Green Black Friday Deals: Go Paperless!

PaperlessKitchen.comAs part of the Natural Parents Network Gift Guide and Giveaway, I was able to work with Paperless Kitchen, a company dedicated to helping customers lower their environmental impact with reusable products, something I can truly get behind. You can still enter to win an 8 pack of their awesome Skoy Clothes, but I have other great news from them. They are making going green during Black Friday weekend even easier.

PaperlessKitchen Skoy Cloth Four PackThe company is offering 15% off non-sale products in their store this weekend, but just for Living Peacefully with Children readers,  by using code livingpeacefully you can save 20% on all non-sale items in the store! Plus, besides receiving free shipping on every order, any order placed in November will also receive a 4 pack of Paperless Kitchen Skoy Cloths! It is a great time to stock up on some reusable products for yourself or to give as gifts.

From 10 pm tonight through Cyber Monday, the following products are being offered at a 50% discount!  Just use code paperless50 to receive this super low price on the following items. Check them out:


PaperlessKitchen Skoy Cloth Four PackPaperless Kitchen Skoy Cloth 4 pack! 

These signature Skoy Clothes hold up to 15 times their own weight in liquid spills. One cloth is the equivalent of 15 rolls of paper towels, so if you are trying to kick the paper towel habit, this is a great way to start. They are machine washable and dsihwasher safe, so there is no excuse for not trying reusable cloths. When they have outlived their usefulness, simply toss them in your compost bin. They are 100% biodegradable and compostable!



2-Tier Recycled Cotton Carrier Bag - Forest Green2-Tier Recycled Cotton Carrier Bag – Forest Green

These fantastic cotton carrier bags which work with To-Go Ware are not only made from cotton, they are made from recycled cotton! To-Go Ware uses cotton that would otherwise sit in landfills, while providing good-paying jobs to artisans in developing nations. Their products are dyed using all natural pigments and are hand cut and sewn. It’s an attractve product you can feel good about.



Thinkbaby Blue Bento Box


Think Baby Bento Box

With a durable stainless steel lining and a polypropylene lid, this little Bento box can take a beating. It is perfect for packing up some finger foods for your little one or packing up a picnic lunch. Fodd on the ge never looked so great.  Measuring 14 centimeters by 3-1/2 centimeters by 10 centimeters in size, the Thinkbaby BPA Free Bento Box is large enough to hold up to 9 ounces of food, and even better, the tight fitting lid not only keeps foods fresh, you won’t have to worry about spills! Also available in orange.



Kids Konserve Butterfly Go Wild Waste- Free Lunch KitKids Konserve Butterfly Go Wild Waste-Free Lunch Kit

The Kids Konserve lunch kit has everything you need to pack a healthy, and environmentally friendly, lunch. Each kit contains:

• recycled cotton lunch bag with Velcro closure
• food kozy sandwich wrap (LDPE #4 plastic), doubles as a placemat
• 2 leak-proof stainless steel 8-oz. containers (lids are LDPE #4 plastic)
• 13-oz. 304 (18/8) stainless steel water bottle
• recycled cotton napkin
• recycled aluminum nametag

Lunch Sack is 7″ wide x 10.5″ tall x 5″ gusset. BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free and lead-free!

MyDrap Folded Cotton Napkins Bundle in GrayMydrap Folded Cloth Napkins Bundle

If your house is anything like mine (4 kids and another on the way), we go through a LOT of napkins. That could mean a lot of trees cut down, but reusable cloth napkins make me feel better about our impact on the environment while saving me from scrubbing the underside of the table quite as often, a veritable magnet for messy little hands! With Mydrap napkins, you can even feel a little chic while you use them. Each Mydrap napkin bundle comes with 20 –  8inch by 8 inch 100 percent cotton napkins. Available in ecru, black, gray, or lipstick red, you can mix it up for family gatherings or go with a single color. My favorite is the gray (hides dirt and looks ultra-cool).

And of course, there are all of the other great products sold by Paperless Kitchen, all at a discount to you at 20% off this weekend with code livingpeacefully. Just in case you were wondering, none of the above links are affiliate links. At a time filled with consumerism, false marketing, and mass packaging going into landfills, Paperless Kitchen and their products are something I feel good about recommending.

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Taking Responsibility for Our Food

Welcome to April edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama. This month’s topic is “Celebrating Our Earth – Green Living”. Please scroll down to the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants. Enjoy!



Photo by Gisela Francisco

For a long time, we have done our little parts to help the Earth. We reduce our consumption by not buying a lot of stuff. We reuse whatever we can or pass items to others who can use the items. We recycle as much of what is leftover that is possible. Right now those things tend to be rather trendy. More people are becoming aware of mass consumerisum (at least I hope). Everywhere you go, someone wants to hand you a reusable grocery bag (sorry, we have plenty of reusable bags).  Recycling bins are popping up in more and more businesses (a good thing). However, there is still a lack of connection for most people between doing these things and the Earth.

It became clear to us a couple of years ago that we needed to change that for our family. We were ordering a side of beef, mainly free ranged, antibiotic and growth hormone free, from a local farmer to stock our deep freezer. It felt like a very grown up thing to do at the time, buying a cow. We were discussing some things at lunch one day when something my then 7 1/2 year old son said gave me pause. He didn’t equate eating animals with killing those animals. I have to admit it shocked me a bit. I grew up on a farm. We raised and grew our own food. I have always been upfront with our children about where our food comes from. Yet, somehow, my son didn’t feel a connection from his actions of eating the food to that of an animal giving its life. Something needed to change.

Since that time, we have increased our efforts to make that connection to the Earth. We continue to look for ways to live our lives in a more sustainable manner. As we prepare to move, some ideas are on hold and we look for our food from local sources. However, we are making plans for our new place – ones which include chickens for our own eggs, a worm compost bin, a large garden, and if we have space, some other animals so that not only do we know exactly where our food is coming from, but so that we can take reponsibility for the food we eat.


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