Posts Tagged ‘ecological benefits’

Product Review: Wean Green 5.1 oz. Wean Tubs | Pack of 2

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Packing up snacks for outings is pretty much a daily task for most mamas. It’s often far cheaper and healthier to bring your own food with you wherever you go…especially with little ones who like to munch all.day.long! It is quite common for toddlers to be “grazers”; rather than eat a large portion/meal in one sitting they like to nibble here and there throughout the day. Mamas usually learn rather quickly that packing lots of snacks makes outings go much smoother.

The concept of “zero waste” snack packs/lunch sacks is becomingly increasingly popular. Zero waste means nothing is thrown away, no packaging of any kind! In addition to the ecological benefits, there is a secondary benefit. If you are packing zero waste lunches/snacks for your children, there is an increased likelihood you are providing them with nutrient dense whole foods. Hooray for healthy and environmentally friendly concepts! I definitely strive for zero waste snacks/lunches as much as possible. I have learned that in order to be successful in doing so, it takes a small up front investment in re-usable containers.

I recently got a 2 pack of Wean Green 5.1 oz. Wean Tubs. These containers are made from tempered glass making them extra durable. In fact check out this youtube video demonstrating just how incredibly strong Wean Green products are! After several uses here’s my take on this product:

What I love about Wean Green Wean Tubs:

  • They really are as durable as they claim to be! Recently while picnicking with a friend, I excitedly showed her my new Wean Green Wean Tubs. She was skeptical about using glass with kids. I assured her they were practically indestructible even if you intentionally tried to break them. “Prove it” she says. So I chucked one of the containers right onto the concrete ground. After recovering from hysterical laughter on both our parts (“I cannot believe you just did that!” she said and I have to agree it was a bit impulsive of me) she was convinced that they were indeed a quality product made to last.
  • They seem to hold the perfect portion and are leak proof! This gets HUGE bonus points for me because I like to pack salads with the dressing on the side so the veggies don’t get soggy. But finding true leak proof containers is tricky…and the only way to really know if they are leak proof is to test them out. Spilled salad dressing is a pain in the rear to clean up, so I am quite thrilled when a container passes the leak test for me!
  • They are super easy to wash out. Even messy oils, sticky nut butters, and goopy dips wash up squeaky clean in no time at all. And because they are made of glass, I never have to worry about chemicals leaching or staining from pasta sauces, turmeric, berries, or the like.
  • Same sized containers stack nicely making them easy to store. I don’t know about you but my collection of plastic containers and lids (which I am slowly diminishing over time as I can replace with more eco-friendly options) is always a disaster. I am constantly digging through a mountain of plastic trying to find matching lids and containers. The Wean Green lids snap right onto the container and stack neatly so they are always ready to grab and stuff!
Healhy hummus and almond butter all ready to go on a picnic!

Stuff I am not crazy about:

  • I have three boys with BIG appetites to pack for so you can imagine how heavy it would be to exclusively use glass containers to pack for an all day outing. The Wean Green containers, although small, are made of rather thick glass so they are actually quite heavy. It seems my two 5.1 oz containers have become the designated hummus and almond butter carriers for us. Then I use our Planet Wise Reusable Snack Bags to pack apple slices, baby carrots, celery sticks, red pepper slices, etc for dipping. This combination of eco-friendly containers is the perfect mix and keeps my snack bag at a manageable weight to haul around.
  • The tops snap on/off and while I appreciate the tight, leak-proof fit they are a bit challenging for my 3 year old to open and close himself. No a huge deal, but does require a little extra supervision/support on my part. Also something to bare in mind if you were planning on sending them to school in a young child/preschooler’s lunch.

All in all, the Wean Green Wean Tubs are an awesome eco-friendly, budget friendly (they will save you money over time of purchasing plastic disposable baggies and will definitely outlast cheap plastic containers), and health friendly product! I can’t wait to add more to collection.

-Sarah

Improving the “not so glamorous” side of cloth diapering

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

As much as I love a fluffy baby bum, there are a few less than glamorous parts to cloth diapering. Okay really there is just one; toddler poop. (I am willing to bet you just nodded in agreement 🙂 ). There are a few ways to help make this aspect of cloth diapering a bit more ‘pleasant’.

Diaper Sprayer –  A diaper sprayer allows you to easily rinse the messiest of diapers right into the toilet! Diaper sprayers attach directly to your toilet for easy and convenient access. They are a super effective way to rinse poopy diapers before washing. If you haven’t tried one, you need to! It’s definitely one of those cloth diapering accessories that can really improve your experience with using cloth.

Flushable Liners – Flushable liners make washing cloth diapers a breeze! You simply place the liner on the cloth diaper so it touches baby’s skin. The liner will allow urine through but will prevent solids from getting onto the diaper, omitting the need to dunk or spray poopy diapers. The liner, along with the mess, is simply flushed away!

