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organic fun dough – hip & healthy play dough


Who doesn’t like playing with dough?  I met preschool teacher Brittany Shapiro, the owner of Miss Brittany’s Organic Fun Dough at last weekend’s Baby Show NYC, and I love this hip green product, and the way it’s packaged.

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Should your toddler shove a chunk of this dough into their little mouth, you don’t have to scramble across a toy filled room to try and apply the Heimlich Maneuver to save the day. The dough is nontoxic, chemical free and made from high quality organic ingredients…but don’t treat it as cookie dough — there’d be no more Fun.

Miss Brittany also offers a play apron, wooden rolling pin and block shapes, which are included in the kit.  Apron and various colors of dough are also sold separately. All are made in the USA, and packaged in recyclable materials.  visit organicfundough.com for more details.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SodaStream Great Green Giveaway


UPDATE:  We have notified our winner – Susan D and we await her reply.

We’re happy to announce that SodaStream is generously sponsoring this Great Green Giveaway — offering one lucky reader a Fountain Jet Starter Kit.

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Love sparkling drinks, but tired of the time, expense and eco guilt involved in buying seltzer and soda that’s packaged in plastic, aluminum and glass?  Not crazy about all the sugar and chemicals in those pre-packaged drinks?  Check out SodaStream, and start making your own. SodaStream is the world’s largest  manufacturer, distributor and marketer of Home Carbonation Systems, operating in over 30 countries globally, with over 8 million soda makers sold to-date, worldwide.

To enter, simply:

  • visit SodaStream
  • Then leave a comment on this post, answering the following:  How many plastic, glass and aluminum containers do you think you would conserve, (per month), by using a Fountain Jet?
  • Add the following address to your email address book: m at AlternativeConsumer.com.

One lucky winner will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email. Contest ends Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:59p (EST). Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or offer is null and void. Winner’s name will also be included on this post. Giveaway includes free shipping, anywhere in the USA.

*One entry per person.
*EXTRA CREDIT If you have your own blog, you can post about the giveaway with a link back to this giveaway post. To make sure we know, you can come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog post. If you Twitter, you can tweet about the giveaway (once per day), and be sure to refer to @altCon, and leave a comment linking to the status. You can also receive additional entries 3 more ways: subscribe to our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter or friend us on FaceBook. (If you’re already a subscriber, just enter a comment to let us know.) Time’s ticking, so start clicking – good luck!

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UPS offers carbon neutral shipping


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UPS is now the first small package shipping company to offer U.S. customers the option of carbon neutral shipping.  For a small fee you can reduce the carbon footprint of your next shipment within the USA.

The per-package price for the optional service is $0.05 for UPS Ground services and $0.20 for UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air and UPS 3-Day Select services.  Based on customer (more…)

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Stateline Farm Beginnings – A Miraculous Start to Our Farming Dream


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At the end of July, my husband and I applied to a program called Stateline Farm Beginnings.  This is a program that educates beginner farmers about sustainable organic farming, and much more.  We were required to make a $100 deposit and applied just as the early bird cut off was ending and therefore received an additional $150 off.  When we applied there were only 6-7 applicants.  This class is limited to 15 couples/individuals, in an effort to keep the class relatively small.

iStock_000005830377XSmall_1.jpgWe received a call the last full week of September from the Program Director saying that we had been accepted.  There had been a total of 29 applicants!  We were pretty amazed to learn we had been one of the chosen few; considering the program director said there were many strong applicants this year.

In addition to applying to the program, we also applied to the scholarship they offered. In researching, we learned (more…)

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the biocycle – a fresh take on bike design


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The design team at Biocycle has created a futuristic bike that’s designed to be easier to pedal and more comfortable to ride.  The design features smaller wheels, higher pedals, and a high-back seat that keeps your body in a more natural position than conventional bike designs.

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The design is intended to make your next bike ride a more kicked-back, relaxed and comfortable experience.  Biocycle, which is located in Italy, is currently searching for partners and distributors. (for pricing info, simply contact them directly, link just above.)  click here for more post’s on bike stuff

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