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Dog walkers unite: this lip balm perfectly protects lips in all weather

Christina Ottaviano

The industry standard for lip moisturizing in the past has been petroleum jelly, a by-product of the oil harvesting process.  From Wikipedia: “The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania, United States, on some of the country's first oil rigs.”  Putting a by-product of oil on my lips is not my idea of healthy.  And, from what I know about human skin – synthetic oils such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil are not absorbed by the skin.  Instead, they lay on top of the skin like plastic wrap, blocking humidity in the air from entering and instead voiding the skin of needed moisture.  It also seals in any bacteria that may be on the skin.  You might think your lips are constantly chapped, and that you have to apply lip balm constantly because they’re always so dry.  But have you checked the ingredients?

How green is your lip balm?  Read the label.  Are there chemical names you can’t pronounce?  Ingredients you don’t recognize?  Do you really want to eat those substances?  You won’t find that in a natural lip balm, like Crazy Rumors.  Adorable couple Edie & Brian set out to create a lip balm that wouldn’t be harmful to ingest – and they were successful!  Not only are their lip balms packaged adorable; they’re vegan, cruelty-free and all-natural.  Leaping Bunny certified, cruelty-free products are important to me, and I am always excited to share them with you.  They sent me four delicious flavors (Candy Corn, Star Anise, Orange Clove and Bee My Honey) awhile ago to try and review, and I've been hooked ever since.  I loved the velvety texture, long moisturizing time and flavor combinations.  The Candy Corn was my absolute favorite, but I enjoyed using them all and rotate frequently which one I pull out of my purse or pocket to use.  They don’t just smell good; they taste good too.  With natural ingredients like Pure Essential Oils, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Shea Butter – the flavors are mild but noticeable and not like taking a bite out of artificially fragrance perfumed sticks.  As a dog walker, the sun, wind and cold create havoc on my lips.  I try to use products that protect but often times they taste awful.  Not these!  They're almost like a little sweet kiss.

Very reasonably priced at just $3.49 each on their website, these lip balms would make a fabulous little gift.  I imagine them tied into the bow on a holiday present, teacher gifts, dog walker thank you gifts, or a “just because I love you” for a close friend.  I spoke to Edie herself, and she is sweet, friendly and very accommodating! Crazy Rumors is a genuinely honest company that is sincerely interested in providing a green lip balm that is healthy for humans and doesn’t hurt our animal friends.  Keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for their newsletter for special offers and promotions.  In the Philadelphia area, enter your zip code to find a store that carries Crazy Rumors near you or order online at for this adorable coffee flavored variety pack.

Esse Resuable makes a clip-on bag I love

Christina Ottaviano

“Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.  “Plastic bags do not biodegrade. Light breaks them down into smaller and smaller particles that contaminate the soil and water and are expensive and difficult to remove.  Less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled each year. Recycling one ton of plastic bags costs $4,000. The recycled product can be sold for $32.” -Clean Air Council

Plastic bags are a nagging problem around the world.  Although they are recyclable, less than 10% end up in the recycling stream, and it’s an expensive endeavor.  Sadly, the ones that end up in landfills do not get recycled and they are ingested by marine animals.

 “When the small particles from photodegraded plastic bags get into the water, they are ingested by filter feeding marine animals. Biotoxins like PCBs that are in the particles are then passed up the food chain, including up to humans.  The City of San Francisco determined that it costs 17 cents for them to handle each discarded bag.” –Kay Bushnell

 It seems that eliminating the use of them altogether would be the most appropriate solution.  That’s where Esse Reusable Bags started with two earth-friendly women who have a passion for the environment and a great sense of functionality.  Esse - Everyday Solutions for Saving the Earth is the creation of not only a great line of reusable bags, but also ways to contain them neatly.

 They sent me the Market Pak to try recently and I really loved it!  It came with one Everyday Bag and two Produce Bags.  The bags all roll up neatly to fit inside of a cute drawstring pouch which fit perfectly in my purse, and a carabiner to clip on a leash if I chose to use that instead.  The Everyday Bag is a gorgeous shade of my favorite color, green.  It’s made well, the fabric feels strong and its construction is sturdy.  It has a great loop of elastic attached to it that holds the bag in a folded position when not in use.  The size of it is roomy and fit as many groceries in it as two plastic bags.  The Produce Bags have a drawstring closure, and can be used during shopping, rinsing and storage.  They are also very well constructed and the mesh is strong.  The held my produce expertly and kept it safe until I got home.  Esse also sent me the Clip It Bag, which is a great size for carrying a few doggie essentials on a walk, small cosmetic or drug store purchases, movies, lunches, wine and more.  This bag is made from the same material as the Everyday bag, and is strong and durable.  Great for carrying a few snacks and a water on a longer walk, or clipping folded to the leash for items collected along the way (eh-herm...poop bag, anyone?).

This is a great company that works with a non-profit organization called Rebuild Resources, “that provides work and guidance to individuals trying to turn their life around after years of addiction and abuse. Rebuild "builds" our bags by adding custom fabric and printing and together we are working on a recycling program that turns well-used reusable bags into fabulous rugs.”  Check them out!  For exclusive offers and new products, make sure to “like” their page on Facebook, and “follow” them on Pinterest and Twitter.

