Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival
This post is part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!
Happy Earth Day!
It’s been such a blast throughout this past week sharing reviews and my experiences with Mama Cloth and other natural menstrual products, getting your feedback, and realizing that making the switch wasn’t so hard after all.
I know I was a little worried in the beginning that I would spend money and find out I really didn’t like one or all of the products I picked, but truly, I would be happy with any of them over disposable pads and tampons any day – I’m only sorry I didn’t make the switch sooner!
If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, please check out my reviews on Moms Crafts 4 U (along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea), Lunapads, GladRags, the Diva Cup, Sea Sponge Tampons, and Party in My Pants
And if you’re still on the fence, here are a few Earth Day inspirations that might help to bring you over:
- Over 20 BILLION disposable pads, tampons, and applicators will be added to landfills every year in North America alone. The disposal of these products releases dioxins and other toxic chemicals into our rivers, lakes and oceans and pollutes our soil.
- A woman will use on average 13,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. ONE cloth pad has the potential to replace 140 disposable pad/tampon products.
- ONE cloth pad can last up to 5 years.
- Disposable pads and tampons used in an average woman’s menstruating life will cost her $4500 compared to $200-$750 for reusable pads and tampons.
- Many pads and tampons are chemically treated to whiten, perfume, and make them more absorbent. They are also made of synthetic fibers. Given the sensitivity of the vaginal area to chemical absorption and the number of disposable menstrual products a woman uses in her life, this is a really big issue.
STILL not convinced??
Well, that’s OK, because Becoming Crunchy has gotten together with WAHM Veronica from Moms Crafts 4 U, who has generously donated three 8” cloth pads AND a $10 gift certificate good for anything in her wonderful Etsy shop for one lucky winner from today’s post – you may just get a chance to try before you buy!
I approached Veronica about donating to this giveaway before I even thought of asking anyone else – something about her awesome personality shone right through her Etsy Store and Blog. I was thrilled when she agreed to participate! If you missed my review of the products from Moms Crafts 4 U, be sure to check it out!
Entering the contest is easy:
First, you must be a resident of the US or Canada.
Please read instructions carefully – only comments left here on this post (not on Facebook!) will be accepted as entries.
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below in this post and tell me: one reason that most interests you about switching to mama cloth OR one reason you are afraid of the idea of switching to mama cloth OR the biggest reason you already made the decision to switch to mama cloth.
Bonus Entries (you may complete as many or few bonus entries as you wish, but you MUST complete the mandatory entry to enter the giveaway) – leave a SEPARATE comment for each bonus entry you complete:
- 1 Bonus entry: ‘Like’ Becoming Crunchy on Facebook (You must like from your personal profile – not your fan page – for your entry to count)
- 1 Bonus entry: ‘Like’ Moms Crafts 4 U on Facebook (You must like from your personal profile – not your fan page – for your entry to count)
- 1 Bonus entry: Follow Becoming Crunchy and Moms Crafts 4 U on Twitter (please leave your Twitter name in the comment)
- 1 Bonus entry: Tweet this giveaway
- 2 Bonus entries: Share this giveaway on your Facebook page (personal OR fan page)
- 5 Bonus entries: Donate any amount to any organization that facilitates getting sanitary pads to girls across the world who do not have access to them. For more information and ideas of where you can donate, please visit my guest post over on The Cloth Diapering Mama blog (scroll down to the end). Leave a comment saying that you did so (and which organization you chose).
Please see HERE for full contest rules and regulations.
I moderate all comments so they will not appear immediately – please rest assured that your entries will be seen and counted, and know that I appreciate your patience.
This giveaway closes April 29th, 2011, at 12 AM (midnight) EST time. Thank you for your participation!!
Visit Monkey Butt Junction and Child of the Nature Isle to read all about the Earth Day Blog Carnival.
Going Green in 2011 – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the way she and her family are going “greener” in 2011.
Our Greatest Teacher – Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shares her experiences with her children and nature, their greatest teacher.
Dreaming of Spring Gardening – Erin of the Waterloons talks about the ultimate in local food, her backyard garden.
Earth Conscious Minimalism – Nada at miniMOMist thinks minimalism can help you save the world — as long as you don’t just toss everything in the trash! Check out Her list of places to donate (bet you haven’t thought of them all!).
Blessings to the Earth – Amy at Anktangle believes that a simple act, such as being intentionally grateful for our food, is just the catalyst we need to bring about large-scale change.
Eight Movies to Inspire Change – Mrs Green at Little Green Blog shares her top 8 movies that have inspired her to take action to make the world a better place. She’d love to hear your suggestions to add to her viewing list!
Can I Have a Green Period Too? Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the environmental impact of switching to sustainable menstrual products, along with offering a great Mama Cloth giveaway for anyone interested in making the switch (and for those who already have and want to increase their stash!).
An Eden to Call Our Own – Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how learning to care for the Earth starts in her own garden.
Elimination Communication – Melissa at the New Mommy Files discusses the environmental impact of diapering, and why elimination communication was the best choice for her family.
The Living Earth: A Meditation in Science and Reverence – Seonaid at The Practical Dilettante asks you to pause to wonder at the blessing of the fact that our living planet is here at all.
Earth Day Anthem – Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro created a poem in honor of Mother Earth, women and nurturers everywhere.
The Plasticity of Compromise – Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares how she is working to compromise on healthy family living and avoiding plastics whenever possible.
Earth Day Resolutions – Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares why she has decided to make Earth Day resolutions, what those resolutions are, and how they are a step up from her current efforts at green living.
Is it time for you to say “Enough!”? Mrs Green at My Zero Waste asks you to rise up and say ‘Enough!’ on Earth Day.
Homeschooling with the Earth – Terri at Child of the Nature Isle shares her desires and dreams for Earth-based learning and the ways her two young children have already started a natural curriculum.
Beyond the Green Sheen – Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction offers some advice on how to avoid greenwashing and make purchasing choices that really have a positive impact.