Alysia Reiner’s Secret DIY Body Butter Recipe

Alysia Reiner shares her secret DIY body butter recipeI had the privilege of interviewing Alysia Reiner recently for Organic Spa magazine, and discovered that she’s nothing like Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, the assistant warden who’s reviled for her evil machinations on “Orange is the New Black.” Reiner is a yogi and environmentalist more interested in philanthropy than power, who serves as a spokesperson for the breastfeeding advocacy organization Best for Babes, among others, works with the Cancer Support Community and Actors for Autism, and is part of a clean water initiative called “Flash Flood for Good.” She DIYs organic beauty products in the kitchen of the sustainable home she shares in Harlem, with her husband, the actor David Alan Basche, and their daughter, Liv. So when she offered up her secret recipe for a five-minute body butter, I knew I had to share! [Read more…]

Nix Toxic Pink Soap in Schools

young girl in school bathroom holds up sudsy hands as boys wash hands behind herIn 2012, the CDC’s annual assessment of schools discussed green cleaning for the first time ever. “Children are more vulnerable than adults to hazardous environmental exposures because, compared to adults, they breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per pound of body weight,” the report states. “A school that…[is] free of hazardous chemicals, and clean is arguably best equipped to support student and teacher health, learning, and overall productivity.”

And while most of this is good news—more than 36% of districts now purchase low-VOC paints, cleaners and floor coverings, 55% require that schools test drinking water for lead, and more than 50% pursue an integrated pest management policy designed to reduce the use of pesticides—some is not. Especially the news about pink soap. [Read more…]

Inside the MG & Moms LA Swap Party

girl holds shoes and white shirt with big smileThanks so much to MomsLA for co-hosting an amazing Swap Your Style Party to celebrate the culmination of January’s Shop Drop Challenge, in which 500 women saved more than $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste, just by taking a 30-day retail shopping pause—and thrifting and swapping instead.

We were joined by celebrity guests Christiane Siedel of “Boardwalk Empire,” LA stylist Alison Deyette—she scored Manolos! Plus, Alysia Reiner of “Orange is the New Black” and her husband, David Alan Basche of “The Exes”—our token male of the day—who promised that nothing any of us tried on “ever makes you look fat.” It’s true—check out the video. [Read more…]

Aysia Reiner Swaps to Shop with MG

Not only is Alysia Reiner an awesome actress; she’s a super greenie with excellent taste. Which is why she’s the perfect partner for a clothes swap to shop at Give + Take in Santa Monica, CA. Why swap? On average, each of us dumps 70 POUNDS of textile waste every year because of fast fashion. Swapping–and upcycling, and thrifting–clothes can keep a lot of that in a closet, rather than a landfill. Plus, it’s SO MUCH FUN. Right?