Archives for January 2014

3 Things to NEVER Buy at a Thrift Store

woman wearing black pants, gray patterned shirt and black cardigan against wood backgroundYes, the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge is all about creating a community of women who have pledged to buy no new clothes or accessories for the 30 days of January and are inspired to thrift and swap their style this month.  (Plus, many of us are going to an exclusive party in Los Angeles later this month. Sign up and join us!)

But there are just a few things you absolutely cannot, should not, may not thrift. The first two are obvious: Swimwear, bras and underwear. That’s just taking it a step too far. And I also draw the line at workout wear, as I am loath to put on anything that retains any vestiges of someone else’s sweat. But as for the last unthriftable item, well I guess that call should really be left to you. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Primal Pit Paste

four natural deodorants on white backgroundTwo more reasons to switch to natural deodorant: An Italian study recently published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry found that breast cancer patients demonstrated higher levels of aluminum; a 2012 study out of Switzerland concluded, “Our observations do not formally identify aluminium as a breast carcinogen, but challenge the safety ascribed to its widespread use in underarm cosmetics.” And although the National Cancer Institute is “not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer, public opinion begs to differ: Search “natural deodorant” on Amazon and you get more than five thousand products.

We’re gaining on you, aluminum.

But then there’s that nagging little question of efficacy. I’ve written about the natural-deodorant-unless-it’s-an-important-day trend—lived it, in fact, until I discovered the trick to making natural deodorants work.

But now, I may have discovered a natural deodorant is so strong, so foolproof that you can actually put it on in the morning and go all day without stinkiness. Yes, really. [Read more…]

MG in OC Family to “Grow Green Kids”

ocfamily-mgOC Family, January 2014

MG on “San Diego Living”

Mommy Greenest on SD Living TV







“Healthy & Thrifty in the New Year: Mommy Greenest calls on women to stop shopping and ditch the plastic to kick start a healthy year.” –San Diego Living

4 Rules of Thrift Shopping

brunette in black pants and shirt with red necklace on city sidewalkIf you’ve been following Mommy Greenest this month, you know we are in the thick of the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge, in which we’re creating a community of women who have pledged to buy no new clothes or accessories for the 30 days of January and are inspired to thrift and swap their style this month. This group is on the list for an exclusive party in Los Angeles later this month. Want to join us? Sign up!

I’ve been buying second-hand clothes pretty much exclusively for a few years now, and yes there are environmental benefits, but my reasons are mostly selfish: I’ve been able to upgrade my closet for a fraction of what I would pay in a store.

But for those of you who aren’t used to thrift store shopping, here are a few rules to remember. [Read more…]

Astrotwins Tag Shop Drop for Sagitarians

“Curb the retail therapy during Venus retrograde while you’re at it. You might even sign up for The 2014 Shop Drop Challenge, blogger Rachel Sarnoff’s eco- and budget-conscious plea to take a month off from buying new clothes and accessories every year. Apparently, if the 160 million women in the United States alone stopped buying retail for a single month, it would save nearly one billion pounds of textile waste and $10 billion. Sarnoff suggests thrifting, swapping or buying used instead of new, an interesting idea. Perhaps you could even make a little extra cash by taking a couple nicer pieces to a consignment shop—or maybe you’ll score a sweet couture number in one of these boutiques yourself.” –Astrotwins Syndicated

Need A New Year’s Resolution? Shop Drop!

brunette wearing blue minidress and boots against red wallEditor’s Note 12.29.14: Did you stumble here? Check out this year’s Shop Drop Challenge!

Welcome to the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge! I am so excited to get this party started. We’re creating a community of women who have pledged to buy no new clothes or accessories in January this year. It’s the perfect resolution to save resources and money!

The average American woman spends $60 per month on clothes and dumps six pounds of textile waste into the trash. If we all got together, we could save nearly $10 billion and one billion pounds of landfill waste. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

Right now, there are nearly 400 of us committed to a shopping pause this month, representing a savings of $24,000 and 2,400 pounds of textile waste diverted from the landfill. Amazing! Will you please share this post with your friends, so we can double those numbers? Thank you! [Read more…]