Green Scene: Notes, Totes and Treatments for Tots

365 Days a Year
Charlotte author Jodi Helmer wrote “The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference” (Alpha Books, 2008) as a simple daily approach to a greener world. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, each page highlights a daily green idea with a place to write notes about alternative thoughts and inspirations to minimize your carbon footprint. “The Green Year” is more than a calendar – it offers practical, affordable and engaging activities that help make going green a blessing rather than a burden. Available at www.amazon.com for $14.95.

Eco Power
Award-winning Fuji EnviroMAX is one of the first eco-respectful, high-performance batteries on the market. With all the toys that require batteries, and the potential damage they do when discarded, these cadmium-, mercury- and PVC-free batteries are a good idea. The 2009 iParenting Media judges chose the batteries for an award as the “innovative product (gear and accessory category) that will have a positive, long-term impact on the environment.” Prices for batteries start at $6. www.greenfuji.com.

Shop Green in Style
Neela shopping bags were created by Charlotte-based “mompreneurs” Renee Fischer and Carla Manna. These savvy ladies came up with an alternative to those not-so-trendy grocery store styles. The Fold-up Market Tote, designed to collapse into the size of a small wallet, epitomizes convenience and style. Toss it into your briefcase, handbag or diaper bag so you always have a spare tote. When unfolded, it’s the same size as a standard market bag. Available in cool colors and prints at Paper Twist at Specialty Shops on the Park, 6401 Morrison Blvd. Call 704-355-3130, or visit www.shoppapertwist.com.

For You, Your Baby and Our Planet
Charlotte’s newest diaper service, Healthy Bottoms, is doing its part for the planet. The company uses high-efficiency washers and dryers to conserve energy and water, and avoid any harmful chemicals. To further reinforce a commitment to the environment, everything is reusable, recycled or biodegradable from business cards to diaper delivery bags. Consider the cloth alternative. Or if you have a baby on the way, pre-schedule your first diaper delivery weeks before your due date at www.healthybottoms.com.

Organic Angel Baby Care
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your own angel baby, or a very special baby shower gift, Earth Mama Angel Baby offers pure, gentle organic baby products naturally. Free from 1,4-Dioxane, formaldehyde, phthalates, or any other toxic ingredients, the bottom balm is a top-seller. Try something wonderful made with love and Mother’s Nature’s gifts from the earth. $9.95 at www.earthmamaangelbaby.com or Healthy Bottoms Diaper Service.

Eve White is editor of Charlotte Parent magazine.