Eco Fashion Innovator Closes the Loop on Down

Down is getting more responsible. Last year, eco fashion innovator Nau joined forces with The North Face and Textile Exchange to support the Responsible Down Standard, which helped businesses using down move away from birds that were live-plucked and/or force-fed. Awful, right? But now Nau’s taking things a step further by using 100% recycled down. Since I’m all about recycled eco fashion, this video just about made me cry. Plus: Slashing pillows and slo-mo feathers? What’s not to like!   [Read more…]

I’m Not the Eco Police

mommy greenest eco police policewoman angie dickinson photoEver since I started writing as Mommy Greenest, I’ve noticed people avoiding me. Not my close friends, obviously. But the casual friendships—those afternoon coffee invitations that turn into weekend playdates with wine? I’m getting less and less of them.

I’ve heard, “Oh, don’t let Rachel see that,” as a plastic water bottle is shoved into a purse, and “She had fries—don’t kill me!” as my daughter is returned home from a playdate.

They think I’m the eco police. [Read more…]

One Minute Toxic Test

toxic test products against white backgroundBetween the cute kittens and baby pictures, there was one meme circulating in my social media this week that I couldn’t click away from: Have you taken the Toxic Test? And although I’m usually adverse to flashing messages promising to tell me something I don’t already know, I clicked on over to the Toxic Test to check it out. Believe me, I was surprised. [Read more…]

Good Mom…or Chemophobe?

mom holding newborn babyI would step in front of a bus for my kids, as would most moms. I make sure they have sweaters when it’s cold, and water when it’s warm. I worry when they don’t get enough sleep, and go on red alert when they cough or sniffle.

I also feed them primarily organic meals, try to reduce their BPA exposure by using more reusable water bottles and less canned foods, avoid food dyes and other artificial ingredients, pack their beach bags with zinc-based sunscreen, refuse triclosan or other pesticides, and clean my home with vinegar so they don’t have to inhale synthetic fragrances.

I think that all of these things make me a good mom. But a growing number of people think some make me a “chemophobe,” defined—by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, natch—as an “irrational fear of chemicals.” [Read more…]

thredUP Ultimate Eco Fashion Haul

thredUP box of eco fashionI admit it, I’m a hauler. That might sound strange coming from someone whose entire online identity depends on the idea of reducing consumption—especially given my focus on thrifting and swapping for clothes, most recently with the Shop Drop Challenge. But hauling—a 21st century phenom in which women and girls use social media and YouTube to display and rate massive amounts of beauty and fashion purchases—is exactly what I’ve been doing. Because today through Monday January 26th, the thredUP 99 Cent Event is putting gently loved style on sale at massive savings: Just 99 cents per piece! Seriously, this five-day sale will go down in history—so don’t miss out! Through the thredUP 99 Cent Event, I scored a $2,100 eco fashion haul for…$9. You read that right: Nine. Dollars. And I’ve got video to prove it. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Shop Drop Countdown!

mommy greenest shop drop challenge woman in mall with shopping bagsEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!We’re nearly halfway through the Mommy Greenest Shop Drop Challenge, in which we stop buying any new clothes or accessories for 30 days. Last year, Mommy Greenest readers saved $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste in just one month. Will you join us? [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Shop Drop 2015 Launch!

woman happy laughing looking up at balloons shop drop challengeEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!Ladies, start counting! Today is the first of the Mommy Greenest Shop Drop Challenge, in which we pledge not to buy any new clothes or accessories for 30 days. Last year, Mommy Greenest readers saved $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste in just one month. Will you join us? [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…]