5 Ways to Buy Green Holiday Gifts

gift 2There’s still time for some last-minute shopping for Christmas gifts, but don’t let the crowds make you opt for any old gifts at the big box stores. Celebrate the holidays this year with unique and eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list. This guide to 5 Ways to Buy Green Holiday Gifts offers straight-forward suggestions for thinking outside the box when choosing gifts for the home, school or office. These simple tips will help you find the best in reusable, non-toxic, organic, and sustainable products and will tweak your regular buying patterns into ones that will make an impact on family and friends, as well as Mother Earth. This holiday season, look for:

Tip # 1.  Natural products rather than ones made of chemicals:

For beauty and health products, you may want to head to the health food store rather than the perfumery or drug store. Synthethic-based compounds, which are derived from petroleum, make up the majority of our cosmetics and fragrances. Not only are these substances resource-intensive, but they have also been linked to cancer, hormone disruptions, allergic reactions and other harmful effects. Try natural perfumes made of essential oils or beauty products for both men and women that are made of organic ingredients. What is especially important is to look for products that are phthalate-, paraben- and sulfate-free.

Tip # 2.  Long lasting products instead of “single use” products:

A gift is nicer if it is quality-made and eco-friendly. Steering clear of disposable or one-time use items will help reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfills, and take a step closer to a greener culture. Reusable items such as mugs, drinking containers, lunch boxes, refillable markers, bags and other items made out of durable materials make for great gifts, as long as they are PVC-, BPA- and lead-free.

Tip # 3.  Foster a green thumb or love of the outdoors:

We simply spend too much time indoors. Encourage the great outdoors with gifts that celebrate nature and our stewardship of the earth. A stainless steel composter, a season’s pass to the local parks, outdoor gear and sports equipment are all great ideas for the outdoor enthusiast. Or, bring a bit of nature indoors with indoor plants (Boston ferns are beautiful, hearty, and help purify the air!). Accessories for the garden or patio, such as chimes, planters, a bird bath or outdoor candles and lanterns will also delight those who love the outdoors.

Tip # 4.  Services, or non-material gifts:

For those who would be appreciative of a non-material gift, giving a donation or service in lieu of a material gift is one of the best ways to reduce our impact during the gift-giving holidays. Consider giving the gift of an experience (the theatre, a local restaurant, a certificate for the farmer’s market or local artisan shop), or a donation to a favorite environmental or humanitarian charity. No gift wrap and ribbons necessary.

Tip 5.  Products made from more sustainable materials:

Bamboo is quickly becoming the sustainable material of choice when it comes to wooden items (think bowls, serving platters and serving utensils) and cotton items (think pjs, bathrobes, blankets and bedding). Organic cotton items avoid all the chemicals used in traditional cotton crops. Avoid PVC (the ‘poison plastic’) by looking for toys made of natural materials like wood, cotton and wool, with non-toxic dyes, paints and finishes. This will protect children, especially those who put toys in their mouths, and give them a few non-plastic toys under the tree.

This holiday season, show off your eco pride by giving gifts a little ‘outside the box’. Whether the presents you give this season are reuseable, sustainable, outdoorsy, or non-material, your choice of a uniquely eco-friendly gift will help us all go a bit greener for Christmas.

 

EcoSmart Products distributes non-toxic, refillable markers for the whiteboard, saving waste, money and toxins.

 

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Refillable Markers: An Important Step in Going Green in Schools and Offices

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Bright idea: Refillable markers for the whiteboard

During my university days, refillable coffee cups hit the campus in a big way. It was a product that made sense. Using a refillable mug for our daily java would reduce unnecessary waste and save valuable resources. It seems passe now to point out the benefits of reuseable mugs, but this generation is going green by rethinking a wide range of everyday office products and school supplies. Case in point: refillable markers are quickly replacing the regular plastic dry-erase markers for the whiteboard. In today’s green schools and offices, EcoSmart’s refillable markers are the environmentally-responsible choice for writing on whiteboards. If the pen is mightier than the sword, then this eco-friendly product is writing with a powerful message. Small products can make a significant impact.

