Archives for April 2014

Poison Apples

a red apple with a slice cut out on a white backgroundI grew up on “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” My most vivid grade-school history lesson centered around Johnny Appleseed. I truly believe that something can be “as American as apple pie.”

But a recent statistic made me worry that American apples aren’t safe, anymore. A new report from the Environmental Working Group found that 80% of apples are coated with a pesticide that’s banned in Europe because it could be carcinogenic. 

European regulators are worried too—so worried about the connection between diphenylamine and nitrosamines, a family of potent cancer-causing chemicals, that they banned the use of DPA on apples and pears in June 2012That’s why I started a petition to ask the EPA to ban DPA on American apples. Will you sign it? [Read more…]

Win A Birthstone Necklace Worth $240!

silver necklace with blue, purple and clear round stones against wood backgroundI am truly obsessed with Stephanie Maslow’s line of Metalicious jewelry. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but each and every piece is crafted in the most sustainable way possible. Stephanie herself hand-makes most of her pieces, and always uses ethically sourced gemstones and 100% recycled metals. Best of all, she keeps her prices affordable—earrings for under $80, and even gorgeous engagement rings and wedding bands for less than $500—so that these sustainable styles are attainable  for everyone. You can enter to win this necklace, and get 15% off! [Read more…]

MG Earth Day on KTLA News

Using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, I shared how-to healthy housecleaning tips with the amazing KTLA News team on Earth Day. What are Jessica Holmes and Chris Burroua now doing with those red pepper flakes? You have to watch to find out!

MG on Food Network

magazine article from food network

“When food is authentically local, it should show on the label where it has been produced, explains eco-blogger Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff of MommyGreenest.com.” –Food Network

Why I Hate Earth Day

woman holds up two fingersIn the next 24 hours, I’ll publish two blog posts, participate in three Twitter parties, see several interviews on other people’s blogs hit the web, and appear on KTLA News. (Thanks Stephanie Tsai at Ink & Press PR!) For the past three weeks, I’ve sent info to reporters scrambling for Earth Day related stories, and fielded pitches from publicists who either don’t know—or don’t care—that vegan is a completely different ball game from eco-friendly. (For more on that, check out my What is Green page.) And I’m quickly coming to realize one thing: I hate Earth Day. [Read more…]

Free Softcup Sample

Softcup boxWhen I wrote about Softcup’s menstrual cup last year, I had NO idea the amazing response the post would get. More than 200 of you entered to win a year’s supply of reusable cups, and we had a full-on debate going on in the comments section. What’s the consensus? With 12-hour protection that’s totally undetectable, the Softcup menstrual cup is a win! So when the company asked if I’d like to give away some free disposable Softcup samples to my readers, I jumped at the chance. Now through May 21, 2014 Click here to get your free disposable Softcup sample. Supplies are limited: Get one today so you can try it the next time Aunt Flo comes knocking. It’s a game-changer! [Read more…]

4 Steps to Take Before Fumigation

bug being sprayed with poison against a white backgroundChances are, at least one house in your ‘hood is being treated for termites right now. And despite the festive clown-and-circus themed tent, the chemicals that go into the fumigation process simply aren’t funny.

Fumigation used to include chlorpyrifos, which can cause neurological damage and was phased out from fumigation beginning in 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (That didn’t stop farmers from continuing to apply 10 million pounds of the stuff annually to our crops, especially corn. But I digress.) What other toxic chemicals are part of the fumigation process? [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Fair Trade Alaffia Africa’s Secret

orange label two skin cream bottles against white backgroundI’ve been a huge Alaffia fan for years, ever since I discovered their Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo made with certified fair trade shea butter. After using it for a few months, even my hairdresser commented on how much thicker my hair felt and looked. Since I have hated my fine, limp hair since I could pick up a curling iron—and watch as the curls fell out after 15 minutes—this was enough to sell me on the shampoo for life.

I am also a total vanilla junkie—check out my DIY perfume experience as evidence—and became totally hooked on Alaffia’s super light yet totally moisturizing fair trade Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion after smelling the warm vanilla scent in the Whole Foods Whole Body aisle. At $14 for a gigantic bottle of one—or $23.50 for both—Everyday Shea is not only a great line of products, it’s a great deal.

And recently, I discovered Alaffia Africa’s Secret Unscented Multipurpose Skin Cream, the amazing fair trade moisturizing and skin repairing cream that started it all—and is now my new miracle night cream. Want to try? I’ve got 12 jars to give away, plus 25% off! [Read more…]