Eight years ago, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and wrote a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript. And now, that manuscript has become a pregnancy book: The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. You can click here to read it for free or order a hard copy! [Read more…]
“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!
“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!
For 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…]
What’s so funny about dirty water? Not a whole lot. When I was a kid, you could swim in the Santa Monica Bay without having to worry about contracting hepatitis; today, every surfer I know is vaccinated against it. My friends say similar things about lakes in the Midwest and rivers in the East: The waters are no longer safe to fish and swim in, not to mention drink.
The contamination comes from so many sources: fracking, big agriculture, industrial manufacturing, just to name a few. And it seems like the lack of government regulation has let pollution spiral out of control. So the idea of making a joke out of it? That didn’t make a lot of sense, to me. But that was before I learned about the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is supported by Sarah Silverman, Ray Romano, Martin Short and so many other incredible comics. If these people can’t make us laugh about dirty water, who can? [Read more…]
The most widely used herbicide in the world made headlines recently when the World Health Organization deemed it a “probable carcinogen.” Manufactured by Monsanto and marketed as Round-Up, the use of glyphosate has increased in tandem with genetically modified crops such as soybeans and corn, which can tolerate heavy sprayings of the chemical. The classification came after a WHO meeting of 17 experts representing 11 countries, according to the Wall St. Journal, which also cited a Monsanto spokesperson who said that the chemical is safe. But is it? [Read more…]
Kudos to China for proposing stricter regulations on toxic chemicals in cosmetics, which will bring them more in line with the EU’s. A second draft of the country’s new Complete Technical Safety Standard for Cosmetics was proposed recently, which will ban 100 additional toxic beauty ingredients and classify oral care products like toothpaste as cosmetics, with similar restrictions. How does this stack up to the U.S.? [Read more…]
How to win the fight against GMOs? Take a note from Kaua’i, “the global epicenter for GE seed testing,” where residents living near the testing zone are exposed to six times the number of pesticides used on the mainland, according to the Pesticide Action Network. But these activists are fighting back–and winning. [Read more…]