One EcoSmart marker and its Refill Ink bottle will save dozens of plastic markers from hitting the landfills, where they would not biodegrade in the foreseeable or even distant future. The accumulation of markers saved in one school or company amounts to hundreds of disposable markers per year. One ESL school calculates that it saved 1,500 pounds of markers over two years (press release here). But the benefit of EcoSmart’s markers extends beyond its ability to be refilled over and over again. The marker itself is made out of recycled aluminum and can be recycled at the end of its exceptionally long life. Another feature not to be overlooked is that the ink in EcoSmart markers is non-toxic, free of solvents such as xylene and toluene that can cause nausea, dizziness, brain fog or trigger asthma.How to Refill

In a school or work environment where efforts are being made to reduce, reuse and recycle (are there any who would not stake this claim?), the products being used in that space matter. They complete a story, the story of the values and aspirations of the people of that place. And it seems clear: a recycled, refillable, non-toxic pen is definitely mightier than the sword.

 

.“We love finding ways to be more responsible with the companies and products we support and we were excited to find [EcoSmart Products].

-D. Harvey, business owner

“EcoSmart markers just keep on writing and writing and writing…”

-G. Spear, teacher

EcoSmart's markers are refillable, made of recycled aluminum and use non-toxic ink at a fraction of the cost compared to disposable markers.

EcoSmart’s markers are refillable, made of recycled aluminum and use non-toxic ink at a fraction of the cost compared to disposable markers. www.ecosmartworld.com

Back to School Shopping: Go Green with Refillable Markers!

Do you or your children’s teachers use a whiteboard in the classroom? This year, go green with your dry-erase markers and say goodbye to toxic, wasteful and expensive disposable markers! EcoSmart’s markers are a must for back to school shopping, especially if you are looking for a non-toxic marker that is refillable and saves money. For the same price as regular dry-erase markers, EcoSmart markers are made of recycled aluminum – markers that can be recycled when you are finished with them. And, with EcoSmart dry-erase markers, you have the option of purchasing Refill Inks to refill your markers at a fraction of the cost compared to purchasing new, disposable markers. If your school is going green, make EcoSmart’s markers part of your back-to-school shopping plans to eliminate harmful toxins from your classroom, reduce unnecessary waste from discarded plastic markers, and save money… at least 70% compared to single-use markers.

Back to SchoolIf you have lots to say on the whiteboard this year, try EcoSmart’s Kit and see whether you or the markers runs out first. Check out all of EcoSmart’s combinations of Refillable Markers, Refill Inks and Replacement Nibs!

EcoSmart Kit with 6 Assorted Markers and Refill Inks - the equivalent of about 200 markers!
EcoSmart Kit with 6 Assorted Markers and Refill Inks – the equivalent of about 200 markers!

Happy Back to School!

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Brainstorming and Brainswarming in the Workplace

drawing light bulbWith about 70% of U.S. employees working in open office spaces, the humble office cubicle, with its felt gray walls on metal feet, feels like a sign of a workplace out of touch with modern work culture. But Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts is speaking up about the torment of open office spaces designed to increase communication, creativity and the flow of ideas. Cain herself gets the irony of the self-professed introvert speaking up and taking a stand, but she felt she had to question the dominant mindset of American business culture, that extroverts have it all and work spaces must conduce to them. Experts in work productivity concur. Some forms of collaboration, such as brainstorming sessions on the whiteboard, are actually inhibiting innovation and universal participation. There are other ways to use the whiteboard.

It’s now all about ‘Brainswarming’. The conventional brainstorming session happens when participants gather in the conference room, and ideas are scrawled or sketched on the whiteboard without judgement. It feels like a storm of energy and ideas. But according to research, brainstorming does not show an increase in ideas or creativity over individuals working alone and then bringing their ideas together. Only, with brainstorming the 1/3 to 1/2 of the population that is introverted can’t quite bring their ideas to the storm.

brainstormDr Tony McCaffrey, who researches and develops innovation tools at Innovation Accelerator, Inc., coined the term brainswarming, setting the work place abuzz. In brainswarming, a problem or question would be posed on a common space, like on a whiteboard in the conference room. Participants would add their ideas, building off ones that are already written down, or tackling things from their own angle. This is an iterative process, unfolding over time as people – introverts and extroverts – have time to think, research, reflect, or talk to one another, and then add to the swarm. The art of thinking collaboratively just got a new chapter to its guidebook.

return-to-cubiclesAs for the cubicle, it deserves a comeback, and possibly a modern makeover. Experts suggest offering a mix of work spaces that can accommodate the diversity of functions in an office: time to focus, time to collaborate, and time to socialize.

