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Wednesday
May012013

Branch Basics All-Purpose Cleaner

Branch Basics All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate is the go-to all-natural whole-house cleaner! We are impressed by its many uses and helpful and clear directions on how to achieve each formula ... from kitchen/bath cleaner, stain and odor remover, window wash, laundry soap to, surprisingly, cuts/sunburn/acne treatment, pest control, lice remover and flea shampoo! Completely human-safe (read: won't send you to the hospital if accidentally ingested!), non-toxic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable, each 32-ounce container of Branch Basics makes 6 all-purpose spray bottles or 64 loads of laundry, making it the perfect eco-conscious (and economical) choice. We loved that it didn't make our noses twitch and our eyes tear up -- after cleaning the entire house (did we mention that is kills bacteria, viruses and mold too?) we had no allergy symptoms and are happy to report all of the product's claims held up! Bravo!

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Wearever Pure Living Ceramic Cookware

Pure Living is truly a revolution in nonstick cookware. We were very excited to test this line of ceramic pots and pans, and admit some skepticism before it arrived. We wondered, how is ceramic nonstick cookware going to compete with the toxic Teflon products that are so prevalent today? Although we refused to use chemical-laden pans, we found it cumbersome to figure out ways so that our food didn’t stick. We figured that was just the way it was. That is, until we so joyfully discovered the beauty and ease of ceramic nonstick. Pure Living is the prefect alternative to toxic nonstick cookware. Here is a short list of all its advantages: dishwasher safe, eco-friendly, simple to clean, high-temperature-resistant, and PTOA-, PTFE- cadmium- and lead-free. Plus, it’s recyclable! We have been using this line for a while now and couldn’t be more happy and impressed.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Recycled Oil Painting Fridge Magnets from Starry Nite Art

Fine artist Mark Haglund has made a great discovery … a way to upcycle his own oil paintings. He is the owner of Starry Nite Art on Etsy.com and he has began transforming some of his oil paintings  into refrigerator magnets.

Strong, sturdy and beautiful these magnets are not only a work of art but they will perfectly hold up your kid’s art, too! My mom uses hers to hold multiple photos on her fridge and nothing gets lost or slips.

Not only was Bamboo impressed with his art, he was also impressed with Bamboo and has created an Etsy.com coupon for the staff and readers. The coupon code is: Bamboofamilymag. “It is worth 20% off any product in my store,” he says. “I will keep the coupon in effect through 2013.” Enjoy!

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Wednesday
Jan162013

The Homegrown Collective Box of Surprises 

Some people are born into sustainable homes and they are taught how to survive this way from their birth. The rest of us are, as artist Katy deBra taught me, just getting the information we need when we need it and we make changes as we learn new consciousness. The Homegrown Collective is aiming to do some of the information and product gathering for you to set you on your way to a high way.

As a third party, The Collective gathers products such as mushroom growing and cheese making kits, seeds, Kefir grains, herb grinders, etc. and for a monthly subscription they’ll send you a themed box of home remedies, gardening and kitchen tools and from-scratch ingredients.

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Macintosh Apple Candle from Celadon Road

We realize there are millions of candles on the market sold everywhere. We also realize that so many of them are scented with harsh, toxic chemicals derived from who-knows-where and do who-knows-what to our systems when we breathe them. Plus, how many times have you come across an apple candle that actually smells like an apple? Celadon Road has created a unique Macintosh Apple scented candle that is the real deal. No chemicals of any kind and we promise you it will not smell like the artificially-flavored and –colored “apple” candy that most candles end up smelling like. Celadon Road’s candles are made from soy and beeswax and their wicks do not contain lead or petroleum-based oils. Just like their awesome sugar scrub, this candle lingers with a yummy, natural scent, and filled our home and hearts with cozy autumn goodness!

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Hand-Carved Kitchen Broom by Grassy Creek

Wide spreading bristles, rough yet surprisingly comfortable hand-carved handle with a Tree Spirit face whittled in … this broom is a naturally minded person’s dream cleaning tool! (Read more about the Legend of the Tree Spirit here .) Family owned and run Grassy Creek Brooms utilizes the Puritan and Shaker ways of broom creation in that no modern machine tools are used in their production and they’ve been handmaking these beautiful brooms and solid copper dustpans since 1978 at their homestead in the mystical Ozark Mountains. 

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Twist Natural and Biodegradable Dish Scrubbers and Sponges

Where there are children, there is often macaroni and cheese! And with the production of this delicious and hard-to-scrub-off-pots meal comes a weekly battle with the regular non-recycleable green and yellow sponges! That’s where Twist comes in! The Ravioli Hemp Scrubby from Twist is made from hemp burlap and stuffed with biodegradable sponge. For some miracle reason this nature-based creation does not hold onto the cheese folks, leaving behind a clean pot and a non-stinky sponge. GENIUS!!! A Bamboo Favorite!

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