In honor of Earth Day I’m delighted to bring you a weekend giveaway from The Leaky Boob sponsor Hip Mountain Mama. Such a fun shop with all kinds of beautiful, handmade products from comfortable clothing to house cleaning supplies to toys to baby/child care products. With an emphasis on eco-friendly and sustainable products, Hip Mountain Mama has something for everyone no matter what your parenting style is. Loved this interview with Suzy Hawbaker and her wonderful tips that make it easy to be green! *Hint- you probably are already doing one of them!*
TLB: Suzy, tell us how you came to start Hip Mountain Mama and the journey of starting and running your business.
Suzy: I started Hip Mountain Mama in the summer of 2008. I was a stay at home Mom with 2 little ones and I felt like I wanted to do more with my life. HMM started out as a shop for natural Moms and their kids and has evolved into a shop for Eco Mamas (Moms and non Moms). I didn’t want to just start a shop either…I wanted to start a movement and encourage other people to make eco friendly and humanitarian choices in life. We do this through the products we sell, our blog, and facebook page. HMM is now a true family business as my husband quit his corporate job 1.5 years ago to join me.
TLB: What were the first steps you started taking to “green” your family?
Suzy: I started making changes about 10 years ago (pre kids). My first 3 changes were switching to organic milk, eating a mainly vegetarian diet, and switching to natural laundry detergent. These were easy changes and over the years I have made many more and am still working on living a more sustainable lifestyle. When I had kids my desire to live a more ‘green’ lifestyle really intensified. A few easy eco friendly choices we made with our children were to cloth diaper, feed them whole foods, and constantly teach them about treating our Earth with love and kindness.
TLB: You have talked a lot on your blog about One Small Change and I love this blog post from you, what would be one small change breastfeeding moms with little ones could make that would be good for the earth and good for their family?
Suzy: My first thought would be to keep on breastfeeding! We all know that breastfeeding is awesome for our children, but maybe you haven’t thought about the positive environmental impact you are having. By not using formula you are eliminating the waste and energy created by making formula. The production of formula uses hundreds of resources to create the final product including paper, metal, ink, pesticides, land, fertilizers, animals, water, fuel, crops, etc. and in the end that container of formula ends up in the landfill. You are also eliminating the use of bottles that may eventually end up in the landfill. My other idea is when your child is ready to eat food, try feeding them wholefoods and making your own baby food. Try avocados or bananas! I used the Super Baby Food book with my kids!
TLB: Breastfeeding is the most earth-friendly feeding option for infants, what is one of your favorite breastfeeding memories?
Suzy: I would have to say sitting at 12,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. The views were amazing and I felt so at peace in one of my favorite places on Earth while feeding my 7 month old baby. I will never forget that peaceful and pure blissful moment!
More on the Hip Mountain Mama blog (which includes some great videos) on making sustainable choices:
5 Easy Ways to Go Green For Earth Day, Eco Friendly Eating on the Go, and Time for Me (ok, actually, that last one has nothing to do with green living but I like it and think most moms I know should read it.)
For this Earth Day party, Suzy is offering up a $20 gift code to one lucky entrant.
To be entered leave a comment on this thread and share your favorite go-green tip. This entry is REQUIRED in order to be entered for a chance and the giveaway.
For 1 additional entry (limit 2 entries per person) go “like” Hip Mountain Mama on Facebook and let her know TLB sent you and return to comment here stating you liked them on Facebook for your second entry. If you already like Hip Mountain Mama on Facebook just leave a second comment (must be a second comment to be counted) letting me know you already like them.
That’s it – two simple tasks and you’re entered for a chance at a great giveaway. Thanks to Suzy for her generous giveaway and sponsorship of The Leaky Boob, providing support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. This giveaway will remain open through April 24nd, 2011. Good luck and have fun!
Pssst! Suzy has quite a few special deals going on for Earth Day that you may want to check out and get in on as well!
This giveaway is open to most international entries! Hip Mountain Mama ships to US, Canada, Australia, UK, and New Zealand…anyone can win the gift card but if you live somewhere that HMM doesn’t ship to, you will have to have their products shipped to someone within our shipping range (so maybe a gift to a relative?).
This giveaway is closed, thanks to Suzy and everyone that entered.
The winner is Sarah:
“Cloth diapers, organics as much as possible, local CSA… Trying as hard as we can.”