Welcome to Maman on the Trail’s Go Green Guide 2017!
April is Earth Month – a time to take stock of all of the eco-friendly things we are doing in our lives, and all of the ways that we can do more to protect our beautiful planet. More specifically, April 22nd is Earth Day – a day to celebrate green spaces, green projects, green people and green actions. There’s a great hashtag I’ve seen popping up that suggests “Every day is Earth Day” and I couldn’t agree more! I do, however, like a good calendar reminder to reflect and set some goals for the next year. I’m a sucker for New Year’s Resolutions and Earth Day is sort of like New Year’s for eco-nuts.
Last year, I put together a fairly comprehensive list of 88 ways that we have “gone green” in our lives. From buying food in bulk and using cloth napkins to filing our taxes electronically and taking the stairs, we are a fairly eco-conscious family. There is always more that we can do, though, and I set myself some pretty lofty goals for Earth Day 2017. I am happy to report that, among other things, we have acquired some cloth snack bags and we use them every day, we wash our dishes with eco-friendly dish soap, I use family cloth at home, and we are taking big steps in working towards a minimalist lifestyle – not too shabby!
And now I turn to you, fellow Humans of the Outdoors, fellow residents of Planet Earth, and I ask: How green are you?
Take a moment. Reflect. What do you do daily, weekly, monthly, even yearly, to take care of our planet? How do you reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse, and replace? If you see some room for improvement, then read on, because I have over a dozen amazing eco-friendly products, brands and retailers to tell you about. If you purchase even one of the products listed in this Go Green Guide, then you are taking a huge step towards a more eco-conscious way of life, and I commend you for that!
To help each and every one of you find some easy ways to “go green”, here is a guide to some amazing eco-friendly products for your whole family, your home and your outdoor adventures. Here is…
Maman on the Trail’s Go Green Guide 2017
Each of these products has been approved for use on and off the trail. So green up your life one room at a time and then onto the trail! Read on for product details, discounts, and a sweet giveaway.
Beeswax Wrap from Abeego
Abeego Beeswax Wrap is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, tin foil, plastic containers, plastic snack and sandwich bags and more. Abeego Beeswax Wrap is breathable so it picks up where the peel leaves off to keep food fresh and alive longer. This means you waste less food and save more money! Are you tossing browned half avocados in the compost? Stop! Abeego Beeswax Wrap can keep them green so you can eat the whole avocado and not in one sitting 😉 Abeego Beeswax Wrap is also the ultimate hiking and camping buddy and can save your behind in a pinch. Use Abeego Beeswax Wrap to collect water or as a fire-starter if you find yourself in trouble. Abeego Beeswax Wrap is plastic-free, waste-free, all-natural and reusable for a year or more.
Go Green & Shop Abeego Online
The DivaCup from Diva International Inc.
The DivaCup is an eco-friendly alternative to disposable menstrual products like tampons and pads. The DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup manufactured in Canada with natural un-pigmented silicone. The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time and needs only to be cleaned 2-3 times a day with warm water and the DivaWash or a mild, fragrance-free and oil-free soap. Since the DivaCup is a personal hygienic product, a general guideline is to replace it once a year, but ultimately, it is up to the consumer to decide when it is necessary to replace the cup. The DivaCup is a comfortable, chemical- and waste-free, sustainable solution for period care. Any questions you have about the DivaCup can be answered yours truly or DivaCup International Inc.
Fresh Bags from gogoBags
gogoBags Fresh Bags are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, tin foil, plastic containers, plastic bags and more. gogoBags Fresh Bags can keep salad greens and vegetables fresh and crisp in the fridge for up to 10 days. They are perfect for reducing food waste and plastic waste, and helping families save money. gogoBags Fresh Bags are eco-friendly, food-safe, easy to care for reusable bags made from natural cotton in Canada! They last at least 5 years and are great for use on and off the hiking trail.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use MAMANGGG to save 25% on your all regular price products from gogoBags (valid until April 30th, 2017).
“Happiest Outside” Kids’ Bamboo Tee from Live Love North
Live Love North’s “Happiest Outside” Kids’ Bamboo Tee is an eco-friendly alternative to shopping big namebrand clothing. “Happiest Outside” is an original design by Jessica at Live Love North. She hand screenprints all of the clothing with water-based, eco-friendly ink. The “Happiest Outside” Kids’ Bamboo Tee is Canadian-made and a portion of all sales of any clothes with the “Happiest Outside” design will go to the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), to help support their work in wilderness conservation.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use GOGREEN15 to save 15% on your purchase from Live Love North (valid until April 30th, 2017).