We love these poop bags!

Christina Ottaviano

“It's just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn't it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” 
John GroganMarley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

 Having four dogs, I can attest to the joys of sharing a home with them.  They’re always happy to see me, and they’re always cuddly, affectionate and silly.  It’s not likely that I’ll ever be dog-less, as I enjoy so much the daily activities I share with my four.

One of our routine activities is to take at least one daily walk.  This will be especially pleasant in the beautiful fall weather we are looking forward to here in Eastern PA.  The air smells of fireplaces, leaves and cold – and the dogs thoroughly enjoy taking in all of these scents. As a business owner, I have used these bags repeatedly and tested them to the max. I've also advised the product to many of our clients who now use them as well.  Picking up poop is not the glamorous part of my job.  Picking up poop with a flimsy bag is just asking for poo-in-bare-hand as we call it...and it has happened with cheaper bags.

The entire experience is rather pleasant…until it comes time to clean up after them.  There’s nothing really enjoyable about picking up dog poop, but it’s a task that needs to be done.  Earth Rated sent me an adorable press kit some time ago, filled with attractively packaged products to try out.  Seriously, the little dog on the package is leaping over leaves and he is really, really cute.  The first thing I noticed about the entire package was that it smelled like lavender.  It’s a pleasant, non-artificial smelling scent.  I took a roll of bags, placed them in the dispenser and I was on my way.  When it was time to use them, they unrolled smoothly, and I enjoyed the fact that the bag was much longer and taller than other poop bags I’ve used.  This keeps my sleeves out of the mess.  The lavender scent definitely cut down on the poop smell while we continued our walk.  A nifty bonus: there is a clip on the back of the dispenser to hang your poop bag on when you’ve completed your poop-picking-up mission.  Something else I really liked about the dispenser was that it came with a perfectly sized carabiner clip at the top, making it really easy to attach to my leash and remove to reattach somewhere else, like a different leash or a belt loop.  I have other dispensers that use a different kind of plastic clip that is a total inconvenience to move and switch.  Lastly, it’s a really pretty olive green (my favorite color!).

They’ve really thought of everything at Earth RatedThe bags come in a form that contains an EPI additive, and also a vegetable-based form.  I tried both, and liked them equally. They have a 100% recycled paper core, which is a perfect alternative to the regular plastic core in most rolls of poop bags. They also offer bags with handles, which are perfect for scooping kitty litter, cleaning out a critter cage, or even bagging weeds pulled from the garden.  I've even used them to collect seeds while on walks from plants and flowers I really liked.  I don’t think I could say enough good things about these bags – I really, really loved them!

If you’re a pet owner, these bags are a must!  Check their website to find out where to buy in your area or order from the amazing and choose from a huge selection of Earth Rated products.  Local to Lansdale, PA I have seen them sold at Pet Valu in Hatfield, and Dog Town in Colmar.  Follow them on Twitter to check out their current contests, on Facebook for updates and promotions, and Pinterest for some very cute pins.

ChicoBag offers reusable bags perfect for a day at the dog park

Christina Ottaviano

A major cause of roadside litter, fresh and salt water pollution, plastic bags plague our planet from production to disposal.  Toxins leech from the plastic as they lay in water.  Animals suffer tragic deaths having come into contact with plastic bag litter.  Some animals ingest the bags and die from blocked intestines, while others are strangled or suffocated.  The use of plastic bags has been rationalized with the “but I reuse them” mentality.  They carry clothes to the gym, lunch to work – even pick up dog waste for disposal. 

ChicoBag was born in 2004 when Andy Keller noted the horrifying number of plastic bags floating around the local landfill.  He sewed the first ChicoBag himself, on a second-hand sewing machine and a few prototypes later, came up with the functional and stylish ChicoBags sold today.  Impressively green, his company has several programs available to benefit the environment.  The ChicoBag Zero Waste Materials program is set up to collect ChicoBags in good or poor condition for redistribution to families that cannot afford to purchase reusable bags, or local artists, crafters and nonprofits for repurposing.  The ChicoBag offices have a waste diversion program, dividing recyclable material, landfill trash and compostable items that are enjoyed by the office chickens.  The company is also a member of Green America, due to their commitment and action, improving the environment responsibly.

Chicobag recently sent me a great reusable bag, produce bags and reusable lunch bags to try out.  I absolutely loved the Sling Bohemian River Stripe!  The material is strong and high quality.  It’s constructed well, and the handle is plenty long enough to wear diagonally.  This is important to me, because I have a small frame and handled bags fall right off of my shoulder.  That’s really annoying when I have to carry several at once or one while walking a long distance.  Anytime I find a bag that can be worn diagonally, I’m happy to try it! The River Stripe pattern is pretty, too.  I found it very convenient to fold it up, pack it in the attached pouch so cleverly sewn into the bag, and attach it to my purse with the carabiner clip.  I mostly used it for groceries, but carried my laptop in it a few times, too. The ability to fold it into a small pouch makes it my go-to option when shopping at the farmer's market or other outdoor fairs while walking my dog.  I personally love the full line of ChicoBag products available on Amazon!

