Archives for September 2015

Could Energy Efficient Homes Cause Asthma?

I’ve long been a fan of open windows. Every morning–rain or shine–I walk around the house sliding open our windows to let the fresh air circulate inside. And although this may seem counterintuitive to those like me who live in car-clogged cities, a new report supports the practice. Because keeping the air inside might just cause asthma. [Read more…]

Will DARK Act Pass Next Week? #StopTheDARKAct

A little birdie just told me–okay it was the Organic Consumers Association–that the DARK Act Senate Agriculture Committee hearing is set for next week. And guess what? The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which has fought it tooth and nail alongside Monsanto, apparently scheduled a lobbying day for October 7th. What does this mean for you? [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Saison Beauty Natural Skincare

natural skincare saison beauty products lined up in a rowRemember when you were in high school and your grandma’s friend was “having her colors done” and you learned you were a Spring? Okay, maybe that’s just me. But I was fascinated by that cool little color wheel and how it finally made sense that I still loved pink even though I was 16. That’s kind of how I felt when I discovered Saison Beauty, which takes the seasonal concept and applies it to natural skincare. Genius! [Read more…]

Are You A Green Mom?

green mom in supermarket shoppingIf you’ve been reading MG for a while, you know that the name of this site is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I started writing as Mommy Greenest in 2008, when I was still driving a gas-guzzling Volvo. And although I share suggestions about how to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis, I’m not the eco police. So when I discovered Influence Central’s latest “Green Moms” report, I had to share. After reading it, I now know what kind of green mom I am. What kind are you? [Read more…]

Eco Fashion Innovator Closes the Loop on Down

Down is getting more responsible. Last year, eco fashion innovator Nau joined forces with The North Face and Textile Exchange to support the Responsible Down Standard, which helped businesses using down move away from birds that were live-plucked and/or force-fed. Awful, right? But now Nau’s taking things a step further by using 100% recycled down. Since I’m all about recycled eco fashion, this video just about made me cry. Plus: Slashing pillows and slo-mo feathers? What’s not to like!   [Read more…]

Monsanto Overturns Mexico’s GMO Ban

Corn was first planted in Mexico more than 8,000 years ago. Local corn farms and unique native varieties are part of the country’s culture and heritage. Until recently, the crop has been protected from genetic modification by Mexico’s GMO ban. But now a new move by Monsanto puts all of that in jeopardy. [Read more…]

Solar Powers 4.6 Million Homes in Six Months

It’s about time we had good news, right? A new report from GTM Research and SEIA, the solar industry trade association, shows that solar power is set to smash more records this year. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Earth Kiss Natural Face Masks

brunette woman in bathroom with mud natural face mask on her faceI remember the first time I had egg on my face. I was about nine, and our family friend—a gorgeous woman with ridiculously high cheekbones and poreless skin—showed me how to separate an egg, whip up the white with a fork, and apply it as a natural face mask. I idolized her, so I sat with that egg shriveling and prickling up my skin for what felt like an hour, until she remembered to tell me to wash it off. People, masks have come SUCH a long way since then. Case in point? The AMAZING new, individually packaged, 100% natural face masks from Earth Kiss. I’ve got 10 sets to give away! [Read more…]