Archives for January 2014

Shop Drop Challenge, By The Numbers

woman smiling with face in handsEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who supported the Shop Drop Challenge. By now, you’ve heard ad nauseum how much money the average American woman spends on clothes, and how much textile waste she dumps into the landfill. With this in mind, here’s what happened in 30 days this month:

513 women joined the Shop Drop Challenge.
We saved $30,780.
We diverted 3,078 pounds of landfill waste.

Amazing! But we also inspired our community to think beyond the mall when it comes to style. And that, my friends, was the point.

I want to make the Shop Drop Challenge an annual event. If we all got together for a yearly 30-day shopping pause, we could save nearly $10 billion and one billion pounds of landfill waste. Yes, that’s billion with a b. Who’s with me?

Natural & Homemade Laundry 101

open washing machine with red and orange detergent containers on topThink your laundry can’t make a difference? Think again: According to Seventh Generation,which pretty much established the natural cleaning products industry in the United States, if every American household replaced one bottle of petroleum-based detergent with a plant-based one, we could save 149,000 barrels of oil—enough to heat and cool 8,500 homes for a year.

But do plant-based natural and homemade laundry products really work? Absolutely! In fact, once you wean yourself off synthetic soaps—laden with those petrochemically-derived scents that you used to associate with clean laundry—your clothes will be cleaner than ever. Plus, your family might notice less allergies and skin irritations, such as contact dermatitis and eczema.

Here are five easy steps to take if you want cleaner, greener laundry.

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Hollywood Stylist Secrets to Thrift Shopping

Hollywood stylist Alison Deyette shares her secrets to thrift shopping at The Closet in Santa Monica, CA. So far, Shop Drop Challengers like Alison have saved $30,780 and 3,078 pounds of textile waste from the landfill. Woot!

How to Clothes Swap

illustration of girls in red and black dressesClothes swapping is a great way to clean our your closet and get some new clothes in exchange, but without a little organization it can get a little confusing. Here are a few rules to remember.

If you’re hosting, make sure that you use an area that makes it easy for you to display the clothes, either folded on tables or hanging from racks.

Remind your guests that the items they bring should be clean and in good condition—no holes, rips or stains. Pre-arrange for the donation of clothes that don’t get swapped to a local shelter or non-profit—and make sure you know who’s driving them there. As with any party, have food, drinks and fun! With these rules in mind, here are three ways to organize a clothes swap. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Oh My DeVita Baby

baby products against white backgroundEven though I no longer have little ones, I’m still constantly on the hunt for the next best thing in baby care. I recently found it in the brand-new Oh My DeVita Baby line, which sponsored this post. Developed by Cherylanne DeVita, the mom behind the bestselling DeVita Naturals skincare and mineral makeup cosmetics, the line is completely natural and infused with probiotics, which help fight the bacteria that can lead to diaper rash. This totally vegan and absolutely amazing line is now on sale at Target stores. Love! [Read more…]

Boycott Hershey’s

hershey's kiss on white backgroundRecently, Hershey’s responded to a child labor lawsuit and pressure from human rights groups by committing to 100% third-party certified production in Africa, where it sources the majority of its cocoa.

The certification should eliminate many claims of child labor, forced labor, child trafficking and verbal, physical and sexual harassment that have plagued America’s biggest chocolate manufacturer.

But there’s one problem with this objective: It’s not set to take effect until 2020. With an estimated 1.8 million children currently forced to labor on cocoa farms in West Africa, more than 10 million children will be affected over the next six years. I think that’s too slow, don’t you? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, let’s do something about it! [Read more…]

America’s Best Thrift Shops

brunette sits on gray wall wearing blue shirt, skirt and bootsThrifters, start your engines! The 2014 Shop Drop Challenge is underway, and we’re second-hand shopping our way through a month-long ban on buying new.

Right now, there are more than 500 of us committed to a mall shopping pause this month, representing a savings of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of textile waste diverted from the landfill. Incredible! Will you please share this post with your friends, so we can double those numbers? Thank you!

So where are the best places to pop some tags? Here are a few, IMHO. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Cosmetic bottle glows against white backgroundI’ve always had a difficult time with moisturizers. I spent years trying to find something that doesn’t clog up the pores on my nose and chin. And although I am seriously crazy about eye cream at night and sunscreen in the morning, my in-between routine goes like this: Wash and tone at night, tone after showering in the morning. But there are times when I need a little extra something something. I just found it in the new Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment from Josie Maran.

It hydrates, yes. But with such a light touch that it feels like my skin just drinks it in—there’s no oil sitting on top to clog pores. My face is softer, smoother and just looks better after a few days of using it every night. I’m no supermodel, but I swear I’ve got more glow. [Read more…]