if I had to pick one of these items to try, I’d go with the Little Bites containers. And my favorite way to relax is with books – take an afternoon and get lost in the library, then spend a week lost in reading at home.

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  35. Natalie G

    I’d love a shot at those LunaPads:)

    Things I’ve been doing to relax: Taking leisurely bike rides, looking up interesting salad dressing ideas, making watermelon margaritas, grilling up some veggies and eating dinner outside. As usual, focusing on good food and drink relaxes me.

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  36. Mel B

    Hi Beth! I’m so glad you had a good time at BlogHer! I have been wondering about the Luna Pads for some time now, ever since you or someone mentioned on their blog about them. I had looked into them but never got around to ordering them as I’m unsure of the length I would feel comfortable with so I would love to try the ones you received at the conference. Looks like a great way to deal with my period. Can’t wait to hear about your time at BlogHer!

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  37. Reenie

    For me, everday actions turn vacation. It’s how I approach it. Maybe I relax by doing gardening, sweaty style, then showering and rewarding myself with a snack and a book. Sometimes it’s a yoga class, yin yoga, long holds, or hot yoga, or moderate Hatha Yoga class… whatever resonates. I write poems. I read the mail from from Green America, Sierra Club etc. Listen to library CDs, watch movies from the library like Beauty and the Beast, lovely old B&W version; a fairytale thru and thru. Listen to talk radio while cleaning out a shelf or drawer, no rushing allowed. Draw cards and write overdue thank you notes. This one is very restorative for me. Sit somewhere public, being anon but out there, and watch the world go by while ….I drink tea, relax, very satisfying. Give myself a long Yoga Nidra (relaxation) in corpse pose, scanning my body from the feet up to top of head. Make some favorite dish and find someone to share it with. Drink homemade chai (black tea, crushed cardamom pods, honey, rice milk). Find a spot outside in some greenspace, set up a blanket and sit, read, bring something to snack on. Practise the viola. Whatever serves to relax and makes for more harmony innner and outer.

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  38. Sara B

    The Kinderville Little Bites Jars – I’m sure my 10-month old and I would find some use for them!

    I propose a lot of pool time to unwind and enjoy the rest of summer! Good luck!

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  39. Meghan

    I would love the Lunapads :)

    After a vacation, I like to have some unwind time doing home spa treatments and having a good nap, followed by a nice walk outside. Unplugging is always nice.

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  40. Kate

    I would love the LunaPads!

    Listen, I think the thing to do is to take a weekend “vacation” at home. Stock your fridge with good food, buy a good book and a yoga DVD, and unplug the computer and phone. Enjoy!

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  41. Beth Terry Post author

    Monkeyjen, silly monkey. Fake Plastic Mr. Potato Head went back to the Swag Exchange. Someone else took him home. The Potato Heads were very much in demand. So was the Play Doh.

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  42. Katy Ann

    I would love to try the Luna Pads! I’m planning to buy cloth pads, so this would be a great start.

    I think the best way to unwind after a long trip is to soak your poor tired feet in some warm water with scented bath salts, as long as you buy the salts from the bulk bins and use your own container when you purchase them ;)

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  43. Jodie

    I’d love the Luna Pad.

    As for relaxation… take a moment away from it all, whether it be meditation, a quiet walk on the beach in the evening or early morning, reading a book, listening to music…

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  44. TheGreenCat

    Beth:

    It was so great to meet you while you were here! For relaxation I recommend a massage. Swedish, Shiatsu, or whatever fits your comfort level. There’s nothing better for tension relief and relaxation in my book.

    I was just discussion LunaPads with Lisa Sharp the other day and I’m curious to try them so that would be my pick if I win the giveaway!

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  45. Gina

    Oh, I have been wanting to try Lunapads for so long now! I hope to get a full set soon, but I’m not working right now and would love the opportunity to try them out.

    I live by Lake Michigan, and one of my favorite things to do to relax is to go sit by the water. I don’t know if you have a big body of water by you, but even a little one will do. Just watching the sunlight play on the water is relaxing, and if you’re lucky enough to hear the water moving around, even better!

    Good luck winding up your summer with some relaxation!

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  46. Kat

    I’d pick the luna pads. I’d like to check them out as I am a Diva cup girl (too much info?)
    Relaxing? A walk down by the river noticing how the river fuctuates and changes through out the seasons does it for me.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  47. Patty

    Sorry Beth — I forgot all about the suggestion on how to relax (probably a Freudian slip, because, really, who am I to advise anyone on how to relax?) — but what has been working for me a bit lately is going to bed early. I know, it sounds horrible, I love to stay up late, and get up late, my body is naturally on cabaret time, but if I turn all electronic devices off, and just go to bed with something to read, I find that I start to relax after just a few minutes. I regain my focus, my balance. And then I can fall asleep — sweet. Simple really is best.

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  48. Martha

    I would love the Little Bite Storage Jars. I volunteer with TACO (Third Av Charitable Org) in San Diego, a homeless feeding program. They are having a silent auction fund raiser this fall and I am putting together a “Green Baby Basket” of Earth friendly items for little ones. This would be great for it!
    How to relax? Take a cooler of beverages & snacks, a chair, and a great book to the beach, lake, river or park and just veg for the afternoon. Alternatively (we did this on a trip to the bay area a couple of weeks ago), on a clear day, walk to the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge and let the wind blow your troubles away while you watch the wind sailors below.

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  49. Briana

    Love the little bites containers! Would help me clear some of the smaller tupperware type plastic containers I’ve been holding on to because I haven’t found a good alternative yet..

