Rebecca

Where I Live:
Pittsburgh, PA
My Green Pet Peeve:
All those batteries and plastic in baby toys...
My Website:
www.principledpen.com

Did you know?

Toys made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) threaten the health of children and the environment by releasing carcinogenic dioxins.
More at GreenYour Toys

Rebecca's Comments

Thanks for your comment, Robert—and thanks for keeping us on our toes! After reading your comment and doing some additional research, we have made a few tweaks to our article. We appreciate your keen eye and thank you again for helping us ensure that GreenYour offers the most up-to-date and accurate information.

om, I found a few indoor air quality test kits online: some are for homes, some for offices, some you send to a lab, some you evaluate yourself. Check out http://www.greennest.com/index.php?cPath=70, http://www.pureaircontrols.com/ieqform.html, and http://www.wolfsense.com/ to get started. There are also companies, like http://www.rx4cleanairllc.com/mainpage.html, that you can hire to monitor the air for you. I've not tried any of these yet. Any users have any first hand recommendations?

Hi Sam. I did some looking around and found a few resources that may be able to help you get a restaurant recycling program established in Hong Kong. Check out the Business Environment Council at http://www.bec.org.hk/eng/green_hotels.aspx. They have developed a Green Restaurants website (http://www.greenrestaurant-hk.org/) with info on Hong Kong restaurants that may also be able to help you. You could also contact the Environmental Protection Department at http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/, or the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades. Also, the The Omni Marco Polo Hotel in Hong Kong seems to have made some "green" upgrades in the past, so someone there may be able to tell you how they did it. Good luck and please keep us posted on your efforts!

I have ECOBags produce and shopping bags and love them. But another simple and free way to avoid produce packaging is not to use a bag at all. I often just take 6 apples or a head of lettuce, etc. to the check out unbagged and as is. Works just as well for me...

My husband and I made homemade sparkling mead (honey wine) to serve at our wedding instead of imported champagne and bottled some to give as guest favors. It was a fun thing to do together and our guests loved it!

Another green transportation-related idea for weddings and events: We hired a shuttle to take our guests from the hotel to the ceremony to the reception and back again. Fewer cars on the road for the environment, and a responsible way to protect your guest's safety if you're serving alcohol.

Another green transportation-related idea: We hired a shuttle to take our guests from the hotel to the ceremony to the reception and back again. Fewer cars on the road for the environment, and a responsible way to protect your guest's safety if you're serving alcohol.

We ordered the paper to print our own wedding invitations from this site and were very pleased. 100 percent recycled paper for a great price, good service and timely delivery. Highly recommended!

Check out this site for a list of Cloth Diaper Services nationwide. http://www.diapernet.org/locate.htm I live in an area without a cloth diaper service currently, but was able to find a local woman who independently sells cloth diapers and will help you learn how to use them. Lots of great resources out there!

For those users who live near Giant Eagle grocery stores, the Nature's Basket store brand line is amazing: Organic baby food for just 59 cents a jar!

I knew I wanted to make my own baby food, but was a little overwhelmed with making sure my baby was getting the right foods at the right times. I found a great book that gave me the confidence I needed to get started. Check out Le Leche League's Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers.

With so much about BPA in the news, BPA-free baby bottles are becoming available almost everywhere you shop for baby supplies. I bought my baby's Born Free bottles at Babies 'R Us and we love them. Just one tip: The kits come with #1 nipples for newborns; make sure to buy the appropriate nipple for your baby's age. We made the switch to the "pre-sippy cup" style nipples at 6 months.

Thanks for your comment, little-tomato.com. Great minds think alike—I'm working on a page about Gdiapers and biodegradable diaper options now. Check back later this week to see the new page. And tell your friends they can find out more about Gdiapers and other eco-friendly diapering ideas at GreenYour.com.