Eco Family News
A News Resource of Whole Children, Whole Planet
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Welcome to Eco-Family News (EFN), a free resource e-newsletter of Whole Children, Whole Planet (WCWP).

Whole Children, Whole Planet is about raising healthy children in a safe, natural, non-toxic, nurturing environment. Our goal is to introduce and offer consumers, families 
and professionals a comprehensive resource and overview of products, companies, educational organizations, events and enrichment programs that support healthy sustainable lifestyles for both children, and adults - mind, body and spirit.

To be eligible to be showcased in EFN, you must meet one or more of the following criteria based on the principles of of WCWP:

    Produce or sell natural health and/or environmentally friendly products at the manufacturer, distributor, or retail level - personal care, foods, beverage, cleaning, household, garden, building, etc.
    Provide sustainable living practices education, or services
    Offer enrichment programs and opportunities to families
    Non-profit/for-profit organizations offering information and educational services to families
    Support holistic medicine practices
    Supply other products, services, or eco-friendly destinations in keeping with the WCWP philosophy.

Accepted products include only those with no chemicals, synthetic preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, coloring dyes (food or cosmetic), refined sugar, artificial sweeteners or flavorings, items that may produce toxic off gassing, etc.

For other possible restrictions, or possible conflicting principles, please contact the editor for evaluation of your product or service. EFN, reserves the right to reject applications that do not meet our criteria and/or, are not in alignment with our philosophy.

Eco Family News is designed for informational purposes only. All of the companies, products, practitioners, organizations, enrichment programs and entertainers that are showcased in EFN have been evaluated and currently meet the WCWP criteria, and philosophy.

Having said that, we are not perfect and if you have a concern about something you have seen in our e-newsletter, please feel free to contact us.

We always encourage our readers do do their own research to make informed educated decisions.

As a conscious reader, professional, or consumer, your feedback is always welcome.

We hope you find EFN of value. Please visit our new online website at www.ecofamilynews.com

Respectfully,
Kathy Arnos
Editor/Producer

  Mamas Munchies
 
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Sustainable
Roadside Service

 
Better World Club
Better World Club logoMillions of Americans currently have some type of roadside service for local and long distance travel ... so why not go green? Better World Club celebrates its sixth anniversary this year as the only socially responsible, environmentally friendly roadside assistance and travel club in the country that strives to balance its members' transportation needs with their desire to protect the environment.

The Company acts as an advocate on behalf of consumers and demonstrates its social and environmental commitment by providing unique eco-friendly travel alternatives.


Better World Club has attained a membership of 22,000 - expanding at a rate of nearly 30% annually and offers members free carbon offsets, neutralizing over 20 million pounds of greenhouse gas.

They also provide bicycle roadside service, family memberships to domestic partners, as well as married couples, discounts for hybrid and biodiesel car owners, and more. Basic auto membership begins at $53.95 a year.


For more info please visit:
www.BetterWorldClub.com

Receive a 10% discount by using the promotion code: WCWP2121
 
In the Community
  
24th Street Theater
24th St TheaterMeet Debbie Devine and Jay McAdams, the laughter, talent and heart behind the 24th Street Theatre - a unique non-profit organization founded in 1997 that blends professional productions and world-class artists, with quality arts education.

The 24th Theatre is a leader in Arts Education by providing field trips, theatre intensives, professional theatre for young audiences, theatre programs for at-risk teens, and acclaimed professional development for teachers.

They also service the neighborhood with original Spanish language theatre, after school programs, and other outreach projects. The couple are committed to providing everyone access to high quality performing arts.


Debbie and Jay give of themselves unconditionally and endlessly, both through the theatre and in the community - please support their important work!

For more information visit www.24thStreet.org
 
View List of the 2008 WCWP Exhibitors
 click here
 
 
Film Review
 

Fuel
A Film About Oil

Mamas Munchies

FUEL is a powerful film that reminds us all that oil is non-renewable. This two-hour documentary about the history of oil, is all so telling about certain historic and political events, presidential activities, brings attention to cancer alleys in areas located around oil refineries, and provides a clear delineation between ethanol, biodiesel, and sustainable versus unsustainable biofuels, plus much more.

