Welcome to Maman on the Trail’s Go Green Guide 2018!
It’s that time of year again – Earth Month, and more specifically, Earth Day – 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. I see Earth Day as a day to celebrate green spaces, green projects, green people and green actions. There’s a great hashtag that I follow 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.
For the past two years, I have put together a fairly comprehensive list of all the ways that we are green. You can see where we started in 2016, and how we met some more green goals in 2017. I’ll be updating that list and writing one for 2018 before the end of the month. From meal planning and using cloth snack and sandwich bags to buying secondhand and packing out our trash, 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 each year, including Earth Day 2018. I am happy to report that, among other things, we use cloth paper towels and handkerchiefs a lot of the time, we have replaced a lot of the plastic in our home with more sustainable materials, 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? How are you fostering a love of green spaces? If you see some room for improvement, then read on, because I have a great list of 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 2018
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.
Unlike last year’s guide, this year I’ve divided the guide into 2 sections: “Products for Going Green” and “Products for Fostering a Love of Green Spaces”. This change is simply to reflect the fact that “going green” involves more than just using different products in your life, it needs to also include showing others how to care for and love our green spaces in a hands-on way – by enjoying them, by playing, hiking, camping and exploring!
PRODUCTS FOR GOING GREEN
In this section, you will find a list of products that will help you to live a more eco-conscious life. These products will replace things you are already using that might not be the “greenest”, supporting you in reducing, reusing, recycling and refusing.
Green & Natural Products from Well.ca
Well.ca* is by far my favourite online shop! With over 40,000 products and Canada’s largest assortment of green & natural brands (plus all of your familiar favourites), they make it easy to make choices you can trust. They deliver a quick, convenient, and hassle-free shopping experience because they listen and they know what matters to you. You can peruse the entire Green & Natural section of Well.ca* or you can purchase some of my favourites from last year’s Go Green Guide:
- Abeego Beeswax Wrap* – an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, tin foil, plastic containers, plastic snack and sandwich bags and more.
- The DivaCup* – a reusable menstrual cup manufactured in Canada with natural un-pigmented silicone, an eco-friendly alternative to disposable menstrual products like tampons and pads.
- Moss Creek Wool Works Wool Dryer Balls* – an eco-friendly alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets, handmade and felted into balls in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from imported Merino and Corriedale wool.
- S’well Water Bottles* – an eco-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles and other disposable beverage cups, bottles and containers.
- Re-Play Recycled Children’s Tableware* – an eco-friendly alternative to mainstream plastic cups, plates, utensils and snack containers, made from recycled milk jugs in the USA.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Referral Code: use MAMANONTHETRAIL to save $10 on your first order over $40 from Well.ca (valid until June 1st, 2018).
Go Green & Shop Well.ca Online*
“In the Woods” Outdoor Spray from Les produits de MaYa
I simply adore everything that Marie and Yannick make over at Les produits de MaYa, but of course, my favourite product might just be their “In the Woods” Outdoor Spray. Their outdoor spray “In the Woods” is made with 5 essential oils: citronella, lemon eucalyptus, geranium, aspic lavender and peppermint. These essential oils are known as mosquito and tick repellants. Its olive-oil base adds extra hydration. Add a little apple cider vinegar and that’s it! Their spray contains nothing more! They only use certified organic ingredients. And this product is certified vegan by Vegan.org
Go Green & Shop Les produits de MaYa Online or In-Store
Multi Case from Omaïki’s Höm Collection
I am a proud ambassador for Omaïki* and love everything of theirs that I have tried – from diapers to bibs, snack bags to handkerchiefs. Their newly launched Hôm Collection* has a variety of eco-friendly products for your home, including their new Multi Case*. This new slim pouch is perfect for on-the-go families. Bring your reusable straws, your toothbrush, your utensils, etc…wherever you go! To the restaurant, to the beach or while camping. This case takes up no space, goes in the washer/dryer and is incredibly fashionable with 4 lovely prints available!
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use TRAILGUIDE15 to save 15% on your purchase from Omaïki* (valid until April 30th, 2018). After this date, use the code TRAIL2018 to save 10% on your purchase from Omaïki* (valid until December 31st, 2018)
Reusable Tea Bags, Mesh Produce Bags & Fresh Bread Bags from gogoBags
We are big fans of gogoBags Snack and Sandwich Bags [LINK] over here, and are excited to try some of these new products, especially the Reusable Tea Bags! gogoBags products are handmade in Vancouver with care and love. They are super durable. They let the food to breathe and live longer than in plastic bags. They reduce food waste and help reduce 1000+ plastic bags from the landfill in their lifetime. The gogoBags Reusable Tea Bags Set contains 5 unbleached cotton tea bags and saves 1000+ disposable tea bags from landfills in its lifetime. gogoBags Mesh Produce Bags come in a set of 2 and are suitable for all produce. The gogoBags Fresh Bread Bag is specially-designed to keep homemade bread fresh and soft for 4 days, and store-bought bread for longer.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use MAMAN30 to save 30% on all regular priced products from gogoBags (valid until April 30th, 2018).
