Want a new bag? To celebrate the last few weeks of the 2015 Shop Drop Challenge, online consignment megastore thredUP is giving away a $500 handbag shopping spree to one lucky Mommy Greenest reader! That’s right, you can score FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS to shop to your heart’s content in thredUP’s massive handbag department, where thousands of pre-loved bags are for sale at amazing discounts. Many have never been worn and still have tags—like this $1,400 Coach Hobo bag, which retails on thredUP for $496. To enter, simply head on over to the 2015 Shop Drop Challenge page and pledge to not buy any new clothes for the next 30 days, then enter the giveaway. That’s it! And of course, if you need to get your fashion fix, thredUP‘s selection of more than 250,000 preloved clothes and accessories is totally acceptable. Preloved = recycled, get it? [Read more…]
Last year, I discovered that 160 million American women spend an average of $60 each month on clothes, while dumping six pounds of textile waste into the landfill. That’s $10 billion and one billion pounds of trash—every month. I was so floored by those numbers that I started the Shop Drop Challenge and 500 of you joined me, saving an average of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of waste in just one month. Not bad, right? But more than that, many of you reported that the experience changed the way you thought about shopping—you started buying less, thrifting and swapping more.
This year, when I found out that women spend nearly 190 hours a year shopping and window shopping for clothes and accessories, I realized that time—so precious to all of us—was also at stake here. So I decided to bring the Shop Drop Challenge back for 2015. If you need a New Year’s Resolution that saves time, money and the environment, this one fits the bill. Will you join me? [Read more…]
I would step in front of a bus for my kids, as would most moms. I make sure they have sweaters when it’s cold, and water when it’s warm. I worry when they don’t get enough sleep, and go on red alert when they cough or sniffle.
I also feed them primarily organic meals, try to reduce their BPA exposure by using more reusable water bottles and less canned foods, avoid food dyes and other artificial ingredients, pack their beach bags with zinc-based sunscreen, refuse triclosan or other pesticides, and clean my home with vinegar so they don’t have to inhale synthetic fragrances.
I think that all of these things make me a good mom. But a growing number of people think some make me a “chemophobe,” defined—by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, natch—as an “irrational fear of chemicals.” [Read more…]
I know, I know: I’m a broken record. But seriously I can’t tell you how many questions I get about how to use natural deodorants! So I teamed up with Weleda (again) to give you the low-down AND a chance at a $300 gift basket! Want in? Read on! [Read more…]
I admit it, I’m a hauler. That might sound strange coming from someone whose entire online identity depends on the idea of reducing consumption—especially given my focus on thrifting and swapping for clothes, most recently with the Shop Drop Challenge. But hauling—a 21st century phenom in which women and girls use social media and YouTube to display and rate massive amounts of beauty and fashion purchases—is exactly what I’ve been doing. Because today through Monday January 26th, the thredUP 99 Cent Event is putting gently loved style on sale at massive savings: Just 99 cents per piece! Seriously, this five-day sale will go down in history—so don’t miss out! Through the thredUP 99 Cent Event, I scored a $2,100 eco fashion haul for…$9. You read that right: Nine. Dollars. And I’ve got video to prove it. [Read more…]
My interview with Laila Ali made the cover of Organic Spa magazine! I had such an amazing time talking with the four-time undefeated boxing world champion, who is currently hosting CBS’ We Have to Talk, the first female sports show to appear on network television. You will never believe the story she told me about her inspiration to become a boxer. Spoiler alert: Her dad had nothing to do with it! Laila also shared some must-have fitness secrets, as well as the one all-purpose natural health, beauty and wellness ingredient she can’t live without. Read all about it, on Organic Spa!
You’ve heard it so many times: Don’t heat or store food or drinks in plastic. But did you ever stop to think about why? It’s pretty simple: Most plastics contain phthalates like BPA, which mess up our hormones and are suspected to cause cancer. Especially when they’re warmed—whether it’s in the microwave or because of hot food inside—plastic containers leach these phthalates into food. Not good!
Still, you need to be able heat and store food and drinks safely—even on the go. So what’s the solution? Enter UKonserve, an amazing new line of durable, waste free silicone-enhanced glass storage boxes and water bottles—perfect for the fridge or lunchbox! [Read more…]
We’re nearly halfway through the Mommy Greenest Shop Drop Challenge, in which we stop buying any new clothes or accessories for 30 days. Last year, Mommy Greenest readers saved $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste in just one month. Will you join us? [Read more…]
What do you do when your reality implodes? You change the world. That’s what then 20-year-old Allison Evans set out to do after realizing that the debilitating health problems she was experiencing were the result of exposures to toxic chemicals. The company she later co-founded, Branch Basics, manufactures an amazingly effective soap that you dilute to different consistencies to tackle every cleaning job in your house—from laundry and dishes to windows and floors. Created with a proprietary blend of plant enzymes, this stuff is safe enough to (accidentally) drink—but serious enough to eliminate tough dirt and stains. Amazing! [Read more…]