Shop Drop 2015

illustration of woman against black background with flowers trailing from her handLast year, I discovered that 160 million American women spend an average of $60 each month on clothes, while dumping six pounds of textile waste into the landfill. That’s $10 billion and one billion pounds of trash—every month. I was so floored by those numbers that I started the Shop Drop Challenge and 500 of you joined me, saving an average of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of waste in just one month. Not bad, right? But more than that, many of you reported that the experience changed the way you thought about shopping—you started buying less, thrifting and swapping more.

This year, when I found out that women spend nearly 190 hours a year shopping and window shopping for clothes and accessories, I realized that time—so precious to all of us—was also at stake here. So I decided to bring the Shop Drop Challenge back for 2015. If you need a New Year’s Resolution that saves time, money and the environment, this one fits the bill. Will you join me? [Read more…]

Your Kids Toothpaste Could Be Toxic

girl brushing teeth with kids toothpasteMy daughter hasn’t brushed her teeth in two days. That’s because we ran out of the natural kids toothpaste, and so did our local supermarket. The convenient little shelf that featured all my favorite eco-friendly kids toothpaste brands is gone, and none of them are integrated anywhere else. Sure, I can make a special trip to Whole Foods. But for kids toothpaste? I might as well just grin and bear it—pun intended—and buy a tube of the conventional kind. Right? Wrong. Because as I found out, conventional kids toothpaste can be toxic. [Read more…]

One Simple Tip to Cook Better Forever

pink himalayan table salt in a bowl helps you cook betterDo you assess your seasoning by how well it pours? Stop! So-called “table salt” is rock or ocean salt that’s mined, heat blasted, chemically treated and fortified with iodine until it’s devoid of all essential minerals and nutrients. Use this simple tip to cook better, forever! [Read more…]

Carbon Offset: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

tree ornament carbon offsetAre you looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving? Consider a carbon-balanced gift from TerraPass, like this cute tree ornament embedded with parsley, basil and chive seeds. Buy one plantable tree and you support the Arcata Community Forest project, which is funded by carbon offsets. Each year the forest absorbs the equivalent CO2 to taking 550 cars off the road. Love!  [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Meliora K Natural Laundry

natural laundry detergentThere’s a great scene in the new biopic of Stephen Hawking in which he woos his soon-to-be wife with an analysis of why the men’s white shirts luminesce in the ultraviolet lights of a cocktail party. “Optical whiteners,” he says—and she swoons. I didn’t know that that meant, so I did a little research. Optical whiteners are synthetic chemicals that make laundry look brighter; they absorb ultraviolet light and re-emit it as blue light. (It’s basically the same reason why white-haired ladies use blue shampoo.) So since optical brighteners have nothing to do with getting your laundry actually clean, I wondered if there was a downside to these chemicals—and if you could find a laundry detergent that didn’t include them. Yes and yes, in the form of the all-natural, totally excellent Meliora K natural laundry product.  [Read more…]

LED Lightbulbs Just Got Better

table lamp with LED lightbulbLast year, my New Year’s resolutions focused on small changes that can improve your health and our environment. One I forgot? A quick change to more eco-friendly lightbulbs can dramatically reduce the amount of (mostly coal-fueled) energy your household consumes. But forget about the harsh light and dimmer buzz of last year’s CFLs. This year, it’s all about the new LED lightbulbs.  [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest 2014 Eco Fashion Holiday Gift Guide

clothes and accessories on white backgroundFrom vegan to organic, fair trade to upcycled, here are just a few eco fashion goodies that are on my list this holiday season. [Read more…]

5 Tips to Stay Safe from Salmonella

thanksgiving holiday turkey tableWhether it’s organic, free range, non-GMO, cage-free or kosher turkey—now that you’ve figured out what kind of bird you’re serving tomorrow, can we take a minute to address the issue of salmonella, which affects 1.4 million people every year? Unless you’re planning a vegan Thanksgiving, I’ve got five tips that can keep you safe.  [Read more…]