High Quality WetbagWhen you are out and about and baby poops, carrying that poopy diaper home to be washed is much more pleasant task if you have a high quality wetbag. The purpose of a wetbag is to contain odors, germs, and moisture. You want to be sure your wetbag does not wick or leak and that it is size-able enough to hold multiple diapers on long outings.

Elimination Communication – Elimination Communication can omit almost entirely the need to ever deal with rinsing toddler poop from a cloth diaper. It is hands-down my best defense against dealing with messy diapers!

Delayed Solids –  Okay, in all fairness avoiding toddler poop is probably not a valid reason to delay solids…rather it’s one of the benefits of delaying solids, among many other.

Hybrid Diapers  Hybrid cloth diapering systems combine the ecological benefits of cloth with the convenience of disposables. Hybrid systems utilize a disposable insert that can be flushed, composted (not to be used in veggie garden compost), or thrown away.

Often times when people are considering switching to cloth diapers, they are concerned about dealing with the poop. While truth be told dunking dirty dipes is not my favorite activity however it IS well worth the ecological and economical benefits to me!

Do you have any special tips or product suggestions for dealing with messy diapers? Would love to hear from you! 🙂

-Sarah

Cloth Wipes

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I recently re-acquainted myself with an old friend…my cloth wipes! Years ago when I first started using cloth diapers, I used cloth wipes 100% of the time at home and disposable wipes when out and about. Slowly over time mostly due to a poorly organized diapering system, I started using disposable wipes more and more to the point that I was eventually no longer using cloth wipes at all! Then I re-organized my diapering area making it super easy to start using cloth wipes again. Right around the same time my three year old son found our missing box of Baby Bits Wipes Solution (which he hoped was candy and tried to eat…ew!) which was perfect timing! Right now I am feeling the love for my cloth wipes and wanted to spread it around. 😉

One big advantage to cloth wipes is that they are far more effective than disposables. A mess that takes 11 disposable wipes and 2 minutes of active wiping can seriously be done with one or two cloth wipes in half the time. Okay I haven’t actually done the math to calculate that, but you get the idea. Cloth wipes are simply better at getting baby’s bum clean! I also really enjoy the economical and ecological benefits of cloth wipes. Saving money while preserving the earth’s resources always make me happy. 🙂

If you are not sure how to incorporate cloth wipes into your cloth diapering routine there are two basic methods. You could opt to use either a wet or dry system. If you were to use the dry system you would simply store your clean, dry cloth wipes near your diapering station and wet them as needed. You would wet them with a prepared wipe solution and store it in a peri or spray bottle. The other option is the wet system where you prepare your wipes solution and soak your wipes ahead of time so they are ready for use at each diaper change. You could store wet wipes in a wipes warmer, recycled disposable wipes container, or even a large ziplock bag. Basically any type of container that will hold in the moisture will work to store your wet cloth wipes. Currently I use the dry system where I wet the wipes as I go. I have my pre-made wipes solution in a small spray bottle and usually spray baby’s bum directly and wipe accordingly. I definitely prefer this over using disposable wipes as the Baby Bits Wipes Solution has a pleasant, yet mild smell to it. I also feel that it’s more gentle to baby’s skin simply because I am wiping less.

Cloth wipes are easy to clean as well. I throw dirty ones right into my wetbag along with my dirty diapers and wash them all together. It doesn’t really add any extra laundry or work to use cloth wipes, but the advantages are big! I am very glad to be back to using my again.

Do you use cloth wipes? What method do you use? Do you use a cloth solution? Would love to hear your tips on making cloth wipes work for you!

-Sarah

PS. Tomorrow’s Tasty Tuesday recipe is for Garlicky Kale….yum!

 

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Imse Vimse Flushable Liners

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Do you love cloth diapering, but are not crazy about dealing with the “messy” diapers? If so, you could try using Imse Vimse Flushable Liners. They are a great accessory to use in conjunction with your cloth diapers. They make washing cloth diapers a breeze by omitting the need to dunk or spray poopy diapers. These liners are made of an all natural, unbleached paper product that is completely biodegradable. You simply place the liner on the cloth diaper so it touches baby’s skin. The liner will allow urine through but will prevent solids from getting onto the diaper. The liner, along with the mess, is flushed away! Using flushable liners is often a nice compromise for those who are on the fence about cloth diapering. Even with using flushable liners, you still get to enjoy both the economical benefits and ecological benefits of cloth diapering. The Imse Vimse liners come in two sizes: baby and toddler. The baby size measures 7.6 in. X 10.9 in and comes in a roll of 200 liners. The toddler size measures 7.7 in. X 15.5 in. and comes in a roll of 100 liners. If you are interested in trying out the ImseVimse Flushable Liners, enter this week’s giveaway for your chance to win a FREE Baby roll!
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