Archives for November 2015

How To Plan An Eco Friendly Thanksgiving

vegan tofurkey that looks like thanksgiving turkey with stuffing on a platePlanning an eco friendly Thanksgiving is not as hard as you might think—it just means asking a few questions that might slightly shift your traditions. Do you typically buy a cut flower arrangement for the table? Look for organic flowers or a beautiful living succulent arrangement. Is turkey your main course? Find a free range, organic, heritage bird—and add vegetarian and vegan side dishes that can combine to become a main course for those who avoid poultry. You can even shop your local farmer’s market for healthy vegetables and fruits for your feast, and find recycled elements for your holiday decor. Follow my countdown for tips on menu planning, decorating, shopping and cleaning—I’ve got your eco friendly Thanksgiving covered! [Read more…]

How to Give A Holiday Gift That Gives Back

holiday gift braceletOne year, when my kids were small enough to boss around, I strategized our holiday gift giving around an arts-and-crafts activity that I knew they’d love to create—and our family would love to receive. We made organic playdough* and used assorted animal cookie cutters to make cows and chickens, which we then painted and decorated with upcycled feathers, sequins, ribbons and cloth. Then we made a donation to Heifer International—creating a holiday gift that gives back.  [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Maty’s Natural Cough Syrup

natural cough syrup remedy with honeyWhen I was a kid, my father was a big believer in cough syrup, just not natural cough syrup. He bought the other kind—the stuff that tastes like a mentholated cherry popsicle and dyes your tongue bright red. My dad didn’t know about potential side effects like hives and seizures, or the links between food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Whenever I had a cough, he dosed me with a teaspoon every few hours until I was so woozy I slept it off.

But I’m a different kind of parent. There’s more access to information today, and I research everything that goes on my children’s bodies and into their mouths—often to their immense frustration. (Like the fair trade organic chocolate I insist on buying for candy-heavy holidays like Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Easter. But that’s another story.)

When it comes to medicine, I’m far more likely to look for a natural alternative than to grab a box of what’s familiar to me from childhood—especially after I learned that many cough medicines contain drugs so potent that they caused nearly 8,000 overdose emergency room visits in 2008.

That’s why I was so thrilled to hear that Maty’s Healthy Products has expanded their line of flu-season essentials to include a full range of natural cough syrups that are free of artificial ingredients and also nix alcohol, gluten, dairy, soy or wheat.Want to try? TWO lucky winners will take home a full range of Maty’s Healthy Products worth $40!* [Read more…]

Daily Meat Eaters Face 18% Cancer Risk Increase

The jury is in: Red meat causes cancer. Those were the findings of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, better known as IARC, which recently released a study that found processed meat–like bacon, ham, sausage and hot dogs–definitely causes cancer, and red meat probably causes it, as well. When you consider all we know about processed foods and dioxin in red meat, this information seem a long time coming. What can you do? [Read more…]

Models Kickstart for a Living Wage

Most reality shows tend to focus on materialism. But “Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion” flipped that paradigm when it sent two Norwegian models to Cambodia to explore what it was like to work in a sweatshop without a living wage.

After the film premiered in April of last year on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, H&M filed a complaint to Norwegian Press Complaints Commission claiming the show was not representative of the company’s social responsibility policy.

The protest was denied, and “Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion” logged nearly eight million viewers and nabbed a coveted Norwegian media award. Now teen models Frida and Anniken are working to Kickstarter the second season and return to Cambodia to fight for a living wage. As a picture is worth a thousand words, take a quick look at this promo: [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Green Recycling

blue bin for green recycling filled with electronicsSo I was cleaning the bathroom the other day, wondering to myself how three children can make one room smell like a subway station urinal in a matter of hours, when I spied the empty toilet paper roll on the counter. Of course, no one had thought to put out more toilet paper—that would be far too much effort—nor had he or she endeavored to toss the roll into the trash can. But as I picked the roll up to throw it away, I stopped myself—wondering, as I do a hundred times a day, if it can be recycled. What would you do? [Read more…]