Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Summer "kleaning"

Oh my, where to start?! I've been on a bloggy hiatus for the past month. So many things have gone on and I just didn't get around to my blog and I definitely missed it (AND you)!

Last weekend was the Green Baby Expo in my area. I had my own craft booth and sold some handmade cards, art display boards and some retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets. My Etsy shop is coming soon! The expo was a really great experience and I learned about a lot of cool, local products. My friend, Jenna, had a gorgeous booth and sold handmade nursing covers, diaper cloths, fun onesies, diaper bags, key fobs, etc. If you are looking for boutique-quality, stylish and super-functional baby items, check out Jenna's Sweet Baby Creations shop!

One other product I was dying to get my hands on at the expo was a Klean Kanteen! These awesome bottles are founded from a local company and are responsibly made in China. If you haven't jumped aboard the BPA-free water bottle train, you should. Here are a few facts about them (from their website):

•Better Health: Klean Kanteens are made from #304 stainless steel, the material of choice in the food processing, dairy, and brewery industries. Stainless steel is easy to clean, durable, inert, sanitary, toxin-free, and non-leaching.

•Hydration: It’s vital for life.

•Environmental Responsibility: Klean Kanteens are the stainless steel alternative to plastics. Plastics in landfills and oceans are one of the most alarming of today’s environmental stories. (They are also recyclable.)

This is the Klean Kanteen I bought (but a 27 oz. one, with a sports cap top) and I'm excited it will fit in my car's cup holder and it will fit ice inside for a trip to the gym! In addition, I'll be saving a lot of money in the long run AND not filling up a landfill with more of those plastic water bottles.

What kinds of local products are you excited about? Give your local companies a "shout out" and post something on your blog. Go local!