Posts Tagged ‘Go Green’

Have a Green Pregnancy.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Here are a few tips from Healthy Child Healthy World on how to have a "green pregnancy".

 

These eight simple steps will help you reduce your exposure to synthetic pesticides and guard against certain cancers and high dioxin intake. Increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fiber may help eliminate toxins.

  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Buy locally produced food.
  • Buy produce in season.
  • Buy organically produced food.
  • Eat fresh, whole foods with adequate starch and fiber.
  • Eat fewer and smaller portions of animal products.
  • Choose minimally processed and packaged foods.
  • Prepare your own meals at home.

Eat foods high in folic acid before conceiving and while pregnant.
Sources include dried beans and peas, citrus fruit, spinach, and broccoli. Adequate folic acid early in a baby’s development helps prevent neurological defects, such as spina bifida.

Cut down your intake of animal fats to reduce dioxin, PCB, and mercury exposure.
Trim fat and skin from meats well. Limit consumption of fatty and predatory fish, such as tuna and salmon, to once a month at most; alternatives include flounder and sole. Broil fish and meat, so that fat drips away from the food. Choose skim dairy products.

Choose lead-free calcium supplements.
Some calcium supplements, particularly those made from ground oyster shells, bone meal or dolomite, may raise your lead intake. Eat foods high in calcium, such as beans, tofu, and dark greens, instead.

Drink pure water.
Test drinking water for lead, chlorine byproducts (trihalomethanes), and pesticides. If there are contaminants, install an appropriate water filter.

Test old paint for lead while planning your pregnancy.
Lead is stored in the bones and can be passed to a developing baby through the placenta. Removal of lead paint must only be done by a professional and pregnant women should stay away from the area until it is thoroughly cleaned. See Detecting and Removing Lead Paint for more information and resources.

Don’t use hair dyes until after you’ve had your baby.
Hair dyes can contain lead acetate and hormone disrupting alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). Lead persists in the body and can cross the placenta to harm developing babies. Hormone disruptors may affect the reproductive system.

Avoid dry cleaners that use perc.
Perc is a toxic solvent that can accumulate in fatty tissue and breast milk.

Find out what chemicals are in your local air, water, and soil.
Start in your backyard, by finding out what’s in the soil.

For more information on how to create an eco-conscious lifestyle for you and your baby, please visit Healthy Child Healthy World.

Also check out Raising Baby Green- a book with easy to follow tips.

 

Reduce Your Wasteline… Use a Bumble Snack Bag.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Everyday landfills are getting more and more filled up with waste like plastic containers and plastic bags. You can help reduce your wasteline by using a lunch bag for your child’s lunch or for your work lunch everyday.

 

Check out our Haley and Hannah Snack Bag. The Snack Bags are insulated and keep food warm or cold up to 5 hours! They are perfect to tote bottles, food jars and even your lunch to work. They are available in two sizes and five prints. Check them out here.

 

Help reduce landfill waste by using a Bumble product… A lasting alternative.

It’s a Bumble World in a Green Environment.

Friday, March 28th, 2008

We want our customers to feel good about the products they carry and also to know that we create products that are helping our environment in hopes of creating a brighter tomorrow for our children’s children.

 

 

To begin, all our products are created using all natural fabrics. We use our own specially designed weaving process to allow our products to be water/stain resistant without the use of any harsh chemicals or synthetic preservatives.

The Bumble Collection does what it can to not only create environmentally responsible products, but we also strive to keep a "green" office.

Here are a few ways that you too can begin to go "green" in your home or office. Remember: Just a little can go a long way.

 

-Make it a policy to buy Energy Star-rated light bulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting.

-Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year. Make it a habit to turn off your computer and the power strip it’s plugged into when you leave for the day.

-The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Make it a habit to print on both sides or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts.

-Make it a habit to bring your own mug and dishware for those meals you eat at the office.

-Make it a policy to invest in videoconferencing and other technological solutions that can reduce the amount of employee travel.

-Make it a habit to use nontoxic cleaning products. Brighten up your cubicle with plants, which absorb indoor pollution.

For more tips on going green in your office, please visit The Sierra Club. Also sign up for their newsletter "The Green Life" and get a green tip every day.