Archives for September 2013

Mommy Greenest Approved: Gilly’s Organics Natural Beauty Products

natural skin scrub with dried pink flowersI like to DIY my own beauty products, but then again there’s something to be said for an expert doing it for you. For me, that person is Gilly Garrett, who has been concocting beauty essentials from natural ingredients and essential oils since she was a little girl in her family’s pharmacy.

Today, Gilly’s Organics offers a full range of beautifully scented, perfectly formulated natural beauty products. And now Gilly is giving Mommy Greenest readers 40% off plus a chance to win $125 worth of natural beauty essentials! [Read more…]

Go Semi-Vegetarian! 2 Ways to Ditch Dioxins

hamburger on white background with lettuce and tomatoMy family is not vegan. We’re not even completely vegetarian. I serve the occasional organic, grass-fed hamburger, and I let them order conventional burgers in restaurants, if they want to. But I let my kids know that we eat very little meat—living a semi-vegetarian life—for one important reason: Dioxins.

Now you may not have heard much about this group of roughly 75 related chemicals—unless you were an early adopter of alternative feminine hygiene products that touted their avoidance of the stuff.

But I digress. As a parent, these are a few facts you need to know. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: lur apparel

blonde model in crop top gray sweatshirt and yoga pantsI love eco fashion. But eco fashion can mean different things to different people: Organic, fair trade, vegan, etc. For me, recycled eco fashion is key—typically, I thrift and swap my wardrobe to avoid supporting fast fashion (and save a bunch of money).

Where do I draw the line at wearing someone else’s clothes? Undergarments, swimsuits or—the sweat factor makes me cringe—yoga gear.

Even though I consider workout gear essential, I still balk at buying new, wearing my ratty old yoga pants until you can literally see through the rear. (And no, they aren’t Lululemon.)

That’s why discovering the new lur apparel line was such a godsend. lur apparel upcycles post-consumer plastic and pre-consumer textile waste into the softest, most luxurious fabric imaginable, perfect for yoga—and life. And it’s even better with this discount code!

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3 Ways to Avoid Carcinogenic Styrofoam

styrofoam cup on park benchI’ve been thinking more and more about the Styrofoam my family consumes—to-go containers, coffee cups, lidded foam “kid cups.”

I’m trying to reduce our consumption when we’re out by requesting drinks in paper instead of foam, ordering better so we leave less leftovers and asking that the kids be served in glass cups along with the rest of the family.

Frankly, styrene—also known as polystyrene, and better known as Styrofoam—terrifies me. It takes 500+ years to degrade, dissolves into tiny bits that end up in the ocean, is rarely recyclable, and last year it was assessed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” by the government. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Pour le Monde Natural Fragrance

Yes, I like to natural perfumes in glass bottles with blue, violet and yellow labels and silver capsmake my own natural fragrance. Currently, I’m rotating between Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter scents that I DIY as the seasons change. But as much as I layer in the essential oils, my natural fragrances tend to reflect one dominant note. They smell good, but there’s not a lot of subtlety. For that, you need a master perfumer.

Wendi Berger came to the same conclusion, when she couldn’t find synthetic-free natural fragrances that provided the kind of layered scents she had previously found in conventional perfumes. So she engaged a master perfumer and set out to create a line of all natural eau de parfums that also serve a second purpose: Pour le Monde natural fragrances give back to charity. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Modavanti

model seated on white chair, her foot up on a pile of books, wearing a long black skirt, striped top and gray shoesYou can do the right thing and look good doing it. That idea was the reason I started writing about eco fashion in the first place. Because back in 2006, nobody was talking about the fact that cotton production eats up more insecticides per year than any other crop, our addiction to fast fashion devastates third-world countries, or that upcycling—through thrifting or swapping—your clothing could actually be fun.

We wanted what we wanted—fast, cheap and delivered to our doorsteps. But something happened over the past seven years: We woke up to the realization that our choices really do have an impact. Simultaneously, we realized that there were eco fashion labels out there that were designing with style and sustainability in mind.

Now those labels come together in one perfect package: Modavanti. [Read more…]

Got A Rash? Check Your Fragrance

brunette girl with hair tied up in red band and a bright red skin rash on her face and neckI love magazines. Ever since I was a little girl, I’d plop down on the floor with a pile in front of me, paging through articles and dog-earing their pages. These days, my two daughters join me on the carpet.

But before I let them crack the covers, I follow a familiar ritual: Weeding through the pages, pulling out the fragrance samples and taking them to the outside trash. The magazines still smell faintly of the synthetic fragrance inserts that litter their pages, but at least the majority of scent is gone. [Read more…]

Goodbye BPA, Hello BPS

curling paper receiptI thought we’d seen the last of endocrine disruptors like Bisphenol A.  In 2012, the FDA announced a nation-wide ban on BPA in bottles and sippy cups, because of links to obesity, reproductive problems, cancer and more. But the chemical industry had already started looking for options.

A 2012 study found bisphenol S, a BPA alternative, on 100% of cash register paper in the United States, as well as on 87% of paper currency and 52% of recycled paper. According to the study, people may now be absorbing 19 times more of the powdery film through their skin than when BPA was used to coat receipts!  [Read more…]