    Some of my friends relax and get back on track after the summer and before the holidays begin by doing “Sober October”. This primarily means abstaining from alcohol, but I think would be great to extend it to mean abstaining from saying yes to every social obligation that comes up too. Could be a great way to stay in, enjoy some books and the turning of leaves and the last items from your garden. They always end the month on Halloween with a big bash that marks the end of Sober October that is full of fun, booze and friends.

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  50. Brekke

    I really like both of those swag items! But the one I probably would use more would be the luna pad.

    And my favorite way to relax after a stressful weekend away or really anything stressful is 20 minutes of breath focused meditation. Its a new discovery for me, but it’s been working wonders!

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  51. deb from p.s. bohemian

    oh my – the Luna pads for sure!

    read. read. read. as in curl in your most cozy spot and read whatever makes you most relaxed and content to read.

    for me, i just started The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel and so far it looks to be a great read :)

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  52. Leanne

    Swag-o-rama again, huh?

    You don’t have to tell us you left most of it behind – we know you, and we know your ethics, so how could we expect anything less?

    I just wish the day would come when you would be in the majority, most people would leave it behind, and the companies would realise that trashing the planet will *never* be a good thing to do, for any reason.

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  53. Sharonus

    Hi Beth!

    I’d like to be entered in the drawing for the Kinderville Little Bites Storage Jars.

    As for how to relax after a summer full of trips and activities, I like to sit on the front porch with a glass of iced tea and say “hi” to the neighbors walking by. (Okay, I usually sit on the front porch with a glass of beer, but I know you don’t drink. :))

    Sharon

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  54. Sandi Ratch

    I’d love the Luna pads. I have reusable pads that I’ve been using for a couple of years now, but I would like some new ones as the old ones are getting a tad worn.

    How to relax – just settle in at home. I’m a big reader and movie watcher – so just sit back with some good movies and let reality have a break for a while.

    Sandi

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  55. Jaymee

    I’d LOVE either but having to pick just one… I’ll go for me over the kiddos for once and take the luna pads!

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  56. Radical Garbage Man

    EAT MELON! Sweet, cool, refreshing… nothing screams summer like a ripe, local melon.

    I’ll take the little jars, please.

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  57. deltaflute

    Kinderville Little Bites Jars please!! My son is 6 months old and we’ve been using the Take and Toss (a gift) over and over and over. I just want to toss those horrible things, but I can’t justify adding another plastic thing. Stainless steal would be lovely, but alas, it’s a bit pricey and some use plastic lids for covers. I need options. Help!

    How can moms stay away from plastic for their kiddos? There’s the polyester toys and clothing (natural flame retardant; it’s that or cotton with flame retardant), and plastic baby spoons (luckily my mom saved my metal ones and we’re reusing them 30 years later). Plastic bottles (although glass is making a comeback). Plastic diapers (although fleece or wool covers are options). Plastic on the baby’s safety nail clippers. Plastic baby tubs. Plastic snaps. Plastic coat hangers. Plastic coating on the baby mattress. Plastic baby food jars. Plastic wrap on boxes of baby food rice cereal. Plastic books. Do I need to go on? I hate it. What’s a mom to do? Help!

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  58. Tracey

    I love the little bites silicone jars.

    As my loved ones might tell you, I am NOT good at relaxing. I’ve been relaxing the only way I can manage – walking the beach at sunrise and sunset gathering plastic that’s washed up or been left behind. My children have got into the game too. My pet peeve has become those elastic bands around produce – they’re everywhere here. The Altlantic has been coughing up the cliche’ed mangled piles of rope and styrofoam, but the produce bands and drinking straws really piss me off!

    At the otherwise delightful Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenberg yesterday, a Tyvek wristband was forced on me, my mother (who was free in any case) and my daughter (who being under 5 years old was free as well), I protested and was told that I MUST have a wrist band or I could not go in in spite of my mother having paid for me. I explained my objection to plastic. She explained that the wristbands were paper and that they sorted and recycled everything. I told her the wristband was Tyvek plastic, NOT paper, and she told me to return it for recycling. When I tried to return the wristbands, I was told they weren’t recycled, of course, but that they sorted all their garbage at the museum. How enlightened; it’s the law. I wrote to the town’s Board of Trade about it.

    I wished for your civility, Beth, but I found myself grumpy and unheard instead.

    Plus, people keep giving my kids straws and plastic things. Grrr.

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  59. suzanne

    hi beth! looks like you’ve had a great time at blogher10. wish we were there!

    i just wanted to clarify that the package of lunapads you received was packed in cellophane and not plastic. please note that we always pack lunapads orders placed online in recycled tissue paper, never plastic or cello. we only use the cello bags for wholesale orders (ie: stores) and for give aways (so that it survives the trip). we know cello is not great, but it is supposed to be biodegradable. we are always on the look out for better wholesale packaging options, so let us know if you see something interesting out there!

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    1. Beth Terry Post author

      Oops! I should have checked with you guys first! You know what would be great? A note on the sticker that tells people the bag is biodegradable cellophane, so that they know they are not getting plastic. I love Luna Pads. You know that, right? :-)

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  60. Melissa @ HerGreenLife

    I’m curious to know what you thought of BlogHer. I’ve never been, but I imagine I would have many of the same qualms you have.

    I’ll throw my hat in for the Little Bites Storage Jars. I never seem to have enough little containers when packing lunches.

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  61. Patty

    The Kinderville Little Bites Jars — my brother and his wife just had twins. The good news is I’m an aunt for the first time! The bad news: babies mean a whole lot of plastic —

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  62. Helen

    The Kinderville storage jars look neat. I’m sure my little one would find all sorts of good uses for them.

    Good way to unwind after a busy summer- an unplugged weekend. No phones, no computer, no internet… a nice quiet weekend.

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