About Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff in Paris

Welcome! If you found me by choice, thank you—and if you accidentally stumbled in and are about to click away because you think I’m going to wax philosophical about the joys of dressing your kids in hemp, stick around.

I’m not here to preach. I might use biodegradable bathroom cleaner, but I’m not about to deny my three children the occasional hamburger—though I can’t help reminding them what factory farming is doing to the planet. I live by example, but I’m not a sustainabully. (Yes, I made that word up.)

Since I began publishing EcoStiletto in 2007 and blogging as Mommy Greenest in 2008 (the two merged under the MG umbrella in 2013), I’ve written about feeding my kids organic food, battling a lice infestation without chemicals (they won), DIYing natural perfume and disposing of off-gassing toys (“Doll? What doll?”).

When it comes to my three children, I follow the Precautionary Principle as established by the United Nations in 1982. It states that, “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”

I try to raise my family with this knowledge in mind, but—like all of us—sometimes I fail. So maybe I’m not the greenest mommy on the block. Who cares? The point is, I try to make daily choices that can help us create a healthier lifestyle—without judgement. And on this blog, I share information about those choices with you.

Recently, I’ve been more focused on my work with mission-driven brands and organizations, which you can see more of at Lincoln Sarnoff Consulting. I haven’t had time to regularly update Mommy Greenest, but there is literally a decade’s worth of content here already, so hopefully you can find something interesting. And I do read and respond to comments, so bring ’em on!

So, What’s With the Nest?

Rates of children’s illnesses—including cancer, asthma and autism—are escalating at a pace so rapid that many are considered epidemic. Scientists believe that many of these illnesses are caused by chemicals in our environment, which children absorb at a rate much higher than adults. Yet many of these chemicals are so easy to avoid!

The analogy that these scientists have made is to the old “canary in a coal mine” adage, in which the coal mine is the world and our children are the canaries, whose spiking rates of illnesses should be telling us that something is very, very wrong. In creating Mommy Greenest, I kept coming back to the idea of those birds—as well as our children—and the safe environment that is the birthright for both of them.

Please take a minute to click through my slideshow. A picture tells a thousand words about why this information is so important.

I truly believe that by taking small steps to keep toxic chemicals out of our lives, we act collectively to protect our nest for all the world’s children. And if you’d like to know more, please email me at info(at)mommygreenest.com. I’d love to connect!

Are You A Green Mom?

green mom in supermarket shoppingIf you’ve been reading MG for a while, you know that the name of this site is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I started writing as Mommy Greenest in 2008, when I was still driving a gas-guzzling Volvo. And although I share suggestions about how to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis, I’m not the eco police. So when I discovered Influence Central’s latest “Green Moms” report, I had to share. After reading it, I now know what kind of green mom I am. What kind are you? [Read more…]

97% of Readers Trust Mommy Greenest!

Mommy Greenest survey logoSurvey says! This is the second time I’ve asked for your opinion when it comes to Mommy Greenest, and the response was overwhelming. First, more than 200 of you responded—amazing!—and 97% reported they “trust Mommy Greenest Approved product recommendations.” Yes! [insert fist pump here] You can’t imagine how happy this makes me. Thank you for putting your trust in me! Many of you said things like… [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest on EcoHabitude

“We dig Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff’s take on being a green mommy: she leads by example, but is never a ‘sustaina-bully’. Her blog is like a super resource for green parents as she writes about things like getting rid of lice without toxic chemicals to detoxing your closet; she interviews green celebs and she keeps it real with environmental issues you should know about that may effect you and your family.” Thanks so much for including me in your 6 Inspiring Green Mamas story, EcoHabitude!

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…]

Mommy Greenest in Delicious Living

Photo of family sitting at a table in news story quoting Mommy Greenest on Delicious Living“There’s a lot of news about unhealthy foods and toxic chemicals in our lives, and it can get overwhelming,” says Rachel Sarnoff, former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and blogger at Mommy Greenest. “It’s tempting to act like the proverbial ostrich and just try to ignore anything that sounds scary…The great news is that even small actions can add up to a huge healthy impact.” –Delicious Living online; look for the full story in their fall issue, on stands in October!