Interested in Susan Cain’s 2014 TED talk, The Power of Introverts? Bill Gates named it one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Interested in brainswarming? Here is a video that says it all.

 

Brainswarming? Stock up on EcoSmart’s non-toxic, refillable dry-erase markers to keep your team going. Order now to let your creativity loose!

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Green Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Looking for a way to treat the fathers in your life with an eco-friendly and personal touch for Father’s Day? Rather than use the occasion to generate more waste, scroll through these great gift ideas to keep your Father’s Day unique, inexpensive and green. From the hand-made to the practical to the quirky, these green gift ideas have you covered for Father’s Day for all types of dads!

The Hand-Made Type.

Hand-made crafts and items are an easy winner for Father’s Day. They capture the moment and turn into those one-of-a-kind keepsakes that dads keep forever.

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Found on cometogetherkids.com

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The Literary Type.

Whether your special dad likes to read, teach, listen to books or record his thoughts, here are some original gifts for the man that enjoys the written word.

Recording by Mercer Mayer. Found on Readyteacher.com

Recording by Mercer Mayer. Found on Readyteacher.com

Non-toxic, refillable dry-erase markers and refill ink. Found on ecosmartworld.com

Non-toxic, refillable dry-erase markers and refill ink. Found on ecosmartworld.com

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Found on potterybarn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Outdoorsy Type.

For the dads that appreciate the great outdoors, here are some green diy gift ideas to enjoy the garden and the barbecue.

 

Stumps painted in glow in the dark paint. Found on doityourselfpin.com

Stumps painted in glow in the dark paint. Found on doityourselfpin.com

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Found on moonlightshadow.tumblr.com

Carbon neutral BBQ charcoal. Found on alternativeconsumer.ca

Carbon neutral BBQ charcoal. Found on alternativeconsumer.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chillin’ Type.

After all, you want to treat dad to some relaxation as a way of saying thanks for all you do.

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Found on creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com

Made of recycled pop bottles. Found on thedailygreen.com

Made of recycled pop bottles. Found on thedailygreen.com

DIY pallet swing! Found on sherylsalisburyphotography.com

DIY pallet swing! Found on sherylsalisburyphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Father Type.

This one’s for the new dads out there, loving their new stage of life as fathers.

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Found on coolmompicks.com

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Found on babyktan.com

Messenger/Diaper bag made of recycled PET. Found on theultimategreenstore.com

Messenger/Diaper bag made of recycled PET. Found on theultimategreenstore.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day to all dads, from all of us at EcoSmart Products!

20 Ways to Get Creative With Your (Non-Toxic) Dry-Erase Markers

So you’ve purchased EcoSmart’s dry-erase markers for a ‘serious’ purpose. Maybe you use them to teach your classes, brainstorm on the office whiteboards, or write on your family dry-erase calendar. Now it’s time to get a bit more creative and use your EcoSmart markers in ways that you haven’t yet imagined. Pinterest, Etsy and Flickr are teeming with ideas to take your dry-erase markers to the next level. Stroll through these inspiring ideas for new ways to use your markers. Go ahead, they’re refillable, after-all!

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Found on bhg.com

1. Make an impact with your message board.Even if you had nothing to write, this message board, made of an old window frame, packs some great home decor style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on ivillage.com

2. Keep the kids busy on a long car ride. The possibilities are endless, as the scenery keeps on changing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on themetapicture.com

3. Graffiti isn’t vandalism if it’s dry-erase markers on tile, is it? (This one’s for all the Harry Potter fans!) Just keep the marker out of the grout.. and toilet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on charcoalandcrayons.blogspot.com

5. Want to send a message to your guests? Go ahead and set the mood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on mommysavers.com

6. When you just didn’t mean to throw that shirt in the dryer… This tip is for everyone who needs to leave reminders for themselves so they will stop shrinking their delicates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on marriageconfessions on Flickr

7. Use an automotive oil drip pan for a homemade, ever-changing dry-erase car track. Hot glue magnets onto the bottom of your matchbox cars for hours of playing in the traffic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on badsentinel.com

8. Fridge drawings. There is an expert out there who makes these most amazing whiteboard marker drawings on his fridge and freezer. Let your imagination run wild!

