Eco-Friendly Product Guide

The Next Family

By: Caren Gillespie

Here at The Next Family we not only care about our families and friends but the earth we live on. We are always bouncing around ideas of how we can make MORE of a difference. Please join us and spread the word on how we can sustain our world. We would love to hear from you on what products and ideas you have adopted that you feel help us get one step closer to our goal. Who knows, we may even feature it in one of our “green earth” articles in the future!

Contain those “garden nourishing” scraps!
In Seattle, we are asked by the city to compost our food scraps. From meat to veggies, we put it all in our yard waste and the city stirs it into a garden stew for our wonderful parks or for your home garden. It’s easy with this 1 Gallon/4QT/3.8L attractive stainless steel finish that looks good on your kitchen countertop. For easy organic recycling – store peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, greens, clippings, vegetable scraps, and other organic waste for transfer to your garden composter. Includes filter set in tight fitting lid to keep compost odorless. Sturdy stainless steel handle. It works wonderfully and we feel like we are doing our part for our city and our earth. See Compost Keeper


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Make composting even easier and cleaner!

My biggest problem with the whole composting movement was having rotting food sit on my counter, taking it to the yard bin and then having to clean out the rotted leftovers out of my compost bin.  Not anymore!!  Now these compostable bags fit nicely into my composter and voila, no clean up!

These are made of corn and 100% biodegradable.  They have all different sizes for all of your garbage needs! See Biobag

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Yummy Body Products!

I recently found these in a hotel while on a trip and fell completely in love with the scent alone.  I wanted to make sure I was able to smell it all day.  I looked up the products online and found they were not only heaven “scent” they were also eco friendly!!  Bonus!!!  See Sprout Out

“A fusion of natural elements blended to personify nature and the environment; the Sprout Out® Collection features exclusive Naturally Kind™ formulations combined with certified organic extracts of rooibos, cardamom seed, yarrow and ginseng to gently care for the skin and hair. The green citrus and herbal fragrance perfectly capture the scent of a leisurely stroll through an English garden.  Their formulations contain no sulfates (SLS/SLES), DMDM hydantoin, parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, urea, DEA, TEA or propylene glycol.”

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Round up those reusable bags in your car

This is a dream for those super organized and eco conscious people.  The Tote Buddy rounds up all those loose reusable bags into one neatly folding tote.  See The Tote Buddy

“It’s the world’s first reusable grocery bag organizer. The Tote Buddy neatly organizes reusable bags allowing you to keep them close at hand for all shopping trips. By using The Tote Buddy and reusable bags, we’re helping to keep hundreds of thousands of plastic bags out of our landfills and oceans.”

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Lunches made Easy!


Do you ever wish there was that lunch fairy that would come in the middle of the night to make healthy and nutritious lunches for your family?  Well, this is not exactly that but it does help us with that sometimes daunting task.  Now I don’t have to search for all those bags and containers to pack my son’s lunch anymore.  This is a great product!  See Easy Lunchboxes

“Pack lunches fast with our single-lid, 3-compartment plastic food containers. Save time and money packing work or school lunches. This System pairs food-safe reusable lunch containers with roomy cooler bags. It’s the green, sack lunch alternative — sized just right for kids and adults. EasyLunchboxes.com was born out of my response to disturbingly unhealthy school lunch programs. I resolved to send my kids to school with nutritious meals, using little to no wasteful packaging! “

They’re BPA-free, SAFE and environmentally friendly, too!

Clean those babies safely!!

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Both of my babies have eczema and about the time I had my little girl, the studies for sodium laurel sulfate and the effects it has on the reproductive system came out.  Needless to say, I took caution with my babies’ skin.  I immediately turned to a tried and trusted product from California Babies.  They only contain organic and sustainably grown ingredients with No fragrance, scent masking agents, clear formula chemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or DEA. See California Baby

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Nut free baby oil

“No Nuts in this Baby Oil! Really -this is 100% Free from any nut products. Our baby safe formula is made with a delicate blend of only the finest oils we could find. We have added organic jojoba, apricot and grape seed oils to help Nourish, Protect and Moisturize your baby’s precious skin. Our special blend is then enriched with soothing Calendula and Vitamin E that gently absorbs into baby’s delicate skin and leaves them soft and snuggly!! (of course we know they already are!!)” See Spoiled Mama

All of their products are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors and this company takes an uncompromising stand when it comes to the environment- they power their website by the wind (read more about this on the site) and package all of their products in recyclable jars and bottles.

The products are yummy for moms, dads and babies!

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