Bleached Carrots, Trash Talk, & a Big Vat of Salsa: Our Sunday Round-up

Green and Clean Mom reveals that baby carrots are dipped in bleach to prevent those pesky white spots.  It looks like switching over to full-size carrots might be the way to go.

Also at Green and Clean Mom, I found a discussion about paying for trash: how do you pay for it?  If trash pick-up is paid by taxpayers, there is not much incentive for people to recycle or reduce the amount they toss each week.   Some people have to pay extra for recycling–yet pay very little for up to four bags of trash a week!   I guess I am a bit of a stickler about this issue.  I think the system should be set up so that recycling and community composting is mandatory and people have to pay for how much heads to a landfill.

This whole garbage discussion originated over at Enviromom, who issued a One Can a Month challenge last July.   Even if your city offers no incentives for reducing the amount of trash throw away, you can still find ways to reduce the amount you consume.  Enviromom has several ideas for cutting down  the amount of garbage you generate, room by room.

And speaking of Enviromom, The Green Baby Guide was proud to be featured along with this great Portland-based website in the special baby issue of Metro Parent.  You can read it online–we’re in the article called “Growing a ‘Green’ Baby.”

Despite my claim to hate buying in bulk, I was intrigued by Call Her Blessed’s post about making a HUGE vat of salsa.  She divides it up into dozens of jars and keeps it in her fridge for months.   You could also can the salsa, but she says this changes the flavor a bit.  I am now inspired to whip up a cauldron of salsa of my own!

Maybe Joy’s Thrifty Green ThursdayUsing a Pantry to Save Time, Money, and the Planet” post has influenced me just a bit, because I found myself reading Happy to Be at Home‘s Freezer Cooking 101 tutorial with interest.  Very strange, considering my twin dislikes of bulk buying and thawed out food.  (I discussed this a bit in my Eco-friendly and Budget-friendly Alternatives to Takeout post.)

Please let me know what you think about any one of these issues by posting a comment!

Green Baby Guide’s Sunday Round-Up of Great Green Posts

Mindful Momma lists some Good Green Reads for the Preschool Set.   If you are looking for some picture books with environmental themes that will please your young children, check it out.

Nature Moms reviewed Wysi Wipes, “an alternative to pre-moistened towelettes, facial tissue or paper towels.”  They come in tiny tablets, and you just add water to moisten them.  They’re compostable and biodegradable, so they’re better for the environment than your standard throw-away tissues.

Eco Child’s Play found some Eco-friendly, Solar-powered Night Lights that both young and old kids will appreciate.

Not Quite Crunchy Parent offers tips for getting your kids to talk about their day.  The comments section adds even more ideas that I’m tucking away for the future, once Audrey outgrows her “chattering toddler” phase.

Soft Landing, our favorite place to find the latest in safe plastics, reviews a silicone baby bottle–an interesting alternative to traditional plastic or glass bottles.  They also have a helpful article to explain what silicone is.

Green Style Mom writes about her experiences with community gardening–something to look into next year for those of you who don’t have gardening space at home.

Don’t forget to check out our organic diaper cake giveaway here on the Green Baby Guide.  This is a $40.00 value an expecting green mom would love!

The Green Baby Guide’s Sunday Round-Up

Starting this Sunday, the Green Baby Guide will present a round-up of the noteworthy articles we’ve found on likeminded sites.  Enjoy!

This is from a few months ago, but attention-grabbing nonetheless.  The Pregnancy and Baby Blog wonders Should You Quit Breastfeeding Because of Toxins in Breast Milk?

Over at Inhabitots, you’ll find how to make co-sleeping easier with the Humanity Family Bed.  While one of the green advantages of co-sleeping is avoiding the extra purchase of a crib, this product does have multiple uses.  I love that the baby in the photo is wearing a cloth diaper!

(I hope Treehugging Family does not mind me stealing those last two from their excellent round-up of green posts, all written by either Jennifer or Peggy.)

Gray Matters wrote about Going Green in Preschool.  She was faced with the dilemma of having to bring in a snack in “commercial, unopened containers.”  I haven’t had to deal with this yet, and I know I’d  resent the cost and waste!

Memarie Lane has step-by-step instructions for sewing your own nursing pads and a tip to “expand your bradrobe.”  I especially love her idea to turn extra flannel receiving blankets into nursing pads.

The Frugal Mom Blog reveals an energy-saving no-boil method for cooking pasta that makes perfect pasta every time.   I cannot wait to try this tip for myself!

And last but not least, Mom Go Green has found a great eco-friendly card company for baby announcements.