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on brassyapple.com

9. Put a picture of clouds in a frame, or laminate them and let the children show you what images they see in the clouds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on crayola.com

10. Addition, subtraction, division and fractions just got a bit more fun with recycled cds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on craftgawker.com

11. Who says famous art can’t be practical too. Make your own Mondrian message board with white, red, yellow and blue colored papers in a frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on madiganmade.com

12. Food and beverage labels made from corner tiles. These ones are decorated with decals. Plain tiles would be quite pretty too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on throughtheeyesofthemrs.com

13. Leave some magic footprints from Leprechauns, Santa, Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy with these adorable dry-erase footprints!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on thedatingdivas.com

14. Whether you’re ‘Just Married’ or just want to send a special surprise note on your sweetheart’s car, it’s a nice touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on indulgy.com

15. A temporary kind of Photoshop. Just be sure to wipe any horns off before your next family reunion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on speechuniverse.blogspot.com

16. Second best use for a cookie sheet. Here it is being used to teach phonetics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on chezlarsson.com

17. And I quote… use your bubble quotes to capture your own wisdom or remind yourself of famous inspiring quotes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on mesmrswhitesclass.blogspot.com

18. Teachers are engaging students by letting them write on their desks with dry-erase markers. As long as the surface is non-porous or coated with a whiteboard paint, they will erase just fine. Wish I had this in school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on playathomemom3.blogspot.com

19. You can laminate virtually anything for endless fun: placemats, math cards, a weekly family menu planner, or your family’s faces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found on etsy.com

20. Don’t even get us started with creative uses for your EcoSmart Refill Ink! Here it can be used with homemade stamps. The possibilities are as endless as one’s imagination!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Need to order EcoSmart’s Markers or Refill Inks? Order now to let your creativity loose!

Asthma Awareness Month: Pulling the Trigger on Asthma in Schools

What if we were asked to nail down a list of what we are truly grateful for in our lives? Once we strip away the layers of things that we are really happy to have, we would eventually get to the layers of things that we absolutely need. It may seem like a cliche to say we are grateful for the air we breathe, yet for nearly 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma, ‘the air we breathe’ is something that they don’t take for granted, that they wouldn’t only remember to add towards the bottom of their list. Among children, asthma is the leading cause of school absences from a chronic illness, the third-ranking cause of hospitalization of children in the US. And it is on the rise. Asthma attacks can be brought on by several triggers, one of which is the chemical irritants in the products we use, lingering in the air we breathe. Some US school districts are taking a closer look at school supplies, and taking aim at asthma triggers.

In our EcoSmart blog, we shine a searchlight fairly regularly on the chemical irritants commonly found in schools: cleaning products, paints, adhesives, air fresheners, fragrance, art supplies and, of course, dry-erase markers. Daily we answer calls from teachers, school staff, and parents looking for a truly non-toxic alternative to smelly dry-erase markers that set off reactions like headaches, brain fog, dizziness… and asthma attacks. If any one school could take all the calls that we take and hear all the personal stories we hear, the decision to switch to a non-toxic dry-erase marker would be simple. No-brainer style of simple.

?????May is the National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month! Here are some fast facts and online resources to help bring greater awareness and education to your school about asthma and the need to take asthma triggers, such as chemical irritants, out of our schools.

Fast Facts About Asthma

Did you know?

  • Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children, the leading cause of school absences from a chronic illness.
  • Every day in the US 36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization for children, causing more hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.
  • Children with asthma spend nearly 8 million days per year restricted to bed.
  • Asthma and allergies strike 1 out of 5 people in the US.
  • The prevalence of asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups.
  • The annual cost of asthma is estimated to be nearly $18 billion.
  • There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.

