Mommy Greenest Pregnancy Book Giveaway

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, or win a copy by entering below! [Read more…]

Model Sues @Kotex After Toxic Shock Syndrome Claims Leg

Toxic shock syndrome didn’t go away when they started putting warning labels on tampon boxes. That’s the point that model Lauren Wasser is trying to make with a lawsuit against Kotex and a probable Capitol Hill speaking engagement this fall, as Congress considers the Robin Danielson Act, which would regulate toxic chemicals in feminine hygiene products. In 1998, Danielson lost her life to toxic shock syndrome. In 2012, Wasser lost her leg. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved Via Nature Natural Deodorant + Giveaway!

Mommy Greenest Approved Via Nature natural deodorant Natural deodorant. It’s still the sticking point—pun intended—for so many. We shift our skincare and cosmetics, but we’re still treating our underarms to a toxic soup of potentially carcinogenic chemicals. But a new company now offers the best of both worlds: non-sticky, non-staining natural deodorants that neutralize odors without toxic chemicals. From the minute I tried these natural deodorants, I knew they were different. And now Via Nature is giving away natural deodorant so you can try it, too! [Read more…]

Help @MomsRising & Me Petition @Islands for #Healthy Children’s Menu!

Are you fed up with your kids being force fed french fries every time you go out to eat? Are you tired of the arguments at the table after you wave away the server’s pitcher of high fructose corn syrup for refills? Do you wish you could go to your favorite family restaurant and feel confident that there’s a healthy children’s menu available? Me, too! That’s why I was so excited to discover MomsRising’s new initiative empowering parents to ask local restaurants to shift to healthier options on children’s menus. Through MomsRising, I created a petition for a healthier children’s menu at the Islands chain of restaurants. What restaurant chain would you target, if you could? Oh, wait: Now you can!  [Read more…]

Lice Treatment Called Carcinogenic by @WHO

Last week, the World Health Organization classified the insecticide lindane as carcinogenic to humans, linked to testicular and liver cancers, among others. According to studies, exposure to lindane can increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 60%. Why is this important? Lindane is in something that if you’re a parent, you might just have in your cupboard.

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Tell @SherwinWilliams @Glidden_Paint @DutchBoyPaints @PPGIndustries to Stop Making Lead Paint!

Lead paint has been banned for household use in the U.S. since 1978 because the additive is a debilitating neurotoxin. But American companies Sherwin-Williams (Dutch Boy) and PPG (Glidden) still manufacture lead paint for export to more than 50 countries where there are no lead paint regulations. Yes, really.

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Take a Survey, Enter to Win Weleda

Weleda products for Mommy Greenest survey giveawayYou know about my friendsmy dirty carmy favorite brand of natural hair color and the night cream that rescued me from old-lady skin, but I know virtually nothing about you! And in an effort to serve up content that suits you better, there are some burning questions that I just have to ask. Will you please take my super-quick survey? Can I entice you with the chance of winning one of FOUR $67 antioxidant-rich Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Care gift sets I have to give away? [Read more…]

#TPP Fast Tracked by Senate

Last week, the Senate approved the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority, prohibiting trade deals from addressing climate change and accelerating the still-under-wraps Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact that jeopardizes state’s rights to label GMOs and ban fracking. [Read more…]

#TSCA Chemical Reform Passes the House

Bittersweet victory: Last week, the House broke a four-decade legacy of inaction by voting to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act through H.R. 2576 the “TSCA Modernization Act.” The chemical reform bill was sponsored by Representatives Shimkus, Upton, Pallone and Tonko. Chemical reform means the EPA will be able to better regulate the 85,000 chemicals used in commerce–of which only five have been restricted up until this point. So that’s the good news.

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