Archives for May 2015

Take @PalmOilProject’s Palm Oil Challenge!

Do you know where palm oil lives in your house? Pretty much everywhere. I had no idea about the impact of palm oil until I discovered the Say No To Palm Oil campaign, which opened my eyes to the environmental impact of this resource. According to the campaign, rainforest the size of 300 football fields are cleared for palm oil production every hour. Yes, really. [Read more…]

.@Breyers Joins Movement to Ban Milk #Hormone

Is the time up for rBGH? I think so. Ben & Jerry’s banned recombinant bovine somatotropin–known as rBGH and rBST–in in 1989, at a time when big ice cream brands probably laughed at the folly as they added more and more of the milk hormone to the mix. But times they have a’ changed. [Read more…]

#MommyGreenestBook Launch with @TheRealLailaAli & Friends!

Laila Ali at Mommy Greenest Pregnancy book launchSo that was–hands down–one of the best days of my life. Not only did I get to celebrate the launch of The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond at the amazing Naturepedic organic mattress gallery in Beverly Hills, but one of my heroes showed up to the party! [Read more…]

Will @USDA Label #GMOs?

Will the USDA label GMOs? Possibly. On May 1st, an internal letter leaked to the Associated Press detailed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans to create a labeling program in which companies could pay the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to verify that their products contained no genetically modified ingredients. [Read more…]

MG #Pregnancy Tips @MindBodyGreen

“The irony of pregnancy is that the actual 40 weeks is referred to as “nine months.” This is an especially bitter pill to swallow in the last few weeks, when you may be inclined to remind friends, family and even strangers that, technically, you have been pregnant for 10 whole months. But the reality is that the first few weeks, which doctors count as part of the 40, actually take place before you’re even pregnant. Since what goes into your body is crucial to the healthy development of your baby, it’s super important to eat healthy (and follow certain other pieces of health protocol) even before you’re pregnant. These seven steps are a great way to start.” Thanks so much for sharing my 7 Simple Healthy Habits for Pregnant Women, MindBodyGreen!

MG Profiled on Mom Bloggers Club

“I grew up in kind of a hippie commune—we grew a lot of our own food, and I knew the importance of organic and local. But it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my third child that I started working with Healthy Child Healthy World and began to understand the impact of toxic chemicals in cleaning supplies, furniture, even personal care products. I had already had two children—it was so hard to admit to myself that I had made choices that weren’t the best for them, simply because I didn’t know better.” Thanks for including me in your awesome “Front Seat” interview series, Mom Bloggers Club!

MG Healthy Pregnancy Tips on Elephant Journal

“There was a time when doctors told pregnant mothers it was okay to smoke and drink alcohol because their babies were protected by the placenta. Obviously, now we know that a Mad Men style pregnancy is not the way to go. But we’re still learning about how to protect our babies in utero.” Thanks for featuring my healthy pregnancy tips, Elephant Journal!

Mommy Greenest Approved: Goddess Garden Organics Reef-Safe Sunscreen

product photo of reef safe sunscreens next to before and after photo of damaged coral reefFor several years I’ve celebrated May Skin Cancer Awareness month by pointing out the ineffectiveness of hormone disrupting toxic sunscreen chemicals like oxybenzone (also known as Parsol 1789) and benzophenone-2 (or BP-2), while encouraging everyone to up on sunscreens with non-nano physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that block UVA/UVB rays.

So that’s the story on sunscreens and you. But did you ever think about what toxic chemical sunscreens can do to the ocean? I didn’t either, until I connected with Goddess Garden Organics, which has been formulating reef-safe sunscreens for more than a decade. They gave me the deets on how to preserve our oceans—and the go-ahead to hook up SIX Mommy Greenest readers with a sunscreen splurge! [Read more…]