Don’t know about you, but I often find myself utterly overwhelmed when it comes to the entire world of green products — namely, which stuff works the best, which products are worth the cash, and– frankly — what all is even out there. (Like, should I be trying to find plastic-free sippy cups? Is that a thing?) So we asked Paige Wolf — local PR guru, mom of two, and known eco-expert — to share some of her favorite buys with us. (Hey! you might ALSO know Paige as the author of the super down-to-earth and useful Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt. Like we said … she’s an expert!)
Anyway. She did exactly that — and also gave us the inside scoop on the benefits of each of her faves. (Thanks, Paige!) Consider this your cheat sheet of some of the smartest, healthiest and most virtuous mama must-haves.
CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Spray
Kids are germy — and kinda gross. But traditional anti-bacterial soaps like Purell contain questionable chemicals and fragrance, and . CleanWell botanical disinfectants kill 99.9% of germs yet contain no harsh chemicals. They make great little spray bottles for on the go – but remember, plain soap and water is really best!
Seventh Generation Cleaning Wipes
I’ve recently hopped on the essential oil train and have been making a lot of my own household cleaning supplies. But in a pinch Seventh Generation Cleaning Wipes have all the power of Clorox or Lysol but without . (P.s. When asked for hand and surface sanitizers on the kindergarten school supply list, I plan to offer to purchase a case of these substitutes for the whole class.)
Earth’s Best Baby Wipes
Some moms make and reuse their own baby wipes. I totally commend their efforts, but know that’s not for everyone (or me). Earths Best are the best wipes I’ve found, both chlorine- and fragrance free.
Garden Goddess Sunscreen Spray
Most natural sunscreens leave a thick white film and are almost impossible to wrangle onto a squirming toddler. Garden Goddess Sunscreen comes in a spray, works great, and is light and easy enough to get full coverage with no streaks.
Plastic bags be gone! These lightweight aluminum bento boxes come in all sizes and retain quality through many, many dishwasher cycles. (Editor’s note: Hey, Wee has loved on these, too! It’s universal!)
Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
Earth Mama Angel Baby has been making some of the safest baby products around for years. The brand’s commitment to nontoxic ingredients makes it one of the only one I trust for bath time. The whipped consistency brings endless joy to children who like to pretend its “whipped cream” and less fear to parents of kids who love to drink their bathwater.
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Goldfish have been the unofficial universal snack of children for decades, GMOs, artificial flavors, and all. But when the brilliant folks at Annie’s Organic came out with Cheddar Bunnies, suddenly there was an affordable and easy-to-find healthier substitute that parents and children equally adored.
Honey Butter Bee Stick
After so much washing, drying and hand-sanitizing, mom’s hands are chapped – especially in the grueling winter. Don’t forget that what you apply to your skin is directly absorbed into your body! For easy, clean moisture on-the-go, try the made with shea butter, goat milk, honey, and beeswax.
Plastic, Glass, or Metal? Three Bottle Options
Just when you thought BPA-free made plastics safe, we learn that the (I know). Fortunately there are loads of aluminum, stainless steel, and silicone-coated-glass bottles and sippy cups on the market. However, if your child is like mine and will only drink from plastic (why?) your best bet is to go with a plastic labeled #5. We like the . But if you can get your kids to go with the plastic-free milk flow, try a sippy from or .
Lighten Your Laundry Impact
Eco Nuts are certified organic berries that naturally make soap and can be reused for up to 10 washes – really! Plus, if you purchase a large box of Eco Nuts, it saves 11.25 plastic detergent bottles. When you hit the dryer, remember that conventional dryer sheets contain artificial fragrance, animal tallow, and other potentially toxic ingredients. Instead, try – made in Philly, these felted wool dryer balls reduce static and wrinkles and cut down on dryer time!
About our author: Paige Wolf is a publicist, author, and green living expert who uses her media savvy and personal moxie to promote manageable eco-chic living. She’s also the owner of Paige Wolf Media and Public Relations, a B Corporation certified eco-friendly PR firm focused on sustainable clientele, and the author of Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt. She lives in here in Philly with her husband, two children, and American Hairless Terrier.