Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Eco-Friendly Online Retailer: One Stop "Green Shopping"



I am a mom.  I have very little free time.   I live in New York City and have to carry all the groceries I buy at the store home, walking.  Needless to say, I have become a fan of online shopping. 

It took me a bit to get used to it; but now I love it - especially for household products. 

I still prefer to buy my fresh produce in person, but everything else from toilet paper, to any cleaning supply I might buy, to diapers I prefer to buy online.  Why waste my valuable time going to the store to buy.... paper towels? My only complaint has been that I don't always find the natural, organic and non-toxic products that I like to buy in one same place. Until now.

From the folks who brought us Diapers.com for all things baby (and then Soap.com for all things household and then yoyo.com for all things toy related etc) and from Amazon.com (who are the owners) comes a brand new website called VINE.COMOne stop shopping for organic and environmentally friendly products.... great for busy moms like me and even better for moms that don't have the luxury of living near a Whole Foods or other trustworthy organic store.

What I feel makes this particular online shop stand out is:
  • They have a huge selection of brands and products
  • You can shop according to the causes that are most important to you: boutiques devoted to Local, Fair Trade, Cruelty-Free, gluten free, paraben free, B Corporation, Forest Stewardship Council certified products...among others.
  • They review the claims of the products to make sure they are either organic, natural, energy- or water-efficient; run on their own renewable energy; are made from sustainable materials; or contribute to a healthier home
  • The best thing, and what I like the most about Diapers.com and Soap.com? They have free (and fast!   In New York I get it over night!) shipping too.
  • They also have a Familyhood Rewards Programs, which gives you 1 point per dollar spent and which I have been able to get $5 and $10 credits towards shopping on any of their sites.
  • Finally, for folks living in New York City, L.A., Chicago, Seattle, Boston, and Denver there is a “shop local” feature that allows shoppers to browse green products made within 100 miles of their selected city.

 It is not perfect.  Just because they sell it does not mean it is 100% non-toxic which is why I would still reference EWG's  Skin Deep Database for beauty products (including baby products) and their new Guide to Healthy Cleaning database... BUT having many many non-toxic brands under one roof and so easily accessible to everyone - EVEN if you don't have a Whole Foods near you- is great! 

 Oh yeah and they are offering 20% off your first order with your code:  VINE20



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