Stats from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

 

This article has focused on the chemical irritants in school supplies that can trigger asthma. For other information about chemical irritants as a trigger to asthma, as well as an Asthma Action Plan template, visit the EPA’s pageOther common asthma triggers include second hand smoke, dust mites, common cold viruses, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets (and their dander), nitrogen dioxide, outdoor air pollution, wood smoke, running, and getting excited.

About EcoSmart’s Markers

EcoSmart Products distributes non-toxic dry-erase markers that are xylene and toluene-free. They are proven effective in alleviating people with chemical sensitivities from their symptoms to regular dry-erase markers, such as headaches, dizziness, brain fog, skin irritations and breathing difficulties. EcoSmart’s markers are also made of recycled aluminum and are refillable, saving money and waste associated with regular, disposable markers.

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Recycle

One of the best gifts we can give our children is a greener Earth. However, there’s only so much that parents can do –  when we’re gone, it will be up to the next generation to step up to the plate and protect the Earth.

In addition to leading by example – and by that, I mean taking those extra steps to reduce, reuse and recycle – it’s important to begin teaching your children at a younger age. After all, it’s a well-known fact that the earlier habits are picked up, the easier they will become a life-long routine.

Even toddlers can help out – chances are they’ll be pretty happy to lend a hand, especially if you make it into a fun game. Who says recycling has to be a bore or a chore?

Here are 7 ways you can encourage your kids to protect our natural resources and recycle. Get ready, set, recycle!

 

1. Set a Green Example

Let’s face it – it’s going to be a waste of time teaching your kids to participate in green behaviour if you aren’t exactly doing it yourself. Just recycling here and there, whenever the urge strikes, isn’t going to do anyone any good –  especially the Earth. By leading a green lifestyle – all the time – your children are more likely to follow suit. Kids look up to their parents and often emulate their actions –  the good and the bad. If you make a habit of sorting, recycling, reusing, composting, etc., they are going to pick up on it and then hopefully encourage their own children to do the same.

2. Look for Teachable Opportunities

When it comes to the three R’s – reducing, reusing and recycling – there are plenty of opportunities for parents to teach their children how and why they should participate. Simple lessons about where food comes from, showing them how to sort through garbage/recyclables and which items go where is a great starting point. There are also numerous children’s books that can help reinforce the message. Books are also a great tool to help peak their interest. Living Green Magazine lists the following 15 children’s books about recycling here.

 

3.  Include Recycling on Chore Chart

In addition to tidying their rooms, helping clean/clear the table and whatever other chores your children are assigned, consider adding recycling duties to the list. Option for age-appropriate tasks –  there are plenty to choose from. For example, have your preschool-age child assist with sorting recyclables, taking labels of cans – even picking up litter that lands in your yard or in your neighbourhood.  Older children could help by emptying food scraps in to the compost pile/bag, taking garbage and recycle bins to the curb and rinsing out cans, bottles and cartons.

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Matt Edgar, Flickr

 

4. Reward Their Actions

While your youngster may not be able to understand the impact of their actions in helping to create a sustainable future, most are a huge fan of instant gratification in the form of a reward. Something as simple as a sticker on their chore chart for a job well done or a little treat at the end of the week – even accolades for a job well done is likely to keep them motivated and on the path towards greener pastures – quite literally!

 

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Scott Clark, Flickr

 

5. Plant the Seeds for a Greener Future

One of the best – and probably the most fun – ways to teach your child about going green is gardening. And really, what better way to ‘grow’ family memories and teach them about sustainability than in a garden? In addition to teaching them about where fresh food comes from, it’s a great way to teach respect and an appreciation for Mother Nature. Gardening can also foster communication, build strong relationships and offer an opportunity to work towards a common goal, according to Kids Gardening –  a website that offers plenty of resources and tips for parents, including monthly activities and a ‘Parents’ Primer’ designed to help you get started.