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Smart Solutions For Water Conservation!

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Water conservation saves energy and reduces carbon emissions, which helps in the effort to stop global warming. By conserving water we can reduce the pressure on our lakes, reservoirs and sewage treatment facilities and serve more people.

According to Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute, allowing hot water to run for just 5 minutes is the equivalent of using as much energy as it takes to power a 60W light bulb for 14 hours. Also, did you know that eighty percent of the water coming out of your faucets is wasted and goes down the drain every time you turn on the water? 

A spokesperson for the Smart Faucet company estimates that
5,000+ gallons of water - per person - can be saved a year from the use of their product on just one faucet. They also state that the faucet has antimicrobial properties and is easy for children, the elderly and the physically challenged to use.

For more info, visit www.water-saver-faucet.com
Watch youtube video demonstrations click here

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Lucky Earth Waterless Carwash
Lisa Jeff PeriMeet Lisa and Jeff Peri, founders of the Lucky Earth Waterless Carwash.

The couple began an enlightening educational journey when their daughter Kayla's health was threatened by environmental chemical sensitivities. They learned that most traditional cleaning products contained toxic chemicals with potentially serious side effects, and realized that a simple trip to a car wash was indeed a contributing factor to Kayla's breathing difficulties.

While doing research for non-toxic solutions in all areas of their life, they came across a car wash formula that was not only all natural and safe to use around their daughter, but safe for the environment too - a win, win, situation.

Did you know that a normal car wash averages about 120 gallons of water per wash? The good news is that
Lucky Earth cleans, polishes & protects without using any water, or posing a health risk to humans, pets, or the environment!

For more information visit www.LuckyEarth.com

Receive a 10% discount by using promotional code: ECOFAMILY

ahhNatural

ahhnatural logo 3As people become more aware of the health hazards associated with harsh chemicals on the skin, and environmental hazards associated with releasing chemically treated spa water into the environment, they have begun to seek out "green" alternatives.

AhhNatural was developed as a people safe, environmentally friendly alternative to commercial toxic chemical spa/hot tub sanitizers. Most traditional spa treatments use chemicals such as chlorine, bromine and guanide compounds, which are designed to kill unwanted organisms with periodic shocks. However, in the process these chemicals can also cause common side effects such as burning in the nose and throat, itching and drying of the skin, eye irritation and breathing difficulties.
 
The ahhNatural system is designed to kill unwanted organisms 24/7, without exposure to these harmful chemical additives by utilizing a bag of naturally occurring minerals, supported by vitamin C and ancient sea salt (that naturally control bacteria and keep the water clear), while bringing back the age old true spa experience of natural mineral water - genuinely nourishing the body. 


In 2002, advertising executive Jane Weeks was so impressed with the treatment system, she tracked down ahhNatural's inventor and acquired the rights to the product, and states, "I'm now working to make a difference - one hot tub at a time."

To learn more visit www.ahhNatural.com

Receive a $20 discount by using promotional code: ECOFAMILY


Non-Toxic Bug and
Pest Control Methods!


 
Don't Bite Me! Patch

Depending on where you live, it is possible that your family may be affected by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes all year round. If unprepared, these uninvited biting insects can truly ruin a good time.

Unfortunately, most of the commonly used commercial bug repellent sprays contain DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), which may be effective in detouring the pest, but also have been reported to cause negative side effects such as eye and skin irritation, rashes, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, as well as
central nervous system problems - more frequently reported in children than adults - ranging from slurred speech and confusion, to seizures and coma.*

Fortunately, today there are many non-toxic, safe and effective alternative products for protection against these disease carrying pests. The Don't Bite Me Patch is one of these natural solutions. The patch contains Vitamin B1, which is absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and distributed throughout the entire body. The body's natural response to an excess of Vitamin B1 is to excrete what it doesn't need back out through the skin's pores. This excretion causes an almost imperceptible odor that naturally repels biting insects - hooray!

For more info visit:
www.DontBiteMePatch.com

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* 3. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1998. Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED)-DEET. Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Washington, DC.
 