Makeup Remover Pads from Lötus
Lötus Makeup Remover Pads are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable makeup remover wipes and cotton pads. Lötus Makeup Remover Pads are a great way to save more than 2000 disposable makeup remover pads per year. Lötus Makeup Remover Pads are made in Canada with Canadian bamboo sherpa that doesn’t shrink and stays soft after washes. Use Lötus Makeup Remover Pads to remove makeup without exposing your skin to perfumes, dyes, soaps or chemicals. Lötus Makeup Remover Pads are sold in 6-packs, with a convenient storage bag, and are available as round or square pads.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use GOGREEN10 to save 10% on your purchase from Lötus (valid until April 30th, 2017).
Oleo-Calcareous Liniments from Les produits de MaYa
Les produits de MaYa Oleo-Calcareous Liniments are an eco-friendly alternative to more than 40 different personal care products, including baby wipes, moisturizer, shave cream, tanning oil, and lip balm. Les produits de MaYa Oleo-Calcareous Liniments are multifunctional, all-in-one, natural, eco-friendly, convenient and made in Canada. Les produits de MaYa Oleo-Calcareous Liniments are a great alternative to disposable wet wipes for clean hands, faces and bums, at home and on the go. Furthermore, to reduce packaging, people can refill their bottles in several refill station across Québec, and there is one refill station in Calgary, AB.
Read my review.
Go Green & Shop Les produits de MaYa Online or In-Store
Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware from Lollypop Kids Shop
Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware is an eco-friendly alternative to mainstream plastic cups, plates, utensils and snack containers. Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware is made from recycled milk jugs in the USA, and it is durable, reusable and brightly coloured to make meal time fun! Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware comes in lots of pieces and colours to mix and match. Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware is great for toddlers through tweens, at home and on the go!
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use GOGREEN to save 15% on all Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware from Lollypop Kids Shop (valid until April 30th, 2017).
Go Green & Shop Re-Play Recycled from Lollypop Kids Shop Online
Snack & Sandwich Bags from Litsie Creations
Litsie Creations Snack & Sandwich Bags are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic snack and sandwich bags and containers. Litsie Creations Snack & Sandwich Bags are made in Sydenham, ON and are a reusable, food-safe, eco-friendly option to cut down on use of plastic. Litsie Creations Snack & Sandwich Bags come in two sizes and are great for use at home, on the go and on the trail!
Read my review.
Sustainable Solutions for the Whole Family from Gentle Nest
Gentle Nest is an eco-friendly alternative to shopping in larger chain and box stores for your family’s everyday needs. Gentle Nest is a Canadian mom-owned and family-operated natural family boutique specializing in quality Canadian cloth diapers, baby carriers, chemical-free skin care, organic textiles, natural toys and sustainable solutions. Gentle Nest grew from three passions: Melanie’s lifelong deep respect for nature, her career as a neonatal intensive care nurse and her four children. Gentle Nest offers online shopping based out of Manotick, Ontario, plus free local pick-up, consultations and visits to our in-home showroom are welcomed by appointment.
Go Green & Shop Gentle Nest Online
S’well Water Bottles from Baby Footprint
S’well Water Bottles are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles and other disposable beverage cups, bottles and containers. Ditch the plastic bottles and go green! S’well Water Bottles are double-walled, with insulated construction that allows beverages to stay hot or cold for an insanely long time! S’well Water Bottles are boast of no condensation, are easy to fill and easy to sip from! They are the perfect combination of fashion and function and were created to reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide.
Go Green & Shop S’well Water Bottles from Baby Footprint Online
Swim Diaper from Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers
Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers Swim Diaper is an eco-friendly alternative to disposable swim diapers. Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers Swim Diaper are great for the pool or lake. They have double leg gussets, a PUL outer layer and a mesh lining of athletic wicking jersey. Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers Swim Diaper are one size and fit 7-35 lbs, which means you only need ONE of them from birth to potty-training. Can you say enormous cost savings? Made in Ontario, these swim diapers currently come in 11 adorable prints!