Sustainable Nursing & Maternity Clothing from Boob Design
We have been trying hard to think twice about where our clothing comes from and how it is made. We’ve always been big proponents of secondhand clothing and I have started hosting clothing swaps, but there’s more we can do here. Boob Design* is helping me to make sustainable clothing purchases by offering nursing and maternity clothing that is sustainably produced. “When you buy a garment from Boob, you buy a product that has been produced with care. Some of this you can see and feel for yourself, when you wear our clothes; the high quality is there at every stage, including design, function and choice of materials. What may be less obvious is the care we show for everything involved in the production; the people and the environment.” To learn more about Boob‘s sustainability work, click here.
Go Green & Shop Boob Design from Figure 8 Maternity Online*
PRODUCTS FOR FOSTERING A LOVE OF GREEN SPACES
In this section, you will find a list of eco-friendly products that will help you to get outside with your family, thus fostering a love of green spaces. A David Sobel quote captures this need to foster a love of green spaces perfectly, “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”
Apparel with Love for the Outdoors from Live Love North
Both Huckleberry and I love to sport our Live Love North “Happiest Outside” Bamboo Tops. Live Love North’s apparel is an eco-friendly alternative to shopping big name brand clothing. Among all of the fun outdoorsy prints found in her shop, our favourite, “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 MAMANONTHETRAIL to save 15% on your purchase from Live Love North (no expiry date).
Lightweight Backpacking Hammock from Madera Outdoor
One of our favourite ways to enjoy a little downtime in our favourite green spaces is to hang. Madera Outdoor‘s camping hammocks give us a lightweight, comfortable and portable way to do so! Our Madera Hammock is honestly the lightest, softest, brightest and most beautiful hammock I’ve ever laid down in – and it gives back to the forest ‘cuz #hammocksneedtrees. Because it takes 2 trees to hang a hammock, Madera plants 2 trees for each hammock sold. Through their partnering with Trees for the Future, to date, they have planted over 10,255 trees and counting. At just over 14oz, these silky soft hammocks can hold up to 400lbs of your family – for camping, napping, snuggling, nursing, keeping warm, keeping dry, relaxing, and playing outside. Small and light enough for your little one to carry, offering plenty of star-gazing, cloud-watching and cuddly adventures for the whole family!
Note: not all hammocks are sold with straps included.
Shop Madera Outdoor Online*
Sunhats, Sunglasses and UV Clothing from Twinklebelle Designs
Use less sunscreen, spend more time outside, and don’t get burned! Twinklebelle Designs’ Grow-With-Me Sunhats, Sunglasses, and UV Clothing are the perfect way to gear up your little ones for all of their sunny day adventures – making time outside a more enjoyable experience for everyone. We’re going on year 3 with the same Grow-With-Me Sunhat and love how well it stays on Huckleberry’s head. The Sunglasses feature baby & toddler safe unbreakable frames, UVA and UVB protection, and polarized shatterproof lenses – can’t go wrong there! And the UV Clothing has a 50+ UPF, is quick-dry and can be bought as a shirt and shorts set, or just the shirt separately.
Thatcher Full-Zip Hoodie from Sawyer
We recently discovered Sawyer and have nothing but love and appreciation for their clothing and their mission. Sawyer is: a high-quality brand for kids, encouraging a balance of technology and outside play, a resource for guiding parents to instil the spirit of adventure in their children. Their aim is to “outfit children of the wild” while striving to be an educational resource for parents. I mean, how could you not love them? Sawyer’s Thatcher Full-Zip Hoodie (Heather Green) is made in the U.S.A from a tri-blend fabric for optimal comfort. It is incredibly soft, built to last, and has a genuine leather patch. This hoodie is also available in Heather Gray.
Maman on the Trail’s Exclusive Discount Code: use MAMAN20 to save 20% on your purchase from Sawyer (valid until April 30th, 2018).
Go Green & Shop Sawyer Online
“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER” by Linda Åkeson McGurk
A fellow outdoor family blogger, Linda of Rain or Shine Mamma just published her first book: “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER“. And it is quite the resource for parents wishing to foster a love of green spaces! Here’s a quick description: “Bringing Up Bébé meets Last Child in the Woods in this lively, insightful memoir about a mother who sets out to discover if the nature-centric parenting philosophy of her native Scandinavia holds the key to healthier, happier lives for her American children.” As a natural next read among books by Richard Louv, Rachel Carson, and Scott Sampson, this book* will take you through the struggle to maintain your own parenting values while fitting in with the rest of society and still managing to reap the rewards of time in nature. If you’re anything like me, you’ll devour this book! Definitely one for the “raising a wild child” collection! You also have to check out @rainorshinemamma on Instagram – an inspiring account!
Shop “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER” Online*
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 your 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 this 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. Nearly $200 worth of amazing products, and you could WIN IT ALL!
Enter using the Giveaway Tools Widget below for your chance to win:
- 1 Gift Card worth $30 from Well.ca* (RV $30)
- 1 bottle of “In the Woods” Outdoor Spray (120mL), 1 bottle of Original Liniment + pump (240mL), 1 bottle of Original Liniment (60mL), 1 Coconut&Shea Liniment (60mL) and 1 Solid Gentle Soap from Les produits de MaYa (RV $50)
- 2 Multi Cases from Omaïki* (RV $20)
- 1 Reusable Tea Bag Set (5), 1 Mesh Produce Bag Set (2) and 1 Fresh Bread Bag from gogoBags (RV $62)
- 1 Grow-With-Me Sun Hat from Twinklebelle Designs (RV $28)
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA, aged 18+, and closes at midnight EST on Monday, April 23rd.
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. Some of the brands and retailers were charged a small fee to appear in this post.
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