Archives for March 2014

Is Eco Fashion Conscious?

orange shirt with green H&M Conscious Collection tag showing 70% recycled polyesterQuick on the heels of the Shop Drop Challenge, in which more than 500 of you joined me to save 3,000 pounds of landfill waste and $30,000 by swapping or thrifting our style for the month of January, I started hearing rumors of a new H&M Conscious Collection that was blowing the socks off eco fashion. And since this is the one time of year that I don’t feel (too) guilty shopping new, I decided to head over to the mall to investigate.

Now you know now much I rail against the mall, home of bottom-of-the-barrel fast fashion houses like Forever 21, which have outsourced our $3 trillion a year apparel industry to third-world countries where workers are underpaid and often exposed to dangerous working conditions in order to bring us $5 t-shirts. Could H&M be different? [Read more…]

Shiva Rose Walks the Talk

I have a funny sort of serendipity with actress and writer Shiva Rose. All unwavering belief in organic and sustainability aside, when we first met five years ago, we realized that she knew my husband from high school. Talk about a small world! Shiva’s environmental activism began after she was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition in her early 20s, after the birth of her first daughter. She spreads the love through TheLocalRose.com, where she’s now launching an eponymous skincare line that she makes in her garage, infusing it with mantras. She invited me for a rose-tinted afternoon at her home in the Santa Monica mountains, where she grows organic vegetables, cultivates bees, raises chickens—and fights off marauding coyotes in her nightgown. This is a woman who definitely walks the talk! Together, we’re giving you a chance to win one of TWO $85 Shiva Rose Face Oils we’re giving away. Feeling lucky?

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Are There Drugs In Your Drinking Water?

woman drinking glass of what appear to be pink and green capsulesWhen I read about an EPA study released earlier this year that found trace residues of at least 25 different drugs in drinking water, I panicked. This was on the heels of a study that linked acetaminophen in pregnancy with ADHD in children. If occasional use of endocrine-disrupting drugs like acetaminophen could affect a baby, what could they do to the rest of us if we were ingesting drugs on a daily basis through drinking water? [Read more…]

Watch Unacceptable Levels on Mommy Greenest!

I am so thrilled to be able to bring Ed Brown’s “Unacceptable Levels” to Mommy Greenest. It is truly amazing. I hope you can watch it with friends and family—the message of this film is exactly what this site is all about. You can click the big arrow button to watch the preview for free; then enter your credit card information to pre-register for a discount on the full movie after it premieres on May 9th. Once you register, the movie will be on Mommy Greenest for you to watch in full, at your convenience. Once you have, please leave me a comment below—I want to know what you think! Oh, and don’t forget to share it with your community. Let’s get people talking about “Unacceptable Levels.” Thank you!

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

Mommy Greenest Approved: #MinorMiracle with ZerorezSoCal

Earlier this month, in my hunt for cleaner cleaning products, I had my carpet cleaned by toxic-chemical free ZerorezSoCal, which uses a special kind of patented water that’s high pH and so pure you can drink it. And I did, of course. It got so clean I would call it a minor miracle. Check out the video!

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Mommy Greenest Approved: dapple Natural Laundry Products

laundry products against white backgroundIt’s one thing to trust a mom to give you advice about natural laundry products. It’s another thing to trust a mother of four. Any four-time mom who wants to share her secret to getting stains off of kids’ clothes is some kind of guru to me.

That’s why when I started talking with the dapple team about natural laundry products, I listened closely. Because when I mean team, I’m talking about Dana Rubinstein and Tamar Rosenthal, who founded the toxic chemical free dapple cleaning products line in 2008 and are each a mother of four. [Read more…]

Maybe BPA Isn’t Bad for You?

plastic water bottle pours water into a clear glassI am so confused about BPA. For years I trusted studies that linked the endocrine-disrupting substance—a chemical used to harden plastics like water bottles, as well as to coat cash register receipts and line aluminum cans—with obesity, anxiety and reproductive problems.

Recently, a new study concluded that prenatal exposure to BPA—before and just after birth—was linked to liver cancer. But on the heels of that study came another from the FDA that puts my beliefs about BPA in question. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Detox the House with ZerorezSoCal

brown carpet before cleaning and afterFor years, I’ve been helping people detox their homes by getting toxic chemicals out of the picture. We’ve talked about eliminating pesticides, switching over to better laundry products, taking off your shoes at the door to reduce lead, dirt and pesticides by 85% and getting toxic chemicals out of your cleaning cabinets.

As I shared earlier this month, in my hunt for truly cleaner cleaning products, I discovered ZerorezSoCal, which cleans carpets, upholstery, tile and grout using a special kind of patented water that’s high pH and so pure you can drink it. And I did, of course.  [Read more…]