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use BPGOGREEN to save 15% on your purchase from Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers (valid until April 30th, 2017).
Go Green & Shop Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers Online
UNpaper Towels, Cloth Wipes and Facial Rounds from Marley’s Monsters
Marley’s Monsters UNpaper Towels, Cloth Wipes and Facial Rounds are eco-friendly alternatives to many disposable products like paper towels, napkins, wet wipes, cotton pad, cotton balls and more. Marley’s Monsters is a one-stop shop for eco-friendly, reusable products and unique baby goods. UNpaper Towels are the perfect replacement for your eco-friendly family’s disposables. The bold and graphic prints add a little fun to your daily household chores! For the cloth diapering mama, the Cloth Wipes are a great addition to a changing station. They are made of 100% cotton flannel in super cute bold and graphic patterns. And for the eco-friendly lady, the Facial Rounds are a great way to eliminate disposable cotton balls and facial rounds from your home! Marley’s Monsters UNpaper Towels, Cloth Wipes and Facial Rounds help you to eliminate waste, go green, and have fun!
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use MAMAN to save 15% on your purchase from Marley’s Monsters (valid until April 30th, 2017).
Go Green & Shop Marley’s Monsters Online
Wool Dryer Balls from Moss Creek Wool Works
Moss Creek Wool Works Wool Dryer Balls are an eco-friendly alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets. Moss Creek Wool Works Wool Dryer Balls are handmade and felted into balls in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from imported Merino and Corriedale wool. They make balls in 3 colours (white, grey, brown) using only the naturally coloured wool of the sheep – their wool is never dyed. The wool used to make Moss Creek Wool Works Wool Dryer Balls] is ethically and sustainably sourced directly from wool coops in South America, Spain & Portugal (depending on the colour) where all the processing of the wool is done locally, meaning the wool has a minimal carbon footprint. Even the washing, combing and scouring processes of the wool is low-impact and environmentally-friendly, employing rain water and natural conditioners. You can watch a video of the whole process here. Also, Moss Creek Wool Works Wool Dryer Balls reduce drying time, thus saving on electricity and prolonging the lifespan of your clothes. They are tested to last for 500+ loads and are great for the whole family (no chemicals, perfumes or dyes), plus all of your outdoor gear!
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use MAMAN to save 15% on your purchase from Moss Creek Wool Works (valid until April 30th, 2017).
Which product or brand are you most interested in to help your family “Go Green”?
Alright, before we get to the fun part, I want to strongly suggest that you take advantage of the amazing discounts offered above. Now is the time to start making some small changes so that you family can “go green” in a big way! Every day is Earth Day and you can make that your mantra by purchasing even one of the incredible products listed in the Go Green Guide. However, there’s a sweet giveaway below that you should also totally try your luck at…
One lucky reader will receive an amazing “Go Green” prize pack from some of the guide’s sponsors. Enter below for your chance to win:
- 3-pack of Variety Beeswax Wraps from Abeego
- S’well Water Bottle from Baby Footprint
- $25 Store Credit from Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers
- The DivaCup Menstrual Cup from DivaCup International Inc.
- $50 Gift Card from Gentle Nest
- Liniment Set from Les produits de MaYa (1x180mL Hypoallergenic Liniment, 1x60mL Coconut and Shea Liniment, 1x60mL Coconut Liniment, One pump for the 180mL bottle, Our pamphlets)
- Snack, Sandwich & Wet Bag set from Litsie Creations
- $25 Shop Credit from Live Love North
- 6-pack of Makeup Remover Pads from Lötus
- $15 Shop Credit from Marley’s Monsters
- Barnbox of 3 Wool Dryer Balls from Moss Creek Wool Works
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA, aged 18+, and closes at midnight EST on Sunday, April 30th.
Good Luck and Happy Earth Day!
Terms & Conditions: Open to USA & Canada. Legal residents 18+ are eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to e-mail and if no response is given a new winner will be drawn. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor(s). This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any other social media channel by which it will be promoted. For questions or to see your product featured on Maman on the Trail blog contact Monica at http://www.mamanonthetrail.com/contact-me/
Disclosure: The products presented in this guide have either been tested by yours truly or someone close to me and I stand behind the products and the brands. The brands and retailers were charged a small fee to appear in this post.