Ecola Services
Susan from Ecola TermiteEcola Services opened in 1983 with a focus on the use of alternative technologies for termite management.  In 2000, 20-year industry veteran Susan Fries, affectionately known as the "Termite Lady," purchased Ecola Services determined to change the face of the pest control industry.  She acquired the latest non-chemical and low-toxicity termite and pest treatment technologies, and committed her company to the health of its customers, their families, and the environment.

Ecola Services eco-friendly methods and IPM practices currently service homeowners, property managers, office owners, and schools. Whether you are chemically sensitive, have health conditions that prohibit the use of traditional fumigation techniques, or are just concerned about having chemicals used in your home, or work environment, Ecola has a solution. They offer a vast array of alternative technologies for killing termites, bedbugs and other pests using ElectroGun, microwave, borates, botanicals and Ecola Heat™ - a process that uses heated air to raise the temperature of your home or office to a level that is lethal to termites and pests. 

Ecola was voted "Favorite Exterminator" in 2007 and 2008 by readers of The Daily News, and was hailed as the "Best Green Exterminator" by LA Magazine.Mamas Munchies

For more information visit www.EcolaTermite.com


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Shopping Ideas
 
Greenbaby Gifts

greenbaby gifts CynthiaMeet Cynthia McGregor ... After the birth of Cynthia's first son she began researching how hazardous products used in the home impact children. She realized that most of us have been conditioned to consume without question, or take for granite that products are safe, whether it be toys, skin care or cleaning products. The more she learned about the hazards in her family's environment - toxic plasticizers in toys and pesticide residues in food, clothing, and linens, synthetic preservatives and harsh chemicals in bath and body products, the more she was inspired to make healthier lifestyles choices.

In early 2007 Cynthia decided to utilize some of her newfound knowledge by starting her own company, Greenbaby Gifts. She wanted to create safe gift sets for moms and babies, made with all natural and organic items.  The gift sets come in conveniently packaged ready-to-give handmade gift bags and boxes, which are constructed from recycled chipboard and mulberry paper. The company also uses all eco-friendly shipping materials - including corn-derived, biodegradable packing peanuts.

To learn more visit www.GreenBaby-Gifts.com

Receive a 10% discount by using the promotional code: ECOFAMILY
 
Ecobutterfly Organics
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Ecobutterfly is located in Los Angeles, California offering both retail and wholesale options - locally and nationally.


If you are an avid knitter, you may, or may not know about the toxic pesticides and chemicals that are used within the cotton industry. Twenty-five percent of all pesticides used worldwide today are actually applied to cotton crops. The EPA classifies nine of the top ten pesticides used on cotton crops as Category I, or II chemicals, which are ranked among the most dangerous chemicals registered.

As the current knitting craze continues to sweep the nation, it stands to reason that you would want to use organic yarn and accessories, however finding a store to meet your needs may not be as easy as you think. So when we discovered Ecobutterfly, a member of Co-op America and the Organic Trade Association, we knew that we wanted to share their organic and sustainable yarns and accessories with all of you. The store offers certified organic, color grown and veggie dyed, fair trade cotton yarns.

Thirty-year veteran, and store owner Stephanie Schiff states, "My love for organics, and years of learning from the best (my grandmother), was a perfect combination for my knit shop's new path. I not only wanted to carry organic cotton yarns and other natural items, but I wanted to make sure that I could find sources for certified organics, as well as Fair Trade when possible."          
                   

To learn more visit www.ecobutterfly.com
 
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Green Cradle
Green Cradle is a unique store located in Sherman Oaks, California, offering families products that not only say ORGANIC, or ALL NATURAL on their labels, but actually contain no chemicals, no synthetic preservatives, no harmful dyes, no hidden plastics, no toxic fire retardants, no formaldehyde-leaching pressed woods -- nothing unhealthy for you, or your environment.

Co-owner Edward Olshansky states, "Sometimes going green may seem like a daunting task. It seems like everything is filled with toxic chemicals and it's hard to know where to start. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to bring healthy and green products into your family's life."

To learn more visit www.greencradle.com

Receive 10% discount by using promotional code: eco1108 (offer expires 12/31/08)
 
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Update on Eco Family News- Internet-Radio Show
Travel, Book and DVD Reviews Tasty Healthy Foods
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