I found the Produce Stand rePETe Mesh 3 Pack to be the same high quality, durable construction.  They came in great colors, are machine washable and are made from 94% recycled materials!  According to their website, “When you see a ChicoBag® brand reusable bag with the rePETe™ logo, you can be sure of two things. First, the fabric used in the bag production is 100% recycled PET. Second, many other components used in production (the aluminum carabiner, polyurethane cording, etc.)  are made from recycled sources as well.”

The Snack Time rePETe™ lunch bags were innovative, attractively designed and also well-constructed.  Made of 78% recycled content, they’re really two bags in one.  They can be used full sized, to accommodate a sandwich or half sized for snacks.  Genius!

Their best sellers are the Snack Time rePETe bags, as well as their Sling rePETe bags, which they offer in different prints and patterns. Another customer favorite is the bottle sling rePETe. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Perfect for stashing dog treats + snacks, Lunchskins are safe + reusable

Christina Ottaviano

Plastic sandwich bags have been a convenience for people who pack their lunches for decades.  Saving money by packing, rather than eating out daily has been a cost-saving measure for those on a budget.  But what about the environmental impact of these little bags?  “"Every piece of litter has a human face behind it. If they are a harm to the environment in terms of visual blight, then people need to stop littering," said Rob Krebs, a spokesman for the American Plastics Council, in an article by Seattle PI.

According to Lunchskins, “every day, more than 20 million sandwich bags from school lunches go into landfills in the US.”  That statistic is staggering and needed some attention.  That’s when 3greenmoms was born.  Manufactured nearby in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Lunchskins provide the green alternative to plastic sandwich bags.  Food safe, dishwasher safe and reusable hundreds of times, Lunchskins come in a variety of sizes and pretty graphic designs.

I recently had the opportunity to use Lunchskins, thanks to samples they sent to me for review.  Items toted included a sandwich, popcorn and baby carrots.  They functioned exactly like a plastic sandwich bag, keeping the contents safe and intact – with the added benefit of being washable and reusable.  The food tasted as it would have directly from its original packaging.  Running them through the dishwasher to clean them was easy and convenient, and they stayed in the racks exactly where I put them.  They’re well-constructed; made of a strong, durable fabric that’s lined on the inside with a food safe material.  The designs available are bright, cheery and fun.  Lunchskins are manufactured in the USA. 

The company has taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint: “We are primarily paper-free with the majority of bills and business conducted online, we use minimal packaging made from recycled materials in our shipments, we print all promotional materials on recycled materials at a local printing company, we use compact fluorescent bulbs and low flow faucets, and we bike to our office or work from home.”

They list several alternative uses for Lunchskins on their website, in addition to the few I’d considered (coupons, daily supplements, a place to stash purse trash until near a can or recycling container): “lipsticks, dog treats, wallet and keys, ice for boo-boos, pacifiers, baby toiletries, travel cosmetic case, and any other treats or loose messy items we want to fashionably stash away”.

Interested in learning more about this fabulous, environmentally conscious company?  Head over to Lunchskins website, and sign up for their email newsletter which includes promotions.  “Like” their Facebook page to stay connected with giveaways.

Products are also available in great choices of designs and color on

P.L.A.Y. has an eye for beautifully crafted, earth-friendly pet products

Christina Ottaviano

If you’re an avid green “lifestyler”, you likely pay close attention to the products you use and how they affect the environment, and the food you eat and the way it impacts your health.  You probably consciously reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.  And, if you have pets, you also have the same focus for them.  There is a wonderful selection of pet products on the market for those with a greener conscience.

Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.) started with an adorable pug named Momo and a commitment for a very high quality, safe product.  P.L.A.Y. partnered with a manufacturer that has been making products for infant children for over two decades.  Because the company is committed to preservation of the environment, Planet Fill™ polyfiber, made from recycled plastic bottles for P.L.A.Y. beds is used to fill their comfy beds.  They’ve minimized packaging, and what packaging they do use is certified safe by the Forest Stewardship Council.

My dachshunds, Molly, Honey, Ricky and Lucy tried out the Dog on a Wire pet bed, which P.L.A.Y. sent me to review.  This bed is the perfect combination of artistic design and realistic functionality.  The density of the stuffing is soft, cozy and comfortable.  It’s well constructed, and the fabric is strong, easy to clean and durable.  They absolutely loved it, snoozing peacefully and comfortably for hours!  And I was thrilled that they were happy on a bed that was manufactured with their health and well being in mind.

The 100% cotton cover is removable for easy washing.  The duvet covers are sold separately, allowing savvy owners to switch out covers seasonally, or when washing so that the bed is always available for use.  They also recommend owners who purchase the duvet covers can fill them with their own, old clothes.  How’s that for re-purposing?  It doesn’t get much greener than that. 

A full selection of P.L.A.Y. products, with photos and reviews is available on as well.

P.L.A.Y.  is on Facebook, and you can like them here to keep up with news and special offers.  Follow them on Twitter, too.  They also have a newsletter signup available here.