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Wikilogia, Flickr

 

6. Get Crafty With Recyclables

There’s no doubt about it that parenting is expensive. Fortunately, one doesn’t have to spend much at all when it comes to arts and crafts projects that the whole family can enjoy. Chances are you’ll find inspiration within recycle bins and throwaway boxes. Objects like discarded toilet paper rolls, empty milk cartons, paper plates and anything borrowed from Mother Nature, such as rocks, pinecones, acorns, leaves, etc. can be used to great something amazing. For some inspiring crafty ideas to get your family to reduce, reuse and recycle, check out this list of 674 ideas from Fave Crafts.

7. Have Fun!

Kids love playing games, so why not incorporate some friendly competition into their recycling duties? Play a game of recycle relay by having each member of the family race to sort and recycle their pile of garbage the fastest. Of course, you’ll have to make sure they know how to separate the piles and clean plastics beforehand. Whoever is the fastest wins the title of ‘Recycle Superstar.’

And there you have it – 7 simple ways to help your child prepare for a brighter and ‘greener’ future. Just remember – reducing, recycling and reusing don’t have to be a chore. Have fun making it a family affair.

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Miles Timmis is the Principal of Disposal King Ltd. Since Disposal King’s inception in 2006, Miles has been dedicated to making the waste management process for any project an easy, safe and positive experience. You can connect with him on Google+.

Mother’s Day 2014 Gift and Activity Ideas

Mother's Day Cards on Etsy (LilyandVal)

Mother’s Day Cards on Etsy (LilyandVal)

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and so we’ve put together a list of last-minute activities and gifts for the special moms in your life! Go green this Mother’s Day with organic and non-toxic products, and create some new memories with activities that are creative, outdoorsy, humanitarian or sentimental. However you like to celebrate, here are some gift and activity ideas to make it a special Mother’s Day.

1. Go Geocashing

I-heart-geocachingGeocashing is a real outdoors treasure hunt that is lieing in wait in most cities and towns across North America. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location! Take a look at the official geocashing site to see if there is a hunt near you. This fun outdoor activity requires a sense of adventure, a GPS and great company.

2. Window Doodling

I love you becauseGet out your non-toxic (and refillable!) EcoSmart dry-erase markers and get window doodling. Decorate mom’s windows, mirrors and even picture frames to surround her with hearts or messages on Mother’s Day. Here’s a great craft idea of a simple message board that will change as you want to express your feelings for mom. Don’t worry, the dry-erase markers will erase off of glass no problem. Think of it as a way of cleaning the windows and mirrors of your home!

3. Pay it Forward

planJust about every mom wants to see her children pay their love forward by giving to others. This Mother’s Day, consider scrolling through some charity websites together and deciding on where you could make a donation in her name. Plan offers a wide selection of Gifts of Hope which range from mosquito nets ($10) to chicks ($17) to water for a family ($75). Toonies for Tummies is a grocery foundation that collects change (or online donations) to feed hungry children within your city. There’s also so many local organizations like the women’s shelter that welcome donations of many kinds.

4. Get the gift of organic make-up

Dr Hauschka mascaraMy mom always warns that wearing regular mascara is like putting shoe polish on your lashes. She has switched to Dr Hauschka products, more expensive for sure, but ultimately safer, longer-lasting, and a great gift for us to get her on special occasions! The problem with most regular make-up at the drugstore is that it is made from cancer-causing petroleum derivatives, or has hormone-disrupting parabens and irritating fragrances. For some beautiful, pampering products for Mother’s Day, check out this super blog post from Katherine Martinko, for Treehugger.com, with her top 10 picks of natural, green make-up products.

5. Pictures say all there is to say

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Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

The EcoSmart Team

 

 

Power Sale for Earth Week 2014

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We are celebrating Earth Day this week with a 4-day power sale. For Earth Day 2014 everything at EcoSmart Products is on sale for 20% off! If you already use EcoSmart’s dry-erase markers, you know about the incredible cost savings by using refillable markers. Our customers estimate that they save approximately 70% off their marker budget. Now our Earth Day sale, which runs until Friday April 25 2014, will add to your savings. Go green with your markers this Earth Day (or black, blue, purple, red or orange).
Don’t miss your chance to stock up on EcoSmart’s

Use Promo Code: EarthDay2014 when you order online at www.ecosmartworld.com

or by calling our office toll-free at 1 866 328-7736.

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